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Things are Growing in My Raised Garden Beds

Things are Growing in My Raised Garden Beds

| July 15, 2016

Things seem to be going well with my garden, sort of. The challenge I’m facing is too many plants growing too closely together. I know it’s my fault for putting too many seeds in the ground. I wasn’t sure all of the seeds would germinate so tried to help the odds by putting in a […]

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Gardening with Pressure Treated Wood

Gardening with Pressure Treated Wood

| July 10, 2016

In earlier posts I shared how I made a raised bed vegetable garden. Fortunately I used cedar wood for the garden. On the outside of the garden fence I placed smaller pressure treated wood boxes to grow flowers. 9 Boxes to be exact. The flowers serve a two-fold purpose; they make the garden look nice […]

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Raised Vegetable Garden – Critters

Raised Vegetable Garden – Critters

| June 22, 2016

My last post showed how I put together the raised bed vegetable garden. This post will talk about how I’m attempting to keep critters out of the garden and what I did with the spaces between the garden beds. Keeping Critters out of the Garden I want to start off by saying that if a […]

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Working with The Chapin Garden Sprayer

Working with The Chapin Garden Sprayer

| June 4, 2016

I think I’m learning more about my sprayer than I wanted to learn. The other day I decided to give my new Chapin sprayer a spin. I use it for foliar spraying my plants and vegetables with bokashi tea. Part of the tea preparation includes adding molasses which feeds bokashi’s beneficial bacteria. I sometimes add water […]

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Finding a Long-Lasting Garden Sprayer

Finding a Long-Lasting Garden Sprayer

| May 16, 2016

It’s been awhile since I’ve added any new posts to this blog, but with the purchase of my new garden sprayer I’m inspired to write. You see, I just purchased a stainless steel garden sprayer. Why? Well, because I got tired of wasting money on the annual purchase of a new garden sprayer only to […]

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Inexpensive BPA Free Water Bottles

Inexpensive BPA Free Water Bottles

| September 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

After doing some research into BPA free plastic water bottles, I found that BPA free doesn’t always mean toxin free.  As a matter of fact, many BPA free items contain “regrettable substitutions.” Regrettable substitution is when one chemical is swapped out for another chemical that may be just as bad or worse. Having learned this […]

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Stinky T-Shirt Collars

Stinky T-Shirt Collars

| July 27, 2013 | 2 Comments

Several years ago I wrote a post summarizing my results of a year-long experiment in using homemade laundry detergent. One of the challenges I faced in using the detergent was the unpleasant odor of t-shirt collars once they met with a sweaty workout. Since my original post I’ve read several online blogs where folks were […]

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Something I learned about Bokashi Soil

| June 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Nutrient-rich bokashi soil retains more moisture than “regular” soil. Regular is in quotes because there is nothing regular about regular soil. Soil is supposed to be nutrient rich, but we’ve become so accustomed to the stripped down version, which requires synthetic fertilizing, so that anything different is considered an anomaly. Container Garden Last year when […]

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Make Shift Bird Deterrents

Make Shift Bird Deterrents

| May 27, 2013 | 2 Comments

We’ve been having problems with birds building nests under our back porch. I don’t mind the birds so much but our garage is under the porch and our cars are constantly bombed with bird poop. Our cars looked like they spent the night in an aviary. Stop the Nest Building So the battle began. I […]

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I Love This Time of Year!

I Love This Time of Year!

| May 10, 2013 | 3 Comments

As I was evaluating my container garden this year, I couldn’t help but snap a photo of my early strawberries. These are the very same strawberries I almost tossed in the compost pile (thanks Crystal and her SIL for talking me down). There was also another surprise. For seasoned gardeners this isn’t a big deal […]

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