DIY Weed Killer

DIY Weed Killer

Gardening, Outdoors
Weeds can be a problem in your pathways, driveways, etc. but you don't always like to have to use weed killers with harsh chemicals. Luckily there are natural DIY options. Personally, I try my best to use the least chemicals I possibly can. There are a few different DIY recipe options out there for weed killer that have been tested and proved. I'll list a few of them and depending on what ingredients you already have, or what you want to go out and get will determine which one you chose. A Message For The Bees In early spring try not to spray and kill the dandelions around your yard and walkways. They are the first sources of food for bees when spring hits And whether you use natural DIY…
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5 Houseplants You Can’t Easily Kill

5 Houseplants You Can’t Easily Kill

Gardening, Plants
Are you a super busy person and don't have time to water your plants everyday? Do you just have a knack for killing every plant you buy? If you have these issues but you love plants and want to keep them in your house, there are some easy options for you. These plants don't have to be watered daily and don't die easily. Of all the plants I keep and grow I actually had the hardest time for awhile keeping succulents, and recently Aloe and it about dying or dying until I figured it out. There was a way to go about them so they weren't over watered or get too much sun. So even if you've had issues in the past with keeping plants, these can help get you…
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Common Gardening Mistakes

Common Gardening Mistakes

Gardening, Homesteading, Outdoors, Plants
Whether it's a flower garden or a vegetable garden there are some common mistakes that play into either one of them. Not everyone is a "perfect" gardener, not even me. I tend to make gardening mistakes unintentionally sometimes as well. My kids also come into play, which is why two of my flowers are basically growing into each other. (My son was playing in my flower bed as I was planting and bulbs got moved around). What Are Gardening Mistakes? Gardening mistakes are things you mistakingly do that can cause your garden to not do well. Reasons garden mistakes can happen: Not enough education in gardeningThings just happen, not everything is avoidableToo much taken on too quickly I will go over some common mistakes to help you avoid them. Improper…
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Better Rose Bushes-Naturally

Better Rose Bushes-Naturally

Gardening, Plants
Everyone wants bigger, better, and prettier roses for their yard. Personally I can't blame them at all. Vibrant beautiful roses are gorgeous and an eye catcher to onlookers. If you try to stray away from normal fertilizers and want to go with a more natural approach here is a great tip! (P.S. If you're a coffee drinker you have plenty of the stuff!) Coffee Grounds! Yes, you are definitely reading that correctly. Coffee grounds are amazing to use in your soil for your rose bushes. I drink a lot of coffee, coffee=life to me ha! I always have a ton of coffee grounds. Most of my coffee grounds go into my compost pile (you can read all about composting in my post Composting 101). Even with composting I still of…
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Growing a Bouquet Garden

Growing a Bouquet Garden

Gardening, Plants
Everyone loves an eye appealing bouquet and of course receiving one from a loved one. As we all know though they can be very pricey. A solution to this is to grow bouquet flowers! How much more meaningful would it be to give someone a bouquet you put together yourself and cut from your own home. Even having flowers in a vase on your table that you know you grew yourself has that much more meaning to it. Many bouquet flowers will come up every year and you won't have to replant them. Which as I've discussed before about Perennial flowers they will just get bigger and better year after year. Deciding what types of flowers to grow for it though will be your preference. What types of flowers you…
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10 Plants That Repel Bugs

10 Plants That Repel Bugs

Gardening, Outdoors, Plants
Bugs...a word we don't like to hear especially when we're trying to enjoy our backyard/patio time. No one likes having to bat away mosquitos and gnats while they're relaxing or barbecuing. The great news is there are plants you can grow around your patio area that will help repel those bugs! Here are some of the plants that you can grow, which by the way some have additional uses! 1. Lavender Moths, Mosquitos, and Flies DO NOT like the smell of Lavender. Thankfully for us though it smells AMAZING and it looks so pretty. Lavender is also great for bees! Read our article on how to help save the bees! 2. Chrysanthemums Components within this plant are actually used in insect repellants that you buy. These lovely flowers can help…
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Best Flowers to Grow In Shade

Best Flowers to Grow In Shade

Gardening, Plants
Not everyone has the most sunny areas to plant flowers. Sometimes you want to be able to brighten up a portion of your yard with beautiful flowers but your problem is....that area doesn't get too much sun. The great news is there are Annuals and Perennials that thrive in the shade! Even those shaded areas of your yard can have beautiful stunning flowers to brighten up the whole area. Whether you prefer Perennials or Annuals there are flowers for each that can thrive in the shade. Let's Talk Annuals For those of you that like annual flowers there are some perfect options for you. If you are planning on keeping them in pots or putting them in the ground is completely your choice and they will brighten up that shady…
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5 Reasons to Keep Houseplants

5 Reasons to Keep Houseplants

Plants
Most people you know tend to keep at least one or two houseplants. Many of my friends including me have tons of houseplants! Yes they are pretty but there are also benefits to keeping houseplants. Benefits? That's right I said benefits to having houseplants. The types of houseplants you keep will depend on how much you want to have to take care of them. Which I will discuss in a different post about "Houseplants You Can't Easily Kill". Alright, Let's Actually Get to Our Reasons As I said there are 5 (there's more but I'll only touch 5 today) reasons to keep houseplants. 1. Cleaning your air There are certain houseplants you can get that actually clean the air within your house! Everyone loves clean air, I mean we do…
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Composting 101

Composting 101

Gardening, Homesteading, Outdoors
What is Composting? Composting is where you turn your table scraps and much more and turn it into dirt! Benefits of Composting There are many benefits to composting. Some of those benefits are: Reduced WasteEnriched soil, better moisture retaining soilLowers your carbon footprintReduces Methane Emissions (Helps Climate Change)Less Landfill Waste If you want to lower your carbon footprint, make better soil for your garden and land, be more green, etc. then composting is a fantastic start. Composting is Easy! Composting Bins - What Type Should You Use? There are multiple ways you can go about composting. Many sites and companies sell composting bins for those that need to keep the smell at bay, or if you're living in the city, your neighbors from complaining about it. Composting bins can range…
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Getting Your Flower Bed Started

Getting Your Flower Bed Started

Gardening, Outdoors, Plants
First Things First So it's now spring time and warming up and you are now excitedly ready to start your flower garden, well there are steps you need to take. I for one have so many trees around my house, so once the warm weather hits I have plenty that I have to clean up and around my flower bed. You will want to remove any sorts of litter, brush, old leaves, etc. Whether you have a flower box, a flower bed (raised or in the ground), it will need to be cleaned up before you can start your new flower bed. Now everything is clean and you can get started on your flower garden journey! But What Should You Do Next? Alright so we have a nice and clean…
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