Tom here...gardening is supposed to be fun, right? I'm a very competitive person and like to win whether I'm playing a game of cards or sports. So here's the deal. Last year when we partnered with Marle Worm Growers they taught me about how vital worms are. Maybe it's gross but their poop or castings are loaded with some of the best nutrients needed for plants to thrive. When they squirm around the garden they help make the soil more crumbly which improves soil structure and allows air and water to flow more freely. Their movement also creates tunnels which aerate the soil underneath to the benefit of those plant roots. Marle sent us a worm tube/tower to test out which I liked so much that I used it as a model to make more. Since I have the "go big or go home" mentality I decided to make four more identical worm tubes like the one that Marle sells. If you only want one worm tube, it's cheaper to just buy one from them. But if you're looking to have multiples then consider making them as you'll have all the supplies on hand. This is an easy step-by-step guide on how I built four more tubes/towers for our three raised beds.
Raised beds are what's hot right now in gardening. Who wants to bend over and toil? Elevated garden beds make for easy planting and maintenance for the long haul. And they're fun. We love raised beds for several reasons. First, our clay soil is just not suitable for most plants. With our raised beds, purchased soil supplemented with organic compost is spot-on for our vegetables and plants. Secondly, our three raised beds lend an attractive element to our suburban block. They are unique! So we hope you enjoy this garden raised bed from Denny and Cheri Larimer of Apple Valley, Minnesota. Do you think I can convince Tom to build me yet another raised bed? Mother's Day approaches! Here's how Denny and Cheri built a 4' x 4' raised bed with four separate 2' x 2' planting areas and three varying heights. Just wait to you see the finished project.
Remember that show "I Want That" on HGTV? I have no idea if it's still on but certainly it came to mind when I got an email from Nutshell Stores. I signed up for their newsletter and up popped a unique gift idea. It was their exclusive Nautical Cups Copper Rain Chain. Gorgeous. Certainly beats the shrunken alligator head that Tom got me one year. Looking at it kind of felt like going on vacation without actually leaving the house. And now that your outdoor landscape is rivaling your indoor space; it's time to spruce it up. I'm so excited for you and your chance to win this marvelously designed rain chain from Nutshell Stores! To enter, Like Raise Your Garden and share on Facebook. For an easy second entry, Like Brooklyn Farm Girl, my friend Pam's whimsical yet informative food, garden, and lifestyle blog. Did I mention she loves cats? And keep reading to find out what's so special about Nutshell Stores and this marvelous rain chain.
I'm literally going potty for plants these days. Because I love how orchids look in the bathroom! Place your plant on the counter, shower shelf or even on the back of the toilet to jazz up your space. This is exotic elegance. And let's face it, I have so many plants (hello hibiscus and succulent addiction) that I'm running out of places to put them. Besides, there's actually a few really good reasons why the bathroom in particular is a great spot to grow. And here's a few more tips to help you on your way.
Alice in Wonderland. Like a dream. That was my vision when I opened the boxes from Desert Steel. The gamut of their offerings range from colorful bird feeders to torches in the form of bold flowers and real life cacti. You will swoon over those barrel, saguaro and prickly pear cactus torches, not to mention the palm tree icons. Monumental. I've never seen anything like these before! Unmatched creativity. Pool, patio, porch or garden, their work can be displayed in any outdoor space for instant visual appeal. In the hand, these artisan designs seem so much bigger and vibrant to the eye. Birds love color and will gravitate toward these feeders by Desert Steel. And keep reading to find out what else birds love to attract more of them to your yard. Fortunately, we have two winners this round with a double magnolia and a coneflower bird feeder at stake! Each an $80 value. To enter, LIKE Raise Your Garden on Facebook and share this post on Facebook. Earn another entry by signing up for our newsletter. Let us know in the comment section what you've done to earn entries.
Four years ago marks the day and the memory is just as vivid now as it was then. I thought with the passage of time, the memories would fade but this is not so. Every day it crosses my brain. Almost every hour. Today I celebrate one of the biggest anniversaries of my life. No, it's not my blogging anniversary or even my marriage anniversary, but the anniversary of my baby Esther being ushered home from the hospital 100% healed. This is her story, and although she is too young to tell it, her story still has me marveling at the grace of God; His goodness and His mercy. So I'm taking a break from gardening just this once to share with you this miraculous story of hope as we celebrate another year of Esther's victory over death.
Living plant walls have existed since the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. I guess the modern spin would be the ivy growing up the side of Chipotle? Now urban businesses and colleges are seeing the numerous benefits of installing these green walls in their lobbies and entranceways. From health and wellness reasons to aesthetics; vertical gardens are becoming the norm. Cost, time, expense and space may deter most of us from having a gigantic plant wall in our home, but that doesn't mean we can't mimic the style. How about living green art on a smaller scale? Succulents work quite well for in this type of design and you can still reap the benefits. So we are thrilled to have linked up with Uncommon Goods to give you a chance at winning your own succulent living wall planter kit valued at $110. To enter, LIKE Raise Your Garden on Facebook or sign up for our newsletter using the green bar at the top of the screen. For two entries, do both! Let us know in the comment section what you've done.
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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