Squash is beautiful. You'll rarely find a group of vegetables more varied-looking and yet consistently pretty. But I'm into squash. I love it! And did you know that there's at least 350 varieties- and that's just those commonly grown in North America. Typically, I seek mine out from roadside stands instead of trying to grow my own. The reason? It takes up lots of room in the garden and would consume a whole raised bed, if not two. As a gardener, I always consider what I can purchase just as cheaply as I can grow. When that's the case, I save the space for other crops. But I wanted to highlight 8 varieties of squash that you do not want to miss this season. Not so long ago on a cold winter's day, I was craving butternut squash. The price at our local grocery store for one tiny squash was $11. I went into shock mode and didn't end up buying at all. And squash can be stored extremely well, so don't hesitate to buy now, eat later. In fact, many squash will last until February. Here's my best squash tips and a few you have to sample!
Wood fires are soothing. Aren't they? Nothing beats nestling up with the family to a comforting, warm fire watching the embers dying away. The smell alone is intoxicating. As fall approaches, the days are getting cooler and a fire pit or bowl is a wonderful way to extend the evenings. Besides, there's something almost magical about the snap, crackle and popping glow of a natural fire. Who doesn't want to indulge in a few more s'mores before winter? So we are absolutely over the moon thrilled about your chance of winning a $600 fire pit from Good Directions! Even better? There are three to choose from. You pick readers! 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 in the comment section of this post what you did to enter!
Going down the do-it-yourself route is often the most popular – not to mention practical – option, experienced green thumbs take. From testing the waters of Craftionary’s simple DIY projects to incorporating the more advanced techniques on Raise Your Garden, these ventures stretch the budget of a typical household, and give people like us the satisfaction of a rewarding experience. However, when it comes to starting this journey, it’s also important for us to consider what tools to use and invest in.
There you are...on-the-go again! Tote bag in hand, you're finally out the door with all that "stuff" you need. Sure, I have several bags and use all of them in turn because they serve different purposes. Consider the traditional reusable grocery store bag. They are flimsy and kind of crappy. And they just don't offer the right kind of support to keep your produce, especially your berries in tact. Squished raspberries? Bleh. Squished eggs? Much, much worse. And insulation? Forget it. Enter Cabaggage! Finally a solution to a major problem. This market bag has it all. Lightweight but sturdy, you'll be hauling produce like never before, in style naturally! Yours for the winning valued at approximately $65! 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 in the comment section of this post what you did to enter.
While my garden is close to a money tree ~ we're not quite there! Since I'm not working outside the home right now, I'm always looking for new ways to save my family money. Did you know it costs between 50 cents and a dollar to run a dryer for approximately an hour? More in the colder months. That adds up quick in a home with four people and two dogs. Some days I find myself doing three or four loads. Besides, I'm looking for an excuse to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and sun myself. But I was floored when Tom told me he wasn't going to build me a line out of wood as I fully expected, but metal. In fact, galvanized steel. I'm sure glad he had that epiphany; it's the best clothesline ever! You hardly notice it in the yard, chic even! Here's how to make your own customizable clothesline.
I affectionately call them my shovelly spades. At least in my head. After all, these hybrid shovels do the job of both - and that's just partly what makes them so spectacular. The other part? The fact that both Tom and I use them every single day. I'm not kidding. There's not a day we don't reach for these tools. Because they're not just for gardening, they are for every day yard tasks and whatever else you're tackling in your landscape right now. Clothesline? Gutter issue? Pool project? Underground pipe? Yep. Whatever you're working on rely on your Spear Head Spades to get the job done quickly. So we are thrilled they are back and this time offering you their short and mini fiberglass hybrid spades as a two-piece set valued at approximately $85! Hurrah. 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 in the comment section of this post what you did to enter.
Fall is peaking around the corner. But that doesn't mean summer flare has to end. Indian summer never ceases to surprise. And neither does Desert Steel, a company famous for their innovative and purposeful yard art that makes your space all the more appealing. We love their eye-popping color and beautiful, bold and bright products that enhance our favorite dwelling space - the great outdoors. So we are enthused for your chance to win either their stunning pink and purple hummingbird feeder or their sunflower torch. 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 in the comment section of this post what you did to enter.
So our dryer broke down and we weren't sure whether to replace it or try to service it. Tough call! What do you do when your 10-year-old dryer was a cheap one to begin with? Do you pay the exorbitant service fee when they may not be able to fix it or do you start fresh and buy a new one? On the fence, Tom decided to get on that laundry line we've been toying with for years now. Nothing like necessity to motivate you! Besides, he loves any excuse to go to Home Depot. Not to mention picking himself up an iced cappuccino on the way. And spring and fall are my two favorite times for drying clothes outside. So fresh, clean and easy, you'll be wondering why you didn't put up one years ago. What took Tom and I so long? Here's 11 reasons why you should make one now.
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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