Now that spring has sprung and summer is quickly approaching our lovely squash plants are blooming and producing like they should. So we will have more squash that we can stand to eat. What do you do with all those extra squash? Well, there’s a solution… You can freeze squash!
When you find yourself with extra fresh squash, don’t toss them out- freeze them. Later on when you are ready to cook them pop them out of the freezer and your ready to go. It’s a great way to have squash in the fall and winter when your squash plants are no longer producing. Check out Freezing Squash: How to Freeze Squash for step-by-step instructions. It’s simple, quick and well worth it!
Aside from freezing squash to preserve them for later, you can also freeze squash for frying. That’s right you can flour them up prior to freezing then when you are ready for fried squash take a few out and pop them straight into some hot grease! Yummy!
Not long ago I posted an easy recipe for hummingbird food: The Perfect Hummingbird Food Recipe. This week I want to show you some really cool hummingbird feeders that I found online. I know, no big deal right? You can buy hummingbird feeders at Walmart. Well, you can but you can’t buy these! These feeders are really unique. Not only are the glass which means they will last longer and not fade but they are really artistic. Some are uniquely shaped or colored, some have really cool designs, some are shapes and themes that I would have never though of…. Here are a few to show you what I mean.
I mean really… where do you ever see these? You can find these and more like them at Unique Hummingbird Feeders. Or you can visit anyone of the photos and they will take you to the page for that specific feeder.
Whether you are a beginner or looking to brush up on your rose gardening skills you will find Growing Roses: The Basics helpful. It includes basic information for beginners along with tips, ideas and how-to’s for growing roses. It includes how to grow roses from cuttings and much more!
Yay! I month just for roses. The American Rose Society has officially claimed June as Nation Rose Month. During the month of June I will be posting photos, tips and ideas for growing roses. Feel free to share your own as well! Be sure to let me know if you post anything rose related so that I can add it at the end of the month when we finish it up!
June is National Rose Month Rose in the photo is ‘Sterling Silver’
Growing tomatoes from seeds is a great way to save fortune on tomato plants. Tomato plants can cost $2-10 depending on the type of tomato, the size and where you purchase it from. Creating a large tomato garden with 20 tomato plants would cost no less than $40 if you were to buy even the smallest tomato plants from a local garden center or nursery.
The good news is that you can buy a pack of tomato seeds for around the cost of one tomato plant. Tomato seeds run $2-5 a pack depending on the variety. Common varieties such as Better Boy, Better Girl, Early Girl and Big Boys can be bought at places like Walmart for less than $2 and contain 20 or more seeds.
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Cost of Growing Tomatoes from Seeds:
Tomato seeds- $2
Big bag of Miracle Grow Potting Soil: $6
Total: $8 for 20 or more tomato plants!
We can’t count water and fertilizer because those would be required for your store bought plants as well.You can then use old pots, seed trays or purchase a new seed tray for $3. I personally use aluminum pans from the Dollar Tree. They are like 3 for $1. Just be sure to poke holes in the bottom of the pans using a nail, spike or drill. It’s simple!
To learn how grow tomatoes from seeds visit Growing Tomatoes from Seeds. It includes a step by step guide show you how to grow tomatoes from seeds.
As a 911 dispatcher I am usually stuck behind a desk answering phones and dispatching calls for 12 hour shifts. Last week I got to help the radio tech and part of that consisted of checking the radio towers.
We went to a tower in the north part of the county which is way out in the woods. I found this gorgeous, white morning glory that had been volunteered, my guess is by the birds. It was very thick and had grown up over the concrete pad that the tower is installed on. There must have been a dozen or so vines and several dozen blooms. I thought it was a nice surprise considering that it gets no maintenance, no water, no protection from elements and yet it still flourishes beautifully. Another one of God’s blessings I do believe.
This Florida heat is taking it’s toll on my garden. Watering, watering, and more watering is expected here in Florida but not this early in the year! We usually don’t see 95-100 degree temps until late June and early July. It’s not even June yet and we are reaching records highs.
With that being said, a little rain would be nice. As I sit here and listen to the weather roaring outside it is a sigh of relief! I didn’t water last night because it was lightening so bad and was starting to sprinkle and was supposed to rain the next 4 hours. Needless to say, when I woke up this morning the rain guage was nice and empty. So now, this awful storm roaring outside is a nice sound!
Remember when the temperatures are hot you need to water more often. Always water deep for vegetables gardens, bushes, shrubs and trees. It make take you a week or so to get used to how long it takes to water the garden ‘deep’ but after a few tries you will have it right. When you are done watering, kick the dirt back, dig or use your heel to see how deep the ground is wet. Make sure it is around 6 inches or so for bushes and shrubs and around that for fruits and veggies. If the soil is still dry a few inches below the surface continue to water and check until it’s wet around 6 inches deep. You will get the hang of it pretty quick and not have to worry about checking.
Lilies are beautiful perennials that are easy to grow. Lilies grow well in containers and are great for adding color and height to flower beds. With proper care, lilies will come back year after year, multiplying continuously. To learn more about growing lilies, check out How to Grow Lilies. It will teach your how to care for lilies including planting lilies, fertilizing , water and sun requirements for lilies, breeding, dividing lily bulbs and much more.
After starting this gardening blog nearly two weeks ago I have been very impressed with the traffic. I want to say I appreciate each and everyone of my viewers- both followers and occasional readers.
My main purpose for creating this blog was to share gardening tips, ideas, how-to’s, my own gardening photos and just about anything else you could think of that is gardening related that may help other gardeners. With that being said I want to make sure that I am posting what YOU my reader wants to read.
Now I want to know what YOU want? I have been very picky on what I post because I was not sure what everyone was wanting or needing. I’ve tried a few how-to’s, gardening ideas, photos, personal posts, and a few others. They have all done very well.
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