20 Drought Resistant Plants

20 Drought Resistant Plants

Gardening, Outdoors, Plants
We're not always lucky to get constant rain. Drought happens. And depending on where you live you may not get rain much at all. You still want to have plants to make your garden or yard look beautiful, but don't want them to die because of a drought. Luckily there are some drought resistant plants that will grow even when there isn't a lot of rain in your area. Beautiful flowers even with no worries about having enough rain! Yes please! And most of these flowers are Perennials which means plant once and enjoy years of flowers. If your region is known for droughts your local plant stores or places like Lowe's and such will tend to have the plants you are looking for. Plants for your region are usually…
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Sunshine Blogger Award!

Sunshine Blogger Award!

Outdoors
Today I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! The award is given out Blogger to Blogger for bloggers who inspire Positivity and Joy through their blog posts. Very exciting to me since my blog is still so new I'm very happy to be nominated. I absolutely love that people are loving the articles I've been writing. Thank you Michele from Our Redonkulous Life for the nomination. Those that are nominated are encouraged to nominate other bloggers and keep the award going. Of course I want to help inspire and congratulate other bloggers on the amazing work they're doing. The Award Rules: Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.Nominate (at least) 11 new blogs…
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Health Benefits of Gardening

Health Benefits of Gardening

Gardening, Outdoors
Many of us love gardening. Either growing our own vegetables and fruits, or beautiful flowers. For me just having my hands in dirt is therapeutic. Just something about it is so relaxing to me. If you don't garden it's ok. A thing that may interest you is the health benefits to it. Yes! Health benefits to gardening So this is either just great news to the avid gardener or more of a reasoning to try gardening for those that don't garden. I'll go over a few different benefits to gardening and how it can benefit your health. The Dirt Can Make You Happy! Oh yes, my favorite right out of the gate! I just had to make it the first to list since it's one of the favorite reasons that…
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6 Farm Animals to Raise for a Beginner or Small Homestead

6 Farm Animals to Raise for a Beginner or Small Homestead

Animals, Homesteading, Outdoors
Whether you are a beginner in homesteading or you just have a small homestead and not a lot of acreage you can still keep and raise farm animals. Depending on the size of course would determine how many you can keep. They all need a certain amount of room of their own. Farm animals can bring in money, food, or both depending if it's just for your homestead or to also make money. Regardless it's possible and it's a way to be self sufficient as well. Of course a garden brings you vegetables but to be able to raise your own meat can be an amazing thing. So what are the animals I can raise? 1. Cows There are different types of cows you can raise depending on your wants…
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How To Help Save The Bees

How To Help Save The Bees

Animals, Food, Gardening, Homesteading, Outdoors
Bees are currently on the endangered list. They are decreasing in numbers and even many bee farmers have been having issues with their bees dying for unknown reasons. This is a worrisome fact since we actually really need bees and they help us out more than we realize, so we need to try efforts to help save them. Why Do We Need Bees? They are excellent pollinators. Bees pollinate about 90% of crops around the world. That's a LOT! Pollination equals better growing fruits and vegetables. It helps out the plants and it also helps the bees themselves. With pollination they also take back the pollen to their homes to feed their young and of course make honey. Without bees of course there is no honey. If you're like me…
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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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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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DIY Natural Bug Spray

DIY Natural Bug Spray

Homesteading, Outdoors
We all hate mosquito season. No one loves being itchy and being bitten while trying to enjoy their patio/outdoor time. Summertime is meant for fun outside but once that evening time hits you have that nasty little bug trying to ruin your fun. DEET works but it is also very bad for you. By instructions, you're typically only supposed to put it on your clothes. Of course commercial brands sell mosquito repellent that is safe to go on your skin but then you're still dealing with chemicals on your skin. Commercial Sprays Are Not For Everyone Young infants cannot even use commercial mosquito repellants so what can you do to stop mosquitos from biting the baby and stay away from chemicals? People with very sensitive skins typically cannot use most…
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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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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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