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4th of July Garden Party Recipes

Family and friends gathering in your garden for a 4th of July picnic is one of the best things that can happen in a memorable summer. Why not make the party even more fantastic by serving your version of tried-and-tested all-American favorites? We’ve got four suggestions that are right up your alley – let’s get cooking! Golden Potato Salad Ingredients 2 pounds small Yukon gold potatoes 2 large eggs Kosher salt 1/2 bunch sliced scallions, white and green parts 2

4th of July Garden Party Ideas

Are you planning to throw a garden party for family and friends this 4th of July? What better way to celebrate our great country’s independence than having a great time with good people. Why not make it memorable with these special touches that are sure to brighten everyone’s Independence Day weekend? Here are a couple of fun and easy ideas! Snack Cones Serve snacks like potato chips, popcorn, and mini pretzels in colorful paper cones. To make the cones, cut

Three Great DIY Hammock Ideas

Summers are made for lazing out in the backyard, napping under a tree in a comfy hammock. But instead of heading for your local furniture store to buy one, why not make a hammock yourself? Not only will you be able to save a bit of money, but it’s also a great way to upcycle things that would’ve otherwise gone to the dumpster. Pallet Hammock Grab a couple of shipping pallets and screw them together laterally until they’re nice and

Gardening: Burning Calories by the Numbers

Most people think of gardening as a relaxing activity – and it is, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a bit of exercise in as well. Gardening involves a lot of lifting, pulling, stretching, and bending – which altogether makes up a pretty varied and well-rounded exercise regimen. But how many calories do you burn up exactly with each garden chore? Here is a simple guide: Gardening can burn up to 300 calories with an hour of moderately strenuous

The 6 Most Common Pests that Attack Grapefruit and Other Citrus Plants

While growing your grapefruit tree indoors can help reduce the number of pests that can affect it, there may still be one or two bugs lurking around and waiting for the chance to attack your precious houseplants. Here are six of the most common pests that may attack your grapefruit tree and other indoor citrus plants. Citrus Leafminer This nasty pest mines through young leaves and stems, making them curly, unsightly, and unhealthy-looking. Spraying with horticultural oil every 3 weeks

Three Delicious Recipes Made With Leeks

Leeks are vegetables that are related to onions, shallots, and scallions. They are versatile, tasty, and are good for you – with plenty of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Here are three of our favorite ways to prepare leeks in delicious and savory ways. Savory Leek and Tomato Pie Ingredients 2 9-inch ready-to-bake pie crusts 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 leek, thinly sliced 8 oz. cherry or grape tomatoes, halved ¼ cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped 8 oz. sliced fresh

Regrowing Green Onions and Leeks: Two Ways

Did you know that you could regrow green onions and leeks bought from the supermarket or local farmers market? Surprisingly, very few people know this, even though it’s one of the oldest and easiest tricks in the gardening book. Regrowing green onions and leeks from cuttings is not only incredibly easy, it’s also very economical, as you rarely use up the entire bunch you bought from the supermarket in the first place. The best part is, there are two great

Five Easy Herb Sauces

Don’t know what else to do with your garden herbs and spices? Turn them into quick and easy herb sauces! Stock them in your fridge or pantry for unexpected dinner guests, last-minute potluck parties, and weekday meals when you are simply too tired to cook. Simple Salsa Ingredients 2 cups tomatoes, diced 1 red onion, quartered 4 cloves garlic 1 cup roasted chilies, diced Juice of 2 limes 1 Tablespoon salt 1/2 Tablespoon black pepper 1 Tablespoon garlic powder 1

How to Make Herb Infusion Soap

We showed you on Rake & Shovel how to make herb infusion oils. Now it’s time to put those herbal infusion oils to good use by incorporating them into homemade herb infusion soap. It’s really easy, and if you follow basic safety instructions, lots of fun. Why not give it a try? Tools A digital scale capable of 5 lbs measurement. 2 glass bulb thermometers that can measure up to 200° Fahrenheit. A stick blender. A high temperature plastic jar

Making and Using Thyme Oil

Making oil infusions from your garden herbs is one of the pleasures of owning a garden – more so if the infusions is made out of thyme. Thyme oil infusions in particular are one of the most versatile kinds of oil infusions, thanks to its disinfectant, restorative, and therapeutic qualities. What is Thyme Oil Good For? To relieve pain: Mix three drops of thyme oil with two teaspoons of sesame oil. Use this mixture as massage oil and apply to

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