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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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DIY Fire Pits
By: Admin    June 27 2018 , 08:00 am
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Category: Hardscape , DIY
Gathering around an outdoor fire is a summer essential. How else can you roast marshmallows, enjoy s’mores, and tell great ghost stories? If buying a fire pit is not in your budget, try making one yourself! DIY fire pits can range from just the basics, to incorporating pricier add-ons. The best part is that you can be in complete control of the process, customizing it to your desires and budget. Getting Started The first step to building your fire pit is gathering your supplies. For a basic fire pit, you will need stones to build around your fire, lava rock, a shovel, and a level. If you are looking for the most inexpensive fire pit, you can potentially gather and use large river stones. Otherwise, visit your local hardware store. After getting your supplies, use your stones to make a circle or square into the desired size of your pit. Use your shovel to mark the ground....
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Make Your Own Mosquito Repellent Candles
By: Admin    June 26 2018 , 01:40 pm
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Category: Outdoors , DIY
Summertime living isn’t quite so easy, thanks to mosquitoes. Hot, sticky weather encourages these dreaded insects to proliferate. Banish them from your outdoor spaces with DIY repellant candles! Your summer will be much more enjoyable without constantly swatting mosquitoes or suffering from their itchy bites. These mosquito repellent candles smell lovely and can even save you money in the long run. Repellent Candle Guide How do you make these handy candles? You will need unscented candle wax in bar or flaked form, jars for your candles, wicks, and essential oil. There are various essential oils that are known to ward off mosquitoes. The best known is citronella, but you may also use clove, cedarwood, lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, lemongrass, or any combination of them! The first step is to glue the wicks to the bottom of the jar. You can repurpose an empty ...
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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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Gardening to Achieve a Dog-Friendly Landscape
By: Admin    August 14 2017 , 08:47 pm
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We all love our dogs.As a pet owner, you want your dog to be able to enjoy your backyard, but as a homeowner you also want your yard to be in top shape! If you have a canine pal, there are certain things to keep in mind when looking to spruce up your yard or start a garden. With a little planning and training you can keep the damage to a minimum, while still allowing your dog safe yard access.Landscaping Your Yard and Training Your DogYour dog’s normal habits have the potential to do a number on your yard.Create a Potty AreaEncourage your dog to pick one area for urinating. Dog urine is acidic, and while you can tweak their diet to keep the pH balance healthy, it is a good idea to train them to urinate in a smaller area. If you want to go the extra mile, you can build a dog potty area, or purchase special “turf” for a potty area.Break the Bad HabitIf your dog likes to search for treasur...
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