14 Simple Gardening Tips and Tricks
Little clay pots make great clothes for protecting young plants from overnight frosts.
Little clay pots make great clothes for protecting young plants from overnight frosts.
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.
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 […]
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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.
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We are well aware that the cost of a generator can be quite a bite out of your wallet, when you would need to use it just once, the generator could pay for itself. Now that is a wise investment for your family and home. I don’t know of anyone who would like to freeze in the dark during an ice storm.
We are including a video explaining the safety tips when using a portable generator for your viewing.
Mark goes over some of the important generator safety tips that any portable generator user should know about. Keep your power secure, and your family safe with these powerful pieces of advice. Thanks Mark for you
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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 bit. Happy, safe Travels this Holiday weekend. Say Hi to everyone from me please .
Terry’s Tuesday Tip ~
When your knife slices through a crisp onion, it tears through cells, releasing the cells’ contents.
Chemicals react to produce a sulfur-based gas. Once the gas contacts the water coating your eyes, it forms sulfuric acid, a fiery irritant. To rid your peepers of the intruder, your tear ducts work overtime.
If you aren’t game for sporting goggles in the kitchen, try moving your face farther away from the onion so the gas disperses before reaching your eyes. I personally Cut the top first, peel and run under cold water for a few seconds.
The polyphenols in onions act as antioxidants, protecting the body against free radicals. Eliminating free radicals can help encourage a strong healthy immune system. The quercetin (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quercetin) in onions also reduces allergic reactions by stopping your body from producing histamines, which are what make you sneeze, cry and itch if you’re having an allergic reaction.
Peel away the skin of this vegetable to find whole layers of health benefits.
Onions are rich in powerful sulfuric compounds, responsible for their pungent odor — and for irritating our eyes. Studies also suggest that onions may lower high blood pressure, reduce heart attack risk, and even help protect against cancer (probably thanks to the presence of phytochemicals and the flavonoid quercetin).
One large raw onion has only 63 calories, is made up of more than a cup of water, and provides up to 20% of your RDA of vitamin C. Do you tear up when slicing one? Try chilling the onion in the fridge and then delay cutting into the root end of the onion until the rest has been sliced or chopped.
Onions are high in vitamin C, a good source of fiber, and with only 45 calories per serving, add abundant flavor to a wide variety of food. Onions are sodium, fat, and cholesterol free, and provide a number of other key nutrients.
So now that you know more about onions, go ahead and cut into one.
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Crock-pot – Slow cooker Cabbage Beef Chili ….. Or Not
I just have a good feeling about Chili and stews in the Fall, nothing better to warm the tummy. This particular recipe can be changed by substituting or replacing something to your taste. You can cut and prepare the vegetables the night before while cooking the ground beef. This portion of the meal only takes about 15 to 20 minutes depending on the size and amount of vegetables you are using.
I am going to give you the recipe I made (this time) to give you an idea of the full meal. Just as a reminder; all recipes can be changed to your liking.
Prep Time: 15 minutes ~ Total Time: 4 hrs 15 minutes high setting, 6-8 hrs low setting.
1 lb lean ground beef
1 large onion
2 cups chopped cabbage
1 (16 ounce) can red kidney beans, un-drained
8 ounce tomato sauce
15 ounces stewed tomato OR 15 ounces diced tomato with green chili
3 beef bouillon cube
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin – Optional
3 Stalks celery, sliced
4 carrots, sliced
Terry’s tip ~ at this point you can put the filled inner portion of the slow cooker into the refrigerator until morning when all you have to do is put it in the pot and turn on.
I serve this with biscuits to dunk in the gravy.
As you can see there are many options to this meal, add what and how much you want. After all, recipes are only guidelines not really instructions you have to follow exactly.
Enjoy your dinner and thank you for reading my blog. Come back soon for more meal ideas, and seasonal help around the home. Bye for now.
Quick and Easy Dinner ~ A Day Saver
It’s 6:30 pm, you had to work later than you should have. Your family is home waiting for dinner and counting on you to fill their tummy’s. You had something planned but that would take more time than you have. Oh wait, you suddenly remember that Italian Sausage you fried up after pinching into nickle sized pieces while doing dishes last week. It does not take long to fry up ground Italian Sausage into little meatballs, probably under 10 minuets. You placed it in a freezer zip-lock and stashed it in the freezer for just an occasion like the one you find yourself in right now.
Once you find yourself walking in the front door and greeted by everyone you seem a little less stressed knowing dinner will be done quickly. The ready-made pizza crusts sold in grocery stores really aren’t that bad at all.
A jar of pizza sauce also found in the grocery store will be spread over entire crust. After you wash your hands you sprinkle on a little mozzarella cheese, place the precooked sausage and possibly some green pepper, onion and whatever else you have in the fridge. Bacon, olives, tomato slices and pineapple are just a few food items that you can add.
Looking great already, now you sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top of everything and whala you’ve created dinner in just minuets along with smiling faces. Today’s busy lifestyle can always use all the help in the kitchen you can get.
If you were lucky enough to get some help with the preparations your time was cut even shorter. Make sure you cook the pizza following the crust directions and the meat is cooked thoroughly.
~ Terry’s Tip ~
The pizza can be made in advance and put in the refrigerator, and when everyone comes in after trick or treating on Halloween it is ready to go in the oven for dinner. It will be done about the same time the it takes to change out of the costumes. That would be a welcome trick and an awesome treat.
Enjoy and have a wonderful time being creative.
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