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    July 16, 2015
    Attracting Ladybugs

    Ladybugs are extremely beneficial to gardens, mostly because they eat aphids- the little bugs that love sinking their teeth into your veggies. Ladybugs also eat mites and other pests! They are great natural pesticides. They are attracted to strong smelling plants, like cilantro, scented geraniums, dill, and cosmos, but can also be brought in by making a ladybug feeder! Check out this post by Kimber Watson at Apartment Therapy for instructions. All you need is bamboo, a string, and some raisins :) See the tutorial here!

    Photo Credit: Omer Unlu 


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    July 13, 2015
    Best Smelling Plants For Your Yard

    In my spare time, I have a few hobbies that I like to do. One is soap making! I love mixing together the oils and fragrances and additives (like flower petals, seeds, etc.) and creating something that I can use. Plus, it makes my house smell absolutely heavenly. My favorite scents are jasmine, gardenia, rose, and raspberry. But, you don’t have to be a soap maker to have a fabulous smelling home or yard. Some plants naturally freshen your air and add their nice fragrances to your home. Check out this post by Joy at Bless My Weeds for the best smelling plants you can get:

    -Scented geraniums

    -Jasmine

    -Gardenia (I told you!)

    -Sweet Bay

    -Lavender

    -Rosemary

    -Lilac

    Photo Credit: Anna 


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    July 7, 2015
    Awesome Morning Glory Trick

    I love morning glories. When I was a kid, I thought they were magic, and I’d get up early to go see them open up. Kids will be astounded by them! They also smell beautiful and make a wonderful addition to any garden. If you are considering planting morning glories at your home, check out this idea at Much Pics. You plant them in a hanging basket until they are overflowing, then they will grow downward and create a stunning pillar of flowers and foliage. It looks amazing on any porch or deck. Try it out!

    Photo Credit: Much Pics 


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    July 2, 2015
    Solar Light Projects To Try This Summer

    Solar energy is free- why not make the sun work for you? It’s infinite and creates no waste! That’s why I love having solar powered lights in my yard. They charge all day with the (FREE) sunlight, then keep my garden lit up at night. You can get some pretty decent solar lights from dollar stores, and if you are crafty, you can jazz them up and create some solar powered art. For ideas, check out this post by Gail at My Repurposed Life:

    Tin Can Solar Lantern Tutorial

    DIY Solar Light Chandelier

    Floor Lamp Solar Light Feature for Your Patio

    Easy Mason Jar Luminaries

    Photo Credit: Peter Baker 


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    July 1, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Growing Between The Cracks

    Photo from Glamorous Affordable Life


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    June 23, 2015
    How To Re-Plant Succulents

    It takes a lot to kill a succulent. That’s why they’re perfect gardening projects for first timers or even kids. However, they do still require some measure of care. When transplanting them, there are certain things you need to keep in mind to avoid damaging them. Check out these tips by Lindsey at Hello Hydrangea before re-potting your succulents:

    -Buy green succulents if they are going to live indoors. The other colors need more heat and light.

    -Replant the buds- The rose shaped succulents often come with tiny buds growing at their base. These sweet little babies are easy to pull off and will survive if you stick their orange stems into some dirt. Guess what? Free succulents! 

    -Break up the roots and spread them out before moving them to another pot

    -Mix dirt and sand together

    Photo Credit: Phil Hearing


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    June 19, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Ideas For A Small Garden
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2vca60

    Great tips for people trying to maintain a garden from an apartment or other urban setting.


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    June 18, 2015
    Building A Pergola For Your Yard

    Pergolas can do wonders for your backyard aesthetic. They provide shelter, give a defined space for lawn furniture, and can help keep you cool in hot summer months. Not to mention, they look especially striking with vines, flowers, or other foliage growing up them. If you are interested in building a pergola in your yard, check out this DIY project by Charlene at My Frugal Adventures. She has outlined her budget and every step she took to build her own:

    -We spent roughly $400 on materials and it took about 2 days.

    -At least $100 of the budget was sun shades so if you don’t need those, your project will be cheaper.

    -This project is one of those that seems more complicated or difficult then it really is and doesn’t require tons of fancy tools or special skills.

    Check out the full tutorial with photos here!

    Photo Credit: Field Outdoor Spaces


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    June 16, 2015
    Beginner Veggie Growing Tips

    This year, I have been absolutely inundated with fresh veggies. My crisper drawer in my fridge is full of cucumbers, squash, and tomatoes brought to me by family and friends. It’s pretty great- nothing can beat a juicy tomato slice in the middle of summer. If you want to grow your own veggies, read this post by Lisa Leake at 100 Days Of Real Food. She has lots of tips that she learned from her first year growing her own food:

    -Take notes so you remember what to change next year

    -Use fertilizer to make sure your plants don’t flop!

    -Plan carefully and come up with a layout that makes sense.

    -Don’t be afraid to grow from seed!

    Photo Credit: Amy G 


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    June 10, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Hammock Over The Lake

    Photo from Design Boom


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