Friday, May 16, 2014

Step By Step Guide to Creating a Fairy Garden

Step by Step Guide
How to Build a Fairy Garden!
  

Some of you may be asking, what exactly is a fairy garden? Basically, a fairy garden is a miniature garden complete with small items and plants, meant to entice fairies to come visit your home, and possibly move in!

Dating back to the eighteenth century, fairy gardening has been a very pleasing and consistent part of gardening in European countries. Many of the traditions that we celebrate here in America, have roots that come from fairy lore.

Hanging a horseshoe over your front door is said to keep the fairies out of your home, as they hate iron.
Picking a four-leaf clover not only brings you good luck, but it is said to protect you from any spells a mischievous fairy might try to cast upon you. 

In general, fairies are very happy and free spirited individuals, who love a good laugh.

Creating a garden for them with things that they love, is a great way to entice them to visit you and maybe even bring you luck! It is also a great way to get outside and creating the garden with your young ones or other family is a wonderful bonding experience. 

So, where do you start?
Let's begin.


STEP ONE
Choose your Container and Soil

Here I've chosen a copper square container with a depth of 2.5 inches. I've also chosen a potting soil containing organic peat, which will give the soil more nutrients and air.

STEP TWO
Preparing The Soil

I placed a piece of burlap in the bottom of my container to help with draining. It will also help to retain some moisture so the plants don't dry out too fast. 



STEP THREE
Choosing Your Plants

I picked out Live Moss, a dried moss that only needs water to bring it back to life! I also picked out a small fairy plant, Dee Dee's Box Honeysuckle. 



STEP FOUR 
Installing Your Plants

I first picked the corner where I wanted my Honeysuckle. Squeezing the container, I was able to pop the roots and dirt right out, and plant it in my container, up to the stem, adding extra dirt around it. I then took sheets of the dried moss and laid it out over the dirt to resemble grass. I then used a spray bottle to thoroughly soak the moss and Honeysuckle. 


STEP FIVE
Adding Accessories! 


I picked a small house since I have a small container, some stepping stones, and a bench. Of course you will want a fairy, or in my case a gnome!
Get creative! Once you have a basic start, you will be surprised at the ideas you can come up with for your garden.
Most importantly, just have fun! There is no set rules in fairy gardening, and the fairies will appreciate your own unique and magical touch.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

What Should I Fertilize My Lawn With In The Spring?



It's spring, which means it's time to feed your lawn! If you haven't done it yet, don't skip this important part of maintaining your landscaping, and making sure you have the best looking house on the block!

What do I recommend you use? 
A granular fertilizer containing both a high first number and the chemical Dithiopyr.
That first number you see on the bag of fertilizer is the most important nutrient for your lawn; Nitrogen.
Nitrogen helps to promote a thick, dense lawn with the deep green color you are looking for. 

Dithiopyr is known for it's pre-emergent magic on crabgrass. Since we are already into May, is it too late to use this chemical? No!
Little do many people know, Dithiopyr also provides early post-emergent control of crabgrass and over 40+ grassy and broad leaf weeds. 

Depending on the size of your lawn, you can use a hand or push spreader to properly disperse the granules throughout your lawn. 

A 50 pound bag of 19-0-0 Anderson's Fertilizer, like we carry here at Nature's Home and Garden in Brighton and Nature's Garden Center in Saline, will generally cover 10,000 square feet at a medium application rate.

With the pricing we offer; $29.99 per bag or two for $50, you can even stock up for next spring!


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Take Your Child to Work Day

 
 
 
Well, today was Take Your Kid to Work Day.
 
It was an interesting day to say the least....
It definitely did not help that Thing One just kept telling me how bored he was. Thing Two wanted to take every customer by the hand and show them around.
 
He would even ask them to close their eyes, and then would try to lead them around the store....
 
I'm tired.
 
 
 


 
 


 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Dinner


 
Happy Saturday! There was a change of plans for my Easter dinner with the boys. Everything still turned out absolutely delicious. We ate all the sides!
Now to think of some great recipes to use up the leftover ham.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Honey Mustard Glazed Ham
 
 
 
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 (10-pound) smoked, bone-in ham
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup whole-grain mustard
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick)

 
INSTRUCTIONS
 
1. Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the lower third.
 
2. Remove any plastic packaging or netting from the ham. Trim away any excess fat, leaving about a 1/4-inch layer all over. Set the ham aside to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
 
3. Line a baking sheet with several sheets of aluminum foil (it will make cleanup a lot easier). Place the ham, cut side down, on the baking sheet and cover it with a piece of parchment paper. Tightly cover the ham and parchment paper with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes.
 
4. Meanwhile, combine the remaining ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter melts and the brown sugar has completely dissolved, about 3 minutes. Set aside and let cool to lukewarm (the glaze should be the consistency of room-temperature honey).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. When the ham is ready, remove it from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 425°F. Discard the foil and parchment paper and, using a sharp knife, score a 1-inch-wide diamond pattern (don’t cut more than 1/4 inch deep) over the entire ham.
 
6. Brush the ham with a quarter of the glaze (about a generous 1/3 cup), return it to the oven, and bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, brush with another quarter of the glaze, and repeat every 15 minutes until all of the glaze has been used and a dark golden-brown crust has formed, about 55 to 60 minutes total. Let the ham rest 20 to 30 minutes before slicing.
 
 
The ham was delicious! I also made braised balsamic vinegar asparagus and parmesan baked sweet potato fries.
 
Overall it was a great dinner. The boys got to open their Easter baskets and they made an Easter egg hunt for me!
 
I hope everyone has a good and safe holiday.
Left-over ham recipes to come!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Plans and Spring Allergies


Hello Friends,
As some of you may remember, I am a BzzAgent.
Bzzagent.com will send me products for free, I use them and review them. I then share my thoughts and opinion with others around me about the product.
 
Today I received Children's Claritin.
I already love Claritin. It is one of the few allergy meds I can count on to not make me or the kids super drowsy.
Thing One has been having more allergy symptoms this year... Hopefully this will help him!
 
 
 
 
 
Easter is right around the corner!
An unfortunate part of having joint custody is sharing holidays.
This year, the kids will be with Pops on Easter Sunday, so I will be hosting my celebrations on Thursday, my day off from work.
 
I will be making a citrus glazed ham (recipe to come), braised asparagus, cheesy potatoes, and much more!
 
What are your Easter plans?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I'm Back!

Hello Everyone!
 
It has been forever since I have made a post. I have taken on a new job that has given me a lot more free time, which will hopefully mean a lot more posts!
 
To update you, Thing One is going to be six years old in May! He has already lost two of his bottom teeth.
Thing Two will be four years old in July. He is without a doubt a big trouble maker and story teller!
 
Anyone have advice or ideas of ways that they creatively let their children use their imaginations for good?
 
At bedtime, I tell Thing Two to make up a story for us.
I figure if I give him an outlet for his imagination, he wont come up to me with stories about how a little ant tripped over our cat food container and spilled it everywhere....
 
 

Friday, September 2, 2011

How to Clean your Dishwasher





The other day I noticed that my dishwasher was starting to smell. There was no food caught in the trap, and it looked clean, but it still smelled dirty.
So, I decided to clean and deodorize it!

Here's how you do it:

What you will need:
a bowl
white distilled vinegar

Directions:

1. Fill a dishwasher safe bowl with 1 cup vinegar.
2. Place the bowl in the bottom rack of the dishwasher, facing up so the vinegar doesn't spill out.
3. Run the dishwasher on a light cycle.


That's it! Your dishwasher will smell like new!