Gardening & Growing

Happiness is… gardening.

There is so much to love and learn about plants! You can grow and nurture them from seedlings or cuttings. Admire their beauty, enjoy their fresh air, or eat them. You can talk or sing to them. And perhaps simplest yet most rewarding of all, you can just be with them. They are naturally stress-relieving.

Whatever you do with them, you will be rewarded 10 times over.

Simple and affordable composting for beginners

Simple and affordable composting for beginners

In this post, I will teach you how to compost in the simplest and and most affordable way possible. No expensive composting bins or intimidating and complex rules–we’re going to uncomplicate composting. You’ll see that there are only a few easy-to-follow must-do steps involved to get started. It doesn’t have to be hard. So read on, stop throwing compostable materials out with the trash, and start composting with confidence!

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You need a sun map of your yard

Green Thumb 101: make a sun map of your yard

Have you ever struggled to keep some plants alive in your garden? Do you painstakingly place them in the ground, only to watch them slowly wither and die? And have you wondered why some kinds grow well for you while others are constantly sickly? Do you wish you could figure out the secret sauce to growing plants successfully in your garden every time? What you probably already know is that all plants need some combination of three things to grow…

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Start seeds indoors using items around the house

If this is your first time starting your veggies from seeds, you don’t need to spend a fortune to be successful. In fact, it can be a rather frugal undertaking.
For starters, save your money on seed starter kits.
Instead of spending money on seed starter kits at the store, you can easily make your own!
And you can make them with items you probably already have in your home right now!

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Skip the straw blankets and use your ornamental grass to spread over grass seed

I left my ornamental grass tall and uncut all winter for these 7 beneficial reasons. If I’m being totally honest, the main reason was there was plenty of other yard work to do in the fall without adding this to the list! So when we hit spring, and I couldn’t put off cutting down that huge mound of ornamental grass any longer, I seized the opportunity to use it as straw to protect the grass seed that I needed to plant…

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Make Your Own Tall Planters

Make your own tall planters and save over $100 on each

Since moving into our home nearly four years ago, I had a plan to put some nice tall planters on our front stoop. But I just never got around to it. Whenever I saw them for sale in the store or online, the tall planters (nearly 3 feet high) would go for more than $150 EACH! So I resolved to figure out how to make my own. Luckily, Pinterest came to my rescue and I found this wonderful tutorial on…

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Start a Flower Bed

Start a flower bed without pulling a single weed or using any chemicals – 5 steps

Do you have an area in your yard that you’d like to use as a flower bed, but you don’t know how to get started? Or maybe you have an existing flower bed that’s just become overgrown with weeds and you’d like a fresh start with it? Well, it can be done, and– It’s actually easier than you think! In this post, I’ve got easy and cheap directions for you to get it done in 5 steps, in one afternoon!…

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Make Your Own Quality Mulch

Make your own quality flower garden mulch

Mulch: it’s the garden maintenance with the hidden fee because it is easy to forget in the March budget. To keep our yard looking nice, I usually need to buy a bunch of bags of mulch every year. I never seem to have enough mulch for my garden! My husband teases me about my ability to estimate how much I need because he usually takes the number of bags that I said to buy, doubles it, and then I still…

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What to do with that old pumpkin after Halloween

Feed your backyard nature! 😃 When we made our three jack o lanterns, we tried to get as much out of it as possible. I made three kinds of baked pumpkin seeds. And we decorated our porch for Halloween. But why just leave them rotting after the sugar buzz has worn off? We moved ours to the backyard, sprinkled bird seed inside, and watched the nature enjoy. It turns out the deer liked it even more than the birds! think…

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Green tomato soup recipe for the fall

When it starts getting cooler, it’s time to get creative with the last of your veggie garden harvest. You can make the most of your tomato plants right to the very end, when it gets too cold for the last of the tomatoes to finish ripening on the vine. We had our first freeze this week so I had to save all the last of the tomatoes from our three tomato plants- all still very green. But hey, why let…

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