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.
Kits to get you started
Watering your plants can become challenging at times.
For me remembering to water my plants can be a challenge.
I have had one too many experiences where I just got too busy
to stop and water all my plants one-by-one. By the time my life
slowed down enough to water all my plants half of them were dead.
This is one reason Mister Landscaper created the Kits. The low-flow
irrigation kits are designed to make your life a little easier. The kits
comes with step-by-step directions that are designed to make the
process of instillation quick and easy. The Mister Landscaper kits
come with everything you will need to water your plants.
Each Kit covers a certain amount of square feet or a certain
number of potted plants. Mister Landscaper has also posted
how to instructions on YouTube. If you are a visual learner then
the YouTube video's may be very helpful.
Once you get your kit installed and flowing you may want to order
additional drippers, or stakes. Don't worry. Mister Landscaper
sells the irrigation kit materials separately as well. If you don't have
enough of something you can order more. Don't forget shipping
is free on orders $25.00 or more.
Don't forget to share your experience with us on the Mister Landscaper Facebook page.
A new season is around the corner and it's about time to select what fall flowers you want to have in your garden.
In this blog you will hear about 5 of the best fall flowers.
Russian sage is a great fall flower. It will grow tall and bloom small beautiful blue/purple flowers.
The leaves on this flower are small and have a silver tint to them. This flower gets 3-5 feet tall and
2.5-3 feet wide. This flower will need to go in behind your shorter plants. The Russian sage blooms
in the middle of summer into fall. It has a beautiful smell and is a great color for the fall season.
The Helenium provides your garden with an array of deep reds and a dark brown center, perfect for the fall
season. It will grow about 1.25m tall and .6m wide. The flower looks great next to ornamental grass and other
earth color flowers. The bees and butterflies will flock to this flower. The Helenium also makes a great fall
centerpiece for the up coming holidays. These flowers like a lot of sun and moist soil.
Another great flower for the fall is a Mum. They come in many beautiful fall colors and are easy to care for.
Mums look great along sidewalks or next to your front door. If you have them in a pot be sure the pot can
drain, and give them a good amount of sun and water every day. If they are in the soil you should water
them at least 3 times a week. Mums are sturdy flowers with many great colors to choose from. They should
last through the fall months and into early winter. If you take care of your Mums they will last for years.
The sunflower is perfect for the fall season with its large yellow bloom. The sunflower is also great for snacking.
I like sunflower seeds with salt. The sunflower is a strong plant but may need support once it gets tall. The weight
of the bloom can cause the plant to bend.