Preparing Your Garden for Spring

I love Spring! Well, other than the incredibly high pollen count that sends my allergies into a frenzy, that is.

This young woman sneezing into a tissue either has a cold or really bad allergies.

This year I’m still a bit preoccupied with two tiny humans, so I won’t be doing a Spring Garden, but when Morgan from Craig Manor sent over this infographic, it was almost enough to make me reconsider! I think by the time I have everything ready it would probably be Summer, which isn’t at all helpful!

All the same, I figured I’d share it with all of you! I’ll just have to follow it myself next year!

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The Perfect Garden for the Perfect Summer!

It’s finally that time again! The winter coats are packed away, the washing is hanging up outside and the men of the world are taking their rightful place at the barbecue. Yes, it’s summertime! Now that the season of ‘Taps Aff’ weather (a very scientific way of measuring warm weather) is upon us, it is the perfect time to create a beautiful summer yard for all of the family to enjoy. Whether you are looking for a new theme or perhaps your grass just needs sprucing up, it’s important to have your garden exactly how you want it. 

Here are some fantastic ideas to bring it all together!

Bifold Doors to Bring Together Home and Garden

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One of the best ways to make the most of your yard in summer is with Origin  bi fold doors, such as those sold by Ekco. Unlike traditional patio doors, bi-fold doors fold all the way in thereby opening up your home and giving you unparalleled views of your garden. Not only do they look stunning, bi-fold doors have a low threshold which removes the barrier between indoors and outdoors essentially creating one huge living space for you to enjoy in summer. Bi-folds give a wonderful sense of space and light and allow you to keep your home cool in summer.

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Find the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift – at Uncommon Goods!

A couple years back, I was tired of purchasing the same ol’ type of gifts for friends and family. It all seemed so…routine! And BORING. And I felt like I wasn’t appreciating those I loved very well at all when it came to “gift giving”.

So I started looking for something a little different. Something unique. I wanted to find one spot I could go to see products that were fresh and new and not at all “common”. 

It was then that I discovered UncommonGoods.

Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, UncommonGoods is a privately-owned retailer that endeavors to feature unique jewelry, designer décor, tabletop items and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment, AND without harm to animals or people. All of the company operations are run out of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal, where the lowest-paid seasonal worker starts at 50% above the minimum wage. Their mission is to support and provide a platform for artists and designers; in fact, half of what they sell is made by hand! Most of the jewelry products, home décor and tabletop items carried are created right here in the USA, and about one-third of the entire collection incorporates recycled and/or up-cycled materials. At the core of the company is a great respect for the integrity of the creative individual and the belief that it is the responsibility of UncommonGoods to use their business to impact the world in a positive way.

And let me just say right here how user-friendly their website is! I love that you can even search by recipient – men, women, babies, or even wives and husbands!

It didn’t take long for me to realize that I loved what the company stood for, but what about these products?

Of course, anyone who has been reading this blog for any length of time knows that I’m always on the hunt for neat home goods that serve a purpose, and boy, have I found some!

The Personalized Anniversary Journal

Anniversary Journal

Check this out! This beautiful book has places for photos and handwritten memories of each of your anniversaries – from year 1 to year 60! What a great tribute to your marriage – one that would look beautiful on your coffee table or the bedside table. And the fact that it can be personalized just tops it all off!

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Five Ways to Help Wildlife from Your Own Garden

Most of us are worried about the effect humans have on the environment and wildlife, but many of us think we can’t do anything about it. This isn’t the case, as there are a few things you can do to encourage diversity and give nature a helping hand without even leaving your home.

Offer fresh water

beautiful closeup photo of purple waterlilies in a small pond

While animals are pretty good at finding clean water to drink when it’s available, they can have a hard time in winter and summer when supplies either freeze or dry up. 

Keep a birdbath or a small pond in your garden and make sure it’s topped up and freely available, even if you need to use a small heater to stop it freezing. You’ll be helping birds, lizards and small mammals, as long as the water isn’t near a place that a predator could launch an attack from.

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Best Gardening Tips for 2016

Most of you know that I’m what I like to call an “experimenting gardener”. When it comes to gardening, I love to see what I can grow…and I what I simply CANNOT. Living in Central Florida, I’ve been doing pretty well, but there’s always room for improvement! For instance…

I’ve been purchasing lots of my seeds from Amazon, when I can’t find them in my local area. My October sowing was no different – I purchased some spinach seeds from Amazon, because I LOVE spinach, and I was excited about having a bunch of it on hand! 

You can see it here in the background of this pic…

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Except this was about the same time that my parents were down for Thanksgiving, and my mom, while studying my garden, pointed to my spinach and said, “What’s that?”

“It’s spinach!” I exclaimed, a little taken aback that she didn’t know.

“That’s not spinach,” she said firmly.

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