Raaya Garden Hose Nozzle Review #RY_GARDENER

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I received this Raaya Garden Hose Nozzle for free or at a discount in exchange for an honest review.  I needed an additional nozzle for a hose in the back of my house.  This particular hose is used to wash off the picnic table, deck, and outdoor furniture.  I hate taking the nozzle off one hose and moving it to another.  So, I was looking forward to receiving the set and putting it to the test.

The package finally arrives.  The nozzle is heavy and quality made.  It comes with 2 connectors, 4 washers and 2 O rings.  You won’t have to worry about leaks for quite some time.  It was easy to attach to the connector and to the hose.  It has a nice grip and the handle is easy to apply pressure to it.  I love that it has a little triangle on top that can be used to hold the handle in place.  You can set the handle and let the hose do the work.

 

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The handle is ergonomically designed too.  This feature is important to me because of my carpal tunnel.  It’s heavy, but it doesn’t add a lot of weight to the hose.

The nozzle has several water streams.  First, the full stream is what I use to wash the car or clean off the deck and outdoor furniture.  It is powerful and does the job.  It’s perfect for cleaning off the driveway or the vinyl siding on the house.  This is a plus.

The one negative on this nozzle is that the streams are not marked.  I would not use the full stream in my garden or shrubbery bed.  It’s too powerful for tender plants and it would blast the mulch from the shrubbery beds.  Because the nozzle is not marked, you have to literally turn the knob on the hose to unmarked settings and just wait and see what stream you arrive at.  It’s not a show stopper, but it is an inconvenience. Other than that, I would recommend this nozzle.

 

 

5 Ingenious Ways to Encourage Kids to Play Outside

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There are many parents who would to see their kids spend more time playing outside these days.  Modern children love their gadgets, but they must also  learn that the great outdoors is waiting to be discovered too.

So, how can you get them to spend more time outside? The following are some smart and simple ideas to try out.

Let Them Care for the Plants

Is there a chance that your little ones might be interested in caring for your plants?  Most children love to water plants, dig out weeds, and anything else to keep the plants healthy.

Many youngsters really enjoy looking after plants because it gives them a great feeling of responsibility. Why not try this out to see how much they enjoy doing it for a few days.

Eat Together Outside

Eating outside is something that most children enjoy doing when given a chance. Can you imagine how much fun they would have if you suggested all having lunch together out in the garden now and then?

By doing this you can introduce them to the pleasures of being outdoors. With a bit of luck they will then carry on playing out there once you have all finished eating.

Add Some Outdoor Toys

Possibly the simplest and most effective way of getting children to play outside is to add some outdoor toys in the garden for them. After all, they may simply not go outside because there is  nothing for them to do.

Some cool garden toys such as kids trampolines, balls, tennis nets and other exciting stuff will give them lots of new ways to have fun outside. You might even find  that some of the grownups in the family enjoy playing outside as well.

These toys will give them a terrific option when they have friends over or when you plan a birthday party for them at home.

Grow Vegetables

Another hobby that can get youngsters outside more often is growing vegetables. This is a wonderful activity that can bring the whole family benefits.  For example, healthier eating, lower shopping bills and the chance to live a more environmentally friendly way of life.

This is something that should be suggested rather than forcing them to do it. If they enjoy growing their vegetables then they will probably start to spend more time outside doing other things as well.

Get Some Pets

Some pets can also do a terrific job in getting the kids to stray outdoors more often. For example, a rabbit is the kind of pet that most youngster love to play with in the garden.

An alternative to getting your own pets could be to make your garden more bird or animal-friendly.   Encourage local wildlife to come and visit the property. The kids can then enjoy getting out to look for their little visitors.

There are many clever and practical ways of encouraging younger members of the family to put down their gadgets and head outside to play. Why not give a couple of these ideas a try and see how they work?

 

Katrina, is a proud mom of two gorgeous girls who loves writing about home improvement, decor and contributes regularly on various blogs and online publications like Mother2Motherblog.com

RAAYA Hand Spray Nozzle Review

 

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I received this Raaya Hose Nozzle at a discount in exchange for an honest review of the product; however all opinions are my own.  This post may contain affiliate links.  Compensation from affiliate links will be used to sustain Mother 2 Mother Blog.

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The nozzle on my current hose had seen better days.  I had purchased it years ago, and it was starting to show wear.  I get soaked each time I make an attempt to water my garden.  There was as much water coming out of the hose and spraying me as there was going into the garden. The shower feels great on a hot summer day, but it’s not always convenient to have to track water through the house to change your soaking wet clothes.  It’s not a great feeling on early spring or late summer days either. Burrr!

The nozzle fit perfectly on my current garden hose.  It is a quality made product that I was hoping would water my garden without watering me.  The nozzle is ergonomically designed.  This feature is important to me because of my carpal tunnel.  It was also longer than the nozzle that I was replacing, which was a plus as well. It added a few inches on to the length of the hose, which helps in watering plants in hard to reach places.

The nozzle  has 9 different spray streams.  Fan, cone, shower, soaker and flat to name a few.  I love to use the shower stream for my vegetable garden and the soaker stream for new plants just emerging in the garden.  I was excited to find that the head on the nozzle pivots.  This is a great function because it makes watering in hard to reach places easier.

 

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Finally, the nozzle fit perfectly into the notch the hose cart.  Clipping the nozzle onto the cart keeps the hose from unraveling or ending up on the ground.  I couldn’t find a negative with this nozzle.  If you’re looking for a replacement or if you’re buying your first nozzle, I highly recommend the RAAYA Garden Hose Nozzle.

 

Garden Dos and Don’ts For The Nervous Parent

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It’s common knowledge that the more that kids are outside, the happier they are. It boosts health, their immune system and their sense of curiosity and wonder. It’s just a given: kids should be outdoors.

The world is a dangerous place, or at least it feels that way. The days of 1970s latch-key kids are long gone.  That generation of parents has been replaced by a generation who see danger rather than a safe neighborhood.  An enclosed garden can help ease a parent’s fear of allowing their kids to wander around the neighborhood.  Children can still play outdoors, and you can protect their environment.

If you’ve got an area of your garden is not being used and you have no idea what to do with it, it can be tempting just to throw things at it and see what sticks. Here’s a list of dos and don’ts to help you create a great outdoor space.  Be sure to check my other gardening tips too:

DO: Make It Secure

A privacy fence is invaluable tool in helping to keep your brood from prying eyes.  It’s also great for keeping them inside the perimeter of the property where you can keep an eye on them, and know their location at all times.  If you have a part of your garden that is overlooked, consider a gazebo or similar, which has the double impact of protection from the sun.

 

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DON’T: Install A Pond

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There’re a couple of caveats to this one.  Parents must teach children to respect the water.  That’s a tricky task with youngsters who want to catch or watch fish and dragonflies.  Keep temptation away until they fully understand the dangers of drowning.  If you can’t resist a pond, ensure it has sloping sides so any child (or creature) falling in can clamber out.

DO: Focus On Soft Landings

Children are going to stumble in the play area or fall off the swing set.  It’s almost inevitable. You need to ensure the ground that they’re landing on is friendly, no matter what the weather. Grass and mud dry out in summer heat and can be as hard as concrete. Sand is a popular choice, as long as it’s kid-friendly.  You can also use wood chips or mulch in your play area.  Unfortunately, they’re not as forgiving, but they’re better than bare earth.

DON’T: Allow Tree Climbing

I know, I know – it’s a childhood dream! Every kid wants to climb trees!  Ensure the tree is strong enough to hold your child’s weigh. Tree branches can be deceiving.  Being large doesn’t make them strong.  Children moving along them can cause them to break with the additional weigh.  Building a tree house is a viable solution. If not, call in a tree expert to assess the tree for weakness and have weak limbs removed.

DO: Give Yourself A Vantage Point

Try and organize your garden in such a way that you can see it all from one spot.  Hiding places, such as behind sheds, can bring extra dangers.  Block off those areas if possible.  Remove any trees if you must to ensure you can see the entire garden area with a quick glance.

 

 

Turn Your Garden Into An Outdoor Living Space

 

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Is your house a little cramped? You’re not alone. When it comes to living space, we never seem to have enough.  With a little ingenuity your space dilemma can quickly change.   The solution is right under your nose. Transform your outdoor living space with our gardening tips.  Also, take a look at these surprising ways your can transform your garden:

Create A Beautiful Canopy

One straightforward and quick way to transform your garden into a living space is to build a wooden canopy.  A canopy provides plenty of shade.  It allows you to enjoy your space when temperatures soar.

Get Fired Up

In the evening temperatures can drop rapidly.  Having a fire pit in an outdoor communal areas is a great idea. With a fire pit, everyone can gather around in the evening. It’s a great way for family to enjoy marsh mellow and hot dog roasts.  Also, fire pits come in all shapes and sizes. Campbell Hill has a massive, but attractive stone fire pit that’s designed to churn out the heat. Building an extra large fire pit is a great idea if you plan on using your outdoor space for parties and gatherings.

Outdoor Eating

Outdoor kitchens are ideal for those who love to cook in the open air. They’re a step up from your average BBQ too. The best outdoor kitchens marry outdoor living with indoor comforts.

To make your kitchen fit in with the rest of your garden, you could upcycle or use salvaged materials from your garden. For example, some designers have married upcycled garden chairs with modern outdoor kitchen units.  Others have experimented with beautiful, yet varied, stone tiles and slab pavers.

What could be a better venue to cook your homegrown food?

 

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Texturize

One thing you can do to create an amazing atmosphere outdoors is to use texture.  Textured concrete walls are in vogue.  These walls add a depth and mood to your outdoor living spaces. Use wall lighting to highlight all the recessed crevices in the wall and create shadows.

Make Seating Sociable

If you want to make the outdoors an attractive place to live, the right seating is a must. Don’t go for generic outdoor seating. Choose something that’s comfortable and invites family as well as guests to sit down and mingle.  Corner seating is a great option.  It gets people gathered around and talking. There are plenty of outdoor seating options from which to choose.  Decide the purpose for your area.  Is for reading, mingling or dancing.  You decide.

Light Up Your Paving

Lighting is important in outdoor living spaces. Install garden lamps alongside paths.  Rope lighting can enhance the edges of your travel routes.  It provides ambiance, and helps everyone see where they’re going at night. Also, if you have a deck or paving, experiment with lighting around the edges. A well-lit paving area can generate a beautiful effect.

Make Canopied Areas Comfy

You want to make your outdoor space as comfortable as possible. In canopied areas, consider using knitted throws and cushions to increase the coziness. Curtains will help make the space feel more inviting.

Are you thinking of transforming your garden?  Which of our tips would you consider implementing?

 

Gardening Accessories You’ll Need This Fall

 

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Die-hard gardeners know that a good pair of galoshes can turn a rainy day into a productive one. However, do not overlook any of the following gardening accessories that can make your yard work easier too. These accessories will come in handy whether you’re harvesting, weeding, planting or cleaning up this fall. We have a few tips below, but check out our other backyard vegetable gardening tips too:

 Knee Protection
If you suffer with knee pain and standard strap-on knee pads make you uncomfortable and sweaty, try a garden kneeler wave pad instead. This foam-constructed pad not only cushions your knees, but protects them from sharp and rough elements as well.  When you’re not gardening, use it around the house while cleaning.
Tool Organizers
When working in the yard, a garden caddy can keep you from stretching and reaching for tools that you use as you go. Plus, it saves time because you won’t have to try to find tools that were placed in the soil in between use. When it is time to tidy up the yard at the end of the season, don’t overlook the importance of a tool storage rack to keep everything in place until the growing season begins again. That way you won’t have to look for everything in the spring. Some racks even come with casters to allow for easy mobility. Make sure the rack you use has a grid bottom. This allows for air circulation and reduces the probability of rusty tools.
A Gardening Apron with Pockets
Even if dirt on your clothes doesn’t bother you or you use a bucket caddy for tools, a gardening apron with pockets comes in handy. The storage pouches work well for harvesting vegetables or fruit, leaving your hands free for other tasks. Additionally, you’ll save time on doing laundry by protecting your clothing, even if you wear separate gardening apparel.
Adjustable Hoes
Whether you use scuffle, draw, push or chopping hoes, your body will benefit from the adjustable kind. Longer hoes cause less back pain, but don’t work too well with raised beds. Adjustable hoes provide the best of both worlds. Plus, every family member can regulate the length of each for their comfort.
Fall is the ideal time to pick up gardening accessories. That’s when many Central Farm and Garden stores have end-of-season sales. Even stores in zones with longer growing seasons lower prices during the cooler months to make room for new inventory. Not only are these accessories beneficial in the fall, they will all benefit garden endeavors during the rest of the year as well.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

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Container Gardening Is the New Black

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First, container gardening can bring outdoor spaces to life.  Furthermore, they can bring life to decks, patios, front porches and borders.  I enjoy seeking out plants on clearance or plants on the brink of death and nursing them back to health.  The best way to save money is to start seedlings and plant them in containers in the spring.  Check out my other gardening tips too.

However, the best bargains can be found at Lowes, Home Depot and Wal-mart clearance stands.  Creeping Jenny, a Spike and French Marigolds fill the container below.  I companion plant marigolds with my tomatoes and peppers in my vegetable garden every year too.  I purchased a few extra pots of marigolds on clearance and decided to incorporate them into the containers on my deck.  Spikes are my most expensive plant during the summer.  Unfortunately, I have never seen them on sale or on clearance.

You should know, the Creeping Jenny is an invasive plant.  Planting it in containers is a great way to control it. When I planted the Creeping Jenny initially, I wasn’t expecting it to return year after year.  This is the third year that it has returned in this pot. The contrasting color of the Creeping Jenny, and it’s ability to hang over the pot’s edge makes the pot come to life.  You can see a few purple Petunias hanging over the edge on the right side.

 

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I carried on the French Marigold and Spike theme on the other side of the deck.  Since I only planted the Creeping Jenny in the one pot, I planted a Sweet Potato Vine in this one.  Planting the Sweet Potato Vine on the side of the pot allows it to cascade down to the floor of the deck.  I’ll be planting this trailing vine again next year.  Sweet Potato vines can be pricey, so I’m going to try growing my own from an actual sweet potato next season.  Stay tuned for that post.

 

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Additionally, Moss Roses fill this pot along with a Spike, which give the plant some height.  This plant is easy to grow, and can take hot, sunny spaces.  This plant returns year after year and produces beautiful flowers in a variety of colors.  White, pink, yellow, and red flowers brighten this spot.

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Finally, my window boxes that I use on my deck railing.  Petunias find a spot on my deck each year.  Purple, red and white are the usual colors.  Occasionally, I add in pink.  Additionally, I add Vinca to the boxes to create a trailing effect as well.  Normally, I plant 4 Vinca per pot.  This year I decided to add more Petunias instead.  Actually, I found the Petunias on clearance, and cut the cost of filling my window boxes in half without the additional 3 Vinca plants.

I love mixing various plants in containers and watching them come to life. Head out to your local flea market, yard sale or clearance isle and grab a few pots for next year.  When the weather breaks next spring, hit the clearance isle on your local garden center and start creating you garden containers.

 

 

10 Beautiful Sunflower Varieties

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Sunflowers are a favorite for many backyard gardeners.  Furthermore, sunflower varieties are endless.  Each year I look forward to starting my sunflowers from seed.  Browsing  catalogues and websites in search of the perfect variety to grow each  summer is a favorite past time for me.  Once I decide on a variety, I plant the sunflower seeds in my bottle greenhouses during the winter.  When the seedlings emerge in the spring, I transfer them into the garden.  Check out my other gardening tips before your leave.

Next, I have become fond of a few varieties, but searching for new ones can be fun.  These sunflower varieties always find a place in my garden.  So, here’s a list of my favorites:

  • Lemon Queen – A must have in my garden.  Because, I love the pale yellow petals on this sunflower.  I live in Zone 6B. My Lemon Queens usually get about 4 – 5 feet tall. My Gold Finch love them.  They usually produce 1 – 2 heads per stem.
  • Autumn Beauty Mix – Another sunflower that I love for cuttings. They can have several heads open on one stem at once, and they make beautiful bouquets. They normally grow around 5 – 6 feet.  The flowers are produced in a variety of colors. Usually in orange, red and yellow.
  • Butter Cream – The flowers on the Butter Cream are a pale yellow with brown centers. I add these to the Autumn Beauty and Evening Sun Mix bouquets. They look beautiful among the dark flowers in the mix.  They normally grow 4 – 5 feet.
  • Teddy Bear – Children love Teddy Bears and these Teddy Bear sunflowers are no exception. They are a dwarf variety and perfect for containers and/or borders.  Additionally, they look great on patios, front porches and decks too.
  • Evening Sun – The Evening Sun Mixtures produces flowers of red, yellow and burgundy, which grow to 6 – 7 feet. I add the Butter Cream variety into the mix for bouquets.
  • Mammoth Russian –  Mammoth Russians can grow 8 – 12 feet tall with huge sunflowers.  I’ve had some flowers that have grown to the size of a dinner plate. I roast the seeds from the Mammoth Russian and snack on them through the winter.
  • Moulin Rouge – Needless to say, this flower is an absolute beauty.  It is deep, rich, burgundy and is beautiful with the Butter Cream variety in boutiques.  It grows from 5 – 8 feet.
  • Super Snack Mix – This variety speaks for itself. The seeds are large and great for snacking. The plants grow about 4 – 5 feet and attract butterflies.
  • Mexican  – This is one of my favorite flowers for attracting butterflies and humming birds.  Mexican sunflowers make great cut flowers too.
  • Dwarf  – I love container gardening so, the Fire Cracker and Sunny Smile are perfect for containers.  They are dwarf varieties. They are great for container or borders and provide a nice contrast to the Teddy Bear.

Finally, there are other varieties that are worth checking out.  These are just a few of my favorites.  Before you plant, decide if you want to use them for seed snacks, wild bird feed or in bouquets.  Do your homework and purchase your plants or seeds accordingly.  Additionally, sunflowers can be found in a variety of colors other than the typical yellow.  There’s burgundy, orange, crème, and more. Start your search for next season’s garden and have fun.

Also, you may also like Sunflower and Finches in the Garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Ideas To Implement In Your Garden

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Every mother wants a place of her own to relax and enjoy 5 minutes of peace and quiet.  And this is absolutely normal! While being a mother is a fantastic experience, everyone needs a few moments to recharge the batteries and meditate. Even specialists recommend it!

Sadly, most of the time, the house is too small and your relaxation spot may be difficult to implement considering that kids are all over the place. But don’t despair; you won’t have to wait for your kids to move out of the house to relax. You can think out of the box and transform the garden into an outdoor oasis where everyone can relax. With just a few clever gardening tips, the old backyard can be easily transformed to fit its new purpose.  Check out these gardening tips:

Build a pergola

Regardless of how small or big your backyard, a pergola will look gorgeous! Even more, there are so many designs out there that you can create a unique design in just a few steps.

Of course, if you’re the DIY kind of family, you can unite your forces and make your pergola out of salvaged materials. This way you’ll improve your garden’s design, get a bit of exercise and family time, and you won’t have to make a big investment. To me, this sounds like a fantastic idea!

The best part about a pergola is that you can cover it with vines, flowers and all sorts of decorative things. Thus you’ll get to have a cool-looking shadow in those torrid summer days, and you’ll enjoy that lemonade even more.

Invest in high-quality furniture

Your patio furniture doesn’t have to look like it’s been through several wars! If you want to relax, you have to extend the modern, stylish design from the inside, outside. Invest in furniture that will be pleasing to both the eyes and the skin. Get some large, luxurious chairs that can extend and some big, fluffy pillows. Also, you shouldn’t forget about the table – a cute, antique piece will make the morning coffee a lot more pleasant.

To make sure everything looks as elegant and inviting as possible, play with colors and textures. Let your creative inner self free and combine the furniture with the pergola covered in vegetation. The result will be stunning!

Make a special place for the kids

As a mother you can’t be selfish; especially when you have to share your oasis with the kids. So, you can divide the garden into areas, and you can have a relaxation area and a fun and games area. The fun and games area could have a sand pit, a tree house, a small garden where kids can learn about plants and more. The best part is that the children will get to play outside, and you can supervise them from your relaxation area.

A place for friends and family

Another garden tips, if you don’t want to divide the garden, you can make it all into one great place. Add a barbeque or a fire pit, some comfy chairs, and a table and you’ve got a fantastic place where to invite family and friends. While adults relax around the fire, kids can play in the garden.

Finally, as you can see there are plenty of ways to transform your garden without investing a fortune. And, if none of the above interest you, consider starting a vegetable garden. Kids will be thrilled to learn more about growing plants, and you might get to cut off some food costs during summer. It’s a win-win situation.  We hope you enjoyed our garden tips and you will implement a few. 

About the Guest Contributor: Katrina, is a proud mom of two gorgeous girls who loves writing about home improvement and décor. Katrina contributes regularly on various blogs and online publications like Mother2Motherblog.com.

 

Haus & Garten Titanium Garden Shears Review

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I was given the opportunity to review the Titanium Pruning Shears by Haus & Garten.  In return I was given a pair of the shears to use; however, all opinions are my own.

As a gardener having a good pair of shears is a necessity. I use them in my shrubbery bed, in my vegetable garden, and trimming flowers on my deck. The Titanium Shears were put to the test by first pruning a Nadina in my shrubbery bed. It was like slicing butter.  I was so excited I headed over to my Dogwood Tree and trimmed a few overhanging branches.  Effortless would be the word I would use.  I decided to trim my Geranium back. I was effortless as well. 

My vegetable garden isn’t producing yet, so I was unable to use the shears there.  I have no doubt that they will easily remove my peppers, squash, zucchini and tomatoes without issues. 

The shears are made of quality material. They are heavy, but not a distraction. I have carpal tunnel, so the design and comfort of the shears is important to me. Ergonomically designed shears are a must for any garener. Definitely a pro! The blades are thick and strong, you will be able to perform most gardening tasks with these shears. They are easy to grasp and position on plants, flowers and small limbs. Little effort is needed to complete the task. 

 

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I’ve only used the shears on small tasks at this point, but I believe they will withstand many gardening seasons. Compared to other shears that I own, these are superior. My other shears are shameful in comparison. I’m looking forward to using these shears this fall when I cut back my woody shrubs hard.    

I recommend these shears for the home gardener.  They will also make a great gift for the gardener in your life.  Click on the above link and head over and check them out.