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Home & Garden2021-10-02T16:12:00+00:00

A Happy Garden. My Happy Place.

Let your garden inspire you

I am not an expert gardener, but I’m learning. I learn by calling my sisters or friends who are the experts. They always have the best advice, suggestions and ideas. So if you’re not sure what to do – ask.  I do know that gardening is fun, rewarding and relaxing – at least for me. It’s my happy place. Even my husband who hates “green” vegetables enjoys watering and watching the “green” stuff. grow.

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My thoughts, advice and in-depth features for a beautiful home, garden and a healthy life

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Choose Nature’s Best

Nature offers everything your body needs to maintain a healthy lifestyle

Spices can do wonders for your health! Here are a few benefits.

  1. Cinnamon has potent antioxidant activity, helps fight inflammation and has been shown to lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.
  2. Sage – Research indicates that sage may be able to improve brain function and memory, especially in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Worth a try.
  3. Peppermint – I love peppermint. It’s great in tea, but relieves an irritate bowel (IBS) and helps reduce nausea. It will also make your body smell great.
  4. Ginger has been used in Asian cultures for thousands of years to treat stomach upset, diarrhea and nausea.
  5. Garlic has been known to keep blood vessels flexible, especially in women and studies have suggested that eating garlic may reduce cholesterol and triglycerides.
  6. Turmeric is a good source of curcumin, an antioxidant that eases inflammation.

Do you love cinnamon rolls for breakfast? They can add a lot of sugar to your diet, but here’s one that is healthy, low in sugar and delicious – and cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants.  Check out this health recipe using cinnamon! You will love it.

Ask The DIY Experts

Answers, ideas and thoughts from my friends, sisters and me.

Early spring is the best time to plant herbs outdoors, but you can plant herbs any time of the year as long as the ground isn’t frozen.

Mint, oregano, rosemary, thyme and sage. I plant them in large clay pots and create color to my outdoor living area.

Too much water will damage or kill your potted succulents. I know from experience. Succulents should be watered only when the soil has dried out completely. So check your soil every week or so.

If they are hardy succulents – Yes! In the winter, succulents go dormant. Growing stops, so let nature take over. If you have a dry winter, water them once or twice for the entire season.

Spring and Fall. Spring is generally the best time to plant -the soil is warming, the sun is shining, the days are longer and the rain if falling. Fall is a good planting time for perennials that bloom in the spring or early summer. Fall planting also gives your plants time to grow strong roots.

Yes, it’s a good idea to cost out your garden. Increased costs depend on the size and kind of the garden you are creating. Are you starting from scratch? Are you creating a raised bed garden or in ground garden? What seeds or plants will you be planting? Do you need top soil? Do you need gardening tools? These are questions you will need to answer before you start.

Creating a stone patio takes time to create and a lot of work, but you can do it. I’ll post soon what I did and then you can decide if you want to DIY.

Watering issues are generally the most common cause of yellowing leaves. When your plants are overwatered, it can cause yellow leaves.

Choose the style that you want and then check out my blog posts. It doesn’t take a lot of money to decorate your home. It takes a little time and some creativity.

It’s really your preference. I love curtains that flow unto the floor. It just adds a little more elegance and romance.

First, it’s best to get rid of clutter and stuff. Less is more. Next, I use baskets or crates with lids for storage in closets. This adds style and hides what you are storing.

It’s not difficult at all. Pick out your faucet that works/fits your sink. SHUT OFF THE MAIN WATER LINE. Many make the mistake of not shutting off the main water line. This protects you from anything going wrong and flooding your kitchen. Get the appropriate tools. Read the instructions. You can do it!

Yes. Initially, the supplies can be costly. Not only will you save money, you will enjoy the vegetables that you grew in your garden.

It’s a personal preference. I’ve used both. But here are a few pros for both. Mulch – provides a better moisture barrier for plants, easier to blow leaves off, easier to pull stray weeds that may pop up. Pine Straw – Cheaper, looks nice and stays in place after a heavy rain.

Photo albums can take up a lot of room. I took all of my photos out of the albums, sorted the photos into persons and places. Then I placed each batch in zip lock bags and labeled them. They are now placed in a cute basket and if anyone wants to look at past photos, they just grab the labeled bag. Just an idea.

There are a lot of great products on the market, however, the best way to get rid of window streaks – water, vinegar and a touch of dawn soap. Place in a water bottle. Spray your window. Use a window squeegee and wipe access water with a towel. I have found the best towel to use on windows – microfiber towel.

Give them a new look with chalk paint!

I look at every home update as a DIY project and do my research. If I think I can do it, I do. And so can you!

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