Chemical Free Gardening

Think of all the chemicals that are poured into the environment just from growing plants. Of course the large agricultural producers dump the majority of it, but some of it is still done in our personal gardens. And that means that you can make a difference by changing your gardening practices. There are many agricultural producers who have done it, and you can use the same tricks to help your own garden, and the planet.

Pick appropriate plants. Not all plants are appropriate for the area you live in. While you might be able to control the temperature, humidity, and rain conditions inside your house, you can’t do it out in the garden. If you pick appropriate plants for your area, you may be able to avoid using fertilizers. Research, what plants are native to your surrounding areas and try planting them in your own garden. Wildflowers, are just that, they can pretty much be left alone and will thrive in most areas.

Pick natural repelling plants. You don’t need to rely on poisons to keep away garden ruining pests. Many plants produce chemicals that repel these animals naturally. By putting them in or around you garden, you can keep your garden safe with little effort and no chemicals. Plus, you can pick parts of these plants and use them to make products to keep them away from you too.

If you don’t want to plant natural repellents in your garden, you can use them to spray your plants without harming them or adding artificial chemicals to your garden. Many herbs like hot pepper, vanilla, and lavender can help repel insects from your garden.

Pull weeds. If you take time every day to pull the weeds you can find, you’ll only take a few minutes so it doesn’t seem like a lot of work. You can even get the kids involved, just be sure to do it properly so you don’t spread the seeds around.

As each of us takes care of our garden we can each make a dent. Tell your friends, teach your kids, you can even visit their school and teach your kids friends! Every little bit helps make a better world.

There’s something in the air…

What it is exactly, I can tell you precisely, it’s fresh air you can breathe outside, especially after a nice refreshing rain. You know what I’m talking about. But does your child know it too? With the fast evolution of the tech side of life, soon we might find our kids knowing only the technical side of life and none of what’s outside.

Let’s try to avoid that and get our kids outside already in a young age. Parents who have planted together with their kids are all in favor of it and can recommend it to other parents as well. According to a survey conducted by Scott’s Miracle-Gro Company, 99% of all parents surveyed see nature as an important educational tool for their children, 98% felt that planting is a great way to get their kids outside and 97% say that planting is a great summer activity for their child.

And if that’s all true, after all, the information does come from parents, who have already tried it with their child, why shouldn’t you take your child outside and start planting together? You can find some gardening tips to help you with that at www.miraclegro.com

Once you get to it, make sure you choose the soil that is full of nutrients, you can also use Miracle-Gro Expand ‘n Gro Concentrated Planting Mix for that.

Kids Outside

How much do you spend on toys and activities for their kids. Sometimes with all the video games I think we forget the world’s largest playground is right outside your back door. Why not let them play outside?

The great thing about outside is that, while being entertaining and stimulating to the imagination, it’s also educational. Nature can teach children the basics of science, economics, and creativity.  And guess what playing outside can be great exercise

It’s cheap. Depending on where you live, exploring nature is usually pretty inexpensive, if not free. It is as close as walking out your backdoor This way, you don’t have to pay for expensive toys, jungle gyms, or memberships to expensive entertainment centers, but you still get the benefit of stimulating and educational play.

Guess what – Playing outside is fun. While it’s easy to forget, childhood isn’t just for learning about how to be an adult, it’s also about having fun. Outside gives kids a chance to use their imagination and be free to just be kids.

While unstructured play outside is great for kids, you can also find a lot of places offering structured classes and learning sessions for kids that focus on the natural world. Check your local park, zoo, or museum. There’s a good chance they have classes you can sign up for, and since many of these places are not for profit, they’re usually affordable as well as informative.

Remember how much fun we used to have all summer long playing outside?

The perfect yard with no work

For some yard and garden care is a hobby; for others is it a passion; and for many it is simply something to be good enough at to enjoy your house or compliment your house.  No matter what level of interest you have in your yard most everyone would agree on two things:

  1. It would be nice to have a perfect or near perfect looking yard you can be proud of any enjoy
  2. It would be nice to have less work to keep it looking perfect

What if I told you I have found the perfect combination of both?  Would you be interested in always loving the look of your yard as well as your neighborhood combined with little to no continual maintenance?

Ironically many of us have seen the near perfect yard and just didnt realize we did.  Close your eyes and imagine a pristine, landscaped, perfect yard – Can you see it?  If you imaged something that looks a lot like a PGA Tour Golf Course then you and I are on the same page.  The PGA Village Verano in Port Saint Lucie offers just that.  The combination of perfect yard, incredible views AND a chance to be a member and play on one of the premiere golf courses in the world.

These are all brand new, eco-friendly houses with brand new appliances.

Not only do they have a premiere golf course but they also have Talvera Wellness Center which has everything from physical conditioning, to athletics, even to training classes to help you live a better life.

The perfect yard and maybe the perfect life is within your grasp.  Maybe this is just the change you were looking for.

Mom’s Advice

My mom recently told me about internet.hughesnet.com which has turned out to be a real lifesaver. I moved out here to be more with nature but it turns out I just really miss the convenience of living so close to a town and I wish I was able to do a lot of the things I used to be able to do like walk next door and get a coffee or go out at night and take the subway in. I know this is just a phase and it’s good for me to be out here on my own with so much time to think…I thought about it enough, though, and I’m probably going to start looking to sell the house in the next year or so and get back in the city. I don’t know that it’s actually going to happen because the market’s so bad but I guess I can’t live here forever just because I’m scared I’m going to lose money in the short term. I guess I didn’t know I wasn’t country!

Guest written by our friend Mason Abbott

Get yourself a beautiful garden

DIY Network has just announced that they are on a mission to find the a truly hopeless landscape. If you happen to own one that would fit this ‘nice’ description, head over to DIYNetwork.com, and upload images and videos of your hopeless yard. If the judges and DIY Network decide your landscape really is the most desperate one, you have a chance to receive a yard makeover worth $25 000. The makeover is courtesy of DIY Network host and licensed contractor Jason Cameron together with his Desperate Landscapes Crew.

If you want to participate, be sure to upload your images and videos to their website before April 30, 2012. Only this way will you have a chance to win the $25 000 worth yard makeover and have the chance to appear on the one-hour special of America’s Most Desperate Landscape, premiering on DIY Network Wednesday, July 18 at 9 p.m. ET.

DIY Network is the home improvement television, created by the makers of HGTV and Food Network, and is currently watched in more than 56 million homes. They offer how-to videos and step-by-step instructions for you to help with your home improvement.

Learn more about their search for the most desperate yards here –

Does your dog like your yard

Having a dog can be rewarding, and there are other times when the kids forgot to pick up after them or they dig a hole under your new fence that you question why you ever got a dog.  But have you ever asked yourself, “does my dog like his yard”.

It is a simple question really but may come up with some difficult answers.  Does he have a place to dig?  Or is there a deeper reason to why he does dig?  Is your yard a place your dog sees as a playground or a detention yard?  Dogs do best when there have boundaries.  Your dog would much prefer to have a smaller portion of your yard that he can really enjoy then to have this excitingly curious whole world to explore that is filled with things he isn’t supposed to touch or go near and DEFINITELY isn’t suppose to pee on – LOL

Take a look at your yard today and ask yourself, “what could I do to make my yard enjoyable for my dog?”.  Then take some time, set some limits and set up some fun for you and your dog to enjoy your yard together!

5 Things to think about when moving

So your moving?  You have found the perfect house and are packing boxes.  Now is the time for you to start thinking about and planning for your lawn and garden needs.  Here are a few simple tips to make your move smoother:

  1. Keep all your lawn and garden items together – because these tools are often oddly shaped it is easy for them to end up in all sorts of places throughout the moving truck
  2. Pack them together – odd shaped items can be hard to pack but if you use things like work gloves and potting soil bags to fill in spaces having it all together can be a real time saver
  3. Know where your lawn and garden items should go – often these items get thrown off to the side when unpacking the truck and can then be strewn all over the house and garage.  Plan a little space and have everything put there to begin with
  4. Don’t tackle the whole house and yard all at once – whether the house is perfectly manicured or a complete wreck, doing a little each day will get you a lot further then trying to do it all at once; getting burnt out; and never finishing
  5. Don’t forget this is something you are supposed to do to make you like your house more – even if you community has standards your lawn has to be kept to remember your house first and foremost needs to be a HOME

Moving can be stressful enough! Take your time and enjoy the process and you will reap the rewards for a long time to come.

Gardening Blog in 2012

Do you love gardening? Do you hate gardening? Or have you never even thought about a garden, but you know growing plants exist? No matter your level of interest we are expanding Her Gardening Blog this year to have helpful tips for all around your house, your yard, your neighborhood and your world. Unless you are from another planet, it is our intent to have something here that will help you.

Should his antidote mount a stumbling soup?  Do you know what this means? We dont know either but stay tuned and maybe before the year is over we will all find out

We are making great strides this year and as we start off the spring with a bang watch out for new and exciting changes here are her gardening blog!

Are you ready for a lawn care revolution?

If you own a garden, you know how time-consuming it can be to take care of your lawn. You also know that a nice lawn is a great welcome to your visitors as well as a great playground for your kids. And let’s not forget the most beautiful lawn competitions in certain neighborhoods.

Independent of the reason you want to have a nice lawn, the steps to take to keep it green, soft and beautiful, are still the same.

Experts say that you should fertilize your lawn 3 or 4 times a year. Depending on the size of it, it might take you quite a bit of time to do it. Plus making sure the appropriate amount of fertilizer would be spread equally everywhere. While we can’t help you with everything, we can make your job just a bit easier. Try Scotts Snap Spreader System. It’s easy to use – the spreader’s Snap Pac connects directly to the Snap Spreader. The system automatically sets the proper flow rate making sure your fertilizer will be spread equally and in right amounts everywhere.

You don’t want to see the product on the sidewalks or anywhere else where it shouldn’t be. With a simple EdgeGuard feature you don’t have a problem with that anymore either. Plus you don’t have to worry about the mess, the spreader stays clean even after you have removed the Snap Pac – the automatic activation of the Snap Pac’s self-seal feature upon its removal takes care of that.

It’s easy, it’s clean and in addition to fertilizing your grass, you can also spread other products with it. Be it grass seed, insect killer or anything else.

Don’t forget to see the instruction videos below.