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.
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!
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!
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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