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Sustainable Landscaping – Save the Planet and Your Pocketbook

People begin sustainable landscaping for many reasons, and it has many benefits for the environment, regardless of where you live. It also benefits you as a homeowner.

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Let’s talk first about the environmental benefits.

Done properly, sustainable landscaping can help reduce the amount of water usage on your property, balance nature more effectively, and help reduce the amount of waste from your plants and your landscaping. Continue reading

Love Honey? Try Beekeeping!

Beekeeping is a safe, fun, and rewarding experience that can be a hobby, or a way of life. With this simple, all-in-one kit, you can begin your beekeeping opportunity the moment the bees arrive.

One of many great products of Harvest Lane Honey is the Harvest Lane Honey Backyard Beekeeping Kit. Which includes the following

outer cover, inner cover, (2) deep hive bodies, with (20) Frames assembled with plastic foundation, (1) Medium Honey Super, (10) Medium Honey super Frames assembled with Plastic Foundation bottom board, (1) Metal Queen Excluder, entrance reducer, in hive feeder, 3×6 smoker, 1 lb bag smoker fuel, 9.5″ steel hive tool, and bee brush. Includes a Full Bee Suit and Beekeeping Gloves. 100% Painted & Assembled and ready to go. The best most complete kit they have.

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Beekeepers reap countless benefits from their hives, including relaxation, garden support, self-reliance, and the environmental advantages of supporting endangered pollinators. And let’s not forget the sweetest reward: fresh, organic, home-crafted honey!

Bees are kept comfortably almost anywhere, even on balconies in the middle of big cities. If you are conscientious about placement, beekeeping is safe and simple in any setting. With the proper tools and care, your bees and your family (even your pets) can co-exist perfectly.

So if you enjoy the sun and being outside and want to pick up a new hobby, why not have your own garden full of honey?!

Hey its 2015! lets try something different. 🙂

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If you want to learn more about Beekeeping and find yourself intrigued please do not hesitate to check out Harvest Lane Honey website

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Build Your Own Martin House

Purple martins are swallows that migrate from South America to North America each year to breed. Many people enjoy listening to their songs, watching their aerial acrobatics and seeing fledglings emerge from their nests. Although purple martins don’t eat mosquitoes, they eat large numbers of many other kinds of insects. For these reasons, many people build martin houses in the hope that the birds will build nests in them.

1 Site your martin house properly. Purple martins won’t nest in houses too near the ground or too near homes or tall trees. Martin houses should be a minimum of 40 feet (12 meters) from homes and trees and 20 feet (6 meters) high.

2 Design your martin house for several nesting pairs. It should have nesting compartments that are completely separated from one another, access holes for the birds, porches to perch on and a gabled roof. Some houses have multiple levels to accommodate more birds.

3 Cut the wood for the floor so it will extend past the exterior walls 3 inches (7.5 cm) on all sides. This creates the porches. You can also attach porches using 3-inch strips of wood.

4 Create several nesting compartments inside using partitions. Each space should be 6 inches (15 cm) tall, 6 inches wide and 6 inches deep.

5 Cut semicircular entrance holes. These should be 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter and 1-3/16 inches (3 cm) tall for each compartment. Set the bottom of the hole flush with the porch to discourage starlings and owls from using the martin house.

6 Drill small holes in the “attic” portion of the house to encourage air flow. Cut a thick piece of polystyrene or corrugated cardboard to fit inside the attic so the house won’t get too hot.

7 Build the roof. Make sure it extends past the exterior walls enough to help shield the access holes from rain and give the birds some shade.

8 Assemble the martin house. Keep in mind that you will want to occasionally disassemble it to clean out the nesting compartments. If you use a router to create slots in the partitions, the floors and in the exterior walls, you will be able to slide them together for a tight fit without permanently attaching them with screws or brads.

9 Paint the house white. Never paint or stain it dark colors, although you can paint the trim another light color if desired.

10 Mount the house on a metal pole that has been set in concrete. You may want to add a winch and pulley system that will allow you to raise and lower the house easily so you can check on nestlings or clean the compartments.

S & K Purple Martin House – 10 Family FH10

SKU: 033570112

Telescoping Pole

Heath Purple Martin House Telescoping Pole MP 15

SKU: 050510058

Bird Seed Ornament

Bird seed ornaments are a simple and fun craft for children to do!

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What you will need:

  • Any kind of Bird Seed
  • Peanut butter
  • Paper and scissors
  • String

How to make your Ornament:

  • Cut out a shape with your scissors and your paper (such as a heart) and also tie a string to the top of your shape so that you can hang your ornament when it’s finished.
  • Next take your shape and spread peanut butter all over one side of your shape.
  • Then take the side with the peanut butter and smash it into a plate of bird seed until there is bird seed covering the entire peanut butter surface.

When you are finished you can hang your ornament outside on a tree or a bush and watch the birds enjoy their treat! Easy as that!

Using A Winch To Get Out Of A Sticky Situation

Have you ever gotten your ATV in a place that you’re not quite sure how to get out of? Then this could be of some help. There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of the woods, tracking for the “sweet spot”, and all of a sudden, you’re up to your axles in mud. Well, if you have a winch like the Grip Tools 3,000 lb. 12 volt electric ATV winch from Rural King Supply, then all of your worries will be a thing of the past. You can also use it to get that perfect kill out of a precarious location.

Here are some tips on how to winch properly…

    1. Inspect your cable for frays or kinks before going on your trip.
    2. Always wear gloves while winching.
    3. Make sure you have anchor points (usually tow hooks) front and rear of your rig.
    4. Make your you have a tree strap, some ‘D’ shackles of size, short length of 3/8 chain and a good pulley block rated at twice the capacity of the winch.
    5. If you are winching another rig out you should anchor your rig to something like another rig , or a tree or a special made winch anchor.
    6. Put a heavy coat, towel or blanket over the cable while winching.
    7. After the trip, or when you put on a new cable, or when you buy a new winch you will need to rewind the cable.
    8. Let out the cable while on flat ground and run it to an anchor point.
    9. Winch your rig to that anchor point making sure the are no gaps between the cable as it winds up.

 

Remember:

  1. Always use a tree strap to get an anchor to a tree and not your cable. Cable cut into the tree and will kill it in the long run.
  2. The heavy blanket or what ever you use on the cable while winching helps the cable to go toward the ground instead of up where it could hurt or kill someone.
  3. Remember winching can be dangerous.