DIY – Flower Pot Tower

I’ve been wanting to make a flower pot tower for some time, and I finally got around to it.  I was quick pleased with how it turned out and how easy it was to make.  If you’re interested in making your own, you will need the following:


1 piece of rebar or a garden stake (Found at Lowes or Home Depot) 
1 10 inch clay pot
1 8 inch clay pot
1 6 inch clay pot
potting soil
1/2 flat of petunias


Place your rebar into the ground where you will be placing your tower.  Place the largest pot over the rebar. The hole in the pot will be large enough to place the pot over the rebar easily.  Fill the pot with potting soil.  Place the next pot over the rebar and fill with potting soil and than the third. Place petunias around the perimeter of each of the pots and water thoroughly.  Looks like I need to add a few more petunias to the top.  I want it be full.  

If you want to add a 4th or 5th pot, you will need to use a longer stake.  I recommend a garden stake, which can be purchased at your local garden center for a few bucks.  You can cut the stake down once you reach the desired height of your tower.  


You can also spray paint your pots the desired color if you want to a pop to your yard or add a saucer beneath the pots.  Quick and easy project.  

Growing Dill In The Home Garden

 

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One of the herbs that I grow in my garden is dill.  I started a few plants under grow lights this year, but it did not do well.  As a result, I purchased a plant from the nursery to place in the garden. This is what I found when I went into the garden.  Volunteer dill in several places.  I wished I had saved my money purchasing the plant from the nursery.  Lesson learned, check the garden for volunteers before you head to the garden center.  A volunteer onion is in the background.  Dill and onions are great companion plants.  Check out my other gardening tips too.

Wondering how to use dill?  I have several uses:

1.  Dill Pickles
2.  Dip for potato chips and veggies
3.  Garnishes
4.  Sauce for salmon

I’ve made make spicy dill pickles for the past two seasons and used fresh dill from the garden. This year I will be making bread and butter.   I also dry my dill and store it in an airtight container for dip.  Fresh dill can also be used on various fish, not my thing but many people love using it in that manner.

 

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Last, we hope you like our growing dill tips.  It is an easy herb to grow, and has given me lots of volunteers this season.  It loves my garlic plants.  I have to harvest often, so it doesn’t choke out my onions and garlic.  As a result, I should have more than enough to dry and store for dip and to share with family.  If you love veggie dip, this herb will enhance it immensely.  It’s much more flavorful than store brought dill.  I’ll be sure to post my dip recipe the next time make it, which will be soon.

Turn It Up Tuesday – Week 37

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5 Benefits of Garden Chives

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My chives are in full bloom.  This is a volunteer that showed up in the back of the garden.  I’ll give it another week, and than I’ll remove the flowers and cut it back to 1 – 2 inches. This should give it a good start for another harvest later in the season.  

Removal of the flowers is important; otherwise, the seeds will blow and the plant will take over your garden.  This is how I ended up with this volunteer.  I was a little slow removing them last season.  


Supposedly, the flowers on this plant are edible, but I’ve never consumed them.  For some reason, I just can’t get past the thought of flowers in my food.  They can be used to decorate a dish or vegetable tray.  

Chives can be used fresh or frozen.  You can chop and seal them in an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator.  I also freeze them for use over the winter.  

There are several other benefits to eating chives and they are very easy to grow.  Once they are planted, they require regular watering and a little fertilizer.  My soil is so rich, I usually by-pass this part of the maintenance, but I do water them.  Here a few other reasons to grow and eat chives:






1.  They’re a magnet for beautiful butterflies.  


2.  They are delicious on baked potatoes, omelets and other dishes that call for onions.  I love them in salads as well.  


3.  They are a great source of antioxidants and can help fight cancers in the breast, colon, prostate, ovaries and lungs.  This study is from the University of Maryland Medical Center.   


4.  They are a great source of Vitamin K, which is good for bone strength.  


5.  They help lower blood pressure and cholesterol according to the University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell.

Plant a few chives.  They return year after year and will enhance the flavor of your dishes.
                                                                     

Can I Borrow Three Million Dollars

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Looking for water front property? This one is for sale.  I fall in love with it several years ago while vacationing in St. Croix, VI.  I was vacationing at Chenay Bay Beach Resort, and this beauty was outside of my chalet.  I could only see the side of the house from my view, but it was stunning so I snapped a few pictures to add to my “If Only I Was A Millionaire” dream book. It was so beautiful sitting on a bluff above the Chenay Bay Beach.


Imagine my surprise when I saw it listed for sale.  I just happened to be browsing Google and noticed a post that listed homes for sale in the Virgin Islands.  I decided to click on the link.  When I saw it, I immediately recognized it.  The house felt so familiar, but I was still in disbelief.  I was wondering what the chances were of the picture listed in the post being the house I fell in love with while vacationing.  So I kept reading and the article confirmed that it was in fact the house in St. Croix.  If only I would hit the lottery for $3 million this baby would be mine.  Truth be told I’ve never purchased a lottery ticket in my life, but if I was blessed with millions, I would be blogging daily from St. Croix, VI.   Oh yes I would.  


Here’s the front of the house, photos courtesy of Coldwell Banker Realty in St. Croix.  The house has 3.5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths.  It comes furnished along with a chef’s kitchen, heated infinity pool with a waterfall, hot tub and waterside BBQ dining area.  You can see the hurricane windows in the pictures.  It boasts 15 foot ceilings and marble floors imported from France, the door hardware was made in Croatia, and the cabinetry was built in New Hampshire here in the states. While I was vacationing, we experienced a power outage.  Not to worry, generators keep the power on in this baby.  I wouldn’t miss a beat blogging, lol.    


Look at the view from the kitchen and breakfast area.  Can you imagine waking up to this view each morning.  I know how I felt waking to it the week I was vacationing there.  It is beautiful.  Sail boats pass by, vacationers are on jet skis or just enjoying the water.  It also has a nice island that you can see in the background.  I can vouch, that it is gorgeous and so quiet.  I had the same view from my chalet.   The only draw back, they drive on the opposite side of the road in St. Croix.  I guess I could get used to it, but it was strange.   

Look at the view from the bedroom.  How can you not wake feeling refreshed.  The canopy bed stays.  I have a canopy bed too.  It’s like it was furnished just for me   Oh well, a girl can dream can’t she.  

If you like this post you may also like:  My Vacation In St. Croix

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7 Tips For A Great Backyard BBQ

Summer is around the corner and grills will be fired up.  There’s nothing like hot dogs, burgers, steaks, and ribs on an outdoor grill.  I like a little burn on my hot dogs, how about you?   

I don’t consider myself a master grill chef, but I can throw a great backyard cook-out.  I love to entertain and I’ve learned over the years that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a successful gathering.  I have a few tips to share so you can serve delicious food and keep family and friends coming back for more too.


Here’s the tips:


1.  Make sure your grill is cleaned thoroughly from last year’s use.  Don’t purchase expensive cleaners.  Ball up a piece of aluminum foil and rub it back and forth across your grates.  This should remove most of the build up.   Finish removing the build up with a wire brush and clean with soap and water.  A wire brush can be purchased from Lowes or Home Depot for a few bucks. 


2.  I’m partial to charcoal grills.  That’s probably because I can’t justify spending hundreds of dollars on a gas grill, especially when I can achieve great flavor from my Weber.  I add flavor by adding green twigs from apple trees to my charcoal.  My neighbor has a giant oak tree, where twigs are constantly falling so I gather up a few from her yard.  You can add maple cuttings as well.


3.  I buy supplies in bulk from Sams or Costco and save leftovers for the next outing.  This includes napkins, cups, utensils, charcoal etc.


4.  Look for sales on hot dogs, sausages, potatoes, can vegetables etc. at my local grocery store.  I look for the buy one get one free deals and freeze or store them until needed.  


5.  Purchase store brand buns, your guest won’t give it a second thought.  If you have a bun warmer, this is the perfect time to bring it out.  Your buns will be soft and warm.  

6.  Head to the Dollar Store for colorful table cloths and accessories.  


7.  I purchase cheaper cuts of meats and marinade and season them well.  I add eggs and Lipton’s onion soup mix to my ground beef.  That’s it, no salt pepper or hamburger seasoning.  Use your hands to mix it, pat them out and than set them in the refrigerator overnight.  They are juicy and delicious.  If I fix them any other way, my family knows.  Slowly boil ribs until they are tender before placing them on the grill.  You can easily pull them apart while eating and they’re are finger licking good. Marinade your steaks overnight for great flavor.  


6.  Summer is the perfect times to head to the garden for lettuce, tomatoes, and melons.  


7.  Be cautious when lighting your grill.  I use self starting charcoal.  It’s more expensive, but I don’t have to your starter fluid, which can be dangerous if not used properly.  Grill safety is important as the delicious foods that you will be preparing.  Keep a spray bottle or pitcher of water on hand to control high flames.  


Here’s to a great BBQ season.  May your summer be safe and blessed with family, friends and good food.

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Backyard Birds: Barn Swallow

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I was working in the yard this week and looked up to find this beautiful bird perched on my gutter.  I had no idea what type of bird it was so I headed to Google.  It appeared to be a female Barn Swallow.  Check out my other posts on attracting backyard birds.

First, I’ve never seen a Barn Swallow.  I thought she was absolutely beautiful.  As you can see she has very distinct features.  Look at the long, forked tail and the color around the head and beak.  The top of the head was a bluish/black color.  Around the beak and throat was an orange color.  But, what really stood out to me was the glossy feathers.  She was quite striking.

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Also, she had her baby with her.  However, the baby disappeared when I opened the door to go inside to get the camera and phone.  Interestingly, momma bird seemed pretty content right where she was.  When I googled the features of a Barn Swallow, I learned some interesting facts.  They like to build their nest under eaves.  So, it seemed that her nest was somewhere nearby.  Here are a few other interesting facts about the Barn Swallow:

  • Barn Swallow migrate between South America and North America.  No this is not a typo, they can travel 14,000 miles between winter and summer.
  • They usually live around 8 years.
  • The dine on insects.  They feed mostly in flight since insects are a large portion of their diet.  However, they will eat egg or oyster shells from a platform feeder.
  • Nests are made of mud and grass.  They are usually built on man made structures.
  • Barn Swallows habitat across most of the country.
  • They are very difficult to attract.  They like to be near streams, ponds and other sources of flowing water.  (My wet weather stream just happened to be running after 4 inches of rain and this may be the reason I was able to spot them).  Lucky me.

As I was writing this post I spotted a male Barn Swallow.  It was just as beautiful, but it was more black and blue in color.  Yet, the orange color on his breast was more defined than the females.  Furthermore, the male was gathering mud from my stream bed.  Again, Barn Swallows build their nest out of mud and grass.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me.  I am glad that I was able to get an opportunity to see this beauty up close and person.  Because it is  rare to get this close to them.

Last, are you a bird watcher?  Furthermore, what backyard birds are prevalent in your area?