Today I just want to share a few products I’m loving for gardening and enjoying the outdoors.
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We only have 4 raised beds for veggies and I wanted to plant extras this year, so I resorted to container gardening. Containers have to be watered every single day, especially if you don’t get significant rain fall. These self watering terracotta spikes are simply amazing. I don’t know why and how they work, but I read the reviews and decided to give them a try. In the containers where I’m using them the plants have fared much better than those without. They work best with wine bottles, but since we didn’t have any, I ordered these. The only thing I would do different is to order colored wine bottles. If they are in the bright sun, the clear ones heat up and algae forms on the inside of the bottle. I’m going to be ordering more of these and I will order the blue wine bottles instead of the clear ones.
Also, along the lines of watering, I’ve become quiet attached to my long hose nozzle. One of the best ways to water is to water at the base of plants using the soaker or flood setting on your spray nozzle. This long hose nozzle fits the bill, so I don’t have to bend over to get to the base of plants. It’s also great for reaching hanging baskets that are up high.
When I’m working on one area whether it’s weeding or planting, I’m loving this garden stool. I mentioned it in my post, Tips for the Aging Gardener, because I’d seen it recommended by several gardeners in gardening forums. I will say you do need strength in your legs to get up and down on it, and you do need to have a sense of balance. The bottom is rounded and tips as you move, so you aren’t straining muscles as you reach. Plus, the seat height is adjustable. If you are looking for a way to make weeding or planting a little easier on your back and knees, be sure to check it out.
The weather has been crazy this year. We’ve had tons of rain, so plants are huge. The bad part is, we’ve had some crazy wind storms. These little gadgets are the best thing I’ve found to stake plants. I’ve staked dahlias, delphiniums, lilies, snapdragons, tomatoes, cucumbers, hollyhocks, etc. etc and they work awesome! I use them with these stakes.
With rain comes mosquitoes and gnats. I hate them, but I’m not about to let them ruin my joy of gardening! Here are the products I have in my arsenal that are working great for me. First, I slip these bracelets around each wrist and ankles, and I also wear one on my gardening hat. I also use one of these ThermaCELL Portable Mosquito Repellent units in the area I’m working in. Equipped with these two gadgets, the mosquitoes and gnats leave me alone. We also use the ThermaCELL units on our deck to keep the mosquitoes away.
Are rabbits munching on your flowers? We seem to have a bumper crop of bunnies this year. I was hoping with our extra cold and long winter that the rabbit population would be adversely affected… it was not! If it wasn’t for this product, I would not have any lilies, liatris and many other flowers. Although I hate the smell, it’s worth it to save the flowers!
As summer is coming to an end, there are lots of deals and coupons for gardening items on Amazon.
I’m wanting to add solar lighting to a new area I’m working on, so I’m watching to see if these lights or others similar solar lights are included in deals.
I received these solar mason jar lights as a gift and I love them. They’ve been outside for a few years (even through the winter if I don’t get around to bringing them in) and they are still going strong.