You probably already guessed by now that I'm not one of "those" people. You know exactly of who I speak. That friend, relative or co-worker whose house is sicklingly spotless...even when caught off guard. Not a fleck of dust or dirt anywhere. No grime. Just gleaming. And the entryway? Immaculate. Everything put away. Shoes lined up. Umbrellas tucked away. No bags or backpacks in sight. How is it done? I don't know but I vow to try harder. Slowly the goal is to organize my home and garden spaces better. So I'm thrilled to team up again with the Good Directions company because they keep me on track. This time it's their multi-purpose copper boot trays that make me so happy. Most. Useful. Product. Ever. So I am equally thrilled for your chance of winning one of them valued at $70 & $55 respectively. It's time to spiff up your space! To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. You can earn one entry per day by sharing this post. Let us know that you have entered by telling us what you like to clean on the comment section. Do this by scrolling down to the bottom of this post. Contest ends February 28th!
It's the four letter word that everyone is afraid to utter. A real "F" bomb. As in faux. Faux plants. You've all seen the movie "Groundhog Day"....right? That's Monday's here. I get up, make my bed, brush my teeth and get dressed. On a good day I manage to brush my hair too but not always. Then I feed the girls breakfast, pack lunches and get them bundled off for school. After feeding the pets it's time to get serious about watering the plants. Monday is the designated day for that. With no target in mind, I tend to ignore the problem and plants start dying all over the place. Not acceptable for a garden blogger! After the drudgery is done, I'm tempted to toss their plant butts to the curb and go faux. No need to water ever again and no shedding leaves. Dead-headding. What's that? And come to think of it, no stress about dead plants. So take a deep breath because I'm going to level with you. Faux plants can be great and are becoming increasingly more convincing. So if you don't divulge your dirty little plant secret, we won't either! Promise. Here's a bit of advice about fake plants and what you should consider now.
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We've had a few pleasant additions to our family this year. It started with a cat. Then we had a baby boy. Finally we decided it was high time to add a betta fish to the menagerie. The fish is red and is thus named Philip after the red caped prince in Sleeping Beauty. He's red...do you see? I don't quite get it but there it is. My hesitation in getting a fish was the whole cleaning the tank dilemma. I'm swamped with chores as it is! But this tank is different and better. Most regular fish tanks require 50% water changes once a week. Once your plants are established, bi-weekly is ample. Beauty marries function in this water garden that combines fish with plants for an eye candy experience. And many thanks to the Eartheasy company for teaming up with us and awarding one lucky reader their very own Water Garden. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. YOU CAN EARN ONE ENTRY PER DAY BY COMMENTING ON ANY OF OUR OTHER POSTS. Let us know that you've entered by telling us the name of one of your pets on the comment section by scrolling down to the bottom of this post. Contest ends February 17th!
Having a backyard is a pleasure, but during the winter season you can’t help but think about all the work you’ll be doing when snow build up is too much. I was intrigued by a single stage snow blower review article I read and decided to write how we personally combat the snow season and make things easier after any storm. Here are some tips you can easily do before and during the snow and save yourself time in the future.
Those of us who spend hours in the garden are a proud sort. We work tirelessly to ensure that our outdoors area looks on point all year round. Even during the winter, we can be found pottering around in the garden tending to cold weather plants and shrubbery. We love the time we spend in the garden, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that we don’t wish that maintenance wasn’t at least a little easier. That and it can be oh so disheartening when all of our hard work is ruined at the first sight of bad weather.
I had no idea when I married Tom how much fish would play into our lives. It's a big deal to him and the girls. But it's taken us a few years to learn about how to use all the fish parts, especially in the garden to grow those humongous tomatoes. Thrifty people...we use it all. This is why I reached out to avid fisherman and artist, John Doherty through his company Fishaye Trading. His nautical themed products are spot-on for the fishing enthusiast in your life. Prints, placements, decorative trays, and even mirrors, he highlights the sea in such a unique way. All will appreciate his art from the cottage owner, coastal resident or wanna-be water dweller. I don't know about you, but I'm not just buying gifts at Christmas, it's a year-round deal here. So I'm super excited to introduce you to Fishaye Trading. The best part.... we have two winners today! First place gets a rustic nautical print in a cedar driftwood frame ($140) and second place gets four of his his stunning nautical placements ($40). 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 that you have entered by telling us how close you live to water! But first, I must tell you about how Gyotaku works! Contest ends February 4th.
Hi, I'm Laura and hail from Western New York. I consider myself a lifelong learner who loves gardening with a 360 degree view. Thanks for stopping by!
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