In a previously written post titled “A Must-Have For Dog & Cat Owners” I wrote about my dog’s ear rashes and skin problems, which have been kept under control using Zymox Otic. I had taken my dog to the vet to be tested for fungus, mange and mites, all came back negative. The vet had no idea what was causing the bacterial infections on my dog’s ears and occasionally elsewhere on his body. A steroid shot and a round of antibiotics later and my dog was fine, then after a couple of weeks the problem returned. Read the rest of this entry »
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.
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.
Homegrown seedlings are great to have, and I love having them sitting in my windows, just waiting for the right time to be transplanted into the garden. But there is one step between sprouting them in the house and placing them outside that some people do not know about. It is a step that the plants from your local greenhouse have already gone through and one that you can do with your own plants to prepare them for their new life outdoors. The plants that you have carefully nurtured in your house are in the perfect conditions of temperature, water and sunlight, but the outside conditions fluctuate and can be quite inhospitable to these tender seedlings. You can give your sprouts a better chance of survival by hardening them to their new outside environment. Hardening off your seedlings takes some time but it is a necessary step in plant care, and is easy to do.
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!