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 ...
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 Your grandmothers were likely experts in canning, but that does not mean the skill is outdated or obsolete in modern society.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...
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...
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 ...
Summer is here and that means berries! Delicious blueberries, blackberries,
strawberries, and raspberries are all readily available and ripe throughout the
summer months. For a quick guide to what fruits are in season,
you can check the USDA seasonal produce guide here: https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/seasonal-produce-guide. A lot of “in
season” berries can be found at your grocery store or local
farmer’s market for cheap
prices because they are abundant when they are in season. So, what to do with all those delicious berries? Here are a
few easy bar recipes to get you ready for a sweet summer! I have made all of
them, and let me tell you, they are crowd-pleasers! 100 Calorie Strawberry Oatmeal Bars from Well PlatedIngredients: 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour 1/3 cup light brown sugar1/4 teaspoon ground ginger1/4 teaspoon salt6 tablespoons unsalted bu...