How’s your garden going this year? So far mine has really been more of an experiment than anything else, but I’m still going strong with it! Since we’re at the point where the hottest trends for your outdoor gardens for 2020 are starting to come in strong, I thought it might be nice to round out the top five trends for everyone!
Earth-friendly activity alert! Reduce your carbon footprint with one of the trendiest activities yet to grace our lives since the recycling revolution. Composting is as easy as not throwing stuff away. By stuff we do not mean plastic packaging or the like – we mean vegetable and fruit peelings, eggshells and pretty much any other plant-based scraps. Gather them together in a compost heap or box and once it has stewed into all its nutrient-rich glory you can then mix this into your soil for an amazing nutrient boost.
Elevation, E L E V A T I O N!
We are so impressed with this one. Small space? No problem! With a little out-of-the-box creative thinking your problem is solved. From living wall kits for your urban jungle to planting hanging or trailing plants in wall planters, the possibilities of creating your sublime vertical garden are virtually endless. Once you have installed your favourite vertical vision, sit back, and let the beauty soak in. Vertical gardens are also a great way to keep your plants pesky pest free without any hassle.
This year has been quite the garden experiment for me so far, with more experimenting to come! I’ve learned a lot about vegetables and herbs, soil, and the animals that were here before I started planting. Let’s just say some creatures I can appreciate more than others.
Every gardener’s nightmare is the presence of animal pests that uproot plants from the garden, ruining all the hard work you’ve put in, and damaging your crops. Sometimes, these animals also harm your pets, and the holes they create can lead to several accidents. Gophers and moles are in this category, making animals of interest.
GET TO KNOW THEM
These are small animals that get their name from their fur-lined cheeks that serve as pouches through which they carry small bits of food. If you are not sure a gopher is the pest you are dealing with, there are ways on how to identify it is a gopher. Gophers have adaptations for burrowing underground. These include clawed forelimbs for digging, eyes, and ears that are smaller than that of regular animals to avoid sand and dust, and sensitive whiskers and tails that help them to navigate dark burrows.
Purchasing an outdoor structure for your home is a daunting task since it’s an investment that can have a negative or positive impact. The process can also be confusing since there are a few options to choose from, such as gazebos, pergolas, ramadas, and arbors, to name a few.
If you’re in the market searching for an outdoor structure that you can purchase but are having difficulties in choosing one, here are some of the reasons why vinyl gazebos are a must-have for your home.
It Makes Your Home Aesthetically Pleasing
According to an article by All Women’s Talk, the exterior of your household speaks volumes about your style. This means it is of the utmost importance that you make your front yard or backyard aesthetically pleasing. Vinyl gazebos can provide a solution to this.
We’ve lived in our lil’ dream home for almost 3 years now. Just over an acre of land that backs up to a wooded preserve. Sounds nice, right? We DO love it, but it presents its own set of challenges, one called WILDLIFE that we were reminded of over the weekend. Not only did we find part of our new landscaping removed (and raccoon paw-prints everywhere), but we also heard multiple coyotes howling just beyond the tree line after dark. Sandhill cranes, hawks, snakes and the occasional loose cow are all a pretty common sight in our yard, so we have to take some extra precautions to keep our property safe for the twins!
Maybe you can relate? If your landscaping is lavish and green, chances are you get intruders who pick on your plants or come to quench their thirst on you water fountain. Whereas, this spectacle brings life to your yard, the critters can destroy your pricey investment. For example, a squirrel may burrow onto your underground tubing and start a leak. Fixing such a leak may require that you remodel your backyard, which is quite expensive. How then do you protect your yard from such intrusive wildlife?
Plant Garlic Alongside Your Flower Plants
Yes, small animals, especially squirrels and raccoons detest the smell of garlic. As they come for your flowers at night, the garlic cloves will deter them from causing more damage. With time, these intelligent creatures will now which yards have garlic and will always avoid them. Besides, it’s a great way to grow your own garlic and enjoy cooking from farm to pan.
Society is moving towards a general consensus that it’s far better to repair and reuse than to discard and re-buy. And with good reason. First of all, who doesn’t like to save money? Second of all, our throwaway culture directly contributes to climate crisis. The process of incinerating our waste, especially plastic waste, uses fossil fuels and releases harmful chemicals into the atmosphere.
The throwaway fashion industry is one of the worst culprits, yet a number of companies are challenging the norm with novel ideas like making jeans from recycled denim or repairing sunglasses with new lenses.
Support this green revolution at home and save yourself a few dollars in the process by making these simple repairs to everyday items.
Wobbly Wooden Chairs and Tables
Over time, wear and tear can cause wooden furniture to wobble. Wooden chair legs can become unstable and table legs can no longer reach the floor. You can fix both of these issues with simple items found in the home. First, let’s tackle the chair. A wobbly chair is the result of a gap between the top of one of the legs and the seat. Figure out which leg is the culprit and stick a wooden toothpick into the gap. Problem solved.