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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

Our Four Favorite Woodworking Blogs

Recently on Rake and Shovel we have been on a DIY spree, and have been reading up on blogs from topics such as crafting, knitting, and woodworking. There are millions of DIY blogs out there, but we have our favorites. Check out our four favorite woodworking blogs! Makezine.com The “woodworking” tag on Makezine.com is a goldmine! The online version of popular DIY magazine Make, Makezine.com gives you not just woodworking how-to’s, but also has a shop to help you source

How To Plant A Hanging Basket

Hanging baskets are great ways to adorn both indoor and outdoor spaces with beautiful blooms and lively plants. It also takes up no floor space and makes use of vertical space that’s usually not used. Making one is very easy — here’s how. What you’ll need: Wire basket You may also use hanging plastic plant pots in place of wire baskets. These are both available in different sizes, so pick one to suit your needs. Wire basket liner Potting mix

How To Make A Pond Using Pond Liner

A plastic pond liner has been the go-to material for making ponds for decades, and they are perfect for making any sized pond you may wish to make. 1. Define the shape of the pond by marking it out on the soil. A length of rope or your garden hose will do the trick. 2. Remove the grass if you’re digging through lawn. 3. Dig and excavate the soil to the depth that you want, making sure that the excavation

How to Make a Bird Feeder for Your Garden

Birds are a great addition to any garden: they are pretty and playful, their chirps and songs bring a sense of peace, and they are an effective natural deterrent for unwanted insects and other pests. Attract more birds to your garden with these whimsical teacup bird feeders – they are a cinch to make, and look wonderful in a country-style or Victorian-style garden. Materials Needed 3 feet of 1/2 inch copper plumbing pipe copper cap sand paper teacup superglue mixing

How to Manage Indoor Plant Pests: Leafminers

This is the last article in our four-part series on managing indoor plant pests. The first article tackled spider mites and aphids, the second tackled thrips and scale insects, and the third tackled mealybugs and fungus gnats. Leafminers Leafminers within leaves and stems, and form tunnels or “mines.” After feeding, they leave the plant and pupate in the soil. Extensive feeding renders the foliage sickly-looking and generally unsightly. In heavy infestations, the leaves can drop clean off. The most common

How to Manage Indoor Plant Pests: Mealybug and Fungus Gnat

This is the third article on our four-part series about managing indoor plant pests. The first article dealt with aphids and spider mites, and the second article, dealt with thrips and scale insects. Mealybugs Mealybugs are slow-moving insects that are covered with a white, waxy substance. Intense feeding activity results in loss of color, wilting and death of the affected plant part. Mealybugs also produce large amounts of honeydew that coats the foliage and serves as a substrate for black

How to Manage Indoor Plant Pests: Thrip and Scale Insect

This is the second part of our four-part series on managing indoor plant pests. The first part deals with aphids and spider mites. Thrips Thrips feed by rasping on the plant surface and drinking up the fluid. This feeding activity results in scars on light-colored foliage or petals and white or silvery streaks on dark-colored foliage. They can be found on the leaves, blossoms, buds and leaf sheaths of plants. Thrips leave tiny black drops of excrement in the feeding

How to Manage Indoor Plant Pests: Spider Mites and Aphids

There are many kinds of pests that can damage your indoor plants, but there are also plenty of ways to control them without having to reach for harsh chemical pesticides. In this series of posts on Rake & Shovel, we can show you some ways to help control indoor plant pests without resorting to all-out chemical warfare. Spider Mites Spider mite or red-spiders appear as tiny dots moving over the plant surface. They have fine piercing mouthparts and feed by