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One of the wonderful things about trying to grow your own food, herbs and flowers is that it teaches you so much about the importance of taking care of the life and beauty around you. After a whole season of seeding, watering and weeding, you think twice about throwing out the last two or three carrots in the fridge drawer...they took so much effort to produce!

For those on a budget, start small and each year add another bin or two, learn to compost and enrich your soil that way (taking advantage of kitchen and yard waste). Harvest your own seeds. Recycle lumber materials to use in projects. It will take time, but bit by bit you can certainly find your way to a full, bountiful yard to enjoy. It truly is so rewarding!

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Whether you're looking for information on gardening outdoors, DIY yard projects or wanting to perk up indoor houseplants, this is the page for you! Lots of tips and ideas here to keep you busy for a good long while.

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So awesome, these BPA-free colander totes are perfect for both gathering & washing your harvest outdoors! Fun assortment of colors available.

These fabric pots are great for tucking into odd spaces of the yard. I've put everything from herbs & potatoes (larger pots) in them & can be used for years.


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Harvest Time: Cold Storage Ideas & Root Cellars

Harvest Time: Cold Storage Ideas & Root Cellars Growing your own food can be very rewarding, especially during the summer months when veggies can be washed, cooked and on the table the very same day they’re picked (nothing fresher than that!). If you plan ahead and produce more…

Budding Home Farmer? 25+ Clever Ideas To Check Out

Budding Home Farmer? 25+ Clever Ideas To Check Out Did you know you can make your own rooting hormone using willow twigs? Or that geraniums can be overwintered? How about a few ideas for soil savers, pest control and fighting weeds? You’ll find all that and more in this…

Making Sense Of Fertilizer Labels & NPK Numbers

Making Sense Of Fertilizer Labels & NPK Numbers When looking at the various commercial fertilizers on the shelf in any home & garden center, you’ll notice they have three digits on their labels (something like 20-15-5). Unless you can properly interpret those numbers, how can you know which…

7 Nutrient-Rich Elixers Your Seedlings Will Thank You For

7 Nutrient-Rich Elixers Your Seedlings Will Thank You For Sure you can buy fertilizers and soil additives to help boost production, but did you know you can also take advantage of waste from Mother Nature and household scraps that you’d normally toss? These too can promote blooms and growth…

An Introduction To Organic Mulches

An Introduction To Organic Mulches Mulch is very popular for a few reasons: It helps prevent a profusion of weeds by forming a barrier over the soil, this makes it more difficult for seeds to germinate. Helps control the soil temperature (especially useful in hot…

When To Sow & Set Out Transplants: {Reference}

When To Sow & Set Out Transplants: {Reference} Here’s a handy chart to help you determine when to get vegetables into the ground. They’re divided into two groups: Cool-Season and Warm-Season with each having varieties that are hardier than the rest (these are noted by color in the…

Unwanted Grass Or Weed Patches? Try Solarization

Unwanted Grass Or Weed Patches? Try Solarization If you have a patch of grass in your yard that you want to remove (for making a garden, patio, etc.), here’s a way you can do that without breaking your back digging it all up. It’s a great option…

Indoors

Nifty Food & Plants To Grow Indoors {May Surprise You}

Nifty Food & Plants To Grow Indoors {May Surprise You} If you don’t have any yard space or you live in a climate with a short season, you can still exercise your green thumb indoors with these ideas…a few will even produce fresh produce too! You’ll find tips for assorted…

Getting The Best From Your Christmas Cactus

Getting The Best From Your Christmas Cactus Looking for something a little different this year to brighten up the home over the holidays? Why not try a Christmas Cactus, it begins blooming right before the big day (hence it’s name) and the flowers are really quite vibrant…

How To Multiply & Prolong Your Christmas Poinsettia

How To Multiply & Prolong Your Christmas Poinsettia Thousands of homemakers received poinsettias this Christmas. These are so fitting as holiday home decorations but sometimes become a problem after Christmas when blooming ends and many times they are thrown out. If you love filling your home with them…

A Taste Of Spring: Forcing Bulbs For Winter Blooms

A Taste Of Spring: Forcing Bulbs For Winter Blooms Imagine the dreary months of January and February…dull, bleak, windy…brrrr. Here’s a lovely way to add a touch of Spring inside the home: Prepare bulbs ahead of time to bloom indoors during these cold, snowy months. It’s easy to do…

Looking For Something To Perk Up Your Office? Try Lucky Bamboo

Looking For Something To Perk Up Your Office? Try Lucky Bamboo How would you like a nice green plant thriving in that dim & colorless office of yours or how about adding a touch of modern to your home decor? Here’s a popular option that even the most beginner of green…

Flowering Tree Branches Indoors: {Neat To Know}

Flowering Tree Branches Indoors: {Neat To Know} Want to bring springtime in a little earlier this year? Visit your flowering shrubs or trees some warm day late this month (January), and take a few branches. With very little trouble you can force many of them to bloom…

Here’s A Houseplant That Is A Great Starter For Beginners

Here’s A Houseplant That Is A Great Starter For Beginners The Jade plant (Crassula ovata) is a succulent and is one of the easiest to grow options–it can live for decades with the proper care (or maybe neglect is a better word). A native of South Africa, it grows naturally…
Flowers

If you refrain from watering snapdragons in the late afternoon or evening, you'll find they're less susceptible to rust. Putting them to "bed" in a damp condition favors the spread of rust spores.

Daylilies: For the best blooming, choose an area that receives 6 hours of sun per day. Dark colored varieties will last longer if given afternoon shade.

Pansies respond well to "pinching"...when young seedlings start producing buds, pinch them off the first couple weeks. This gives the plant a chance to bush out and then you'll have an explosion of flowers. Once they're mature, give them an occasional good trim so they don't get too leggy.

Green Thumb Projects

Rainwater Harvesting With Barrels, Drums & Chains

Rainwater Harvesting With Barrels, Drums & Chains It’s easy to keep a steady supply of rainwater on hand for outdoor use with these ideas…it’s not only a frugal method for irrigation, it also helps conserve water. Rainwater is considered “greywater” which means it’s not fit for human…

Nice Touch For The Yard: Stepping Stones & Paths

Nice Touch For The Yard: Stepping Stones & Paths These are a nice touch in the backyard and can be intended as a decorative element in the space or used for more practical purposes (such as arranging around bulbs & seedlings so feet don’t tread on them, etc.). There…

How To Make Concrete Leaves

How To Make Concrete Leaves Looking for some creative garden art ideas? Concrete leaves are just the ticket, they turn out amazing and are simply gorgeous tucked into flower beds and around the yard. Easy to make too! They’re commonly made with rhubarb leaves but…

Bump Up Your Tomato Yield With These Methods

Bump Up Your Tomato Yield With These Methods Here are a few creative ideas to help get the most yield from your tomato plants, a couple have been featured previously on Tipnut and moved here for better organization. There are just a few goodies so far but this…

13 Lovely Water Features That Will Add A Splash

13 Lovely Water Features That Will Add A Splash If you don’t have the space or the time to devote to a pond, consider a small water fountain or container garden, they’re easier to maintain and just as lovely. Here is a selection of free tutorials that I’ve handpicked…

Simple & Functional: 15+ Ways To Make A Trellis

Simple & Functional: 15+ Ways To Make A Trellis Here’s a bunch of ways you can make trellises for both vegetable and flower beds, many are simple in design (and to make) while others are more detailed and fancy (with a bit of woodworking skill required). Quite a selection…

Buried Clay Pot Irrigation: Low Maintenance Solution

Buried Clay Pot Irrigation: Low Maintenance Solution If you are looking for ways to reduce water usage this summer (and low maintenance watering), buried clay pot irrigation might just be the trick you’re after. It’s a new concept to me but this method has apparently been around…

Stay Safe! Any type of digging requires a call. Building a deck? Planting a tree? Installing a fence? Dial 811 from anywhere in the country a few days prior to digging. Your local utility companies will come out to mark locations of buried lines using flags or paint.



Fear of Wasps? There's only one thing that keeps me out of my garden...a steady flow of wasp activity. I really don't like them :( . Here's an easy DIY project that helps draw them away from your working areas.

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Growing Lavender: This is a flowering herb that gives and gives some more. You can use it in crafts, cooking and for medicinal purposes. If you have a patch of soil, this is something I'd be making space for!

If given a choice, lavender prefers going in the ground rather than in a pot. However most types of lavender do well in containers. They are so lovely and fragrant indoors.

If keeping inside it will need at least four to five hours of sun. Keep soil lightly moist, not soggy.

It will do well in the winter if under a covering of mulch. Snow helps insulate lavender. Ice, freezing rain & heaving soil is a problem in hard winter areas. Typically freezes back in the winter.

Cut back by one-third before new growth starts. To encourage reblooming, make sure to remove old stalks when flowers fade.

Uses: Wonderful sachets, potpourris, cooking & baking, fresh & dried arrangements, crafts. Do a search here on Tipnut for "lavender", you'll find plenty of ideas!

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Save those tired, old lacey bits & doilies! They make great bundle wraps for gift-giving and display.