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Chore Chart for Your Summer Garden
By: Admin    July 05 2018 , 04:10 pm
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Category: Seasons , Gardening
Need a chore schedule for your summer garden? It is easy to let those lazy summer days pass by in a haze. Optimize your garden with this month-by-month guide of the best way to budget your time this summer! You will have beautiful blooms the entire season, and be prepared for the autumn climate shift when the time comes. June The first month of summer is a great time to get work done before the hottest days of summer approach. Take advantage of the beautiful June weather before the scorching heat of late summer and get all your seeds planted that you have been saving up. June is a great time to mulch if you want to reap the benefits. Mow your grass to about 2 1/2 inches in length. Any shorter can cause weeds and increase the damage done by drought. Deadhead and pinch back flowers and plants that need it. Succession planting can be a great way to plan crops f...
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The Benefits of Using a Reel Push Mower
By: Admin    May 24 2018 , 02:23 pm
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Category: Tools , Lawn Care
Reel push mowers are an underrated tool for lawn maintenance. Although the reel push mower was a popular invention at the time, it was quickly outranked and forgotten after the gas mower’s invention. The lawn mower was invented in 1830 and started being produced in the United States in 1868. At the time, the reel push mower was certainly a better alternative to using shears or a scythe to cut grass, but when the gas mower came along, the reel push mower lost popularity. However, reel push mowers still have their place in the world and have many benefits over a gas mower. Why Use a Reel Push Mower? Reel push mowers have plenty of enticing benefits, such as quietness, low maintenance needs, and eco-friendly results. Gas mowers are noisy and you have to take neighbors into consideration when cutting the grass. With a reel push mower, you can enjoy being outdoors more by hearing ...
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Canning Basics: Enjoying the Fruits of Your Labor
By: Admin    August 28 2017 , 01:20 pm
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Category: Food , Sustainability , DIY , Seasons , Garden
Canning is a valuable skill.Nothing lets you get the best out of your garden like canning and preserving your yields. This timeless art has been utilized by farmers and gardeners for centuries for good reason. Your grandmothers were likely experts in canning, but that does not mean the skill is outdated or obsolete in modern society. Today, learning to can and preserve your produce will help you lead a more sustainable lifestyle and enjoy the fruits of your labor for months after harvesting. Instead of relying on canned grocery store products, you can stock your pantry with your own by using the proper techniques.“For me, it’s a sense of pride,” wrote Debbie Wolfe for Lovely Greens. “All the work I put into growing my own food can be appreciated when I pop open a jar of blueberry jam and spread it on my toast on a cold January morning.” Wolfe notes that with one taste, “I’m immediately tr...
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Recipes for Using Summer Tomato Harvest
By: Admin    August 25 2017 , 10:27 am
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Category: Food , DIY , Seasons , Garden , Fun
Cook up some terrific tomatoes!For the majority of the United States, tomatoes grow through the summer and into the fall. They last until the first frost, so now is a perfect time to make some delightful tomato recipes before the fall arrives.There are few things more satisfying than biting into a juicy tomato, fresh and sweet from the garden. Possibly the easiest way to eat a tomato is raw and cut into slices, with maybe a sprinkle of salt and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Here are a few other delightful options to enjoy summer’s last tomato harvest!Caprese Salad from Rachael RayIngredients:3 vine-ripe tomatoes, 1/4-inch thick slices1 pound fresh mozzarella, 1/4-inch thick slices20 to 30 leaves (about 1 bunch) fresh basilExtra-virgin olive oil, for drizzlingCoarse salt and pepperInstructions:Alternate the slices of tomato and mozzarella, placing a basil leaf in between each. Drizzle with olive...
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5 Easy Ways to Spruce Up Your Garden Before Fall
By: Admin    August 09 2017 , 02:08 pm
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Summer is drawing to a close... Your garden might be looking a little barren in the days leading to autumn, but just because the seasons are in transition does not mean your garden has to come to a standstill.Here are five easy ways to perk your garden up as a last hurrah before the coming chilly months!1. Plant MumsChrysanthemums, or “mums,” are a timeless fall classic, beloved for their colorful blooms that match autumn’s fiery foliage. Mums are the perfect transition plant from summer to fall and they are easy to care for. Plant your mums in containers or in an area where they will have well-draining soil and partial sunlight, and water them frequently. Nothing screams fall like a beautiful assortment of welcoming mums!Mums are often not expected to last through the winter, and provide short-lived color to garden beds, porches, or patios. But if you are determined to have your mums survive to ...
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