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DIY CREATIVE PLANT LABELS

With Spring in the air we are all pondering the Season ahead of us.  What exciting things can we do in our Gardens this year?!

Here are a few suggestions for fun, creative & durable ways to label your plants and vegetables.

◊ BAMBOO STAKE – PLANT LABELS

UNIQUE & SLEEK
by Timothy Tilghman, Untermyer Garden Conservancy

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Bamboo Label

Materials you need:
Brother P-touch 9700PC label maker
HGe Laminated Extra Strength Adhesive Tape, #HGe-s151 (rated for outdoors and is UV resistant)
Bamboo Stakes, 1” thick
Hand held Angle grinder

Directions:
Apply the printed tape to cut lengths of 1″ bamboo. I use a hand held angle grinder to cut the bamboo and there is little to no splintering…smells nice too. This is fairly untested but I’m still optimistic. Let me know if you find any improvements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

◊ PAINTED ROCK – PLANT LABELS

COLORFUL & EASY

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Materials you need:
Smooth Rocks
Patio Paint (DecoArt)
Glass Paint Markers (or Sharpie)
Patio Paint clear coat outdoor sealer
Stencil Brush, Dauber or spouncer

Directions:
1.  Wash the rocks and dry them thoroughly. It may be necessary to let them sit for an hour or so as rocks are porous and can absorb water.

2.  Which rocks you use with depend on what you have growing in your garden. For example, you will need a longer or larger rock for “marjoram” than you will for “kale” as there are more letters to fit on the rock. You can use a piece of paper to map out what rocks will get what names.

3.  Paint the rocks in desired colors. For the longest life of your plant markers, it’s important to allow adequate drying time; allow at least 1 hour between coats. Some colors may need more coats than others in order to cover.

4.  Once your rocks are painted and dry, use a black paint pen or Sharpie marker to write the names of your plants on each rock.

5.  To decorate, use the handle end of a large craft paintbrush to dot on various spots in different colors. Use a smaller paintbrush handle to add smaller spots.

6.  Finally, use the tip of a pencil or a toothpick to add tiny white dots to the center of the larger dots. Allow the rocks to dry for 2-3 hours.

7.  Apply a clear coat and allow them to dry overnight.

 


 

◊ ANTIQUE METAL SPOON – HERB MARKERS

DECORATIVE & VINTAGE
These are made using letter stamps. Whilst these might take a little more effort to make, they add a decorative vintage look to your garden.

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Materials you need:
Antique Silver spoons (found at thrift shops or antique sales)
36 Piece 1/8″ Letter Number Stamping Set
Wood
Rubber mallet or hammer
Permanent Black Marker

Directions:
1.   Place your spoon upside down between two pieces of wood and strike it hard with a rubber mallet. This will flatten the spoon. Note: The flatter the spoon, the better!

2.  Remove top piece of wood and continue hammering until you are happy with the shape of the spoon.

If you don’t have a rubber mallet, you can use a hammer – however the hammer will leave little scratches on the surface. Experiment and see if you like the look.

Get your 36 Piece 1/8″ Letter Number Stamping Set ready. You can buy this on Amazon.

3.  Decide where you want to place your word. We placed ours in the center of the spoon. Gather the letters from the stamping set. Start with the middle letter and strike down hard with your hammer. Repeat until you are done.


 

◊ FORK & CORK –  HERB MARKERS

ADORABLE & QUIRKY

Fork and Cork
DIYWineCorkPlantMarkers

Materials you need:
Forks (from any thrift store or Goodwill)
Woodburing Kit
Hammer
Twine
E6000 Adhesive
Chip Clip

Directions:
1.    Hammer forks to flatten prongs

2.    Use wood burner to write herb names on cork

3.    Press forks into corks

4.    Wrap twine around the top part of the fork handle. Use E6000 adhesive to secure.

Tip:  Use chip clip to hold twine in place until it dries.

5.    Add bow just above the wrapped twine!

Happy Gardening!

 

 

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“AWAKEN YOUR GARDEN”

Everyone has ITCHY FINGERS this time of year, so let’s discuss the fruitful way to start your Spring Gardening.

 

◊ GROOM YOUR TOOLS

Clean all soil, residue and rust from Garden tools. A wire brush works well for this task. For rust, soak in white vinegar for several hours to release.  Once clean, use old rag to wipe down with WD-40®.  Be sure to check the wooden handles. If the wood has splintered, give the handle a light sanding with sandpaper, then rub the wood with linseed oil.

Garden Tools
SHARPENING 
Pruners, Shears, Shovels, Spades and Hoes.

To sharpen the edges, put a bit of oil — either WD-40 or motor oil — on the blade. Then, with a handheld whet stone, file the blade at a 20-degree angle. You can also use a file or a motorized sharpener depending on the tool needing sharpening and the equipment that you have.

Tip: To ensure that you do not miss any part of the blade, use a dark marker to color the blade, and sharpen until all the color is gone.


◊ BULBS & TUBERS

Time to check your Dahlia Tubers!  For those who saved and stored year to year, check now for fleshiness or mold.  If they are in good shape, continue to store for another 6 weeks  –  until the threat of frost is gone.

Tubers

Tulips, Scylla, Daffodils and other Fall planted bulbs are waking up.  Head out into your gardens and enjoy the first signs of Spring!

Look out for the anchor heads and protect them from becoming a deer’s next meal.  At this time we recommend applying Milorganite and deer spray.  Deer spray can be applied by first mixing in a watering can, and evenly water mixture over bulbs at the point of dripping.

Bulb heads

 

◊ DEADWOOD PRUNE

Observe all of your Evergreens.  Prune to remove deadwood and crossing branches.  Avoid shaping at this time,  you don’t want to lose flower buds which are close to blooming.

Pruning

 

◊ DIVIDING PERENNIALS

As soon as the ground has thawed evaluate your perennials.  If they are too large and out growing your garden bed divide divide divide…..

Dig around the perimeter, lift out and divide to replant approximately 1/3 to 1/4 of the plant.  Amend the soil by adding compost, dehydrated cow manure and lightly fertilize with 14-14-14.  Remove any diseased areas and replant.  If you have a surplus, share with your fellow gardeners!

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Happy Gardening!

 

 

 

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7 Ways to Winterize Your Lawn

Winterizing your lawn and shrubs is something to look forward to since it means spring will soon be around the corner. We wanted to post tips on preparing your lawn and garden for the winter months. Now that the frost will soon be coming, it is time to get your backyard ready for old man winter…

1. Winterizing Lawn and Shrubs: Professional tips for preparing your lawn and other plants for winter

Harsh winter conditions can cause a number of issues with your landscaping plants, including broken branches due to snow loading, brown leaves from icy winds, and disease or fungal issues in the lawn. Here, professional landscapers share their tips for protecting your lawn and shrubs from winter damage…See More

2. Prepping your lawn for winter weather

You might want to start prepping your yard for the first freeze, with winter weather right around the corner.

Jeff Hudiburgh, Owner of A-1 Landscaping and Nursery, said a big mistake people make when prepping for winter is using their personal air compressor to blow out an irrigation system. He said you really need a high pressure air compressor that will push the water out to prevent lines from freezing and breaking.

Hudiburgh said, “People try to do it and they don’t succeed, and there’s low spots in their yard where their pipes have a little, low dip into the ground. That’s where the water will sit and fill up the entire pipe and eventually the frost will hit that pipe and freeze that water inside the line and cause it to break the..” Read More

3. Experts’ tips can help your lawn bounce back from winter

Grass in the shade and other places where snow and ice linger is susceptible to snow mold, a fuzzy, pink or gray fungus that can damage or kill grass, said Myers, a horticulturist, garden writer and radio and TV host whose books include The Ohio Lawn Guide.

Snow mold likes moist environments, she said, so it’s a good idea to lightly rake grass in those vulnerable areas to fluff it and allow… See More

4. How to prepare your lawn equipment for fall and winter

Source: How to prepare your lawn equipment for fall and winter – Homestructions

Maintaining lawn equipment is a valuable practice that you should perform to extend the life and performance of your equipment. Neglecting your lawn tools can not only result in an unkempt lawn, but you may need to call in a landscaping expert while your equipment undergoes costly repairs.  Taking the time to care for your lawn mower and other tools now will mean…”

5. What can you do to improve your lawn? Grow some winter weeds

Winter weeds may be one of the best things that ever happened to your lawn.

I know how hard it will be for some of you to digest this thought. After all, it’s winter, and every yard should look as plain and brown as a manila envelope. Why should anyone let a sprig of fresh green violate the grave beige sanctity of our dormant lawns?…” Learn More

6. Dry grass tips to get your lawn through the winter

“The combination of mild
weather and no rain or snow can make for heavenly days, but it can turn lawn
care into a nightmare.

Even in the winter,
grass needs moisture..” Read More

7. How to Revive Your Lawn After Winter

Your lawn endured a lot of snow, ice and harsh wind this past winter. Now that spring has come to melt the last of the freeze, it’s time to survey the grass and see what you need to do to bring your lawn back to life. It may be able to bounce back on its own, but it may need some help. Here are some tips on reviving your lawn for the warmer months ahead…” See More

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Do you know about these 12 Succulents? Great HGTV post

12 Succulents Worth Knowing

By: Julie Martens Forney via HGTVGardens Crew

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Few plants boast the effortless beauty of succulents.

Call Horticultural Solutions at 914- 499-0110

 

 

 

 

 

These amazing plants have no-fuss personalities that thrive with sun, low water and heat. Learn about some succulents that have earned rave reviews from professional growers and even a few awards. Others in this group have stood the test of time—they’re heirloom plants you should try growing. – See More here

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