Category Archive for: ‘Summer’

How to Maintain a Home Water Fountain

Fountains, Ponds, and Waterfalls: Choosing and Caring for a Garden Water Feature

There is something magical about water in the garden. It attracts people (young and old), pets, wildlife, and pollinators. It seems that everyone who enjoys a garden is drawn to the sound and the sight of water. A garden water feature adds interest to the garden and can be an anchoring focal point. Water can be a showpiece or a part …

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Birdcage Outdoor Fairy Lights

Outdoor Lighting Ideas for the Garden

Adding lighting to landscaping can showcase plants in a new way, light up a pathway, or just create a warm glow.  Here are a few outdoor lighting ideas throughout the year. For the Birds Let the birds fly free and fill a birdcage with string lights. For this project I used waterproof, batter-powered LED lights. I can leave it out …

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Watermelon Peach Banana Healthy Vegan Ice Cream Recipe

Sunshine in a Bowl: Watermelon Peach Banana Vegan Ice Cream

Healthy ice cream! Healthy, no sugar added, dairy-free, vegan, all-fruit ice cream! Now that I have your attention can I also say that it’s smooth, creamy, and tastes delicious too? Does this seem too good to be true? It’s not, and here is how to make it. I volunteer at UBC Farm as a Master Gardener “Farm Friend” with a …

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Celebrate Summer With This Shooting Star Succulent Planter DIY Project

Shooting Star Succulent Planter

This festive succulent star centerpiece makes for a beautiful container display and table decoration. Set the planter out on the outdoor table for decoration or hang it on a fence or wall in a sunny spot that you can enjoy all summer long. I made this succulent star to adorn my patio table which is in hot, direct, unrelenting sun …

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English Lavender

18 Soothing Ways to Use Lavender at Home

Love lavender? Me too! And growing in my garden means I have found plenty of ways to use lavender in my home. I grow a variety of plants and harvest them yearly. I keep the dried flower buds in a large jar in my kitchen and another in my craft room. Some of the ways to use lavender is in culinary recipes, …

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Fresh Basil recipes

15 Recipes to Use and Preserve Fresh Basil

If you propagated your basil from cuttings like I did this year, no doubt you have a boatload of basil to contend with. Here are some recipes that go beyond the norm and help that basil last throughout the year. Pesto Usually the first thing people think of making with fresh basil is pesto. Make a big batch without the cheese and store in …

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