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Did Mother’s Day sneak up on you this year??

It is so easy to get caught up in the nice weather doing much needed yard work, home improvements, and what not to let Mother’s Day slip your mind! It has happned to me several times! Well, it is not too late! This year, I thought why not skip the expensive jewelry and do something that speaks the volume of love I have for the motherly women in my life. Nothing says I love you like hard work!

We all love flowers! However instead of sending flowers, I decided to plant flowers!

You can find a variety of live flowers and herbs at your local Rural King! They had much more than I was looking for, to have so many options was great!

 

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Finished product:

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I also thought, why not add a little something extra. Affordably priced, this gazing globe would make a great addition to any yard!

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http://www.ruralking.com/echo-valley-10-inch-iris-gazing-globe-8106.html

 

Mother’s Day doesn’t have to break the bank. Let’s face it, chances are your mother loves you no matter what. Why not make her everyday a little brighter with some gorgeous flowers and the knowledge that you love her enough to sweat a little! Afterall, it’s the least you can do!

 

Happy Mother’s Day!!

 

Beginners Guide to Composting

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In honor of Earth Day I was interested in finding an inexpensive way to do my part in conserving our Earth! I am coming to the finish line on purchasing my first home and I would like to start a small garden. I thought starting a compost pile would be beneficial for the Earth and myself. Turns out this will be easier than I thought and in the long run can save some money as well!

What you will need to get started:

-Sealed bucket or container (for in the house)

Spade or pitch fork (depends on the size you want your pile to be)

Plastic garbage can

-bungee cords

-3 bricks/stones

-Power drill

-shovel (depends on what compost you use)

What you will need to do:

I found 2 great ways to do this 1 was a hole dug in the ground and 1 was with the plastic garbage can. For me personally I feel the garbage can would work best for me.

-You will want to drill holes into the garbage can. Drill holes on the bottom, sides, and lid to allow water and drainage.

-You will use the bungee cords to hold the lid onto the garbage can to keep animals out and provide a good seal. These will go in a crisscross pattern on the top of the lid.

-Now it can be placed on top of the bricks/stones you have set aside. This will allow air to come through and moisture to drain.

-You will use you spade/pitch fork for mixing everything together.

-To start the pile you will want to layer the bottom with plant material and then scoop a hefty amount of garden soil on top. From here on out you can continue to add to you pile with the small container you have in your house. You can add to the container inside your home until it is full then bring it out to the pile at that time. Doing this will keep you from running out to the pile every time you have a little something from cooking. 

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What can be composted:

-Leaves

-Newspaper, paper towels, and non-glossy cardboard

-Grass

-Flowers/plants

-Fruits and veggies

-Coffee grounds and filter

 

Do NOT compost:

-Meats

-Dairy Products

-Processed foods

-Plastic

-Man made substances

-Metals

I hope this will encourage you to do a little something to preserve our Earth for the future generation!

I found this information on 2 sites and they were both really helpful and interesting!!

http://www.prettyhandygirl.com/?s=compost

http://www.fullmeasureofhappiness.com/2011/07/10/diy-make-your-own-compost-bin/

DIY Natural Herbicidal Soap

I am always looking for a cheaper more natural way to keep up my home. I was surprised by this concoction and knew I had to try it! The weeds around my home had no chance against this natural weed killer.

What you will need:

-Dish Soap

-Vinegar

-Salt

-Spray Bottle or Hand Sprayer

What to do:

-Gather all or your ingredients needed.

-You will mix all ingredients together in your spray bottle or hand sprayer. It will be all equal parts so you can mix up however much you will need as long as it is equal parts.

-Now go spray away those pesky weeds!!!

**Be cautious as this will actually kill any weed/plant is comes in contact with so be sure to watch out for the plants you would like to keep. **

I hope you will find this as easy and helpful as I did. Check out your local Rural King or if you do not have one close check us out online at www.ruralking.com!

For further information/instructions the direct link to this herbicidal soap is: http://www.bobvila.com/weeding/45747-9-natural-ways-to-kill-weeds/slideshows#!8

DIY Herb Garden Decor

Wouldn’t it be great if you had your herb garden right in your kitchen with out it looking messy? Here is a great idea on some easy DIY small herb garden ideas to fit right inside your kitchen. Some herbs will over take a garden (like basil) and so having your herbs in a container can not only make it easy access but it makes sure you garden herbs stay where they are supposed to. Make sure you make room for this project in spot that gets the appropriate amount of sunlight to keep you plants alive.

fd750707bc1ddf88e971f2656e75eb03First you will want to measure out on your board the spacing on where you want your jars.(I used an old piece of barn wood) In this picture mason jars are used, I used the regular mason jars but you could use the wide mouth as well. You can use scotch tape to out line where your jars will sit. This is so that when you nail in the pipe clamp you can make sure your jar will be where you were expecting it. You will also want to make sure you have attached a way to hang your master piece on the back of the board as well and that it can handle the weight of the whole project, I think it can range in between 4-10 lbs depending on your supplies.

Next you will want to nail your pipe clamp to the board. (These were painted copper) You will want to make sure that you have a durable paint that will stick to metal. RuralKing has a great selection of different colors and sizes of pipe clamps that you will want to make sure fit around your jar or container you are using.

For mine I also painted a line of chalkboard paint where I wanted to label the herbs. (below I have copied a link where I got this project from and then i just made my own person alterations) Using chalkboard paint allows you to change your order of your plants or change out what plants you have.

Next you will want to prepare your jars and plants. RuralKing has some great herb starters or your can use your own seeds. I chose Cilantro since we cook a lot of fish dishes, Basil (who doesn’t love fresh basil), Rosemary for when we make Marsala, Dill and Oregano. Now to prepare your jars you will want to put rock or stones in the bottom of the jar to allow for drainage from the roots. This picture does not show it but from trial and error most potted plants need some drainage. You can use any kind of stone, decorative glass, or rock and fill it about 1 inch from the bottom. Then you will want to put in your potters mix dirt and plant your seeds. If you are using starter plants like I did, once your put in your stones you will then add your plant and dirt. You do this before you attaching your  container to the clamp. Make sure to give your plants some water. Then place the container in the clamp and tighten it down. You will want to have your board leaning against the wall so that the containers are not laying on their side.

Once you are all finished clean up an excess dirt and hang your new project. I have added the links for this project just below. There is also a second link to other indoor herb garden project ideas! ENJOY!

 

http://camillestyles.com/uncategorized/transformed-mason-jar-herb-garden/

http://www.getcreativejuice.com/2014/04/indoor-herb-garden-ideas.html

All the Uses For A Garden Hose

DIY ways to use a Garden Hose

Don’t throw away those old beat up garden hoses!!!

Get creative and make something out of it.

Spring time is coming! Do you need something new to hang on your front door? What about a garden hose wreath?

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What do you need to make this adorable wreath!?

  • 1 garden hose (Garden Hose @ RuralKing.com)
  • Fake Flowers
  • Ribbon
  • Extra Large Twist Ties

Start by wrapping the hose is the look that you desire and securing the hose with the extra large twist tie. From there you will need to separate and possibly trim the fake flowers. After they are too your desired length place them in the extra large twist tie as well. Wrap your ribbon up around all of the item and tie it into the bow of your choice. And you have a pretty new door decoration!

 

Do you have to carry have buckets and the handle cuts into your hand? Not anymore! Use your garden hose as a grip!

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All you have to do is cut down your hose to the length of your bucket handle and slip the hose onto the handle. And no more hand cramps!

Do you have kiddies? Are you a handy man!? If so you probably have some sharp tools that you don’t want those kids getting hurt on. So use your hose to cover your sharp tools.

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What you need:

  • A nice new saw from Rural King (Buy Me!)
  • Your garden hose
  • A Knife

Measure your hose to the length of your tool and cut that away from the rest of the hose. Then make a slit in a side of the hose. Then you just have to slide the hose over your blade! No more worrying about those sharp tools and the children!

 SPRING IS ALMOST HERE…..ARE YOU READY!?