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.
Growing With Kids
Stop! Don't throw out the leftowvers just yet. Did you know that you can use your left over fruits and vegetables to grow more fruitd and vegetables? In this blog I will name a few of thes vegetables. I will tell you how to regrow Celery, Sweet Potatoes and Pineapple from the pieces that you might usually toss in the trash.
Celery: Take the bottom of the celery you cut off and soak it in warm water for about 24 hours. Next plant it in fertile soil with the cut side up. Water Daily. in about 1-2 weeks you should start to see the tops of baby celery.
Sweet Potatoes: To grow a sweet potato is all you need is the end of one of your old sweet potatoes. Cut off the end of the potato, place toothpicks around the outside of the potato and submerge the tip in water allowing the toothpicks to support the remainder of the piece of patato above the water. Palce the potato in a nice sunny spot near the window and watch the roots start to grow in about three weeks. Once the roots form it is ready to plant in the ground.
Pineapple: You can grow a pineapple by planting the top of your scrap pineapple. Once you have removed the top you need to peel away about 1/2 in. of the leaves at the bottom of the stalk. Next you need to trim the bottom and sides of the stalk till you see little brown dots around the rim. This is where your roots will come from. Now you need to let the pineapple dry for two days to prevent it from rotting. Then place the pineapp.e top into a bowl of plain water. Remember to change the water every 2 days. Once you see lots of roots growing it's time to plant the top in a pot that drains well with about 9 inches of soil. They grow slow, but soon you will have a healthy pinapple bush that one day, a couple of years from now, will produce a pinapple.
I hope you have enjoyed our blog. Good luck growing your scraps. We would love to hear about your experience on our Mister Landscaper Facebook Page. If you enjoyed this blog and want to learn about other scraps you can grow do a search on google.com for "plants you can plant from scraps". And as always, Mister Landscaper the best way to irrigate all of you fruits and vegetables.
Thanks for reading, and have an awesome week.
July is Smart Irrigation Month, which reminds us that to be wise in how we irrigate our Landscapes and Gardens areas. Water is our most precious resource. It is very important to conserve our water during the hot summer months and when in drought areas of the country. Conserving your water will save you money as the price of water continues to rise.
Here are some smart ways to water your garden or landscape:
You don't need to water your lawn every day. During the summer months you only need to water every five to seven days. Your lawn only needs about one inch of water a week. You can buy a rain gauge to help keep track of how much water your grass is getting. The best time to water your lawn and plants is early in the morning or at night when the temperature is lower.
Mister Landscaper sells a timer that you can set to water your landscapes & garden beds when you want to. This will make smart watering very easy and avoid over or underwatering your plants. Mister Landscaper also sells a DIY easy to install low-flow Micro and Drip Irrigation kits that will use 50% to 70% less water then standerd irrigation. This will help keep the green in your garden as well as in your wallet! In the long run you will save water, time and money. Using mulch or graound cover also helps to retain moisture in the soil which means you have to water less overall.
For Smart Irrigation Month Mister Landscaper created a coloring book as a fun way to help teach kids about how to water wisely. You can download it by clicking this link.
Some other simple tips to save water and re-use it in the garden are...
If you are going to take a bath use the water after you are done to water your plants.
If you take a shower put a bucket in the shower to catch the water. When you are done use it to water your plants.
Rain Barrels, we have all heard of them. Getting one set up is not that hard, and you can use Micro and Drip Irrigation with them. Companies like Aqua Barrel make small pumps that cary the water in the barrel's to attached hoses for easy use. Check them out at http://www.aquabarrel.com
If you have any other smart watering tips you can join us on Facebook. We would love to hear from you.
I want to wish all of you a smart watering day.
This is the week when we celebrate the birthday of America, July 4th. Wow! What an awesome opportunity to think about how great our nation is - and how blessed we have been as a nation.
I wanted to consider some of the things that make America great. As I thought about this, it occurred to me that many of the things that make America a great nation start with the word "freedom." This is not a word to take lightly. Many people have fought and even given their very lives to preserve, maintain, and continue to allow our country that privilege. Here are just a few of the freedoms we have that make us unique in the world:
1. We are free to have an opinion - and voice it. No matter if people like it or not.
2. We are free to invent, create, and build a business in the hope that we have something to offer that others will be able to use and enjoy.
3. We are free to better ourselves. A person who starts off as a fast-food restaurant employee does not have to remain that way. They can choose to be better, work to improve, and, if they want, find a better place in life.
4. We are free to choose. We have the freedom to choose what we do, what we want, and how we act and react to those choices.
5. We are free to find fault with our leaders. No matter your political persuasion, that's a big one because no man or group of people is perfect. Being able to shine light on the wrongdoings of leadership without fear of being sent to prison - or worse - has helped to keep those that would be tyrants at bay.
6. We have freedom to build a future. Our course is not set. We can make ourselves better, make our nation better, and build families, companies, gardens, and lives that are marked by a continued movement toward greatness.
Mister Landscaper invents, develops, and manufactures quality products in America - instead of the alternative - because we believe that by providing Americans with the opportunity to work we are not just making better products. We are improving ourselves and giving others the opportunity to better themselves.
Our products are of the highest quality. We oversee production from start to finish, and we check them consistently. We can guarantee they work because we made them here - in America. We know what went into them, and we know the quality our customers expect to get out of them.
Thank you to our customers for allowing us to continue to make the highest-quality Micro and Drip Irrigation products on the market today.
Happy Birthday, America. Have a wonderful 4th of July!
A well manicured landscape is something to be noticed. Beautiful Trees, shrubs, Flowers, and other types of plants fill the yard space with a combination of balance and design that can adorn the outside of a home much like jewelry on a beautiful woman.
While there are countless examples of wonderful landscape designs available online, something special began to catch my eye. I noticed that some of these landscapes had edible plants used in their layout. This seemed to me like such a fabulous idea that I wanted to know more, so I began to research this trend and found out that it is becoming quite popular to ad edible plants to landscape designs, or even to completely use edible plants for the landscape.
There are a great many benefits to having edible plants in the yard. The first being, they are edible. This can save some time, and money by avoiding going to the grocery store, just walk outside and pick your favorite veggie or fruit off your own plant. The Second benefit is that they are healthy. We always talk about how we want to eat healthier around our house. What better way to do that then to surround our yards with healthy plants that encourage us to consume more fruits and vegetables. A third benefit, is that growing edible landscapes is a "green" way to landscape a yard because the fruits and veggies that are grown in the yard don't have to be shipped across country or around the world to end up on your table. And last, but certainly not least, if it is grown in your yard, you know what went into it, and on it, so there is less worry about strong pesticides or chemical fertilizers, and more time to enjoy the fruits of your yard.
This kind of landscaping will continue to gain in popularity as people tire of using water and other resources for large grassy areas that do little more then ornament the yard. Edible landscapes can help feed us and turn our yards into ecosystems. Fruit-bearing trees, bushes and perennial vegetables can be a part of a productive landscape, especially when mixed in with native and drought-resistant ornamentals. Ad to that low flow irrigation products such as micro & drip irrigation and one can create a sustainable landscape with not just color, but flavor as well.
With the prices of food rising in much of the country this is, no doubt, a trend that will continue to grow, leaving many a front and or back yard full of tasty treats.