Garden Apron

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Cultivating a green thumb takes practice, patience, and a few handy accessories — like this personalized apron and glove set that I found at FamilyFun.com.

Garden Apron

CRAFT MATERIALS:
Carpenter’s apron (available at hardware stores)
Pair of gardening gloves
Fabric paints and brushes
Time needed: Under 1 Hour

1. Decorate the set with fabric paints. Brush on a garden design, such as a row of bright yellow sunflowers or a bunch of carrots. Or slice an onion and a pepper into halves, dip them in the paint and embellish the set with vegetable prints.

2. Fill the pockets with seed packets, a garden trowel, and a plastic misting bottle. Use pinch-style clothespins to clip the gloves to the front of the apron when they’re not being worn.

Tip: This gardening set makes a great gift for a relative that loves to garden.

Stepping Stones

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After working in the garden over the weekend, I’ve decided I need a few stepping stones around my new pond, so I came online to see if I could find a few ideas.  I found these unique ones at about.com.  Here’s what the owner, Carol Jones, wrote about her stepping stones:

Stepping Stones“I’ve got so many ideas from your pages, that I’d like to share the stepping stones I made from rhubarb leaves and hosta leaves. No need to buy a mold, just turn the leaf upside down and use leaf as a mold. Mix Topping Mix (fine cement) with water to a soft cookie dough and put it on the leaf. Pat it all over to bring up the water and to remove the bubbles. Put a layer of chicken wire on top of this. Mix concrete cement and put a layer on top of that. Hold your hand against the sides and pat the cement to bring up water and to seal all layers. The next day, turn the leaf over and peel it off. All the veins are in your leaf! Let it dry a few days before putting in the garden.”

Hobby Greenhouses Will Get You Growing!

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All this warm weather we’ve had this week makes me anxious to start planting!

For people who would like to do more gardening but live in a short growing season area, a hobby greenhouse is the answer. A hobby greenhouse is not large enough to produce vegetables or flowers on a commercial basis. It will, however, give you a place for a tomato plant or two and some fresh greens even if you live in the northern regions. Greenhouse enthusiasts even have their own association, called the Hobby Greenhouse Association, which publishes a quarterly magazine. The organization also sponsors events and helps individuals connect to get help with the aspect of gardening that they are interested in, whether it’s growing cacti or saving seeds.

Small greenhouseIf you are in the market for a hobby greenhouse, there are several types on the market. The smallest type is not large enough to walk into and must be accessed from the outside. It resembles an old-fashioned phone booth made all of glass and outfitted with shelves. This type is designed to fit as many plants as possible in as small a place as possible. The shelves are made of glass to allow as much light as possible to reach plants on the lower shelves. Another inexpensive version of this sort of hobby greenhouse is shelving covered with a zippered tent of clear plastic. This sort of arrangement is great for the small-scale hobby gardener wanting a place to keep her flowers or houseplant starts.

There are a variety of designs of hobby greenhouse that are large enough to walk into but made entirely of clear glass or plastic. They are often about the same size as a small storage building. Some independent builders have started making these to sell locally. Among national brands, one of the nicest is called the “Solar Prism.” It is called this because of its unique construction. This hobby greenhouse is made of a single piece of durable clear plastic which is designed to work like tiny prisms side by side. They trap the rays of the sun and shoot them back into the greenhouse at all angles. For this reason, these little greenhouses are said to glow when the weather is cloudy.

Large GreenhouseBetter hobby greenhouses are equipped with automatic sensors that open vents which allow ventilation and keep the interior temperatures from getting too high. These are a great labor saver, but can get expensive. Another benefit sometimes found in nicer greenhouses is a built in irrigation or misting system. Members of the Hobby Greenhouse Association, or HGA, have invented many interesting designs of greenhouses.

If gardening is your hobby, greenhouse growing will interest you. With a greenhouse, you can have the earliest tomatoes and salad greens all year. You can also start seedlings for the main garden early in the spring when outdoor temperatures would kill them. A hobby greenhouse can be a good investment.

I got a pond and waterfall!

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I am so excited! Next Saturday is my birthday and today after church, hubby took me to Lowe’s to purchase my gift…. a garden pond!!! I was so excited!

Here is what the kit looks like….

It has a waterfall and a fountain. It’s not very big, only a 90 gallon pond, but it will fit perfectly under my big picture window in the front of my house.

So, when we got home, hubby cleaned out the flower garden that was under the window already and started digging the hole for the pond. He got the hole dug, but still has more work to do. He plans to work on it this week after work, then finish it next weekend.

I can’t wait to pick out rocks to go around it and then purchase new flowers for all around the pond! We’re still trying to decide if we’ll get fish for it or not, because it’s not deep enough to stay unfrozen all winter… what would we do with the fish over the winter?

I’m thinking that as long as we keep the motor running on the fountain, we shouldn’t have too many problems with mosquitoes or other insects that like water!

I love being a home owner! There are just so many possibilities with this house!

I’ll take some pictures this week as he works on it and post a final picture when it’s done! What a wonderful Birthday present to me!!!

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