Attract Birds to Your Garden

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Posted in Garden, Projects | Posted on 24-03-2015

Birdhouse made from reclaimed barn wood.

Birdhouse made from reclaimed barn wood.

Many people think the best way to deal with pests in the garden is to go down to the local store, pick up a bottle of the lastest greatest bug-be-gone spray to rid their garden beds of all interlopers. This is a little over-kill in my opinion, not only have you blasted all the bugs that you want to get rid of, but you have also most likely just knocked out any beneficial insects as well.

One way of ending this destructive; and spendy, cycle is to bring in a more natural pest control system.  Namely some feathered friends that are more than happy to help.  But how do you get birds to set up shop in your garden? First off, they need a reason to be there;

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How To Propagate Tomato Cuttings

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Posted in Garden, Projects | Posted on 09-06-2012

Tomatoes are a must for many of my favorite recipes and I think they are the best when fresh from the garden.  I had started a few plants in the house earlier this spring, then recently decided more plants were needed, only now it’s a little late in the year to be starting plants from seed.  Instead, I took cuttings from established plants.  Using the side shoots from larger plants can save a lot of time, the leaves are already developed and they will set fruit much faster than a plant raised from seed.  Getting these cuttings to root is very simple and it’s a great way to get kids interested in gardening.

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Earthwise Electric Lawnmower Battery Replacement

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Posted in Projects | Posted on 26-05-2012

Earthwise 60120 20-Inch 24-Volt Cordless Electric Lawn Mower A few years ago we purchased an Earthwise 60120 20-inch cordless electric lawnmower.  We were tired of our old mower not starting when we needed it, having to always run to get more gas, and the various other annoyances associated with maintaining a traditional gas mower.

This mower worked great, it was hassle free and was much quieter than our old mower.  It’s nice to be able to mow early in the morning or later at night and not worry about the noise being a nuisance to our neighbors.  The only real maintenance required up to now was to use a file to sharpen the cutting blade once a year which helps it run more efficiently and allows us to cut more area on each charge.

Three years later, the battery was running low.  A full charge used to cut our entire 1/3 acre yard, but now this year the battery would only last about half as long.  So, I looked online to buy a new battery and in my looking I came across a much better option to the stock replacement battery, and saved some money too.

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Starting Seeds Indoors

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Posted in Garden, Projects | Posted on 27-04-2012

I can never seem to wait for the local greenhouses to open up and let me peruse their selection of herb and vegetable plants.  I am just too impatient to get my garden started.  While I like to get a good look at the plants that are lining the shelves, I have come to realize in these times that plants are expensive, not to mention trying to find heirloom vegetable plants is still something that makes my gardening top ten lists of annoyances.  It’s getting better out there but still, of all the places I shop, the selection is still pretty slim.  So to take care of both problems I have decided to start my own plants in the house.  I get to choose from a much broader range of plants species and I also save some money.  Bonus!

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Make a Trellis for Potted Plants

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Posted in Garden, Projects | Posted on 13-05-2011

Now that I had finished making my new “ladder” style trellises, I decided to make a second type of trellis, this one is about as simple as it gets.  It is a Teepee style made with bamboo canes and some jute string.  I made these in several pots to grow my peas in this year.  This is a fun and quick project that will add a unique look to any outdoor sitting area.

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