I've told you about this last year, and I'll tell you about it again next year! This self-watering grow system uses low-wattage LED lighting and high-tech soil capsules to grow flowers, fruits, herbs and vegetables. Grow edibles indoors year-round, or use the optional seedless capsules to start your own seeds, like I do, before transplanting outdoors. My model is the Smart Garden 9. Use the link below and promo code JESSICA10 to save 10%.
I've had success growing potatoes in these sturdy, fabric pots with innovative "windows" in their sides. The velcro is tight, so there's no worry about it popping open, but when I want to check on my potatoes, I don't have to dig up a mound and risk stressing the plant. I just roll up the "window" and take a peek, then dump out the soil when they're ready. The fabric allows for air to circulate around roots, and prevents pot-bound plants and water retention.
Cole’s Hot Meats are shelled sunflower seeds that have been infused with habanero chili peppers and safflower oil, which birds seem to love and squirrels dislike. And there’s no mess left on the ground because there aren't any shells. What's more, the ingredients are all-natural, which, surprisingly, isn't always the case.
They even make squirrel food, which I scatter on the ground to alleviate my guilt. Everybody's got to eat, right?
Freeze and store homegrown herb infusions in this covered silicone herb cube tray, then pop out individual servings and store in a zipper-top plastic bag in the freezer for use in soups, stews and other dishes year-round.
Make no mistake -- this is NOT just a calendar! It's an almanac, gardening course and valuable year-round reference that will ensure you earn a green thumb, one day at a time. Every date box contains a timely tip or chore to keep your garden on track all year long. You'll never miss a seed-starting, planting, fertilizing or pest-control date again -- and you'll gain plenty of inspiration and insight along the way.
I've replaced a difficult-to-clean squirrel-proof feeder by combining Cole's hot meats with this 4-port feeder, which is sturdy and super easy to clean, as its seed tube disconnects from its base with the pop of a button. So far, so good!
I received my first EarthBOX as a gift circa 2007, and bought a second a year later; I've been using them ever since, usually to grow extra tomatoes, but you can grow almost anything in them. They're self-watering (from the bottom, which helps prevent disease), self-feeding and can be easily wheeled around to chase the sun if your garden gets shady during the day. Expand the diagram to learn how they work.
I absolutely LOVE this Mobile Tool Storage Caddy because it not only keeps everything I need handy and all in one place, but the fact that I can roll it around the garden with me means it's merciful to my already aching back! The organized fabric liner holds hand tools around a 5-gallon bucket (which itself holds long-handled tools, and there's an additional bin I like to use for harvests or pulled weeds.
These tubes are a safe, effective and money-saving alternative to synthetic pesticides. When mice use their treated cottony contents to build nests, the product gets on their fur, killing ticks that try to feed on them. Mice are the main hosts for young ticks early in the season, before they move on to deer (and us), so killing them before they mature is the best way to minimize or eliminate their population in your yards. There are only two mouse nest-building windows per year (spring and mid-summer), so timing is crucial.
I started using this fish-based fertilizer on my tomatoes and other plants (I use it on perennials, too), and I can honestly say my plants have never been healthier. They shot up quickly, their foliage is lush and healthy, and buds and blossoms are aplenty. The product also benefits the soil and adds sulfur, magnesium and calcium to the expected macronutrient mix. I dilute and apply it every three weeks.
Texas Tomato Cages have earned a permanent spot in my heart. After years of enduring flimsy, broken, blown-away supports, I purchased four of these and never looked back. They didn't even budge during two tropical storms that were strong enough to knock out my power, and that's saying something. Made of two pieces each with 6-inch anchoring stakes, they unfold in seconds and are tall enough to support mature plants. (The Ebay page looks a bit spartan, but they are 100% legit; it's where I bought mine.)
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