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I gained 15 pounds my first year of college. My skin was a wreck due to poor diet. Acne. Blotchy. Dull and dry. Ugh. So whoever coined the phrase "you are what you eat" nailed it on the head. Looking at myself in a mirror at the end of term, I didn't like the reflection. So I did a 180 degree turnabout with my dietary habits. And that's partly why having a garden is so vital to me. I love to eat vegetables steamed, roasted, and even raw. Scrumptious. When I decided that sugar and carbs weren't going to rule my life, vegetables started to taste delicious again. Now that I eat so little sugar and flour a cracker or a Cheerio tastes sweet. A piece of cake? So sickly sweet that it's unbearable for my reformed taste buds. But I've also learned as I approach....ahem...40 that it's equally important to take care of the outside of my skin and body. That's why I'm thrilled to have teamed up with Shelby and her product line Shelby Naturals for the ultimate skin changing experience. I hope you win her Daily Essential Set that includes a cleanser, toner, serum and micro fibre cleansing cloth valued at $100. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. YOU CAN EARN ONE ENTRY PER DAY JUST BY TAGGING A FEW FB FRIENDS! Let us know that you've entered by telling us what your favorite beauty product is! Contest ends November 19th! Canadian friends....you are welcome to enter too...we love you!
I'm not here to nag. Not gonna do it. But it's time to stop fussing over your Halloween costume because you have to plant that garlic! And quite honestly, the first person I should nag is probably myself. Or maybe Tom. Because we are equally guilty of not quite getting our garlic in the ground yet. Where I live, the general rule of green thumb is to plant your garlic before Halloween for best results. But after a rather rainy and colder summer, we are pleasantly surprised by a warmer and sunnier fall! This certainly should extend the planting season. Of course you can grow garlic spring or fall. But the fall season is preferred for most of us. The point is to plant....sooner rather than later for next year's crop because growing garlic is easy. So here are my top tips and trends for the garlic growing season.
If you're a bird, you're welcome to feast at the all-you-can-eat buffet at my house. Not so much if you happen to be a squirrel or a chipmunk. If it were just me, I wouldn't mind. To some degree, they're all cute. But Tom's not having it. The bird feeders are exclusively for the birds. I've actually seen Tom run outside at 6 a.m. barefoot chasing a fat squirrel away. Oh well. Whaddya gonna do? Win a bird feeder from Desert Steel of course. Today, we have a first and a second place winner so it's super exciting for all. First place gets the lovely Velvet Queen Bird Feeder shown just above and you'll have to keep reading to see what the second place reader gets! To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. YOU CAN EARN ONE ENTRY PER DAY JUST BY TAGGING A FEW FB FRIENDS! Let us know that you have entered by telling us if you've ever tried to grow sunflowers and how many entries you've earned. Contest ends November 9th!
If you’ve been carefully tending to your garden all year, it would be a shame to see all your hard work go to waste when winter arrives, wouldn’t it? But, without knowing how to care for your plants over winter, that’s almost guaranteed. Read up on the tips below to ensure you know exactly how to keep your plants happy until spring comes.
So I know what you're thinking. Why are you talking about garage sales on a garden blog? Two reasons. With lots of rain and zero summer sun, my garden bombed this summer. I can't show you pictures of my gorgeous zucchini because I don't have any. My plants rotted into the ground. The second reason? Since I didn't save much money from my garden, I tried to make up the difference through yard sales.The objective is to buy most of my families clothes, girls 5 toddler, 7 girl, newborn boy and used clothes for myself at reasonable prices. Forget buying men's clothes used! Rags when they're finally done with them. I also look for useful housewares and seasonal items for the home. At times, I even hope to stumble across a few luxury items to purchase at a bargain price. But after my experiences this summer, I've kicked my garage sale habit to the curb. Here's why.
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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