Who doesen’t want bigger, better and juicier tomatoes on your tomato plant?

Do you want bigger, better and juiciest tomatoes on your tomato plant? Well, who doesn’t? In this short video, I found by Jeff Bernhard, he will show a few tips to accomplish this and focus the energy of the plant on the fruit instead of the leaves. In the end, the tomato plant can only produce so much energy for both the fruit and the leaves. If you give your plant a good trim and eliminate extra leaves, the energy goes toward bigger tomatoes!
It is that simple.



Video Published on May 21, 2016

When you prune tomatoes and peppers, great things happen in your garden!

If there is one simple chore in the summer that can make a big difference to harvesting a healthy and faster-ripening crop, it’s pruning.prune tomatoes

Clearing space for light and air is important to a plants health


Both tomatoes and peppers begin to grow wild in the first weeks of summer. The transplant shock is over, and the warm temperatures prompt them to grow at a lightning-fast pace. They seem to shoot out new stems, leaves, and flowers in a blink of an eye.

Plants quickly become so thick with foliage you can barely if at all, see through them. And that is where the problems begin!

Although heavy growth in early spring and summer is a sign of good health, it can also lead to late-season issues. Those issues can include everything from blight and disease to insect infestation, and delayed or reduced harvest.

Why It Makes Sense To Prune Tomatoes and Peppers

Plants that become overgrown, dense and tangled get limited exposure to three critical requirements for a healthy life.  Circulation, Light, and Water

Plants need good circulation and light for everything from pollination, to disease control, ripening and more. When tomato and pepper plant growth becomes overcrowded, air and light are blocked from flowing through. That air flow is needed to help keep mold and disease in check. And without light, tomatoes and peppers can have a difficult time ripening.  Continue reading


Is You Vehicle Ready For The Thanksgiving Trip?

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When I was getting my drivers license way back in the middle 1970’s my Father taught me how to maintain my vehicle.  He taught me all the important things I would need to know how to check myself after all I was a very independent person.  I still do all the necessary checks on all my vehicle every other week or so, but going on a trip such as for Thanksgiving it is quite necessary for everyone’s safety and peace of mind.  It is also important to think of yourself, the driver and of course the passengers.  You could bring some crackers or hard candy for snacking and always bring blankets just in case the worst happens.  Below is a video from youtube to show you just how to go over your vehicle before leaving on the trip.  It may not include everything but it sure does cover quite a…

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NESTING OUTDOOR ACTIVITY TABLE, under sand/water table.

  • What a perfect and convenient way for the kids to clean up and store all their toys in one place.
  • Nesting Outdoor Activity Table
  • Nesting Outdoor Activity Table
  • Nesting Outdoor Activity Table
  • Nesting Outdoor Activity Table


When it’s nice outside you want to get out there to enjoy it. If you have kids you want them to enjoy it too. One fun way for the kids to have fun outside is a sand and water table. However, the last thing we want is a bunch of kids toys laying around. That’s why they came up with the idea for this nesting outdoor activity table. The sand and water table sliding under an outdoor coffee table and another dry storage container nests into that. All that, nicely concealed under an outside usable table. No one will know except for those you want to know.

Click here to download the full plans for this coffee table. Click here to download

Enjoy your new project featured on Ryobi Nation.

Have a fantastic summer,



The classic chicken soup, protein and vitamins

The classic chicken soup

I used to make chicken soup using the whole chicken and then cleaning it off the bones, what a lengthy chore.

I stumbled across this recipe on the Dr. Oz show and thought that I should pass it on to everyone for a healthy purpose.

The classic chicken soup will satisfy your hunger any weeknight. Filled with protein and vitamins that bolster the immune system and fight infection, this soup will be your new favorite recipe.

Best Food for a Cold: Chicken Soup


  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup green beans
  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 12 cups organic chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless chicken breast
  • 1 cup chopped parsley leaves


1. Place all the ingredients, except chopped parsley, in a slow cooker and cook on high for four hours or low for 6-7 hours.

2. Remove chicken and shred with the help of two forks.

3. Return chicken to the soup and top with fresh parsley before serving.

4. Serve with your favorite bread.

Don’t be afraid to add your own touch, I would add some minced garlic for example. Get creative with this healthy Classic Chicken Soup.

Have a wonderful day,



Free shed plans and Ideas.

Are you in need of more storage space?

Take a look at what I found on the internet. I think I did a pretty good job on doing the searching for you. I admit I only did a day worth of searching, yeah, not all week but I think I found some pretty good information and possibly found what you are looking for.

Check out the many designs I found, I know my favorites, I am going to attempt a garden storage shed.

You get thousands of designs and styles of sheds!

From large outhouses, garages to small storage and garden sheds…

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Simple Gardening Tips and Tricks

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14 Simple Gardening Tips and Tricks

From using leftover coffee beans to preventing dirt from getting underneath fingernails, master gardener Paul James shares his top 14 tips and shortcuts to make spring gardening a breeze.
Assorted Flowerpots

Little clay pots make great clothes for protecting young plants from overnight frosts.

Here, the latest tips and tricks from Paul James, host of Gardening by the Yard:1. To remove the salt deposits that form on clay pots, combine equal parts white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle. Apply the mixture to the pot and scrub with a plastic brush. Let the pot dry before you plant anything in it.

2. To prevent accumulating dirt under your fingernails while you work in the garden, draw your fingernails across a bar of soap and you’ll effectively seal the undersides of your nails so dirt can’t collect beneath them. Then, after you’ve finished in the garden, use a nailbrush to remove the soap and your nails will be sparkling clean.
3. To prevent the line on your string trimmer from jamming or breaking, treat with a spray vegetable oil before installing it in the trimmer.
4. Turn a long-handled tool into a measuring stick! Lay a long-handled garden tool on the ground, and next to it place a tape measure. Using a permanent marker, write inch and foot marks on the handle. When you need to space plants a certain distance apart (from just an inch to several feet) you’ll already have a measuring device in your hand.
How can you use bubble wrap to keep your potted plants from stressing out?  Wrap the bubble wrap around the insides, not the bottom and it will act as an insulator.
to see the video go to http://www.hgtv.com.
5. To have garden twine handy when you need it, just stick a ball of twine in a small clay pot, pull the end of the twine through the drainage hole, and set the pot upside down in the garden. Do that, and you’ll never go looking for twine again.
6. Little clay pots make great clothes for protecting young plants from sudden, overnight frosts and freezes.
7. To turn a clay pot into a hose guide, just stab a roughly one-foot length of steel reinforcing bar into the ground at the corner of a bed and slip two clay pots over it: one facing down, the other facing up. The guides will prevent damage to your plants as you drag the hose along the bed.
8. To create perfectly natural markers, write the names of plants (using a permanent marker) on the flat faces of stones of various sizes and place them at or near the base of your plants.
9. Got aphids? You can control them with a strong blast of water from the hose or with insecticidal soap. But here’s another suggestion, one that’s a lot more fun; get some tape! Wrap a wide strip of tape around your hand, sticky side out, and pat the leaves of plants infested with aphids. Concentrate on the undersides of leaves, because that’s where the little buggers like to hide.
10. The next time you boil or steam vegetables, don’t pour the water down the drain, use it to water potted patio plants, and you’ll be amazed at how the plants respond to the “vegetable soup.”
11. Use leftover tea and coffee grounds to acidify the soil of acid-loving plants such as azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, gardenia and even blueberries. A light sprinkling of about one-quarter of an inch applied once a month will keep the pH of the soil on the acidic side.
12. Use chamomile tea to control damping-off fungus, which often attacks young seedlings quite suddenly. Just add a spot of tea to the soil around the base of seedlings once a week or use it as a spray.
13. If you need an instant table for tea service, look no farther than your collection of clay pots and saucers. Just flip a good-sized pot over, and top it off with a large saucer. And when you’ve had your share of tea, fill the saucer with water, and your “table” is now a bird bath.
14. The quickest way in the world to dry herbs: just lay a sheet of newspaper on the seat of your car, arrange the herbs in a single layer, then roll up the windows and close the doors. Your herbs will be quickly dried to perfection. What’s more, your car will smell great.
I hope you get some benefit out of this Tuesdays Tips, Thanks for reading our blog and please leave a comment if you have a tip you would like to share.
Terry Ann

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7 WAYS TO GET seeds and plants FOR YOUR GARDEN ~ Free

Gardening can be an expensive hobby, but it doesn’t have to be. Savvy gardeners have ways of increasing their collections without emptying their bank accounts. Let’s look at seven economical ways to get more seeds and plants for your very own garden. If you would consider getting a little dirty doesn’t mean free then I apologize, only a few of these tips requires a little pocket change.  Gardening has always meant getting a little exercise.


If you have time and patience, spreading your own plants is the best way to get exactly what you want at a fraction of the cost of a full-grown plant. For home gardeners propagating includes growing plants from seeds, cuttings, or divisions.

Annual flowers and vegetables are easy to grow from seed at a fraction of the cost of buying starter plants. In fact, many do better when started from seed sown right in the ground. Taking cuttings involves cutting a piece of stem, putting it in a pot with a light soil or soil-less mix, and keeping it moist until it grows roots.

You can divide most perennials and many shrubs by separating sections of roots and stems and planting these divisions in the ground.

using you own clippings

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Add Wildlife to your Garden

Just in time for Spring, fill in areas with natural wildlife and the colors of spring.


Native Plant Finder is an online resource for people who want to attract more wildlife to their gardens. The website is sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, with support from the University of Delaware and the US Forest Service. It draws on the work of Douglas Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home and Professor of […]

via A New Tool for Wildlife Gardeners — gardeninacity

Keep Warm and Comfortable with an Electric Fireplace

VonHaus 1500 W Electric Stove Heater – Portable Home Fireplace with Log Burning Flame Effect (16.8W x 10.8L x 20H inches – Black)


Product Description

Stay warm and comfortable all winter long with the stylish VonHaus Electric Fan Heater – a classic and useful addition to any living space with a bit of a vintage look.

Complete with 2 heat level settings, outputting 750W and 1500W, the ambient temperature can be adjusted quickly and easily using the thermostatic dial, giving you the power of control. Thermostatically controlled, the fire will automatically switch on or off according to room temperature.

Not just for the colder months, the fire effect and fan can also be used alone without the heater. This gives the electric stove heater the additional benefit of being decorative when heat isn’t required, making it perfect for use all year round.

Reliable, economical and most importantly safe, the VonHaus Electric Stove Heater is a marvelous heating solution for the home, garage, conservatory or place of work.

Stunning black cast effect finish with log fire style display window and copper effect handles, lets you enjoy the beauty of a true real wood fire without the risky health and safety implications.

Free standing design can conveniently be moved from one area to another weighing a total of  17.6 pounds. For your safety this product is fitted with several key safety features including a safety thermal cut off device which prevents the appliance reaching excessive and dangerous temperatures.

Easy to store away when not in use.

Conforms to UL STD. 1278 and certified to CSA C22.2 No. 46-13.

Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.8 x 20 inches

Best Heating and Cooling  units on Amazon.

Thank you for you interest.  TerryAnn