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.
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.