So Tom was stopped by a cop. In our front yard of all places. And he wasn't in a car or in trouble with the law. He was playing with our new sprinkler from Gilmour. Yup. The cop stopped to admire our new sprinkler. "Where in the world did you get that...I've never seen that before and I like it." So Tom gave him the rundown about how it works and the web address for Gilmour. "I'm going on right now, I need one of those." Another satisfied customer. And you'll be just as happy when you win this prize pack of watering tools from Gilmour including a 50 foot hose, metal sprinkler and solid brass high flow 4-way shut off valve. Yours for the winning valued at approximately $100! To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know in the comment section of this post what you did to enter. By the way, has it been a crazy hot summer where you live? Rain or no rain?
My produce is slowly trickling in. And this year, I've decided to be proactive in finding ways to preserve some of the surplus for the winter months. Not only does this save me some cash, but it allows me to enjoy zero pesticide, organic produce out of season for even more serious savings. Aside from just healthy eating, your garden can and should be used to save you a few bucks. So here are five easy ways to waste less of your excess saving you money, time and effort during the off-season. And shhhh. I have one secret at the very end of this post that I'm willing to bet you've never thought of!! How's your produce coming this year?
I'm not taking the bait. Nope. Just because I'd like to live in my Heartwood Prairie Home Bird House from Fine Garden Products doesn't mean the birds don't deserve it. Because they do. Really. Especially a mahogany bird house. You'll be so pleased with this absolutely adorable bird house too after you install it in your yard. In fact, we were so hyped when we ripped open the box that Tom was already up on a ladder within minutes of its arrival. And if hunter green and red isn't to your taste, they offer five color combinations to choose from ~ you'll love the yellow and teal! Gorgeous. So win this $110 bird house for your feathered friends to give them the house of their dreams. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know you have entered by telling us about what birds you hope to attract to your yard on the comment section of this post.
Hamburg, New York is the reputed place where the "hamburger" was invented. But a million places all over the U.S. and world make that claim so you'll have no beef with me if you disagree. Anyhow, we went for the garden walk. From the weird to the wonderful, you'll see it here. So many unique ideas that many of us might want to consider trying in our own yards and gardens. It seems like people in Hamburg take their yards and gardens very seriously. Or maybe not and that's why we spotted so much silliness. And as a little DIY commercial, Tom has been working on an outdoor DIY project for fall that I bet you will love. I'm so grateful he got on this one. It's coming up in the next week or so. Keep your eyes peeled!
Did you know the average family uses over 300 gallons of water each day, with about one-third of that water going to hydrate the landscape? So as a mom, I know playing favorites is not okay, but it's hard when it boils down to saving water. Out of all the great products I've received to review, my Good Ideas rain barrels just might be the cream of the crop. They look great and function even better. We know we'll be using them for many years to come. As I see it, they are something you don't even realize that you need until you actually own one. Then you understand why you'd use it everyday with ease. All of you wonderful readers loved our last rain barrel giveaway so I'm thrilled for your chance of winning the Impressions 50 Gallon Nantucket Rain Saver from Good Ideas valued at $160! To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know in the comment section of this post what you did to enter.
I grew up working on a produce farm. At 14-years-old, I picked corn, tomatoes, broccoli, peppers blueberries and strawberries all summer long starting at 7 a.m. I practiced irrigation techniques. I planted crops and drove a tractor. It was fun. But we used a lot of pesticides. Personally, I had a high exposure to pesticides and chemicals. Not good. Then I went to college. Got married. Bought a house. Had a few kids. Now I choose to grow organic produce with zero chemicals in my three humongous raised beds. I've learned a ton over the years and bet you have too. The longer you do anything, the more insights you get. This is what I've learned over the 20 years I've been at it.
"Let it go. Let it go. Don't hold it back anymore." Your ugly, plastic hose reel and those hideous plastic hose accessories. It's time. To go. Curbside. Because they are unattractive if nothing else. Besides, Liberty Garden makes such sleek and stylish products, why not replace the ugly for the innovative? Swell with joy this summer (and not just from the heat!) by replacing or adding a few Liberty Garden Products to your outdoor space. It's time to get organized so your hose isn't sprawling all over the lawn or driveway anymore. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know you entered by telling us anything about your current hose storage situation in the comment section of this post. And Canada, you are most welcome to enter too!
There's a first time for everything. And this is the first giveaway I've done where I had no clue what the company was sending me to review. Husband did not approve. "What if they send you that nearly naked surfer gnome statue...what then?" Aren't you worried about what the neighbors are going to say." Hmmm..... it's annoying when husband makes a valid point. But then I was thinking a blind giveaway might be kind of fun. Besides, our neighbors aren't offended by naked gnomes. They've never mentioned it. Fortunately, Toscano sent us an adorable statue of "Frances, the Flower Girl" that could be yours for the win. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know you have entered by telling us about the silliest garden decor you've seen in the comment section of this post! Plus, tell us what you've done to earn extra entries please. And with 25 years experience in the statue and sculpture business, Design Toscano works their magic in the details.
Drip irrigation is a lot like getting out of jail. Not that I've been to jail unless you include playing Monopoly. It's that freeing sensation. I can't tell you how good it feels to be able to pop in and out of town never worrying about plants dying from lack of water. Especially with the drought we are experiencing. They water themselves on time every time with the Drip Irrigation system on a timer. Thank. You. Tom. We bought our first DripWorks irrigation system roughly five years ago. I didn't blog then. It's a product that we use and abuse and continue to love year after year. In fact, not only are all our all our raised beds on DripWorks, but our pots and containers are hooked up as well. So we've partnered with DripWorks today so that you can have a chance to win your own Standard Garden Bed Irrigation Kit...good for watering up to 9 beds (4' x 8'). Perfect for raised beds, flower beds, pots and shrubs. It's with great pleasure that I recommend this product to you! To enter, sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Pinterest. For two entries do both! Let us know what you did in the comment section by telling us how much time you spend watering the garden.
Are you the type of person who can eat the same meal again and again without getting bored? How about if the food is organic and free...does that make a difference in how you think? After all, you know exactly where this food came from. Your own backyard. I can eat zucchini as my staple vegetable for every meal weeks on end when grown organically in my garden. I try to spice it up by preparing it differently each time to take the monotony out of it. Still, it's worth it. When I consider what it costs to buy organic zucchini in January I am even more motivated to get it out of my system while I can for free. So today I just wanted to talk about what Tom, I and the girls have been eating from our garden and compare notes with all of you! Are you saving some serious cash this summer like we are? Even in this crazy drought? Before I get started I do have a confession. This is what we spend each month on groceries in the winter months.
You probably have a few of these sitting in your garage or shed right now and none of them work. It's almost like collecting stamps or baseball cards. Without the fun. (Actually, I collect marbles.) Weed trimmers. We go through so many of them....isn't that the truth? Because they break. Fixing them costs more than just buying a new one but for some reason we refuse to toss the old ones in the garbage. Thus the collection starts. I think we have about five in our garage right now and the only one that works is the brand spanking new weed trimmer from Echo. You'll be equally smitten with this power tool from Echo when you win! To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know you have entered by telling us your weed trimmer sob story in the comment section of this post!
Now with five birdfeeders on our property the birds are well-fed. However, now they want a birdbath to get all clean after their feast. Tom wants this too. In fact, birdwatching is Tom's new favorite activity and I can't even relate how much stress it relieves. We're saving thousands just on his therapy sessions alone. So for awhile now we've been exploring various options of making our own DIY birdbath. We wanted natural products that would blend with our landscape. Nothing tacky....right?! We also weren't looking to spend too much cash, if any. So we wanted to stick with stuff already purchased or recycle something that wasn't getting used. This is what we came up with and hope you'll make your own too!
Extra credit for the first person who can tell me what an Oya is. I certainly was unaware of their existence before now. An Oya is an ancient terracotta pot that is buried in the ground for irrigation purposes. It helps you both water less and waste less water. Not to mention saving you time! Plant roots instinctively grow toward the porous clay of the Oya and take exactly the amount of water they need. Simply fill up your Oya every 5-10 days and you are set. My first reaction upon opening the boxes from GrowOya was "ohhhh, this is gonna be fun." They look chic and function even better. Efficiency to the extreme. So we are over the moon excited about your chance of winning a set of Oya's including the small, medium and large sizes valued at $100. To enter, sign up for our newsletter. Let us know you've done this by telling us something fun about yourself on the comment section of this post.
I'm not lazy and I don't think you are either. But this doesn't mean we want to spend all our time working in the garden and zero time enjoying it. Book and lemonade in hand please! So as I get...ahem...older, I'm working on creating a space that I spend less time slaving over and more time savoring. This means incorporating plants and shrubs that don't fuss too much. But first, you have to consider the location. Is the spot you are filling full-sun, shade and/or have dry or wet soil? Once you've answered that, you are golden. Here are sixteen plants that fit the bill for each location that are easy peasy. And now is a fantastic time to start collecting many of these perennials cheap as nurseries and big box stores alike are purging plants like it's their job...because it is. And sure, I know the above picture is an annual geranium, but then again, I've had many survive our harsh Buffalo winters in my basement. So they're hardy to say the least!
The old meets the new with the timeless pieces of art from Good Directions. Buy it for now, have it for life. Heirloom pieces that will last longer than your heirloom tomatoes meant to passed down from one generation to the next. Swoon with delight. You will love this four-piece torch set adorning your landscape this year and every year to come for decades. Made from hammered copper, these long-lasting torches will keep the mosquitoes and bugs at bay. 24-hour burn time! Not to mention the ambiance they give to your landscape. Kind of like taking a vacation in the privacy of your backyard. So go ahead. Pinch yourself. You just might be the lucky winner who gets this 4-piece torch set sent to you in the mail. To enter, Like Raise Your Garden on Facebook and for a second entry, sign up for our newsletter. If you're looking for extra luck, share this post!
Nothing demonstrates holiday cheer better than changing the exterior experience of your house. Your lawn is the first thing guests see when they visit your home. It's also the only thing your neighbors see if you never invite them inside. You don't want to decorate for just Christmas and Easter. Why not spruce up the front of your home with red, white and blue from the Fourth of July to Labor Day and really get into the spirit of things? The outside of your residence should tell people who lives inside. Here are four tips for decorating the outside of your home for the holidays.
Your trees better hide. Because once you get your hands on these quality loppers from Garrett Wade, you will be snipping away like mad. They work so well that the temptation to clip off branches unnecessarily from my trees is too much to bear! This isn't work, it's fun. Playtime for the gardener. And when have I ever thought pruning trees and bushes to be fun? Never. And to say this set of pruners is heavy-duty would be the understatement of the year. Serious pruners for those who want the job done pronto. The ratcheting mechanism is amazing. No longer do I have to fight with my tool to get it to work. And isn't that how a good tool should be? Good tools make your life easier by functioning well with less effort from you. So I was ecstatic to learn more about Garrett Wade and the enormous selection of high-end tools they offer. Today is your chance to win a set of loppers ($100) and a Grandpa's Weeder ($27.50) just by liking our Facebook page. To earn another entry, sign up for our newsletter. If you really want to show us you care we'd be thrilled if you shared this post on Facebook!
Tom and I just got wood fired pizza where the menu stated..."good food takes a long time so be patient." Good blog posts work much the same way. Time and lots of it to create quality work. The time Tom spent researching alone! But these tomato cages are worth the wait. Promise. Tom made these tomato cages for our garden to replace some of our old cages and what a difference! They can be left in the garden all year long so storage will never be an issue. And you know how it is with those flimsy wire tomato cages, they last one season, maybe two and then you toss them in the garbage. The cycle of buying, tossing and re-buying the following year was getting pricey and annoying. Now we have stable trellises that will last a lifetime and surprisingly look sharp too. Use these on your tomatoes, eggplant, squash, peppers, cucumbers and even beans and peas. Best of all, you'll be shocked at how easy they are to make.
I used to wear men's boxers out in public as shorts. I'm not sure why I gave myself the green light for this practice but have raised my standards significantly in recent years. Now that I'm older and ahem.... more mature, I know full-well this is not advisable. But they were both colorful and comfortable. These days I still like to be comfortable whether working in the garden or out-and- about checking out farmer's markets or the local garden center. So I was thrilled to learn about Thyme to Garden and their super trendy overalls, dresses and aprons designed to keep you stylish while in the garden or on-the-go. I hope ladies you're ready to reap a few compliments wearing these overalls from Thyme to Garden....valued at $109! To enter, leave a comment below telling us what you like to wear in the garden. For a second entry, sign up for our newsletter. If you're looking for extra good luck share this post with your Facebook friends!
Move over Pampers and Hugs because there's a new sheriff in town. Yep. No longer are diapers just for babies and for.... well, you get the drift. Your trees, shrubs and plants now want a diaper of their own please. I won't insult your intelligence describing how traditional diapers work, but imagine translating this same technology to your plants...retaining water for slow release back to the plant roots. Best of all? These mats and diapers are not just for outdoor use but should also be used on all your indoor pots and planters. Just imagine not having to water them every few days. So if you're a tad negligent on watering, you'll jump at the chance to do even less of it. All the while you'll save water, save plants, save the planet, and cut down on weeds with this slow release irrigation system. So it is with much enthusiasm that I am introducing you today to TreeDiaper and GardenMat, a completely innovative product for the water savvy gardener who wants it all. Let me explain how it works so you'll be able to win this $137 prize package from Tree Diaper. To enter, Like Raise Your Garden on Facebook and share this post. For a second entry sign up for our newsletter. Let us know in the comment section if you did one or both! Canadians are welcome to enter!
Best hybrid shovel-spade you'll ever get your hands on. Spear Head Spade. You'll never reach for another after trying one. I could end the post right here and be done with it because what else is there to say? Quick story. Tom's a gym teacher. Occasionally, he works with this guy Wally. Now Wally is retired but for fun works as a substitute gym teacher. (My guess is his wife encourages this practice to get him out of the house). Anyhow this Wally guy has been raving about the Spear Head Spade for years. So when we went to the local garden show, we were sure to check them out. Guess what? Wally was right! And you know, he's one of "those" gardeners. You know...super picky and fussy about the tools he uses. He's only using the best. Wally, you don't read my blog, right? So for obvious reasons, we are thrilled to have teamed up with Spear Head Spade because trust us, you want this tool (model SHLF). Like our page on Facebook and share this post to enter to win your own Spear Head Spade. For a second entry, sign up for our newsletter. Love and high fives to all for sharing with your Facebook friends!
I was stung 9 times on my butt for my 9th anniversary while hiking with my husband last year. As I stepped on a yellow jacket nest they flew up my shorts. You wouldn't believe how swollen my butt was! Okay, maybe you can get the visual. And oh, the pain. Followed by the itching. It was unbearable. No photo's for this one. Anyhow, as I was wallowing on the couch, it got me thinking. "What is the purpose of a yellow jacket?"
I've tried it all. Popsicle sticks. Canned food lids. Straws. Metal markers. Plastic markers. Wood markers. Even paint shims. Both homemade and store bought. I've purchased at Target, True Value and Big Lots. None of them have stood the test of time. None even made it past one year. They failed me! We're talking about plant markers here today folks! Knowing what and where you planted is half the battle. Aren't you frustrated by cheap and flimsy plant markers that just don't get the job done? If so, we think you're ready to meet the Paw Paw Everlast Label Company because they make stupendous plant labels. Strong, smooth, sturdy, sleek and stylish....we think you'll agree. So Like us on Facebook in the hopes of winning one of two prize packages from Paw Paw. One winner will receive 30 Copper A labels with stainless wires and a DecoColor Marker (value $44.00). The other winner will receive 30 Copper E labels with stainless wires and a DecoColor Marker (value $41.25). Share this post on your Facebook page for extra good luck and let us know you did! Love and high fives to you all.
You probably know by now that Tom is a gym teacher. So bigger is better. And this mantra even applies to tomatoes. He wants the biggest on the block. I'm not sure who he thinks he's competing with since very few people actually grow anything in our suburban neighborhood. Certainly not to the extent that we do. But there it is. He's a Pinterest man. And he's coming up with all sorts of ideas to implement. One of which are these dang fish heads. Gross. I know. But it's an organic fertilizer and tomatoes are heavy feeders that need lots of fertilizer. He's been reading about how fish heads (all leftover fish parts actually) paired with aspirin and a few other amendments will grow the most stupendous tomatoes ever. He also used some leftover PVC tubing from a drain project to make these unique watering tubes that feed our tomatoes using compost. Combining these techniques should grow the biggest and best tomatoes possible. We hope you're game and keep your sense of humor while following us!
Have you ever hemmed and hawed over a purchase and then finally gave in after many years of deliberation? That's how I feel about my new rain barrel from Good Ideas. What took me so long! Even my 4-year-old has it down cold. And that speaks a lot about a product. We love Good Ideas for their innovative products that are easy to use, easy to install, and easy on the eyes. It's true, Tom and I have been toying with the idea of a DIY rain barrel for a long time. But it didn't happen. At times, even our best projects get bumped to the back burner. (Not the fish head project...I promise....we're going full-steam ahead on that one). So we pushed the easy button with this swoon-worthy rain barrel. I'm equally thrilled for you and your chance to win this incredible 65 gallon rain barrel and planter from Good Ideas valued at $200. To enter, Like Raise Your Garden on Facebook. For a second entry sign up for our newsletter. Let us know in the comment section if you did one or both! For extra good luck, share this post and tell me something fun about yourself on our Facebook page!
Hi, I'm Laura and hail from Buffalo, NY. I love sharing my home & garden ideas with you. Thanks for stopping by.
Top DIY Posts