Category: Backyard

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.  Although some people prune them by mowing the plants down, but we prefer to prune them by hand so … Continue Reading

DIY Plastic Bottle Weed Killer Spray Shield

DIY Plastic Bottle Weed Killer Spray Shield

A quick solution to reducing over-spray when applying weed killer it to create your own spray shield using a 2 liter plastic soda bottle.  You can then target specific weeds, even on a windy day, and reduce the risk of the weed killer reaching your non-target plants. This simple design makes it easy to attach … Continue Reading

DIY Plastic Bottle Garden Cloche

DIY Plastic Bottle Garden Cloche

Garden cloches are an attractive way to protect tender plants until they get established.  You can make your own lightweight protective plant cloches using a standard two liter bottle. If you also want to maintain humidity, just add a wine bottle cork to the top.  Of course you could just use the cap that came … Continue Reading

DIY Plastic Bottle Projects And Crafts For Yard And Garden

DIY Plastic Bottle Projects And Crafts For Yard And Garden

Re-purposing 2 liter soda bottles not only helps the environment, but it can also save you money when you are able make things you might normally buy. Here are several practical uses for 2 liter plastic bottles around your garden and yard. Plastic Bottle Garden Cloche DIY Plastic Bottle Garden Cloche Vegetable Water Wicking Bottle … Continue Reading

Random Mushroom Growing Experiments

Random Mushroom Growing Experiments

Mushroom Culture Experiments Our first experiment in which we used rice water and gelatin as our culture solution (here’s the link) worked really well.  We have since also tried growing cultures in traditional agar.  But for some reason, the rice water and gelatin always produces the most mycelium from mushroom cultures. So then we moved … Continue Reading

DIY Recycled Plastic Bottle Vertical Container Garden With Printable Template

DIY Recycled Plastic Bottle Vertical Container Garden With Printable Template

Vertical gardens combine so many great elements together.   These container gardens incorporate recycling, water conservation, weed reduction, and creativity while taking up a small fraction of space.  You can hang a vertical garden indoors near a sunny window, on a small balcony or terrace, or as decorative features in the backyard.  Hang these vertical gardens … Continue Reading

Homemade Agar – Using Rice Water And Gelatin To Grow Oyster Mushroom Spawn

Homemade Agar – Using Rice Water And Gelatin To Grow Oyster Mushroom Spawn

Having just finished our first harvest of oyster mushrooms from a kit, we wanted to try growing our own mushroom spawn from a tissue culture.  And we wanted to first give it a try using materials already on hand, and get our cultures from the oyster mushrooms we had just grown.  There are definitely more … Continue Reading

12 Really Unusual Things Used To Grow Mushrooms

12 Really Unusual Things Used To Grow Mushrooms

  Toilet Paper This photo was submitted to the North American Mycological Association by Ron Spinosa showing oyster mushrooms growing inside a milk carton using kitty litter as a substrate. Milk Carton This photo was submitted to the North American Mycological Association by Milton Tam showing oyster mushrooms growing inside a milk carton using kitty … Continue Reading