Soil Amendments Make All the Difference


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Over the last couple of weeks, I have started to share some of my pictures and comments with regard to landscaping. I am far from a green thumb, but I do consider myself to be somewhat savvy in the yard. I used to own a landscape maintenance and installation company so I do have a leg up on the average bear, but it has taken me a long time and a lot of experimentation to get to where I am. If you are a beginner or a novice landscaper, let me give you a piece of advice: understand and … [Read more...]

Planting a Patio Paradise for Pennies on the Dollar


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We love our patio. We spend a ton of time out there. We were able to pick up space heaters on clearance at Lowe's back around Thanksgiving so we had even more functionality all winter. Just before football season last year, I was able to get a steal on a flat screen that we have mounted to the wall. Of course, when you have a flat screen you also need a soundbar, right? I picked up one of those on an open box special at Best Buy along with an iPod docking station that allows me to have music … [Read more...]

Getting the Most From Landscaping Projects


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I am one of those people that will see the absolutely perfect plant in Lowes and decide that I need to rip out half of my yard to accommodate it. Tonight was no different. Actually, it was a perfect storm of landscaping for me. I found a great deal on some pretty Butterfly Bush at Lowes. Wiz Kid Lisa Hebert and and her husband Tim were kind enough to send me a box full of Day Lily tubers. I had an issue with dying sod at the front part of my driveway and, finally, I had to do something with the … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Planters From Plastic Bottles


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When we think about recycling it usually involves setting items at the curb to be hauled off, why not repurpose what you have on hand and turn it into something beautiful that you can enjoy everyday or give as a gift? Reusing what we consider to be trash is not only Earth friendly but very cost effective for us as well. Materials needed for this project: Glue gun & glue stick 1 Bag Cinnamon sticks from Michael’s cut in half.  Don’t be perfect!!! Cranberry’s from store or berries … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Rain Barrel for Under $30


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Celebrate Earth Day and create your own rain barrel. A Rain Barrel is a "tank"  that collects and holds rainwater runoff from rooftops or rain gutters.  Rain Barrels are installed to use collected water for later use, and help to cut down on water main bills.  Using water in this way, a means of recycling, is much wiser and affordable than hooking your hose up to the water you pay for.  We waste thousands of gallons of FREE water from the sky each year. Rain barrels are also important for our … [Read more...]

Planting Patio Pots for Pennies on the Dollar


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It's no secret that we live in Florida and have the benefit of awesome weather most of the year.  Because of this, we spend the majority of our time on our patio.  We have done things to make the experience more pleasurable.  One example is our flower pots.  We have invested in nice cast-concrete pots that have been stained to give them a unique look.  I change the pots by season.  For example, at Christmas time, we had Norfolk Pines and Poinsettias.  In the fall, we had Garden Mums and in the … [Read more...]

Frugal Yard Crashers – Preparing the Area for the Playset


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Now that we have selected our play set and befriended white spray paint, it's time to prepare the area that we have finalized.  In our case, the first thing we needed to do is get rid of a bunch of grass.  There are a couple of ways that you can go about this.  First, you can let it live, rent a sod cutter, remove it and transplant it to another area of your yard that needs grass.  Another alternative is to simply spray it with Roundup or a similar weedkiller and kill it.  We chose the latter as … [Read more...]

Easy Easter Centerpiece


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Easy Easter Centerpiece Here's a centerpiece you can make in less than an hour and you will have everyone talking about it during Easter dinner and for days to come.  This is also a great gardening craft project you can do with your kids as well. The next time you have eggs gently tap the top of the eggs to get your eggs out and recycle the shell for your Easter decorations. After you've emptied the egg from its shell remove little pieces at a time to get the opening the size you need for … [Read more...]

Grow An Herb Garden Using Strawberry Pots


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I've  had several strawberry pots given to me over the years and frankly I don't think they are very efficient when it comes to water distribution and retention for the plants. I studied the pots and experimented with different types of plants including drought tolerant plants.  I've even put the planted pot in the green house to see if humidity would help and no matter what I did the plants eventually started to die.  To keep that from happening I had to transplant the plants into other … [Read more...]

Is One Brand Of Soil Better Than Another?


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 Is one brand better than the other? The short answer is no.  When my husband and I began to prepare our new garden we went to the home improvement center to buy some vegetables that are best purchased already started and seeds for the rest.  I always see people contemplating the soil and prices wondering if one brand versus another really matters in the long run.  The decision maker for most people is in the marketing from one manufacture to another because we are more familiar with the name of … [Read more...]

What Kind Of Gardener Are You?


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Are You a Beginner or Advanced Gardner How do you define a gardener?  According to the American Heritage Dictionary they define gardener as: One who works in or tends a garden for pleasure or hire.  If you can’t wait to get outside on a sunny day or even an ugly day consider that you have a true passion for gardening.   If its your goal to find ways to protect your plants from weather conditions so you can enjoy them the next year you are a gardener. Are you a beginner gardener?   Are … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Planters From Plastic Bottles


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When we think about recycling it usually involves setting items at the curb to be hauled off, why not repurpose what you have on hand and turn it into something beautiful that you can enjoy everyday or give as a gift? Reusing what we consider to be trash is not only Earth friendly but very cost effective for us as well. Materials needed for this project: Glue gun & glue stick 1 Bag Cinnamon sticks from Michael’s cut in half.  Don’t be perfect!!! Cranberry’s from store or berries … [Read more...]