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.
This is the time of year where people like to get creative with coloring eggs.
While looking for a way to incorporate my love for gardening with my love
for decorating eggs I came across a really cute idea that someone posted on
Pintrest from lotsofdiy.com.
1. boiled eggs
2. panty hose
3. bread tie
4. egg dying kit
5. small garden leaves
The idea is to use green leaves from your garden as a tool to dye eggs with
beautiful leaf prints.
First you need to find hardy small leaves that are small enough to fit on an egg.
Next you are going to wrap the leaf around the egg and gently place the egg into the leg
of an old panty hose.
Now you are going to tie the egg snug into the hose so that the leaf will protect the white part of
the egg under the pattern of the leaf from food coloring. You can tie off the panty hose with a bread tie.
Next you are ready to dip your eggs into the food coloring.
Once you have the desired color pull the egg out and let dry.
Once it is dry you can remove the leaf and enjoy your garden print eggs.
Here is another great garden egg idea from duitang.com
Spring is in the air and soon it will be summer! This is the time of
year when we get outside and turn on the water. We fill the pool, clean
the house, wash the car, and water the flowers. A lot of water will be
flowing come spring and summer. This means a hike in your water bill and
for some a water crisis.
Mister Landscaper has worked very hard through
the years to help families save water. We all love the beautiful flowers growing
in our gardens and the fresh fruit, and vegetables. Mister Landscaper understands
the importance of gardening.
They also understand that conserving water is very important.
This is why they decided to expand their low-flow irrigation system business and offer it to the
public. They have developed DIY low-flow irrigation kits that are high quality and very easy to install.
Everything you need comes in one kit.
If you ever decide you want to expand the low-flow irrigation system they
sell the expansion parts separately as well. The family behind Mister Landscaper also
strive to satisfy every customer. If you have questions we are here to help you.
We are never too old to play with Tonka trucks!
Our garden friends have done it again! They have
come up with great ideas for re-purposing old toys.
Don't toss out the old Tonka truck put it to good use
again by planting flowers in the back. These old toys
make a great decorative conversation piece to any garden.
If you don't have a Tonka truck use what ever you can find.
The choices are endless when it comes to old toys. Check
out your thrift stores and garage sales for more inspirational
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It's that time of year again where you put on the
garden gloves and start planting. It's so exciting
sometimes you can forget what you just put in the ground.
This could leave you guessing all summer long. No worries. I have
found the solution! It's an easy DIY craft that will take all
the guessing out of gardening. There are many easy ways to mark
your seeds! You can keep it simple or get creative. My favorite is using
old tea spoons with a picture of what you planted glued to the spoon.
The options are endless. For this one you will need
outdoor Mod Podge
heave construction paper
ice tea spoons (check thrift stores or ebay)
acrylic spray coating
For this DIY craft you might want to ask the kids to help with
coloring a small picture of the vegetable you are going to
plant using the permanent markers. Make sure to cut out the
paper the size of the spoon before you color the picture.
This way you know it will fit on the spoon.
You will also want to put a small cut on one side
of your circle to help it lay flat on the spoon.
Next put the outdoor Mod Podge on the back of your
picture with a paint brush or Q-tip.
Then stick the picture to the inside of the spoon and press it down till
you get it just right. This might take a minute.
Once the picture is in place cover the top of the picture
with the outdoor Mod Podge.
Give it time to dry. This will take about 20 minutes.
Next you want to seal it with the Acrylic spray.
This will keep it safe from the rain and sprinklers.
Now you are ready to start planting.
Remember don't lose it Use it. :)
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