I love decorating my house with all the Fall colors. Pumpkins are usually a big part
of my Fall decor. I love pumpkins. I just wish they would last longer! Mine tend to
rot before the Fall season has ended. This year I have decided to try a few of the
tricks I have heard about for preserving pumpkins. There are a lot of suggestions
out their but it sounds like soaking my pumpkin in bleach water for 10-15 minutes
and then giving it a good rub down with Vaseline might do the trick. I just
want mine to last longer. If you are wanting yours to look sharp for the fall
season there are a few more suggestions out their. I also heard that they sell
a product that is called Pumpkin Fresh. I guess it works as well. Acrylic spray
paint was one of the suggestions for making your pumpkin look great as
well as last a little longer. I hope some of these pumpkin carving suggestions help.
I love to bake with my two young children. My daughters favorite thing to
do is crack the eggs. She started at 1 1/2 years old. You can only
imagine the amount of egg shells I had to dig out and throw away.
She is a lot better at cracking the eggs now that she is almost four.
I was reading about new garden ideas posted
on pintrest and I came across a few pages that talked about
saving egg shells to use in the garden. This caught my eye.
As I read I found out that you can use egg shells to keep pest out of your garden.
Some people let them dry out and crush them into a fine sand like consistency.
Next they place them in plastic containers to be sprinkled around their plants
as needed. Others just dig around their plants and throw the cracked egg shells in the hole.
The egg shells are used to keep Beatles, fleas, slugs, snails and other pest away.
I love to use organic any chance I get. Especially when
it is something my family will be eating. If you are looking for more more tips on what to
do with your egg shells go to Mister Landscapers pintrest page and punch in growing.
You will be very surprised to see how many different ways you can use your egg shells
in the garden and around the house.
As a child I always remember that special time of year spent with my family
going to the Fall Festival and picking out the Just Right pumpkin.I must of
been a pickey kid because it always took me the longest. I wanted my
pumpkin to be perfectly rounded on both sides and the brightest
orange out of all the other pumpkins. The best part of the whole
experience was getting it home and carving it. I vividely recall the cold,
wet, slimey feeling when reaching into my pumpkin to pull out all the
guts and seeds. My dad and brother would help set up a make
shif table in our driveway so we had a place to sit our pumpkins as we
carved. The next step was to decide what we wanted our pumpkin
to be. This was a challenge. We did not own the best
Mom would pick up the pumpkin carving kit from the local grocery
store. The knife and paper pattern was not easy to work with.
We would work for what seemed to be hours carving out our master piece.
Once we were finished we gathered up all our guts and seeds and placed
them into a big plastic bowl. I always remember it being dark before we
were finished which was perfect because we could light our candels and
place them into our pumpkins to display our master pieces for everyone
to see when they walked up our long and narrow sidewalk. After a few
minutes of gauking at our master pieces and deciding whose was the
best we would go into the house and begin the process of seperating
the pumpkin seeds from the pumpkin guts. This was a lonf and stickey
process. We would lay out newspapers on the kitchen table and place
the big plastic bowl in the center. Once we wre finally done we would
take half the seeds and spred them out on a cookie sheet to go into the oven.
We liked salt so we were sure to sprinkel a lot of salt all over the seeds
before we put them into the oven. The other half of the seeds we let sit
over night and in the morning we would take a small metal kitchen
spoon into the back yard and dig little holes placing two-four seeds
in each hole. We did not know much about gardening but it worked.
The following summer we had mounds of pumpkins growing in our
back yard! It was very exciting to watch them grow every day out our back picture window.
The cooler air is on its way. The tips of our corn stocks are golden brown and
almost ready for harvest time. A new season is upon us.
Our gardens have a few vacancy
and you ask yourself, " what can I plant during the fall season?"
The first thing you need to know is the average time the first frost
will strike in your area. Next you need to know how long your garden
plant needs to grow before it is ready to pick.
Some garden vegetables tend to grow better
during the cooler months of summer and into the fall months.
Broccoli lovers are in luck. On average
broccoli takes about 70 days to mature.
Brussels Sprouts take 90 days,
Cabbage takes 70 days,
Cauliflower takes about 60 days,
Lettuce takes about 60 days,
Radish takes about 50 days,
Rutabaga will take about 90 days,
and Spinach will mature in about 45 days.
Depending on what you want to plant each garden vegetable requires
some tender loving care.
It is best to talk to your local nursery about how to
grow your vegetables successfully in your area.
Wishing all my garden friends a happy fall harvest!
My upper back was extremely achy this week. I decided to
get a massage. What a GREAT idea! I felt a lot better.
The massage therapist suggested I go home and take a bath
in Epsom Salt. She informed me that it helps take the toxins
out of your body. I took her advice and soaked for 20 min.
I felt even better and I did not notice the tenderness she
warned me about following a deep tissue massage.
I decided to do a little digging and found that Epsom
salt is good for lots of things including our GARDEN!
Epsom salt Deters pest away, grows more flowers and helps your garden
grow bigger than ever before.
To make your homemade fertilizer for the garden
Dissolve 1 Tbs Epson salt in 1 gallon of water.
Water your plants with this solution once
a month. It works for house plants as well.
Epsom salt is not salt. It is a mineral that most soil is lacking.
Enjoy watching your garden thrive!
There are many beautiful hardy flowers for the garden!
If you are looking for a beautiful flower garden that does not require
a lot of time then take a minute to check out my top 5 picks.
#1 Delosperma cooperi "Hardy Ice Plant"
Light purple flower that blooms all summer. Spreads
as much as 3-4 feet. The purple flower turns dark as
our temps. drop. Great for ground cover.
#2 Gaillardia 'Kobold' "Blanket Flowers
These flowers produce bright shades of red and yellow.
They bloom all summer long and into the fall.
They require full sun and well-drained soil.
The Blanket Flower reaches about 3 feet tall.
#3 Perovskia atriplicifolia "Russian Sage"
This flower offers a silvery foliage with a beautiful purple bloom.
This flower has a beautiful fragrant smell. It loves full
sun and well drained soil. Another plus is that most pest
don't like to eat it. The Russian Sage reaches 6 feet tall.
#4 Salvia "Meadow Sage"
This flower has a deep violet or blue flower. It blooms from
midsummer to early fall. The hummingbirds love this flower.
This flower tikes full sun and a well-drained soil.
The Meadow Sage grows up to 28 inches tall.
#5 Oenothera macrocarpa "Sundrop"
This is a beautiful yellow blooming flower that
blooms in the spring time and goes to early fall.
This flower is very strong and can take the heat!
It tends to take over the garden at times.
The Sundrop needs full sun
and well-drained soil. It grows up to 6 inches tall.
Don't settle for the same old stepping stones you find at your local hardware store.
Make it your own by adding your personal touch.
Is all you need is a cake pan, contact paper,
ready mix concrete, rubber gloves, Vaseline,
chicken wire, sponge, bucket, varnish and
your personal selection of marbles, glass,
rocks and anything else you might like to add.
You can also make new pieces
by breaking up old china or glass.
Be sure to use protective gloves and eye
ware before you start hammering.
Now you will need to rub the inside
of your cake pan down with
Vaseline to prevent the cement from sticking.
Next you cut out the contact paper into the
shape and size of your cake pan. Place the
contact paper in the bottom of the cake pan
with the sticky side up. Place your
rocks, glass and marbles onto the contact
paper face down creating your own personal
design. Now you are ready to mix your
concrete. find an old bucket and pour
enough concrete into the bucket to fill your cake pan.
Next you need to slowly add water
and stir the concrete with a long spoon
until it is the consistency of cake batter.
Do not get the concrete on your skin.
If it does get on your skin wash it off
right away. If you leave it on your skin
it will start to burn. Fill the cement to the
top of the cake pan. Now place a
square or circle piece of chicken wire
into the cement and press it about half way down.
Don't cut the wire
too big or it will be sticking
out the sides of your stepping stone.
Allow the cement to harden then you
are ready to remove your
personal stepping stone.
You can use a sponge to clean your stone
and use the extra cement to fill in any air
bubbles. Finally you can varnish your stone
to keep it nice and shiny.
Are you looking for a way to spice up your garden this summer?
What about creating your own personal sign. It can be very simple
and does not have to cost a lot. I found almost everything I needed
in my barn.
If you have some old 2x4s, paint, nails and a hammer you
are set. Now depending on what you decide to paint you may want
some letter stencilers or a nicer tint of paint than what you have in the barn.
If you need some ideas check out a garden magazine find something you
like and put your personal touch on it. Maybe you can stenciled your last name
on one of the 2x4s and then add a flower or two.
The options are endless. If you
don't like how it turns out let that paint dry and try something new later.