How To Make And Use Oven “Sun-Dried” Tomatoes

How To Make And Use Oven “Sun-Dried” Tomatoes

So many of us are trying to think of ways to use all those excess tomatoes once they all begin ripening, that it just makes sense to dry them.  That way, there’s a bit of home grown tomato flavor to last throughout the winter.  It’s crazy to think that a package of sun dried tomatoes … Continue Reading

Repair Large Holes Or Tears In Insulated Ductwork

Repair Large Holes Or Tears In Insulated Ductwork

3 DIY options to repair large holes or tears in your insulated flexible ductwork.   Zip Tie Damaged Ductwork Fix This budget-friendly repair makes quick work of large hole or tear repairs in your ductwork, and works best if there is enough slack in the ductwork to allow losing a few inches in length.  If … Continue Reading

Pop Up Camper Makeover – DIY Curtain Tab Type C Options

Pop Up Camper Makeover – DIY Curtain Tab Type C Options

If you are remodeling your camper and are ready to update or replace the original curtains, you will need to decide how you will secure your new curtains to the camper’s C channel curtain track.  You can either reuse the original tabs or make your own replacement tabs. Reuse The Original Tabs If you still … Continue Reading

DIY Infinity Circle Or Hoop Trellis For Indoor Potted Plants

DIY Infinity Circle Or Hoop Trellis For Indoor Potted Plants

An infinity hoop or circle trellis is an elegant solution to attractively display your indoor climbing or vining potted houseplants and tame those long, trailing vines into a manageable shape. Benefits Of A Circle Trellis Because the vines continually loop back to the soil, additional rooting points can be established, resulting in a healthier plant.  … Continue Reading

Caring For And Propagating Hoya Kerrii

Caring For And Propagating Hoya Kerrii

The Sweetheart Plant’s “Dating Profile” Likes: Bright, direct (but not intense) indoor sunlight, preferably 1 to 3 feet away from a south-facing window Dislikes: Bright, direct, harsh outdoor unfiltered sunlight Likes: Warm, humid, airy environment Dislikes: Dry, cool or cold or damp or drafty environment Likes:  Lightly damp, loose, well-draining soil with a dry spell … Continue Reading

DIY Dragon Fruit (Pitaya) Trellis For Indoors And Outdoors

DIY Dragon Fruit (Pitaya) Trellis For Indoors And Outdoors

We live in zone 7a, so our dragon fruit plant lives outside in the summer and inside during the cooler months.  We got him as a little cutting, and once he started growing past 18 inches we provided him with a one gallon pot of soil and a 5 foot section of 2×4 to climb … Continue Reading

DIY How To Make Your Own Carpet Stair Treads

DIY How To Make Your Own Carpet Stair Treads

Using either carpet remnants or inexpensive floor mats is an economical way to make your own carpet stair treads.  Here are two examples of how to make your own carpet stair treads, using either a piece of carpet remnant or inexpensive purchased carpet mats. If you don’t have carpet remnants and can’t find inexpensive carpet … Continue Reading

How To Propagate Hawaiian Ti Plants Cordylines From Cuttings

How To Propagate Hawaiian Ti Plants Cordylines From Cuttings

Fortunately, Ti plants are easily propagated and rooted up in water using stem and tip cuttings.  You can also air layer the stems, or root up the cane cuttings directly in lightly damp soil, but you’ll get a week or two jump start by using the water method. How To Prune Hawaiian Ti For Propagation … Continue Reading

How To Repair A Cookie Press

How To Repair A Cookie Press

We make a lot of spritz cookies for holidays and other family events.  So much that we have 3 cookie presses.  One is a Wilton Cookie Pro Ultra (model 2104-4010) and two of the older, white Wilton all-plastic cookie presses. The plastic ones work great, especially when the cookie dough is at room temperature.  But … Continue Reading

Why Are My Spinach Leaves Getting Pointy

Why Are My Spinach Leaves Getting Pointy

If the leaves on your spinach plant were once full, fleshy and oval, but are now thin, narrow, and resemble pointed arrows, it means your spinach plant is in the process of bolting.  The spinach plant is preparing to flower and produce seeds. The structure of new spinach leaves change when the plant is begins … Continue Reading

Pruning And Propagating Montauk Daisies Using Cuttings

Pruning And Propagating Montauk Daisies Using Cuttings

Here in zone 7a, our Montauk daisies (also known as Nippon daisy) tend to get pretty leggy by mid-June.  If left untrimmed we would still get a pretty, but sparse, flush of blooms in early fall.  Some people prune them by mowing the plants down, but we prefer to prune them by hand so that … Continue Reading