3 Garden Tools For Easy Clean Up

Enjoying Fall Cleanup 2016

When it comes to fall clean up many know the work involved. Back breaking work is what many will describe it. There is garden clean up involving pulling out the annual flowers and cutting back the perennials. All of this needs to be carried somewhere.

What if there was a ‘System’ that helps you get the job done faster?

But First

Using the correct tools makes the ‘Preparation To Dismantel’ easier! The following are a list of tools I use. This is my 6th year gardening. Each year I bought tools I could afford while shopping for the next tool using Amazon to compare tools.

Tools To Help You

The following is a list of tools I use in my end of season garden cleanup. I will be adding tools as I get to the next step. I am writing this post in real time.

Gloves

Pruners

Poly Garden Dump Cart

The Poly Garden Dump Cart is my newest tool and let me tell you, we are going to be great friends for years to come! It is making this season’s garden clean up a breeze! The following are photos of my garden clean up.

The Poly Garden Dump Cart And I Became Instant Friends
The Poly Garden Dump Cart And I Became Instant Friends

With the use of my Gloves and Pruner I was well on my way to ‘End Of Season Garden Clean Up 2016’. In hardly any time at all working ’15 Minutes At A Time’ clean up was taking shape!

Was able to get this area cleaned up in 2 - 15 minute sessions.
Was able to get this area cleaned up in 2 – 15 minute sessions.

Pulling My Wagon Cart

I was able to get lots of foliage in my new Poly Garden Dump Cart. I headed to the back of my property to begin the pile that will decompose through the winter.

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My Garden Waste Pile.

Dumping Was A Breeze

What makes dumping a breeze with this cart is the mechanics of it. It turns easily even in tight areas. Simply pull the lever in the front and the mechanics of it makes it easy to dump!

Dumping was a breeze.
Dumping was a breeze.
Off to clean more up!
Off to clean more up!

Here’s To Your Garden Clean Up Of 2016 Season To Go As Well As Mine Is!

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Looking forward to sharing this season of end of year clean up with you!

Happy Gardening!

 

 

Not Getting Dressed To Shoes? Here Is What You Will Miss Out

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If there was ever a day not to get dressed to shoes, today would be one. I woke up this morning to a gloomy rainy day. Who wants to do anything?

To top it off, today would be very tempting. You see I have been putting the vegetable garden in the past 4 days. I have bended, twisted, lifted, pulled, walked, balanced, and took a small tumble. All for the love of gardening.

Snap Out Of It!

As a former 5+ year pajama junkie I know it would be a bad idea. Back then I would have easily said, okay. Today when the thought comes up instead of the usual jeans and knit top, I decide to wear my yoga pants, tank top and matching jacket. I now have the best of both worlds.

Here’s What You Will Miss Out

If I did stay in my pajamas the following is what I will miss out should the opportunity arise.

Opportunity

Yes, opportunity. That’s the secret and the payoff of getting dressed to shoes. ‘It is a favorable, appropriate, or advantageous combination of circumstances’. Who wouldn’t want that each day? I am guessing the able-bodied ones that decided to stay in their pajamas today. When I think of all the ‘Opportunity’ I missed out for 5+ years living in pajamas and I realize today how much I starved myself of life.

I could list a long list of opportunities you would miss, but you know them already. Just to get you to thinking, here are a three…

  • Impromptu Lunch Date
  • Getting To The Hospital Quickly For The Birth Of A Baby Or Emergency Surgery Of A Family Member
  • Morning Or Afternoon Coffee Guest

Start Living!

Still in your pajamas? Stop what you are doing and ‘Get Dressed To Shoes’! With all the styles of clothing out in the stores today, there is an outfit for EVERY occasion.  Why not choose to put on clothes that say, ‘I am living today! I am available for opportunity.’

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Vegetable Garden Tips Followed By A Heavy Rain

It must have been around 3 am when the storm went through. There was lots of thunder and lightning that came along with the rain. Every gardener hopes hail is not a 4th ingredient. The best thing to do is check the gardens out the following morning.

All of these ingredients can wreck a garden in minutes by way of plant damage, soil erosion and flooding. Mother Nature is just that way. With a cup of coffee in hand and my camera around my neck I took a stroll.

My Vegetable Garden Looks Great!

My vegetable garden looks in tact.
My vegetable garden looks in tact.

Tips To Be Aware Of In The Coming Days

  • Look for any damage.
  • Avoid walking next to the plants when it is saturated. Walking near them can cause soil impacting that limits the growth of the roots.
  • Check for any exposed roots and cover them with dirt and mulch.
  • Be ready to do some weeding. Weeds pop up over night and is best to get ahead of it. Many of the seeds have already germinated in the soil waiting to pop up. I am looking at the banana airplane seeds from my maple tree to be popping up everywhere.
  • Watch out for plant diseases with one being powdery mildew.
Sweet Pepper looks great.
Sweet Pepper looks great.
Grape Tomato plant has a couple of blooms that emerged.
Grape Tomato plant has a couple of blooms that emerged.

In a couple of days I will be putting the cages on both of the plants giving them time to establish roots that will grow because of the rain.

In Summary

The above are things to watch out for that can be easily fixed if noticed early. If your garden did not suffer any damage, enjoy and celebrate! Don’t forget to admire all of your hard work in preparing the plants getting the best chance for a bumper crop.

Happy Gardening!

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9 Reasons I Grow Marigolds

If you follow me on Facebook you will know I am fond of the number nine.Today I want to give you 9 reasons I grow marigolds .

9 Reasons I Grow Marigolds

  1. Easy to grow

  2. Deter bugs

  3. Assists in keeping the mosquitoes under control

  4. Long lasting bloom

  5. Variety of colors from yellow to orange to red

  6. Save the seed by deadheading

  7. A great vegetable garden companion flower

  8. Can be grown in pots as well as in ground

  9. Fast germination

This is my 5th season to garden after being on hiatus due to illness. I have learned so much about gardening and one thing I know is my gardens wouldn’t be mine if there weren’t any marigolds planted.

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30 DIY Gardening Hacks That Will Assist You This Season

I am usually one of the last ones in the area to get my garden in. There are various reasons for this, one being getting the garden tilled.

I don’t mind. My best gardens have all been planted in June. In South Dakota it takes awhile for the ground to warm up. This year is no exception. My future plans will be building raised beds to extend my growing season.

Today I want to share some super simple gardening hacks — like homemade fertilizer to stretch your dollars on things you already use and keeping pests away with egg shells. This will make it easy for first time gardeners.

What does a garden teach you?

There must be a foundation from which to build from and once it is set, there must be tools to maintain it and to increase ones’ yield. Start something beautiful. Get growing!

30 DIY Gardening Hacks
30 DIY Gardening Hacks

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Planting Tomatoes & Peppers Amended With Coffee Grounds, Crushed Eggshells, & Epsom Salt

This past winter I had some time to do some research when it comes to increasing my yield and quality of vegetables for the coming season.

Used Coffee Grounds, Crushed Eggshells & Epsom Salt

Last week I am planted tomato and pepper plants using coffee grounds (Starbucks if you must know!) and crushed egg shells saved up over the winter (I eat lots of eggs!) that I will till in where I am planting these adding the Epsom Salt when I plant them. The following explains the reason for using Epsom Salt…

*Tomatoes & Epsom Salt

Tomatoes are prone to magnesium deficiency later in the growing season, and display this through yellow leaves and less production. They can greatly benefit from Ultra Epsom Salt treatments both at the beginning of their planting and throughout their seasonal life. When gardening, simply add one or two tablespoons per hole before planting the seeds or transplants. Then as the tomato matures, either work in one tablespoon of Ultra Epsom Salt per foot of plant height around the base of the tomato plant (individually), or create the tank sprayer solution mentioned above and use that every two weeks.

*Peppers & Epsom Salt

Like tomatoes, peppers are also prone to magnesium deficiency and thrive much more fully with the use of Epsom salt. This can be done in the same way as tomatoes—through adding one or two tablespoons per hole before planting (for seeds and grown plants), and then twice a week based on the height of the plant (see above). A study conducted by the National Gardening Association discovered that four out of six home gardeners noticed that their Epsom salt-treated peppers were larger than those that were un-treated. Many gardeners credit their healthy, vibrant peppers and tomatoes to Epsom salt. This solution truly aides in the production level, aesthetic beauty and quality of the harvest produced.

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The soil is ready to add the 3 ingredients.

 

The three ingredients I used.
The three ingredients I used.
Placed crushed egg shells and used coffee in the locations I was planting the tomatoes and peppers.
Placed crushed egg shells and used coffee in the locations I was planting the tomatoes and peppers.
I then mixed the soil with the 2 ingredients.
I then mixed the soil with the 2 ingredients.
Next I made trenches keeping the crushed egg shells and coffee in the location where the plant would be.
Next I made trenches keeping the crushed egg shells and coffee in the location where the plant would be.
Once the trenches are done you want to plant your tomatoes and peppers as deep as you can in order for them to establish a good root system. Using the trench method is a way to accomplish this.
Once the trenches are done you want to plant your tomatoes and peppers as deep as you can in order for them to establish a good root system. Using the trench method is a way to accomplish this.
Place 1 - 2 Tablespoons of Epsom Salt in each hole.
Place 1 – 2 Tablespoons of Epsom Salt in each hole.
And there they are! They are all settled in their new home waiting to grow!
And there they are! They are all settled in their new home waiting to grow!

It is always great to try new things. Keeping a record of it will be of great help in the future so grab yourself a notebook just for gardening to write down all your hits and misses because there are plenty of both in gardening.

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Tips For Growing Carrots

Carrots have always been a hit or miss with me. This season I want to increase my odds. What did I do? I googled it of course. I found there were as many ways to do it than I really wanted to know.

Instead of reading every article, (they certainly cannot grow from the seed packet) I asked myself what solutions I needed for my particular problems.

Problems I Have With Carrots

Carrot seeds are so tiny that it makes it difficult to plant them evenly. Rows are very spotty and what do grow are grown in clumps.

What I Have Learned With Carrots

The soil must be amended and as fine and loose as one can have. I happen to have some clay in my soil making it challenging. Think of how long a carrot can average in length. That is how deep the soil needs to be fine and loose. After tilling my garden I took my potato fork and dug deeper. Then I used my mini tiller to make the soil as fine as possible.

The seeds are so small and need to be planted very shallow that the next challenge occurs. Seed blowing away or birds finding them.

This year what I plan to do is plant my carrots as shallow as I can. Then I am going to use up my seed starting potting soil to cover them.

I am also going to take it one step farther and use landscape fabric to cover the rows keeping them damp until I see the first sprout. This will help with the germination period.

Last But Not Least…

Carrots need lots of water. Therefore, this season I am going to plant them at the lowest end of my garden where I know water will set from my soaker hose.

Will This Work?

Time will tell. There really isn’t that much science to this. There can be if you want it to be. I choose learning a few new points that I didn’t know before, mixing it with water, tilling to keep the soil loose along the row, sunshine and some love to top it off.

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Happy Gardening!

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