And make sure you enter this stunning copper weathervane contest too!
Plastic makes my world go round. Especially since having kids. It's lightweight, durable and these days becoming increasingly trendy. It doesn't smash into a million pieces either like ceramic or glass does. Plastic is for the people. And this is partly what makes the Pickers Grow Boxes and Crop Props from Emsco so fabulous. The resin used in these products is chemically inactive; BPA-free and phthalate-free. Safe for us organic gardeners. Besides, container gardening is some of the most fun you'll ever have with plants! So no more excuses. Go ahead. Push the easy button and keep reading for your chance to win a Picker + Crop Prop from the Emsco Group. Over $140 value! To enter just leave a comment telling us what you'd plant in your new picker in the comment section below. And guess what, there's two winners! I really hope you are one of them.
And make sure you enter this stunning copper weathervane contest too!
Tom here. I recently garbaged picked a very nice 75' garden hose from the curb. It certainly didn't looked damaged. At the same time I'm not naive enough to think that somebody threw away a garden hose because it was in good working order. I ended up finding a small hole in the hose. But for $1.92 I fixed the hose and now it works perfect. Have you thrown out a garden hose that has a hole, or because one of the ends got run over by a car or the lawn mower? Does it drive you crazy if you see a little drip coming from one of the ends? Stop fretting over your hose and fix it yourself! Confession time. I just learned how to fix these common problems... The good news? So can you!
Sophisticated and sleek, function marries beauty in this Good Directions weathervane made of copper and brass. The copper figure and spacer balls are splendid. Real copper! Stunning just sitting in the box. Still, within minutes of arrival, Tom already had it assembled. It was that easy. He placed the vane in the dead center of the middle raised bed. A decorative Titan highlighting the best of our garden and no doubt will look equally lovely in your yard. Good Directions is a company with a sharp eye on trend only offering the creme de la creme of outdoor products. Make sure you enter to win by leaving a comment below telling us where you'd put this weathervane. Barn? Home? Garden? Cottage? Potting shed? Greenhouse? Lake house? Garage? Deck? The possibilities are endless. $180 value!!
A year ago, you probably would have been able to convince me that compost tea is something one can drink. But as I ween myself off of products like Miracle-Gro, I'm seeking out organic solutions to ignite the growth and health of my garden. Enter compost tea. Here's a DIY mini project that's easy to do and will satisfy your soils need for organic nutrients. So meet Jay Williams, co-owner of High Yield Organics - (Rocky Mountain Worms) who breaks down the whole process for us. Jay is so easygoing and laid-back, it was easy asking him questions. He's the exact type of person we like to learn from. And there's another surprise. Jay has a Worm Factory 360 he wants you to win in an upcoming post as we continue on our vermiculture journey. But until then, here's the scoop to successful brewing.
Tom bought me some hand tools at a garage sale. I was pleased but confused as to why all the handles had purple duck tape repeatedly wrapped around them. "To mark that they belonged to his wife" was my husbands reply. Huh...I'm thinking to myself? He continued "So that the husband knew never to touch those tools." Uh. Ok. Maybe a simpler solution would be to purchase this durable and trendy 6 piece pink handled tool set from Apollo Precision Tools. The handles are pink to mark awareness for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. And a portion of every pink kit sale is given to this cause. If you don't have any hand tools or are just looking for an upgrade; I really hope you enter to win by leaving a comment telling us how you organize your tools.
I like to think I don't nag. But this probably isn't true. This year, I really wanted every plant to be propped up. Sprawling plants make for a messy looking garden. And since I planted much closer than usual this year, we needed to go vertical. Trellises are pricy, usually one trellis per plant. But I wanted a trellis that could prop up a whole row of peas, beans or cucumbers. So I got on Tom. Tom's a gym teacher. With his go-big or go-home mentality, he was racking his brain with ideas to win. And he came up with a seven' high and six' wide trellis made out of PVC pipe. Guess what else? There's a surprise at the end of this post.
We bought our first DripWorks irrigation system a couple of years ago. I didn't blog then. It's a product that we use and abuse and continue to love year after year. We've partnered with DripWorks today so that you can have a chance to win your own Garden Bed Irrigation Kit...good for watering up to 3 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. I really hope you win!!
I just noticed that my garlic scapes have curled. It's time to harvest, prepare and eat my scapes. The scapes are the curling stem that spirals up from the hardback Rocombole garlic. It's the stalk that suddenly emerges mid to late June from the center of the plant. And since this is my first year growing garlic, it's also my first year with my own garlic scapes. Garlic is tasty. So are the scapes. They are delicious and easy to prepare. And don't worry if you didn't grow your own, they can be found at farmer's markets. I even saw them in the grocery store this past week. But hurry, the season is short! So if you haven't tried making garlic scapes, I hope you will this year. Here's five reasons why.
When our Red Wriggler Worms arrived via U.S. mail we felt like new parents again. Right down to getting the bedding and food just right! Vermiculture is brand new for Tom and I. But we were eager to learn and hope you share this interest. Worm poop works wonders in your garden. Sheer gold. So we were thrilled to partner with Marle Worm Growers who sent us a worm tube to test out. A worm tube is a PVC plastic pipe with holes that gets buried in your garden. You reap all the benefits of worm composting without having to host live organisms in your house or garage. So tell us why you'd like to win a worm tube in the comment section for a chance to win from Marle Worm Growers! And keep reading to learn more about our progress with vermiculture! It's so exciting.
Let me guess. You'd love to own your own greenhouse but don't want a permanent structure in your yard. Not to mention the expense! Meet the Horti Hood. The Horti Hood is a dome-shaped moveable greenhouse that can be used year after year to germinate your seeds and extend the growing season of your plants. And if you stagger your plantings, it's perfect for those second and third shifts. Even better? It costs a fraction of the price that a huge, cumbersome greenhouse would cost. It's simply marvelous. So we are ecstatic to have partnered with Rob McAlister from Cave Innovations who wants to give you a Horti Hood 90 valued at $140 US dollars. And guess what international readers? You can enter too!
I love dirt! In fact, I love it so much that I make my own. And it has been one of the best gardening experiments thus far, my plants are thriving in my mix. So when our new friends at Grabco reached out to us to do a post about soil type, we said yes! After taking the "quiz" I'd say I have clay soil. After installing our raised beds, we decided to order premium topsoil to fill them with. Now we are experimenting with worms. Tom and I hope you wonderful readers are interested in worm composting. Stay tuned. We have lots of posts coming your way. But that's enough dirt on me, how about you? What's your soil type? By the way, you are going to love the infographic at the end of the post. So let me know your soil type in the comments below!
I know what you're thinking. Hmmm. This product looks like a glorified garbage can and for $100 bucks, I can buy something similar at Bed Bath and Beyond and just compost in that. After using my CompoKeeper for several weeks now....not so. And for the record, I have that garbage can from BBB (and paid more for it than I would have for a CompoKeeper, duh) and it pales in comparison. A CompoKeeper is similar to having dogs and cats; you're not going to be satisfied with having just one. You'll love it so much, you'll want at least two. That's how multi-purpose they are.
To enter leave a comment telling us why you'd like to win your very own CompoKeeper valued at over $100! (includes 12 compostable bags & 2 carbon filters).
Do you compare yourself to other people? It's probably not a good idea, but sometimes I do. I'm just a very curious person. I've noticed that my 5-year-old has picked up my awful habit of just staring at people who interest me. Not good! And I've read that the majority of people peek inside the bathroom cabinets of others when visiting their homes. I guess we're all curious! Want to take a peek at my garden and exchange notes? Then you can shoot me a comment about what you planted this year. Do you agonize over the planting process thinking to yourself....did I plant enough of......or too much of.....I do! It drives me insane. Here's my rundown.
And thanks for being such wonderful readers, I appreciate you so much!!
To celebrate World Oceans Day we're so excited to have teamed up with Water Gallery. Water Gallery is a marvelously unique company that makes reusable glass water bottles with stunning ocean themed artwork by Wyland. Looking at the panoramic view on the inside of these bottles is similar to going to the aquarium. And just like the aquarium, it actually looks like the dolphins and turtles are swimming inside these bottles. Best about Water Gallery? Their passion for ocean conservation and all earth sustaining products. So leave a comment for your chance to win two of these fantastic bottles from Water Gallery valued at $50!
I recently stumbled across Zidle, a website that sells everything from home and kitchen items to pet, beauty, auto and kids stuff. What an interesting array of products they sell! Who doesn't want a new squeegee? But what I like best is that so many of their products are inexpensive, I'm talking in the $3-$8 range for an item that is unique. Where else are you going to find special straws that change color when they touch ice cold beverages for $1.99? So this is your chance to win 3 items from Zidle that I'll highlight below. To win, just leave a comment telling me your favorite store that you currently shop at.
Is there anything worse that a pot or window box that doesn't quite measure up....or is just plain ugly? Okay, yes there is! But if you're going to plant at all, I say, do it right. Here's my top 8 top tips for creating a magical box or planter with stunning visual appeal this year.
Are you into protein shakes? I love them. So we are thrilled to have partnered with Garden of Life to sample their organic plant protein. The best part? They are absolutely delicious. And there's no junk in these products. Chock-full of nutrients, bursting with protein ~ they sure fill you up. Just wait till you see the ingredient list. You are definitely going to want to keep reading for your chance to win some Organic Plant Protein from Garden of Life! (And guess what....there's 5 winners!!) Pouches approximately $25 value each!
Today, our blogging friend Matt~ a horticulturist from Massachusetts and the writer and photographer behind Living Horticulturally is guest posting.....about bugs!! See, they're not all bad!! So here we go....
When people think bugs in the garden, they often think bugs do damage. While this is often the case, keep in mind there are good bugs too. Some bugs are essential to keep your garden flourishing.
How many loads of laundry do you do each week? Maybe even each day. Personally, I am actively trying to cut down on my laundry loads. I told Tom that he has to wear his jeans three times before I wash them. (To be fair, I usually wear my jeans 5 times between each wash unless the kids wipe their peanut butter fingers on me). And still, I do a load almost every day. Sometimes two if Esther wets the bed. Good thing she's cute! But like so many household products, most laundry detergents are laden with bad chemicals. So I'm so pleased to have partnered with Nellie's All-Natural and for your opportunity to win your own 100 load laundry tin!
Do you bother to mulch your landscaping each year to improve your curb appeal? Should you? If you're like me you feel a lot of pressure to make your yard look its best. So I just have to ask you. Should you be using compost instead? (It certainly would be cheaper). Or both? Because to me, using both mulch and compost is a lot like whipping up a batch of brownies. Here's why.
Do you ever wonder what you're going to do with the other half of the watermelon? Because you know how it is. You cut the watermelon in half to eat now and want to save the other half for later. The best option is to wrap it with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge. But the plastic wrap always gets tangled together and ends up sticking to itself. It typically takes a few tries before you actually get it to work. So frustrating. Enter: ChicWrap. Truly, this is the easiest solution to wrapping up your leftovers. And easy is getting the green light in my world these days. So keep reading to learn how to simplify your life and win a couple of these splendid products!
Congrats to Dorrie T our ChicWrap Winner!
Gardening with kids is tricky. Like puppies, kids have super short attention spans. But if you can harness that energy it works out well....for both of you. Sure, it's easier to do the work myself than get the kids involved. But I've finally decided it's time to garden as a family. So whether it's your own kids, the grandkids, the neighbors kids; here's 8 reasons you should get them involved.
First impressions count. And my first impressions of Eartheasy from start to finish are nothing less than stellar. From their incredible range of knowledge about sustainable living to the high caliber of their products down to their ethics....this is just a company and a family you'll want to support. On their website make sure you read the "Our Story" tab first, quite fascinating. They bring 30 years of living off the grid seem doable whether you're an urban, suburban or rural dweller. So keep reading for your chance to win this stunning rolling cedar patio planter from Eartheasy.....valued at $260!
Congrats to Holly B! The Rolling Ceder Planter Winner
We have a 2' x 4' cedar planter box that needs potting soil. Soon... so that I can get my herb garden going. [Hint hint awesome giveaway coming up]. Anyhow, to buy bagged soil is going to cost us a small fortune. Over $70 I estimated for just this one box. And I have several other containers and pots that need to be filled too. Even though we spent over $500 to fill our three raised beds with dirt, this type of soil is just too heavy when growing in pots. It's time to make my own. Are you in? Want to try it with me?
Happy Earth Day! And to celebrate, we interviewed Founder and Chief Horticulturalist David Salman of High Country Gardens with a few questions that were boggling our wonderful readers. Pioneers in sustainable gardening, you'll glean a ton of useful information from this interview that ranges from low water plants to eco friendly landscapes. While checking out their website, be sure to sign up for their email newsletter to keep you up-to-date about their latest plants and awesome gardening tips. And keep reading for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate (1st place) or $25 (2nd place) to purchase some perennials, succulents or garden supplies from High Country Gardens!
Congrats to Carol -1st place and Erin R our 2nd place Winner
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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