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Flower Wish List 07/25/2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sarah Wehrle @ 6:45 pm

I’ve been leafing (ha ha ha) through a book on flowers called “Flowers:What to Grow and How to Grow It” by Alan Toogood.  Pretty pictures inspire me and now I’ve got the brilliant idea to create a garden wish list for next spring.  This book is actually very informative–it’s got photos, charts, instructions, and loads of information for over 200 flowers.  It even has a flow chart for pests and diseases.

I already have a whole bunch of wildflower seeds to plant that I found at Home Depot, so I’m set with those.  However, I’ve developed a tentative wish list of flowers I’d like to grow in the next season or two.  These aren’t necessarily exotic or special, just a few new flowers that I would like to see around my home.

Sunflowers: I’m impressed by the enormous size of these plants.  If they created a movie about zombie flowers, these would be the pack leaders.

Columbine: I love the double flowers.  These are so pretty.  It’s a flower that would look nice in someone’s hair.

Dahlia: Several varieties and colors and they’re all beautiful.  A handful of various Dahlia’s would make a great bouquet.

I’ll have to remember  to track some of these down.  I’m always the most exited to see my wildflowers sprout–you never know what you’re going to get!

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The Wonder Weeders | Real Simple 07/20/2010

Filed under: Articles — Sarah Wehrle @ 11:45 pm

The Wonder Weeders

Sometimes you read or see something that leaves you thinking, “Hmm. That’s pretty cool.”  The link below is a story from the June 2010 edition of REAL SIMPLE magazine.  It’s a story about the development of lifelong friendships between a group of women who had a common hobby of gardening.

The Wonder Weeders | Real Simple.

 

Cheap and Easy Ideas 07/17/2010

Filed under: Thrifty — Sarah Wehrle @ 4:30 am

I’ve noticed that even in the lower priced stores, garden supplies seem a bit pricey for what they are.  Knowing there were alternatives out there, I began to research and found several cheap and easy gardening  ideas.  I’m annoyed that I’ll have to wait until next spring to try some of these!

"YouGrowGirl.com" TP Roll Seed Starting Method

  • Forget seed starting kits and peat pellets! Starting sturdy seeds is just as easy and changing the toilet paper roll!
  • Have small plants that need just a little support?  Use chopsticks! They’re already tapered for easy soil insertion. Plus, many of us already have them lying around from ordering takeout.
  • Milk jugs and other plastic containers with holes poked in the cap make pretty good

    My very own potted plant fence.

    watering jugs. Just make sure the lid’s on tight or you might have a flood when you expected a sprinkle.

  • Don’t buy border fencing right away.  Try using tall plants in pots as deterrents to keep your plants safe from people and animals. This works well for small spaces and gardens that only need protection from a single side (i.e. next to the front walk)

IDEAS I CAN’T TAKE OR GIVE CREDIT FOR (Where did I learn these? I can’t remember.)

  • Ants don’t like crossing chalk lines! Have potted plants on a hard surface? Draw a border around them with chalk!
  • Use old aquarium water to water your plants! It’s loaded with good stuff the dirt will love.
  • Use beer in a shallow container to entice and drown slugs.
 

I feel a project coming on 07/16/2010

Filed under: DIY — Sarah Wehrle @ 8:04 am

There are tons of do-it-yourself projects out there, but I’ve noticed a trend of similar ideas in magazines. For example, different gardening and home magazines will feature a DIY article on a potting bench all around the same time.  It makes me wonder if they all have the same source ten people down the line.

I’ve seen some stuff for sale that I think would be manageable projects for the DIY person, provided you have the right tools. But I haven’t seen anyone break them down into instructions for those of us who wouldn’t know where to

Decorative Planters

start when it came to recreating.

Bamboo Garden Path Squares

Here are two images of those type of projects.

If anyone has ideas on how to make these or what materials might produce a similar product, leave a note!  It’s great to save money and be proud to say, “I made it.”

 

Stylin’ Seeds

Filed under: DIY — Sarah Wehrle @ 7:28 am

2010 is a year of many firsts.  One of those firsts is that I’ve decided to be a collector of seeds from my garden.

A few years back, I bought a great box of wildflower seeds from a local mart. I used a bunch, saved some, and gave the rest to a friend.  And guess what?  This summer, I can’t find them anywhere.  No where.  I’ve looked in many stores and online.  Nothing.  Having recently moved from an apartment to our first home in January, any remaining old flowers were thrown out in the move (there was no way I was going to lug pots of dirt around in the move).  And of course, I didn’t even think to save seeds.

I currently have the last of that great box growing in my front flower bed.   Although I’m told that they are perennials by my dear friend with whom I shared those seeds, I want to save some of mine. And I will absolutely demand she share her portion of  her flower seeds with me. 🙂   Some of those wildflowers are amazing and I’m determined to eventually learn what they’re called.

With my grand plan to save the seeds in mind, I decided to look it up in a book I had borrowed from the library called “You Grow Girl-The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening”. Written by Gayla Trail, it’s one heck of a cool book. And mind you, this book is awesome for people who want to garden but don’t know much about it.

There’s a section in there about creating your own seed packets and when I revisited it, a seed was planted in my mind.  I’ve always been creative and graphic design is one of my loves.  Well, I hit up the computer and started making these cute seed packets.  And I want to share.

Considering there’s no limit to the designs and formats for seed packets, making these yourself is a cinch. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Word will allow you to make all the cool seed packets you can dream up. But if you’d rather just have someone else do that part, I’m here to help!

Check out these files for some unique seed packets.  Simple yet fun, they can be thrown in the recycle bin when you’re finished with them, or used again next time.  All you need is a printer, scissors and adhesive of some sort (tape, glue) and you’re all set.  What’s great is you can make these and give them to your gardening buddies (thanks for the idea Gayla) or use it as a craft project for children.

Blank Seed Packet Template Word 97-03

Seed Packets – Fun

Seed Packets – Fun 2

Seed Packets – Pretty

Seed Packets – Pretty 2

Seed Packets – Pretty Borders

Seed Packets – Generic (for any seeds, not just flowers)

 

Nifty Garden Stuff

Filed under: Cool Finds — Sarah Wehrle @ 6:21 am

Lately I’ve been keeping an eye out for interesting and unique lawn and garden ornaments.  I’m not interested in the regular old garden gnome.  I’m looking for things you don’t see often.  I’d much rather make my own than purchase decorations, but occasionally, you just can’t help yourself.

Here are some of my finds and where you can find them:

It’s a solar elf door! Now I know I’ve never seen that in any yard I’ve been by. Get it here.

Even if you’re not into small dogs, you’ve got to admit this is really cute. Get it here.

Obviously a garden hose will do, but if you want it, it’s actually not expensive…Get it here.

Acrylic stones that glow.  Now that’s something people would comment on. Get it here.

 

 
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