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Homemade Gifts from the Garden
Sea salt or raw sugar can be infused with herbs or rose petals and given as gifts.To make an infused scrub, mix together a half cup of oil, such as almond or grape seed oil, with one cup of fine sea salt or raw sugar that you have already infused with...
California
El Segundo
Three Aralias for your indoor gardens
Give them a warm, humid indoor location. They have a fussy reputation, and many owners comment about unexplained leaf drop. Use your judgement, although I will say that my three children and a dog have never shown any interest in eating any of my indoor...
California
El Segundo
Garden Crafts: How-to Instructions For A Macrame\' Hanging Planter
Many gardeners love the look of the macrame hanging planters, but few want to spend hard-earned plant money on something that isn't living. Pliable cord in whatever material you prefer.
California
El Segundo
Bad luck with houseplants? Try lucky bamboo
Some vendors caution about cheap, diseased Chinese stock, claiming that Taiwanese produced material is healthier.Once placed on desk or table, a lucky bamboo planter needs less care than many other houseplants.
California
El Segundo
A Grapevine Christmas Tree
After the holidays are over, I simply slip a large garbage bag over the tree to keep it from collecting dust. Luckily, I have my own. I tuck a few seeds in 2 ½" x 3 ½" brown coin envelopes.
California
El Segundo
Warm and Cozy Buckwheat Seeds?
When my friends call me during the winter months, most know better than to ask how I am. I'd never heard of them, but I took them to my microwave, and heated them as her directions said to do.
California
El Segundo
My favorite, versatile, new gardening tool is my \
Is there an app for that? Portable and versatile, my phone is now my number one management tool, in the garden as in the rest of my daily life. I was captivated nonetheless. The handyby Paul G.
California
El Segundo
Neem, An Indoor Gardeners Best Friend
I also learned the hard way that after spraying, avoid having the plants in full sun for a couple of days or their leaves will burn. It also prevents eggs from hatching.In short, my mealy bugs will starve to death.
California
El Segundo
Hummers at your window - a great gift idea!
Bird feeders are carried at pet stores, feed stores, garden centers, large discount department stores and many others.I decided to buy a Heritage Farms saucer-type window feeder, mostly because it resembled the highly recommended HummZinger.
California
El Segundo
Party Favors From the Heart: African Violets and Handmade Containers
It truly didn't matter what shape the plants were in, I was just looking for maximum number of leaves. Traditional firing in a kiln can take up to 2 days, while raku can be as fast as 5 hours.
California
El Segundo
Gardening Gifts A to Z
When potted and kept warm, this bulb will grow huge leaves and become a spectacular specimen by next summer!is a feng shui color for good health. A kelp meal fertilizer will please any organic gardener, as will a bottle of neem oil concentrate and a refillable...
California
El Segundo
Diana\'s Anise Biscotti
They are usually made of simple, wholesome ingredients, are often low or reduced in sodium and fat, and contain healthful fruits or seeds that can be grown in a home garden.Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and get all your ingredients together.Place aluminum...
California
El Segundo
What the Gardener Gets for Christmas
Admittedly, in winter months a picture of a bloom can lift the flower gardener's spirits, but of course said photo will never take the place of an actual blossom. I would love them more if they had holes in the bottom.
California
El Segundo
Plant Profiles For New Gardeners: Sempervirens tectorum, Hens and Chicks
They make great plants for vacation homes and for gardeners with hectic work schedules. This little succulent is native to the dry slopes of southern European mountain ranges like the Alps and has been a familiar house-hold plant for over a thousand years.
California
El Segundo
Summer Bites
A more natural approach is to use Catnip Oil extract, Citronella or Eucalyptus Oil extract, Just as effective as DEET although they need to be reapplied more often(1 to 3 hours).On the positive side...yea, yea, I know..but I have to...Mosquitoes are an...
California
El Segundo
Gifts from and for Gardeners: How to Make a Discharge Printed Vest
I usually let mine soak in this mixture while I'm cleaning up my mess. Colored tee-shirts are nice, and fabric handbags. Lay plastic down where you will be working. Some fabrics will discharge out almost instantly, and other fabrics seem totally immune...
California
El Segundo
Handmade decorative paper with added flowers, seeds, leaves
(Ink runs on most handmade paper.) This also helps your decorative material press into the wet pulp. I tear off and blend in a few pieces to add stability to the pulp I make. I made my own deckles out of 1- by 2-inch wood.
California
El Segundo
Plant Profiles for New Gardeners: Zinnias
Work the ground to about 6" deep after danger of frost has passed, removing rocks, grass and weeds. They do need about an inch of water a week, and if they are container-grown, a bit more.
California
El Segundo
Clay Critters for Plant Pots: A great kid craft for inside days
Just position your clay critter on the rim, with a piece of aluminum foil underneath, and it's ready for the oven.Bake your ladybug according to the directions on your polymer clay, usually for about 25 minutes at 274°.
California
El Segundo
Just add water, Paperwhites bring a hint of spring
The container size is up to you; do plant bulbs closely and with all the bulbs at the same level. White roots will grow down from the base of the bulb into the rocks, and green grasslike leaves will soon extend a foot or so above.
California
El Segundo
Almond Oil Information: Tips For Using Almond Oil
There will be a subtle difference in almond oil depending on the variety and location where thePeople with nut allergies should avoid using almond oil, but the rest of us are wondering how to use almond oil.There are many almond oil uses.
Ohio
Willoughby
Plant Profiles for New Gardeners: Daylilies
Only serious collectors and breeders shop in those groups and there are so many extremely affordable choices, it just isn't necessary. They come in a wide range of shapes and colors and are hardy in a huge climate range.
California
El Segundo
Tung-oil, an Environmentally Safe Wood Preservative
By then we had whelps and bruises to show for our war, and our skin was stinging from contact with the tree and its leaves. Hurricane Camille in 1969 wiped out many of the plantations.
California
El Segundo
How Strong Is Birch Wood?
The wood may be cream-colored or light brown with a red tinge. High-quality birch logs have sapwood that usually is wide and white, while the heartwood is a reddish color.Uses of birch wood include cabinets, furniture, flooring and high-grade plywood.
California
Santa Monica
How to Measure Board Feet in a Log for Timber Logging
A scaling stick is like a yardstick, but it has printing that shows the number of board feet in logs at different diameter and length combinations. If you are a landowner planning to sell logs to a lumber mill, you need to have a good idea of the logs'...
California
Santa Monica
Weeping Cherry Tree Problems
Conversely, soil that is too wet can drown roots. Japanese beetles can do considerable damage. Choosing the proper location can alleviate some other problems.Weeping cherry trees have a few problems to watch for.Aphids, borers, tent caterpillars and scales...
California
Santa Monica
Is Spruce a Hard or Soft Wood?
Their wood is classified as softwood based on its characteristics.According to the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service, woods are classified as hardwood or softwood not based on their durability but based on the type of tree and the...
California
Santa Monica
How to Make Pine-Sap Salve
Place the soft sap into a saucepan you don't mind ruining. Native Americans make a salve out of pine sap to sooth mild skin irritations. Rub pine-sap salve on a wood or glass splinter, and within a few days the splinter will force its way out of your...
California
Santa Monica
How to Extract Oil From Cedar
Discard the cedar. Screw the lid on and store in a cool dark place for a week.Pour the oil or vodka and cedar through a strainer into a bowl. Use the eyedropper or cotton balls to pick up the essential oil and squeeze it into a small dark glass bottle.Use...
California
Santa Monica