You want to protect your plants from the frost. After all you work
very hard all summer to keep them looking their best. Don't let the
frost hurt or even kill your precious plants.
You can take a few easy steps to protect your plants from a frost.
Step 1: Cover your plants with bed sheets if you know it is going to frost that
night or day. You may need to use stakes if the weight of the sheet is pulling
your plants over. You can also use light blankets or plastic as long as it does
not smother the plant. Remember a plant is a living thing and needs air.
Step 2: Remember to remove the covers once the temp
rises again the next day.
Step 3: If it is going to be longer than 1 day of frost you
can cover your plants with straw or mulch and remove
once the danger of frost is over.
Step 4: You can snuggle your potted plants close together
under a shelter to help protect them from the frost.
Step 5: You can use a low watt out door light to help keep
the frost off your plants as well.
Thank you for reading. Have a great winter!
Watering you plants is very important. Without water they will die. If you give them too much water
they may die as well. If you water them at the wrong time of day you could hurt them as well.
So, when is the best time to water your plants?
Mornings tend to be the best time to water your plants. The mornings are best for a few reasons.
For starters it is cool in the morning so the amount of water lost due to evaporation is lower
than if you were to water during the mid-day hours. Some people like to water their plants at night.
The problem with watering at night is that the plants remain damp all night and can become
damaged due to fungal and bacterial diseases.
As for how much water your plants should get depends on the age. If they are new plants
they will need extra water until the roots take hold. If you have a established plant then
the roots may be deep enough to reach the damp soil. as for how to water your plants
it is best to use a drip system instead or a regular sprinkler that waste a lot of water and
drenches the leaves which do not need the water.
If you are looking for a great low-flow irrigation system that will take care of all your
watering concerns Mister Landscaper has it all. They have great DIY low-flow
irrigation kits as well as timers that will control the time and length of time your
plants get water. Mister landscaper has great prices and is made in the USA.
you can visit them at www.misterlandscaper.com. They also provide free
shipping on orders of $25.00 or more.
Growing up I always thought pumpkins were only good for carving during Halloween.
As time goes on I am finding out that you can use pumpkins for a lot of reasons.
You can make a pie, bake the seeds, plant flowers in them, use the shell as
a drink dispenser use them for the head of a scare crow, and paint them.
The list keeps growing.
Pumpkins are great for many reasons.
The pumpkin it's self is also good for you. Pumpkins are a great source of vitamins
They have beta-carotene, potassium, and vitamin C. Pumpkin can also help prevent
hardening of the arteries.
Next time you go to the pumpkin patch or local super market you might want to pick up a
pumpkin for one of these great reasons.
Mister Landscaper want's to wish all of you a wonderful week.
Don't let all those fruits and vegetables go to waist. You can can them easier than you think.
Simply follow the step by step instructions and you will be eating your own canned
fruits and vegetables all winter long.
1. The first thing you need is the fruits or vegetables. Be sure to throw out or
cut off all the rotten pieces.
Next you want to wash them really good to remove dirt and chemicals.
2. The temp you use for canning depends on the type of food you want to can.
If it's vegetables the
temp. must be 240 F till all the harmful bacteria is destroyed. This can be done
with a steam pressure canner.
3. If you are canning fruit (tomatoes included) they have a high level of acid and
require heat processing of 212 F. This is reached by using a boiling-water canner.
4. It is important that you use the most up to date guide lines for canning your fruits
and vegetables. Be sure that the cook book is newer and double check the canning
process with an additional up to date source before you begin. If you go to the Ball or
Kerr web site you will get the most up to date canning instructions.
5. When you are ready to fill your jars with the hot content be sure you leave extra space at the top
of the jar. Use a wooden spoon to help get all the air out of the hot food.
Push the spoon down the inside of the jar all the way around and carefully push
the food down. This should get most of the air out.
6. Next, clean the rim of the jar with a clean damp cloth. Place the warm heated lid on top of the jar.
Now you can screw the band down nice and tight. It does not have to be really tight. You should be
able to get it off using only your finger tips.
7. Now you can carefully remove the jars from the canner and place them on a counter to
cool. You might want to put a towel down first. Do not tighten the loads more at this point.
Just let the jars cool.
8. Wait 24 hours or more before checking the lids to make sure they sealed. You can check by
pushing down on the center cap. If it does not move it is sealed. If it does move this meant the
jar did not seal and you will need to refrigerate it and eat it first.
9. The last step is to labile date and store for later.
10. You are done and ready to enjoy your fruits and vegetables all winter long.
Are you looking for something neat to place on your kitchen table for the holidays?
How about DIY placemats?
you will need:
1. fresh leaves
4. lamination paper (see link below)
They are the perfect decoration for the fall season. It is an easy DIY craft that does not
have to take a long time to make and you can add what ever you like.
My idea for the up coming season is to use the leaves that are falling from the trees. You
can pick any color you wish.
If you can't find the color you want you can use white printer paper
and a color crayon. Just place the leaf bumpy side up under the paper
and color the paper with your choice of color in a quick back and fourth
motion. You will see the pattern of the leaf starting to show through.
With this you can choose any color for your placemat.
Once you have it colored and cut out place it on half of the
sticky lamination paper just how you like it. If you want to use
the real leaf then just stick it on the paper directly.
If you want to make it personal you can add family photos.
Below I have attached links to where you can find the self lamination paper.
Thank you for reading our blog. Have a wonderful fall season. Please feel free to
share your experience on the mister landscaper Facebook page.
Raised garden beds are getting very popular for many reasons. Some of us have bad dirt and
want to start over. Others want to keep small animals out of the garden. Then there are those
of us who just like the look. No matter what you reason is for wanting a raised garden bed. I
have a few easy solutions to building one that will take very little time and effort and money.
The first idea is to use an old plastic swimming pool. You can cut most of the bottom out
so the water can drain and place a bottom layer or rock prior to filling it up with dirt.
The next idea is to use a horse trough. They are easy to find at tractor supply and they look
good. If you don't like the color you can always paint the outside. Don't forget to cut the large
hole in the bottom and dump a layer of rock before you put the dirt in.
My third idea was to find a old wooden box. The ones people use That ship large items.
They may be a little too tall but, you can cut as much as you want off the top. It would still
be easier than starting from scratch.
My last idea was to use an old sand box. It does not matter what kind. My daughter has
an old plastic one that liked like a crab. I wish we still had it.
The last step is to plant your raised bed and enjoy the extra time and money you saved.
Please feel free to share your DIY project on our Mister Landscaper Facebook page.
Is there something missing in your garden? Do you have a problem with birds?
Have you thought about building a scare crow? They make neat decorations
and serve a purpose. It's also a great way to have some quality family time.
is all you need is as followed.
1. long sleeve shirt
2. pants or overalls
5. i bail of straw
6. old shoes
8. stuff that makes noise in the wind
10. something to prop Mr. or Mrs. scare crow up on.
Now you are ready to start stuffing. I usually start with the pants. Once you get the panths as
stuffed as you wish set the pants aside and start stuffing the shirt. If you want a button up
shirt I recommend stuffing a long sleeve plain shirt and then putting the button up shirt on over.
If you try to stuff a button up shirt you will run into a problem with keeping the buttons on.
In other words you will start to bust at the seams.
Once all is stuffed you can tie the top and bottom together with string or you can use suspenders.
Now decide how you want your scarecrows face to look. You can carve a pumpkin
face or just draw a pumpkin face using a black or brown permanent marker.
The last step is to place the scarecrow just how you want it and then add the
boots, hat, and tin pans or cans to make noise in the wind to scare off the birds.
The final step is to name your scare crow.
Enjoy your DIY fall scarecrow!
Please share with us on our Facebook page. We would love to hear all about your scarecrows.
If you are wondering what kind of scare crow to make you can go to http://www.makescarecrows.com/scarecrow-ideas.html for some neat ideas.
If you want so see some ideas you can also go to https://www.google.com/webhp?source=search_app#hl=en&q=scarecrow+pictures&revid=218479491&sa=X&ei=WT9cUM21LOfW0gHMiYGQCQ&sqi=2&ved=0CJkBENUCKAE&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=78f29d23f70e5505&biw=1920&bih=989
Pumpkin Carving Ready?
We are not too far away and I am sure that I am not the only one thinking about what I am
going to carve into my pumpkins. I have seen a few good ideas I just am not too sure if I
can do what they did. If you are looking for some cute ideas.
For those of you who don't like to get messy but still want the experience I found a online
pumpkin carving site. Go to www.onlinepumpkincarving.com. It's cute and easy to do.
If you see up you can start all over again with the click of a button.
For my friends who love to dig in and try new things I found a site that will allow you to
download and print 2012 patterns for free. You have 6 to pick from.
Go to www.spookmaster.com/pumpkin-carving-patterns-freebies.htm.
If you are looking for the perfect pumpkin carving set check out Amazon.com. They are
being sold for $6.54 and if you order $25.00 or more worth of stuff you can get the free shipping.
For my friends who have never carved a pumpkin and this will be your first time you can
print out step by step directions on www.dltk-holidays.com/Halloween/mpatterns.htm.
For my friends who want to carve pumpkins for the fall season I ran into a cute idea on
www.pintrest.com. They were using cookie cutters to stamp out different patterns. If you
go to www.pintrest and join for free you can do a search for pumpkin carving and see all the great ideas.
Don't forget to share all your pumpkin ideas with us on Facebook. We would love to hear from you.
Recycled Coffee Can
Don't throw out the empty coffee can. It will make a great flower pot. In a few easy steps I will tell you how to turn your empty coffee can into a beautiful flower pot.
1. Rinse the can out with plain water.
2. carefully poke about 5 Skittle candy size holes in the bottom of the plastic or metal can.
3. Paint your entire coffee can with paint recommended to be used on plastic or metal. The darker the paint the less coats you will need to cover the advertisement on the coffee can. Let the paint dry for about 1 hour.
4. Now you are ready to stencil your flower pot. You can make your own stencils with peel and stick contact paper and a sharp knife.www.youtube.com/watch. This Youtube video will show you the details.
5. If you don't want to make your own stencils you can pick some up from any craft store.
6. Once the flower pot is dry about 1-2 hours you can now place about 1 inch of rocks in the bottom add your soil and a plant of your choice.
I hope you have enjoyed this craft and we look forward to hearing from you on facebook.