Are you into protein shakes? I love them. So we are thrilled to have partnered with Garden of Life to sample their organic plant protein. The best part? They are absolutely delicious. And there's no junk in these products. Chock-full of nutrients, bursting with protein ~ they sure fill you up. Just wait till you see the ingredient list. You are definitely going to want to keep reading for your chance to win some Organic Plant Protein from Garden of Life! (And guess what....there's 5 winners!!) Pouches approximately $25 value each!
Today, our blogging friend Matt~ a horticulturist from Massachusetts and the writer and photographer behind Living Horticulturally is guest posting.....about bugs!! See, they're not all bad!! So here we go....
When people think bugs in the garden, they often think bugs do damage. While this is often the case, keep in mind there are good bugs too. Some bugs are essential to keep your garden flourishing.
Do you bother to mulch your landscaping each year to improve your curb appeal? Should you? If you're like me you feel a lot of pressure to make your yard look its best. So I just have to ask you. Should you be using compost instead? (It certainly would be cheaper). Or both? Because to me, using both mulch and compost is a lot like whipping up a batch of brownies. Here's why.
When making brownies, you have some important decisions to make....right?!
1.) Do you add chocolate or peanut butter chips to the batter prior to baking?
2.) When done baking, should you frost them?
In the gardening world, the compost are the chips and the mulch is the frosting.
It's the compost that "sweetens" the garden soil. It needs to be infused and mixed into the soil, just like the chips need to be mixed in the batter. And like those chips, a little goes a long way. You don't need a ton of it to make your plants thrive. Compost is the gardeners "black gold". The nutrients are constantly being leached into the soil. When rain washes through the compost, tons of Nitrogen and Carbon are washed downward improving the soil quality.
But the mulch? It's the icing on the cake. Like a thicker frosting, mulch is bulkier than compost and tends to stay in place more than compost would. It spreads easily, covers and protects your soil and plant roots from extreme temperatures, helps retain moisture and suppresses weeds and disease. Beyond all this, it does look good....for a time.
Do you ever wonder what you're going to do with the other half of the watermelon? Because you know how it is. You cut the watermelon in half to eat now and want to save the other half for later. The best option is to wrap it with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge. But the plastic wrap always gets tangled together and ends up sticking to itself. It typically takes a few tries before you actually get it to work. So frustrating. Enter: ChicWrap. Truly, this is the easiest solution to wrapping up your leftovers. And easy is getting the green light in my world these days. So keep reading to learn how to simplify your life and win a couple of these splendid products!
Gardening with kids is tricky. Like puppies, kids have super short attention spans. But if you can harness that energy it works out well....for both of you. Sure, it's easier to do the work myself than get the kids involved. But I've finally decided it's time to garden as a family. So whether it's your own kids, the grandkids, the neighbors kids; here's 8 reasons you should get them involved.
First impressions count. And my first impressions of Eartheasy from start to finish are nothing less than stellar. From their incredible range of knowledge about sustainable living to the high caliber of their products down to their ethics....this is just a company and a family you'll want to support. On their website make sure you read the "Our Story" tab first, quite fascinating. They bring 30 years of living off the grid seem doable whether you're an urban, suburban or rural dweller. So keep reading for your chance to win this stunning rolling cedar patio planter from Eartheasy.....valued at $260!
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Hi, I'm Laura and hail from Buffalo, NY. I consider myself a lifelong learner who loves gardening with a 360 degree view. Thanks for stopping by!
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