Thursday, May 14, 2009

Flower pots...

I Love to find those cheap orange pots at the garden center...I bring them home paint them with out-side paint or even spray paint...I let them dry add some pebbles for the bottom, then potting soil and a beautiful plant...Enjoy!

Don't have money for the orange pot? How about painting a margarine container or any kind of round container. Just make sure there are holes in the bottom for drainage.

Other things that can be used as a flower pot...

plastic buckets

old wheelbarrows ( might find one at a flea market?)

plastic ice cream container

hollowed out log,

old wooden box

teapots or tea cups

glass jars

Happy Gardening...



We used to love doing this with our girls....making egg-heads.

1 egg with the inside blown out

craft glue

plastic google eyes

water (spray-bottle)

grass seed (herb seeds work to)

cotton ball

a red permanent marker

Give the egg head a hole on the top off it's head

We then place a cotton ball in the hole that we made, put a little grass seed on the cotton ball and decorate the face with eyes and a mouth. We cut our egg carton and place the egg-head in one section of the carton. Place in a sunny window....their hair will start growing in a few days....make sure your children keep the cotton ball watered with the spray bottle....and don't forget to give them a haircut when needed.

Happy Gardening...


Gardening with children

We have teenage daughters now but we have always had our girls out in the garden. They still help us transplant plants, water and of course eat what we pick each evening. Here are a few ways to get your children involved with gardening....

1. Let your children have their own them draw up a plan and let them color where they are going to plant their vegetables.

2. Help them get their soil ready for the plants new home. I hate watching children get excited about planting their plants and then watching them dig a hole in clay dirt. Try to get the beds ready before hand....the children should not have to use a shovel...they should be able to dig with their hands in the nice composted soil.

3. Select vegetables that are easy to grow.

4. Always select vegetables that the children like to eat...why plant tomatoes if they don't like to eat tomatoes?

5. Have Fun!!! It should not be work....making it fun...will make them want to grow another garden next year!!

Happy Gardening!!



Herbs that grow best in the sun are...

Lavender, Borage, Sage, Rosemary, Nasturtium, Lemon verbena

Herbs that grow best in the Shade:

Violets, Mint and Cress

The easiest herbs to grow are:

Parsley, Mint, Basil, Chives, and Lavender

Happy Gardening...


Herbs for Potpourri

I Love the smell of herbs in the winter time and the best way to have that wonderful smell is to dry your herbs..... When you are growing your herbs this summer grow a few extra to dry and use for potpourri.

My favorite herbs for potpourri are:

Rosemary, Mint, peppermint, thyme, sage (I use only the leaves)

Lavender, violets (I use only the flowers)

Caraway, Coriander, Angelica (I use only the seeds)

Happy Gardening...