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Starting Seeds – Sprouting and Transplant Made Easy

Starting Seeds – Sprouting and Transplant Made Easy

The Problem I’ve tried virtually all the seed sprouting tricks posted on Pinterest and elsewhere on the internet. I sprout a lot of seeds, so I wanted to find a quick and efficient process. Since I harvest most of my own seeds, not all of them sprout. I don’t want to start them in soil … Continue Reading

DIY Homemade Rabbit Repellent Recipe

DIY Homemade Rabbit Repellent Recipe

There are plenty of articles and websites that say rabbits can be deterred by dogs. Apparently the rabbits on our property do not read. We have a bull mastiff and a great pyrenees that rountinely patrol the yard (granted they don’t chase anything). The bunnies just hop out of view when the dogs go outside. … Continue Reading

DIY Homemade Mole and Vole Repellent Granule Recipe

DIY Homemade Mole and Vole Repellent Granule Recipe

It’s sodisappointing when you realize that the reason your beautiful tomato plant has wilted overnight is because a vole ate its roots. And it’s equally frustrating when small trees and shrubs never really thrive, because their roots are routinely nibbled on by voles and undermined by mole tunnels. The commercial repellent granules we bought definitely … Continue Reading

The Battle Against Squash Borers…Success! (So Far)

The Battle Against Squash Borers…Success! (So Far)

We have always loved growing and harvesting squash, zucchini, pumkin, and watermelon. But for the past 2 years, by mid-June through July, our beautiful plants would suddenly wilt and die. After learning about the Squash Borer moth (Melittia satyriniformissyn.Melittia cucurbitae) with its bright orange body and black wings and the devastation its larvae cause, we … Continue Reading

Growing And Propagating Alaska – African Marigold

Growing And Propagating Alaska – African Marigold

I can’t say I’m a huge fan of traditional marigolds. But this larger version with full, delicate foliage and large, showy blooms caught my attention. The seeds I bought were labeled “Alaska”, but are actually “African”. I’ll admit that when I bought this seed, I expected a white or off-white marigold because that what the … Continue Reading

DIY Pasta Drying Racks

DIY Pasta Drying Racks

Here are a few variations of Do It Yourself pasta drying racks. The goal of each of these racks is to use as little space as possible, and requiring as little setup time as possible prior to use. Hopefully resulting in one less gadget that needs to be assembled/disassembled and one less thing taking up … Continue Reading

DIY Drawer Knife Storage Block

This is definitely one of the quickest and easiest DIY projects we’ve done that provided almost instant gratification. We now no longer have to fumble through a drawer filled with knives looking for a tiny paring knife. Each knife stays in its assigned spot and there’s no more risk of accidentally getting cut. After measuring … Continue Reading

How To Easily Clean The Glass Within An Oven Door

This should get filed under “Why do they let people who don’t clean appliances designappliances?”. You probably have an oven like ours, which has two panes of glass in the door. The vents at the top front of the oven door are there to allow heat/steam to escape, but they also allow any food drippings … Continue Reading

How To Easily Clean A Stainless Steel Sink

How To Easily Clean A Stainless Steel Sink

Routine tasks need to be relatively easy if I have to do them “routinely”. That said, I’m not going to degrease the sink with vinegar, halved lemons, hydrogen peroxide, etc. Nor am I going to hand polish it with flour, baking soda, or stainless steel polish. That would take forever and requires too much elbow … Continue Reading

The Battle To Get Rid Of Creeping Charlie

Creeping charlie isn’t our nickname for a creepy neighbor. It’s a lawn weed that can quickly take over your yard. It is also referred to ground ivy because of its vine-like spreading tendency. It has bright green scalloped leaves and pretty little purple flowers in spring. Creeping charlie (Glechoma hederacea) likes moist, shady areasbut, once … Continue Reading

Pruning and Propagating Nandina (Heavenly Bamboo)

Pruning and Propagating Nandina (Heavenly Bamboo)

We transplanted Nandina to camouflage 80 feet of chain link fence along our neighbor’s property. The dense layers of delicate leaves and clusters of deep red berries are beautiful year round and are prefect for hiding the fence. There are some considerations to keep in mind when growing Nandina, which include invasiveness and toxicity. While … Continue Reading