Do you have a Charlie Brown Christmas tree complex? When looking for the family Christmas tree each year this is my struggle. I lean towards selecting the sad, wilting tree because otherwise that tree won't have a home for Christmas. Then I have to stop. Pause. Think. And come to my senses. The tree is not a kitten. It does not have feelings and I'm not doing myself a favor by hauling home the worst one on the lot. Besides, live Christmas tree prices are typically $50 and up. In many cases you pay by the foot so I might as well get the best tree for my dollars. And did you hear this latest news hot off the press? That Christmas trees didn't do well this year so prices are expected to soar by at least $20 a tree. Yikes! But what do you look for when selecting the perfect Christmas tree? These are my top tips so that your tree doesn't sap holiday cheer when sipping that eggnog. Warning: Post contains affiliate links, you may want to read my disclosure policy. Thanks for being such sweet readers!
So I planted about fifty sunflower seeds up against my garden fence this past summer with the hopes of big, beautiful sunflowers in the Fall. But zero plants came up. Oops! I think the super hot summer combined with my lack of watering skills contributed to the defeat. But I'll try again next year. Until then, enjoy this guest post written by Kylie from grohelps. I'm looking forward to my second chance next year! Fingers crossed. So let's learn together how-to harvest these seeds and maybe we'll find ourselves giving each other high-fives next season! Until then, I'll be buying my sunflowers from Wegmans.
If you're anything like us, you're scurrying around doing a gizillion projects before the cold weather hits.
Now it's gathering and cooking the last produce, making tomato sauce, hunkering down for winter and harvesting some seeds for next year.
I wasn't going to bother harvesting seeds, but while I was picking the remnants of the Roma tomatoes, my 6-year-old started collecting beans pods for seeds. How could I let her down?
So I was motivated to dig a bit deeper, learn a little more and find out why we should be harvesting these seeds.
And what did I discover?
That it's a cinch to do so cross this one off your list today.
Here's a few reasons why you should give it a whirl this year with a step-by-step guide.
And before I forget, you'll want to stake your beans on a trellis like this DIY PVC pea and bean trellis or you can purchase one fairly cheaply, too!
I like to think I don't nag. But this probably isn't true. This year, I really wanted every plant to be propped up. Sprawling plants make for a messy looking garden. And since I planted much closer than usual this year, we needed to go vertical. Trellises are pricy, usually one trellis per plant. But I wanted a trellis that could prop up a whole row of peas, beans or cucumbers. So I got on Tom. Tom's a gym teacher. With his go-big or go-home mentality, he was racking his brain with ideas to win. And he came up with a seven' high and six' wide trellis made out of PVC pipe. Guess what else? There's a surprise at the end of this post.
We have a 2' x 4' cedar planter box that needs potting soil. Soon... so that I can get my herb garden going. [Hint hint awesome giveaway coming up]. Anyhow, to buy bagged soil is going to cost us a small fortune. Over $70 I estimated for just this one box. And I have several other containers and pots that need to be filled too. Even though we spent over $500 to fill our three raised beds with dirt, this type of soil is just too heavy when growing in pots. It's time to make my own. Are you in? Want to try it with me?
I started sprouting literally overnight. And now how I love sprouts! Sprouts are delicious in soups, stews, salads, sandwiches and stir-fries. Say that 10 times fast. So when I can't get my hands dirty in the garden, I tackle other projects that intrigue me like sprouting. How about you? Ready to sprout? Low in calories, mung sprouts are an excellent source of protein too.
Sure, we spent a boatload to build our raised beds. But you don't have to. Here's how our Central New York friends, Josh and Beth built raised beds out of pallets for cheap. [Almost nothing!] And guess what.....you can too! Or at least go on their picture journey.
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It seems like I only have to drive past Target to drop $50. Make that $100. Easy. Their home & garden aisles call my name. And it all seems so cheap before it gets added up at the checkout line.
I get a little obsessive over washing produce. How about you? And if you really want to get grossed out....
We live in an image obsessed world. Looks do matter regardless of what anyone says.
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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