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!
Remember those awesome bird feeders from Desert Steel? Guess what...Desert Steel is back! Better than ever. This time it's their marvelous torches at stake. Gorgeous torches with magnetic appeal that will light up your life and your backyard this summer. Lovely to look at as well as being oh so functional. Beauty marries usability. We are so beyond those Big Lots tiki torches from the 80's. Tom liked them so much he told a co-worker about them who ended up buying a few for his wife for Mother's Day. She was absolutely thrilled. In fact, it went over so well that next year he's getting them for his mother and mother-in-law as well. So we hope you become one of two lucky winners of the blue Himalayan Poppy Torch or the red Poppy Flower Torch from Desert Steel. Each an $80 value. To enter, LIKE Raise Your Garden on Facebook and tag five friends. Earn another entry by signing up for our newsletter. Let us know in the comment section what you've done to earn entries.
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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