It started with the mail carrier who was raving about my vertical planter from My Garden Post. "What is that and where did you get it?" She exclaimed..."I've never seen anything like that before." And I bet you too are trying to squish more plants into less area. That's exactly what My Garden Post does for you. It converts almost 24 square feet of horizontal garden into a 4 foot vertical garden for the patio, deck, porch or balcony. Nifty! Five pots attach to the post creating a dramatic effect of cascading flowers and plants. You don't need a yard for this one. So easy and fun...from the assembly process to choosing what to plant. There is very little work involved. No weeding. No bending over. And no watering because it has a drip irrigation system included. I'm estatic that you can win this $180 vertical garden system with drip irrigation from My Garden Post. 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!
I bet you eat edible flowers all the time and don't even realize it. Because if you're a fan of broccoli, cauliflower or artichokes, you are consuming the flowering bud of the plant. I'm always late in the game when it comes to picking my broccoli and find it produces these lovely yellowish flowers when overgrown. Although too bitter to eat at this point, I'm tempted to stick my flowered broccoli stems in a vase- if that didn't seem so dorky. So today, I thought we'd take a pictorial edible flower tour. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizer, drink or dessert; the options are endless and inspiring. Let's eat flowers because they are pretty, useful, tasty, fun, unusual and best of all....just because we can! And it's not like you're making a meal out of a flower, these are edible novelties intended to beautify your food and drink. They have faces....cute flower faces, yes? Some of the most popular flowers and my favorites are pansies, nasturtiums and borage. Here's some inspiration to get you started on the right path.
So we like to live dangerously. That's why we sometimes plant before Memorial Day, our last possible frost date. It's a wild ride. I've had a hard time sleeping at night just thinking about the frost slaying my little seedlings outside. In the past, (and I bet you can sympathize), I've tossed a few mouse eaten blankets on top of my plants just to keep them warm at night. Especially early in the season. I repeat in October so that I can reap my crops before that first bitter frost comes. It's a silly practice. The blankets get soaked, icky and covered in slugs. And it's only so-so effective. That's when I discovered the Grow it Now! company and their fabulous mini greenhouses. Not only do they protect from that early frost, but they help ripen the remaining produce in freezing temperatures. I'm sure you want to save every last tomato too! So Like Raise Your Garden and share this post for a chance to win a whopping 24 plants protectors from Grow It Now! A $115 value. For a second entry, sign up for our newsletter. Let us know in the comment section if you did one or both.
It's time to get serious about growing a few herbs in pots. Sometimes, the huge plotted garden can seem overwhelming. Herbs in pots can be an easy, inexpensive, and cute solution to your garden dilemmas. Also try baskets, barrels, window boxes, or other containers. You don't need to own any land and can grow right on your kitchen windowsill. Better still, there's no weeding or bending over. Limp, store bought herbs are lacking in flavor. So if you're new to the gardening scene, this is how to start. I love using herbs in most recipes and some drinks because they add tons of flavor minus the calories. You can grow from seed or buy plants from the local nursery. Some herbs are actually perennials making container gardening a logical choice as you don't have to remember where you planted them the next year. A few might even survive the winter depending on your climate and if the pot is sheltered or brought indoors. But if not, you can always dry the leftovers. Here's the essential list of herbs you must have right now!
Are you the type of person who can just eat one Hersheys Kiss and be content? I confess, once I pop one in my mouth, I just keep going back for more. And that's exactly how it was with Woolly Pocket. After I hung my first living wall planter, I was addicted. So I reached out to them for this giveaway because I know you'll be just as smitten by their innovative design. These living wall planters can be hung on a fence, rail or wall; indoors or out drawing the eye up. I planted a few pansy plants in mine for now and nasturtium seeds for later to create a continuous edible flower planter for the season. Their sweet pansy faces greet me every time I enter or exit my home. To enter to win the Living Wall Planter 2 - Four Pack valued at $75, 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! And keep reading to learn about 5 spectacular annual vines that I'm confident you will want to grow this year to give your garden that vertical boost.
No wonder Veggie Tales is so popular. Vegetables really are just like people. Some are givers. Others are takers. And you have to deal with both types. Tomatoes...they are just one example of the takers who heavily feed on the soil and deplete it of nutrients. This is a huge problem for Tom and I because we have planted our tomatoes in the same garden spot for the past four years. We spent over $500 for our raised bed topsoil. By planting in the same location; we are depleting this soil. It's time to get serious about crop rotation! But first, we have to learn about which veggies are the givers who rejuvenate the soil and which are the takers, the ones that leach it. Even though I rotate mostly over soil fertility concerns, I also do so to thwart pests, weeds, and disease. Rotating your crops also equals healthier plants and better yield. So raise your hand and take this oath. "I promise not to plant the same veggies in the same spot year every year." Let's get started!
It's time for a guy giveaway. Don't you agree? And ladies, make sure you win this one for your guy! So you can nag him to get the landscaping done. Then take a walk around your neighborhood. What do you see? Lots of cheap plastic molding used to edge the garden beds. It's ugly. Don't use it! And your front lawn is being judged by its appearance. Whether or not your neighbors give you hints about it. Trust me on this one. Because first impressions count. First impressions of the EcoBorder product? Heavy-duty. Quality. Sharp and sleek. The FedEx man certainly got his workout unloading the boxes. Because these are heavy-duty borders for the landscape and garden. We are thrilled to have partnered with EcoBorder and for your chance to win over $200 in product from them. Keep reading to find out why you'll be motivated to redo your landscaping with EcoBorder right now. To enter Like Raise Your Garden on Facebook and share this post. For a second entry, sign up for our newsletter.
Tom here...gardening is supposed to be fun, right? I'm a very competitive person and like to win whether I'm playing a game of cards or sports. So here's the deal. Last year when we partnered with Marle Worm Growers they taught me about how vital worms are. Maybe it's gross but their poop or castings are loaded with some of the best nutrients needed for plants to thrive. When they squirm around the garden they help make the soil more crumbly which improves soil structure and allows air and water to flow more freely. Their movement also creates tunnels which aerate the soil underneath to the benefit of those plant roots. Marle sent us a worm tube/tower to test out which I liked so much that I used it as a model to make more. Since I have the "go big or go home" mentality I decided to make four more identical worm tubes like the one that Marle sells. If you only want one worm tube, it's cheaper to just buy one from them. But if you're looking to have multiples then consider making them as you'll have all the supplies on hand. This is an easy step-by-step guide on how I built four more tubes/towers for our three raised beds.
So many couples we know have met online. And that's exactly how we fell in love with Architec, a company that specializes in gourmet products that are not only eco-friendly, but incredibly fun. They sent us their drying & infusing station by Homegrown Gourmet to test out. And we've been making dressings and drying more herbs ever since. I don't know about you, but I keep telling myself that it's time to make my own salad dressings. Enough already of the store bought kind, all those fake and phony ingredients! Bleh. But I never had an easy and tangible way to do so before. Now I do thanks to Architec. And they're hoping you're the lucky reader who wins your own drying & infusing station valued at $70. To enter, LIKE Raise Your Garden on Facebook and share on Facebook. Let us know in the comment section that you've done this.
Raised beds are what's hot right now in gardening. Who wants to bend over and toil? Elevated garden beds make for easy planting and maintenance for the long haul. And they're fun. We love raised beds for several reasons. First, our clay soil is just not suitable for most plants. With our raised beds, purchased soil supplemented with organic compost is spot-on for our vegetables and plants. Secondly, our three raised beds lend an attractive element to our suburban block. They are unique! So we hope you enjoy this garden raised bed from Denny and Cheri Larimer of Apple Valley, Minnesota. Do you think I can convince Tom to build me yet another raised bed? Mother's Day approaches! Here's how Denny and Cheri built a 4' x 4' raised bed with four separate 2' x 2' planting areas and three varying heights. Just wait to you see the finished project.
Remember that show "I Want That" on HGTV? I have no idea if it's still on but certainly it came to mind when I got an email from Nutshell Stores. I signed up for their newsletter and up popped a unique gift idea. It was their exclusive Nautical Cups Copper Rain Chain. Gorgeous. Certainly beats the shrunken alligator head that Tom got me one year. Looking at it kind of felt like going on vacation without actually leaving the house. And now that your outdoor landscape is rivaling your indoor space; it's time to spruce it up. I'm so excited for you and your chance to win this marvelously designed rain chain from Nutshell Stores! To enter, Like Raise Your Garden and share on Facebook. For an easy second entry, Like Brooklyn Farm Girl, my friend Pam's whimsical yet informative food, garden, and lifestyle blog. Did I mention she loves cats? And keep reading to find out what's so special about Nutshell Stores and this marvelous rain chain.
I'm literally going potty for plants these days. Because I love how orchids look in the bathroom! Place your plant on the counter, shower shelf or even on the back of the toilet to jazz up your space. This is exotic elegance. And let's face it, I have so many plants (hello hibiscus and succulent addiction) that I'm running out of places to put them. Besides, there's actually a few really good reasons why the bathroom in particular is a great spot to grow. And here's a few more tips to help you on your way.
Alice in Wonderland. Like a dream. That was my vision when I opened the boxes from Desert Steel. The gamut of their offerings range from colorful bird feeders to torches in the form of bold flowers and real life cacti. You will swoon over those barrel, saguaro and prickly pear cactus torches, not to mention the palm tree icons. Monumental. I've never seen anything like these before! Unmatched creativity. Pool, patio, porch or garden, their work can be displayed in any outdoor space for instant visual appeal. In the hand, these artisan designs seem so much bigger and vibrant to the eye. Birds love color and will gravitate toward these feeders by Desert Steel. And keep reading to find out what else birds love to attract more of them to your yard. Fortunately, we have two winners this round with a double magnolia and a coneflower bird feeder at stake! Each an $80 value. To enter, LIKE Raise Your Garden on Facebook and share this post on Facebook. Earn another entry by signing up for our newsletter. Let us know in the comment section what you've done to earn entries.
Four years ago marks the day and the memory is just as vivid now as it was then. I thought with the passage of time, the memories would fade but this is not so. Every day it crosses my brain. Almost every hour. Today I celebrate one of the biggest anniversaries of my life. No, it's not my blogging anniversary or even my marriage anniversary, but the anniversary of my baby Esther being ushered home from the hospital 100% healed. This is her story, and although she is too young to tell it, her story still has me marveling at the grace of God; His goodness and His mercy. So I'm taking a break from gardening just this once to share with you this miraculous story of hope as we celebrate another year of Esther's victory over death.
Living plant walls have existed since the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. I guess the modern spin would be the ivy growing up the side of Chipotle? Now urban businesses and colleges are seeing the numerous benefits of installing these green walls in their lobbies and entranceways. From health and wellness reasons to aesthetics; vertical gardens are becoming the norm. Cost, time, expense and space may deter most of us from having a gigantic plant wall in our home, but that doesn't mean we can't mimic the style. How about living green art on a smaller scale? Succulents work quite well for in this type of design and you can still reap the benefits. So we are thrilled to have linked up with Uncommon Goods to give you a chance at winning your own succulent living wall planter kit valued at $110. To enter, LIKE Raise Your Garden on Facebook or sign up for our newsletter using the green bar at the top of the screen. For two entries, do both! Let us know in the comment section what you've done.
The vast majority of women, and many men too, will receive flowers at least once in their lives. Even if no-one buys them for you, you can always treat yourself. Flowers can be used to convey so many emotions including love, empathy and happiness. There can be very few people in this world who do not feel special when they receive a bouquet. What type of flowers do you like to receive?
If there is one technological concept that will undergo huge improvement during the next three years, it is battery power. While there have already been notable innovations in this market over the course of the last 18 months, we will soon see concepts such as wireless and Wi-Fi charging begin to impact the consumer electronics market. We will also see the current proposition of cordless power enjoy a huge improvement between now and 2018, with a growing percentage of the consumer electronics industry embracing lithium-ion battery technology. As this is refined, we will see larger cordless products become increasingly reliable and powerful.
Here's the problem. Numerous spatula's reside in my kitchen drawer but the only one I reach for is my Product of GIR ultimate spatula. I freak out if it's not there! My pep talk doesn't work. "Laura, just use a different spatula." Every fiber in my being revolts against this idea. Please spatula don't be in the dirty dishwasher. It's kind of like chocolate. You munch on a Hersey's bar and it is good. You try a Ghirardelli bar and find it tastes even better. Then you sample a Scharffen Berger bar and your taste buds marvel in delight. It's the same way with Product of GIR. These high-end, luxury kitchen tools will have you drooling because they "get it right". So I'm thrilled for your chance to win a 4-piece spatula, flipper, and scraper set from Product of GIR. Over a $50 value! To enter, LIKE Raise Your Garden on Facebook or follow us on Pinterest. For two entries, do both. Let us know in the comment section what you've done. All readers are welcome to participate including my international friends!!
And I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. He is risen! My girls were just thrilled too that the Easter bunny visits Florida. Filled baskets certainly made the drive from Florida to Buffalo a lot easier. But it was beautiful in the Carolina's and Virgina's yesterday for sure...almost 80 degrees! How was your Easter?
Master gardeners who think they know everything are vexing. That's not me. It's try and test. And then I do what works best. So I've learned a few things over the years and bet you have too. These are my tips for those of you just getting started out on your gardening journey. As you start to dream about summer splendor, try to be realistic so your garden doesn't annoy you come August. I hope it's a spectacular year for you and the harvest is bountiful! Just avoid these ten gardening pitfalls first.
I'm a budding tree enthusiast. I love trees! Not only for the shade they provide, but the park-like vibe they give my yard and landscape. The problem? My white birch tree finally bit the dust and Tom sawed the remnants down. Now I have no clue what to replace it with. Each year, for Mother's Day, I ask for a magnolia tree. For whatever reason, it never happens. Yet those pink trees are gorgeous while the smell is unbeatable. So I stroll down the street and savor one of my neighbors blooming magnolia trees. The fragrance is overwhelming. I'm ecstatic because you can win your own jane magnolia tree courtesy of Nature Hills Nursery. A $110 value! To enter share this post on your Facebook page or sign up for our newsletter using the green bar on the top of the site. Let us know in the comment section if you did one or both.
It's that time of year again. Time to start thinking about which plants you'll start from seed and which you'll just purchase. I love to grow annuals, in particular annual flowers from seed. One pack of seeds can produce hundreds of plants costing so much less than a four-pack from the local nursery. You also have a greater variety and choice since you are not limited to what you can find at the local garden center. And if they don't work out, seeds are inexpensive. Want to save some money by planting a few seeds with me this year? Here's how.
Contemporary. Chic. Sleek. Growing green is trendy. Use containers. Try pots. Consider raised beds. Even grow carts. Small scale gardening for urban dwellers and all alike is the new wave. No longer do you have to be a homeowner with lots of land to garden. You can live in a townhouse, condo, small apartment or mansion from New York City to Guam and still be green. All are welcome to try their hand because all you need is a tiny bit of space and a big imagination. We are so excited to be partnering with Eartheasy again because they are giving away a swoon-worthy Herstera wheeled metal trolley. Salad garden? Guacamole garden? Salsa garden? How about growing onions on your porch, patio, deck or balcony? To enter, LIKE Raise Your Garden on Facebook or follow us on Pinterest. For two entries, do both! Let us know in the comment section what you've done. And we'd love to hear what you'll be planting this year. And Canada, you are welcome to enter too!
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It's a good time to "force" your paperwhites. That is, time to plant these stunning bulbs in an indoor pot. Paperwhites planted in small vases make the best shower or wedding party favors. This project is easy and inexpensive to do. Fragrant paperwhites just need to be potted and watered. That's it! Have an elderly aunt, grandma or even a sick friend? Ever need a hostess gift? Perfect. Tall, elegant, and striking in appearance they will be appreciated. And the fragrance? Mind-blowing. So let's enjoy a few blooms before our outdoor spring flowers blossom.
Pink tire planter? Why not. Once again, we're taking you along on the Buffalo Garden Walk and hope you find some inspiration today. I don't implement everything I see, just like I don't make every recipe I see on a food blog. But I get ideas. And I funnel them away for later. I don't even like everything I see. Some things seem tacky or just don't reflect my style. But tweaking them to suit my yard and my garden goals is fun. At the end of the day, I'm just trying to create a landscape that is a comfortable place to relax. How about you? What are your goals for your yard this year? Anything new planned? Read More
Ever go to Supercuts for a $10 haircut? Then you get home, look in the mirror and deeply regret it. Should have just paid the $50 at a salon. Supercuts hacked at your hair! Your trees and shrubs feel the exact same way when you hack at them; like you took them for that cheap haircut. And let's be honest. Most of us don't bother to prune at all because we have no clue what we're doing. Yet late winter can be the ideal time to cut back your plants because they are dormant. Fruit trees, many roses, broad-leafed evergreens and vines all like to be pruned now. This could be anywhere from mid-February to the end of March. To give you a little motivation to get started, Corona Tools is giving away a pair of ComfortGEL extendable Hedge Shears (10 inch) valued at $50! After all, premium tools matter when getting the job done. To enter, just leave a comment below telling us what winter chores you've been tackling this year.
Hi, I'm Laura and hail from Buffalo, NY. I love sharing my home & garden ideas with you. Thanks for stopping by.
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