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    November 19, 2015
    Prep Your Soil Now For A Beautiful Garden Later

    As winter approaches, there’s not a whole lot we can do yard-wise. While it’s nice to get a break from mowing and trimming, it is kind of boring to not have anything to do. One way you can use this time is by prepping your garden for Spring, by making sure your soil is nutritious and ready to go! Check out this post by Old World Garden Farms at Hometalk for tips:

    -Dig into the compost made in the summer months, begin laying it out.

    -Use annual rye as a cover crop to maintain and protect the soil through winter

    Photo Credit: NRCS Soil Health 

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    November 18, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Quirky Planters

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    November 11, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Chic Firewood Storage

    Photo from Styleroom Instagram

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    November 9, 2015
    Gorgeous Autumn Plants For Your Yard

    Everyone knows that Fall means it’s time for mums and pumpkins- maybe some gourds if you’re a little out there. While they are gorgeous, that is so limited compared to the wide range of stunning Autumn flowers, bushes, and trees that are out there. For some out of the box Autumn planting ideas, check out this post by Kate Karam at Garden Smart:

    Snow Queen Oakleaf hydrangea

    Concorde Japanese barberry 

    Chief Joseph Lodgepole pine 

    Black Negligee Snakeroot 

    Photo Credit: Sheila Sund

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    November 6, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Flowers in Cold Weather

    Follow these steps for a garden that flowers all year long!

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    November 2, 2015
    Before Winter Is Here…

    Now is the time to prepare your garden for cold weather before it gets here. It’s time to harvest your Fall veggies if you haven’t already, plant any winter plants (they do exist!) and winterize your lawn to keep it looking fabulous. For a list of tasks to get done in your yard this Fall, check out this post by Mr. Stoney at Our Stoney Acres:

    -Tear out all dead or dying plants

    -Get rid of any diseased plant material

    -Do any tilling or turning of beds now

    -Add compost

    -Drain hoses and water systems

    -Bring in decorations and pots

    Photo Credit: Nick Lansley 

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    October 29, 2015
    Bat House DIY

    Kick things up a notch and make your yard extra spooky this Halloween by adding a bat house! They attract bats to your yard, which eat mosquitoes and other pests. Bats are extremely beneficial to your garden and the environment- plus, they’re super cute! For instructions on how to build your own bat house, check out this post by mythbstr at Hubpages:

    -They should be placed 10-20 feet off the ground, away from tree limbs.

    -Edges of the bat house need to be properly caulked to seal against weather.

    -The box should be painted a dark color to keep the inside warm

    -The average sized bat house is about 2 feet tall by 1 foot wide. The depth can vary depending on the number of chambers it contains.

    Photo Credit: USFWS- Pacific Region 

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    October 22, 2015
    Grow Your Own Avocados

    Personally, I’m not that huge a fan of avocados. I don’t like the weird, fleshy texture. However, they are amazingly healthy, and I do have a soft spot for fresh guacamole. The best part is, you don’t have to keep paying tons for organic avocados. If you want to grow your own, all you need is a pit and some time and patience. Check out this post by Dream Garden 101 for a photo tutorial:

    1. Eat an avocado (fun part)
    2. Clean-off the pit
    3. Suspend it over a dish of water with toothpicks (half-submerged)
    4. Wait 3 to 6 weeks for it to sprout

    Photo Credit: skyseeker 

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    October 21, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Heavenly Patio

    Photo from Bless My Weeds

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    October 13, 2015
    DIY Pest Control and Other Tips

    Lots of people these days are interested in eating organic food, and growing their own organic gardens. Personally, I don’t think it matters- at least from a health standpoint- as long as you thoroughly wash all produce before eating it. However, commercial pesticides can be expensive! That’s why I’m always looking for cheaper alternatives- hopefully using ingredients that I already have on hand. That’s why I love this post by Fresh Organic Gardening. Here are some remedies for keeping away the pests and growing your garden beautifully using items from your home:

    -Slug beer trap: bury a container til it’s level with soil, fill with beer. Slugs will get stuck and drown (good old fashioned salt also repels slugs).

    -Egg deer repellant: in a blender, combine 4 eggs with quart of water. Put into a spray bottle and spray your plants- deer hate the smell of eggs and will keep away.

    -Grind up eggshells and put into plant soil- the calcium boost will fend off rot.

    -Mix a tablespoon of dish soap into a half gallon of water- spray onto plants. This will kill most bugs.

    Photo Credit: Jon Nelson 

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