This is an awesome way to add instant curb appeal to your yard.
My parents live out in the country, and I love their porch and huge yard. However, now that Spring has sprung, the bugs are out. They have a pretty bad wasp problem. My dad does his best to get rid of them; he puts wasp killer in their nests, swats them, etc., which works to a certain extent, but they still seem to come back with a vengeance. Plus, those harsh pesticides aren’t good for his health, and they can get pretty pricey. That’s why I like this post by Crystal at Natural Thrifty. Here is her tip for getting rid of wasps naturally:
- 2 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon of peppermint oil
- 1 teaspoon of dish soap (optional)
Combine all of these ingredients together into your spray bottle. Wait until the very early morning hours, or late at night when it looks like they’re sleeping, then shake and spray!
You might need to apply the solution twice, but they will fall to the ground and die within seconds.
Happy Earth Day!
Why should you have to pay for water for your garden when it literally falls out of the sky for free? Rainy days are great for our lawns- they keep them lush and hydrated. But what about all the other days? You can waste money by watering your plants yourself, or you can try out this awesome idea by Alina Cheng at Greener By The Week and build your own rain barrel! Collect your own rain water with this tutorial:
-Get a large plastic garbage can with a matching, dome-shaped lid
-Cut out a circle in the middle of the top of the lid, place a mesh sink strainer in the hole, use duct tape to create a secure seal.
-Place the lid upside down on the garbage can
-Use rubber bands to secure the lid onto the can
Wait for the rain to come!
What an awesome idea! This is perfect for those who have limited space, or just want to streamline their gardens.
I currently don’t have a headboard, and I’m looking to fix that! That’s why I’ve been browsing through headboard projects on Hometalk and Pinterest. A lot of them look super expensive and complicated, until I found this tutorial by Delusions of Ingenuity at Hometalk. It’s super funny, and will teach you how to make a gorgeous headboard out of curtains, wood planks, a mattress pad, and quilt batting. Check it out here:
Purchase a big ole sheet of MDF and cut it to whatever size you want. Then buy a cheap mattress pad, cut it in half, and trim it to size. Wrap the whole dang mess with some quilt batting and schtaple it down.
Then wrap your curtain around the whole dang mess and schtaple it down. Attach it to your frame made of wood planks.
I love bean sprouts, especially in my lo mein, stir fry, and other Asian foods. They add a satisfying, refreshing crunch to otherwise spicy meals. Plus, they are super easy to grow yourself (how many of us did experiments with bean sprouts in first grade science class?), filled with antioxidants, – and you can grow a LOT of them fast. Starting a bean sprout “garden” is easy. Just check out these tips by Chris Dalziel at Attainable-Sustainable:
- Place two tablespoons of bean seeds in your one-quart mason jar with a screened lid.
- Fill the jar ½ full with cold water. Let the mung beans soak overnight.
- Rinse the mung beans in the morning and turn the jar upside down to drain.
- Rinse and drain your bean seeds twice a day for 4 to 6 days. The mung beans are ready to eat when the white sprout is at least 1.5 cm long.
I LOVE venus flytraps. I had one for about two years- he ate so many bugs, especially creepy daddy-long-leg spiders. They’re awesome and actually pretty low maintenance.
Give your deck a makeover with a fresh coat of paint!
The Google Maps guy gets a walking stick and a backpack if you select walking directions! I’ve never noticed this before and I’m kind of blown away. Have you?