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Tips to Keep Rodents and Wildlife Out of the Garden

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Tips to Keep Rodents and Wildlife Out of the Garden

Gardening is a rewarding pastime that requires a lot of hard work. It takes months of tender loving care for your fruits and vegetables to ripen. Finding that your plants have been eaten or damaged by wildlife after so much time is a truly disheartening experience. Try implementing the following tips to stop animals from raiding your garden.

Cover Your Plants

Covering your plants with row covers or netting will help prevent flies and wildlife from getting inside. They will also continue to let the sunshine in. You can purchase these in hardware stores or online. Ultrafine mesh covers are great for keeping rodents out.

For bonus protection, consider building a raised garden bed. The higher it is off the ground, the better. Skunks will have a hard time climbing into the bed, and you can stop rodents from digging underneath by lining them with mesh. You can also install hinged covers that you can open and close when gardening. Raised beds are great for city gardening and extend the length of the growing season by keeping the soil warm.

Build a Fence

Like raised beds, you can help keep animals out of the garden by surrounding your plants with a fence. A soft, mesh fence is difficult for skunks and raccoons to climb and can be set up temporarily. If rabbits, deer, or marmots are giving you trouble, you can alternatively set up an electric fence. You can find electric wires that emit just enough voltage to scare away wildlife in most hardware stores. These can also be set up temporarily.

Get Rid of Other Food Sources

Skunks, rats, raccoons, and other animals are drawn to yards where they can find food. Get rid of the bird feeder and store your seeds and gardening materials in a shed. Make your garbage cans and recycling bins inaccessible, as well. Use lidded receptacles and store them in the garage or shed until collection day. You should also clean them out with vinegar every few weeks to make them unappealing to wildlife. Always clean up after a meal outside, and don’t leave any pet food out.

Use Apple Cider Vinegar and Spices

Pests dislike the smell of apple cider vinegar because it is similar to predator urine. It is also effective at repelling ants because it covers up their scent trails. Soak some rags in apple cider vinegar and place them in sandwich bags, then poke holes in the bags and place them around the garden. Next, try mixing one part apple cider vinegar with one part water and spraying the sides of the garden to keep bugs out. You can also spray your plants directly by diluting the vinegar further. This works best when the weather is warm, sunny, and dry.

Mice and rats especially dislike cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes. Sprinkle some of these spices in the garden to ward them off. You can also make a hot pepper spray by mixing one tablespoon of hot sauce with a gallon of water and a drop of dish soap. Spray the mixture around the edges of the garden.

Set Up Motion-activated Deterrents

There are all kinds of electronic deterrents out there. Some flashlights make high-pitched sounds or spray water when an animal comes near. Try installing one or two motion-activated repellents in the garden to encourage the animals to leave. These can be purchased from hardware stores, home supply stores, or online retailers.

Hire a Wildlife Remover or Pest Control Professional

If there is an animal living on your property and you want it removed, call a professional for help. They have the tools and know-how to remove them safely. Attempting to remove an animal yourself could result in injury and risks separating a mother from her young. And you definitely don’t want to get sprayed by a skunk!

If you have been dealing with rats, the problem won’t go away without professional intervention. Rats are common in city gardens and spread from one area to the next. Call The Exterminators in Peterborough or near you. A technician can set up bait stations for you and service them regularly to keep the rodent population under control. This won’t harm your garden or the other species in the neighborhood.

Conclusion

Growing produce without attracting wildlife is a bit tricky, but it can be managed with a combination of the tricks above. Remember to restrict the animals’ access to food – keep as much as you can out of reach. If it’s too much, call a professional for help. They can get rid of pests and help keep them out by excluding the garden for you.

From Farm to Table: How Does Coffee Reach Our Mugs?

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From Farm to Table: How Does Coffee Reach Our Mugs?

Coffee is undoubtedly one of the most popular drinks in modern history. Currently, more than 166 million 60-kilogram bags of coffee beans are consumed annually across the world. With such a large consumption, it is normal to wonder how coffee travels from the farms and reaches the tables to consumers.

  • Planting

Before coffee becomes the drink that is known and loved by many, it undergoes several processes. The first process involves planting the caffea. Caffea is a flowering plant that bears “coffee cherries” that contain coffee beans required to make coffee. The caffea shrub is cultivated in several continents, usually in tropical areas.

Unlike most fruits, coffee cherries do not ripen after harvest. Thus, during harvest season, only the most experienced pickers are called to do the job to make sure that the best cherries are plucked.

  • Harvesting

The coffee beans are then harvested either by selective picking or strip picking. Selective harvesting is done by experienced pickers to harvest high-quality Arabica coffee. This method is labor-intensive and time-consuming. On the other hand, strip picking harvesting coffee by hand or mechanical harvester.

  • Processing

Once the cherries have been sorted and organized, they are immediately processed to prevent spoilage. There are different methods of processing the coffee cherries to get the coffee beans and this depends on the region and resources available.

There are different types of processing methods including:

  • Washed (wet)
  • Sun-drying
  • Mechanical drying
  • Natural drying
  • Semi-washed
  • Resting

After the processing, the coffee beans must be in resting period, where they remain in parchment for 15 to 90 days. Several factors must be taken into consideration when resting the coffee beans. If the resting is not done properly, the coffee beans will age faster and have unwanted flavors once it is milled.

  • Milling

Once the coffee beans are well-rested, milling follows. Milling involves hulling which is the removal of all remaining materials in the bean, followed by polishing, then cleaning and sorting, and lastly grading. At this point, the coffee beans will be prepared for shipping.

  • Roasting

The next process is roasting the beans. Roasting is usually done in the importing country to maintain the freshness of the coffee beans. During roasting, the coffee beans are heated until they attain the well-known brown color.

Once again, there are many factors to be considered when roasting coffee beans because these variables will affect the flavor of the coffee. Once the roasting is done, the coffee beans are cooled and rested for a few hours to one whole day.

  • Packaging

After the long process, the coffee beans can now be packaged and sold to the public. Most consumers are concerned with the roast date and level of roasting because these are indicators of whether the coffee beans are still viable or stale.

If they are still fresh, which is usually within four to seven days from roasting, the coffee beans are grinded to the desired consistency. You may grind them to be coarse or fine.

  • Brewing

Once the desired consistency has been obtained, the final step is brewing. This is the culmination of all the processes because coffee the drink is finally made. Several techniques can be used to brew coffee depending on the preferred coffee profile of the coffee drinker.

Conclusion

Getting coffee from coffee plants is a long journey from the farm to the table. We hope that you now have insight into what is involved in making this delicious drink.

11 Natural Lawn Care Techniques

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11 Natural Lawn Care Techniques

How to take care of your lawn organically? Is lawn care without chemicals possible? As the world is transitioning to more sustainable ways of living and doing business, we need to find better ways of taking care of our properties. A lush green lawn starts with healthy soil. The truth is the synthetic fertilizers and weed killers actually only work temporarily and deplete the soil over time. Fertilizers work on the blades of grass, making it look greener. The better way is to take care of your lawn naturally – from the ground up – as healthy soil is a sustainable way to take care of the lawn. Here are several steps that you can use to transform your property’s lawn into a thriving green paradise!

1. Test your soil

Your lawn requires the right pH levels to survive. Most grasses thrive in slightly acidic soils in the 6-7 pH range. If the pH levels go too acidic or too alkaline, you can end up with thin spots. You can get the soil testing kit at your local home and garden store or order it online.

2. Improve the soil based on the soil test results

Finding that balance is the perfect way to start working towards that lush lawn. Try adding lime if the ph level is below 6.0 or garden sulphur if it is above 7.0.

3. Aerating

Aerating is the process of removing 2-3 inch deep core plugs that consist of soil, thatch, and roots. Aerating ensures that air, water, and nutrients can reach the roots to develop the proper growth of your lawn. This type of lawn care service is typically recommended once a year.

4. Mow often, but not too short

Everyone loves a fresh, crisp lawn, but did you know you can actually cause your lawn harm if you mow it too short? Mowing your lawn too short makes it prone to weeds and drought. Grass needs a certain height to produce the proper amount of nutrients via photosynthesis, so both grass and roots are healthy.

5. Sharpen your mower blade

This one may seem obvious, but it’s crazy to hear how many people actually don’t do this! Why do you have to ensure that your lawn mower’s blades are sharp? Because a dull blade damages grass, therefore taking a long time to recover.

6. Leave the lawn clippings

Go bagless! Clippings break down quickly and return valuable nutrients to the soil. And you save time and won’t need to use plastic bags. Good for your lawn and the environment.

7. Get rid of weeds or pests

No one likes to look out their window and see a farm of weeds and other unwanted growth around their property. Use gardening tools that help to get rid of weeds while getting at the roots deeply and not removing too much soil around. You can use natural and organic agents such as gluten cornmeal during the beginning of the season to stunt the growth of weeds such as dandelion or plantain.

8. Water deeply but not too often

To water or not to water? Finding the perfect compromise for your lawn depends on a variety of factors. If you water it for not long enough, the roots won’t get enough moisture. Watering it too often encourages weed growth. Generally, watering is recommended to be done in the morning or evening time when the temperature isn’t very high so that it won’t evaporate a lot, and you save on water.

9. Overseed

If you’re searching for a luscious lawn this Summer, this is a key step in your yard care journey! Applying an overseeding mix after you mow the lawn will cover any dead patches on the lawn and help it return to its once perfect state. (You might need to dethatch first if the dead layer is too thick). Make sure to water well the next few days.

10. Dethatching

Dethatching is usually recommended during the beginning of Spring to give your lawn a nice wake-up call for the warmer months ahead! This lawn care service is completed by using an electromechanical dethatcher with rotating steel tines or blades that quickly and thoroughly take care of your thatch problem.

11. Fertilizing

Natural and organic is the way to go when it comes to fertilizing! Choose from various organic fertilizers available on the market or use a local compost from a nursery nearby for the best results. Apply 1 cm. layer and distribute it evenly by raking it through your lawn. This will provide crucial nutrients needed in your soil.

Last Words

These are some important steps on how to take care of your lawn organically. Focus on the health of your soil by testing its pH and adjusting ph levels if necessary. Make sure to aerate once a year to provide necessary nutrients to the soil. Take care of your lawn by cutting it often but not too short. Sharpen your mower blade for the best results. Overseeding and dethatching help to achieve the proper lawn consistency. If you don’t have enough time or tools to do all the work, you can hire a local natural lawn care company to help with your lawn maintenance.

How to Deal with Mosquitoes in Your Garden

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How to Deal with Mosquitoes in Your Garden

Almost 700 million people become ill because of illnesses caused by mosquitoes every year, while more than a million of them die. Therefore, it’s not surprising why many people are adamant about figuring out ways to eliminate mosquitoes in their gardens and around their homes.

Still, prevention proves to be the best way since it can be hard to control mosquitoes if they have a very large population. If you’re wondering how to manage mosquitoes in the garden, then we’ve got just the right tips for you.

How to Protect Yourself

When working in the yard, make sure that you protect your exposed skin. You can cover it by wearing a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Wearing shoes, socks, a hat, and gloves can also provide extra protection.

You can even use different mosquito killer sprays on your clothes. For this, you can choose a spray with diethyltoluamide, a chemical known as Deet in different concentrations. Though further research is still needed on how safe Deet is, it is generally safe to use low concentrations. However, rather than applying it to the skin, you have to apply it to your clothing for mosquito protection instead.

You can also purchase shirts that have a fabric infused with mosquito repellent. You don’t have to worry about washing these shirts since the repellent will be effective even if you launder them many times. You can also use lotions and sprays for mosquito protection on your skin. Get ones with citrus oil, such as wipes that you can rub on your skin.

If you don’t want to use chemicals, you can opt for a Bug Baffler shirt which can cover you from the head down to your waist. It is also made from a very fine mesh material to help prevent mosquitoes and flies from coming near you. Moreover, it is more comfortable than a long-sleeved shirt as you can move more freely when working in your garden.

How to Prevent Mosquitoes

Mosquito prevention is more effective and important than protection. Just keep in mind that you don’t have to protect yourself too much if you can control the mosquito population even before they invade your garden.

You can remove standing water from drain outlets everywhere and anywhere in your house to get rid of their breeding sites. You can also use citronella since it is known to protect you from mosquitoes. You can opt to get citronella torches with oil or candles and place them in small areas in your home, such as the patio, when you have guests over.

Placing an electric fan on your patio or porch also works because mosquitoes and flies hate wind.

Conclusion

Always remember to also practice protective and preventive measures even inside your home. Don’t wait before it’s too late before you start acting. As early as possible, get rid of their breeding grounds to ensure they won’t multiply. This way, you can enjoy a mosquito-free backyard and property.

8 Top Gardening Tips for Beginners

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8 Top Gardening Tips for Beginners

Gardening is a fun and rewarding activity that anyone can enjoy. In a survey done in 2018, it was reported that 11% of Americans aged 18 to 29 years old did gardening. 29% are 50 to 64 years old, and 39% are over 65 years old or younger than 18. Therefore, you do not need to feel intimidated if you have not tried gardening before. In this article, we will explore some top gardening tips for beginners.

8 Top Gardening Tips for Beginners

1. Choose the Right Location

Location is very important when you begin gardening. It is recommended that you put your garden in an area where you can regularly see it. That is because you are likely to work more on it when you see it regularly.

When scouting for a location, you also want to ensure that the gardening spot is near a water source. This will make it easier for you to water your plants. Similarly, you need to consider the sun when finding a spot for your garden.

A common beginner gardeners’ mistake is miscalculating the sunlight. Many fruits, vegetables, and herbs need to be exposed to the sun for at least 6 hours to grow. Hence, before picking a garden arena, make sure that you consider the sun.

2. Invest in the Right Tools

You cannot practice gardening successfully without the appropriate tools at hand. These include a garden fork, pruners, a hose, a spade, a rake, water-resistant gloves, a wheelbarrow, and a hose or watering can.

3. Test the Soil

When you are just starting in gardening, you need to invest in great soil that drains well and is rich in nutrients. It is recommended to test the soil to ensure that it is healthy enough for your plants. If you want to plant in the ground or raised bed, you can mix all-purpose garden soil with the existing soil.

The video below shows how you can do your own DIY soil tests.

4. Provide Nutrients to Your Plants Regularly

Other than using the right type of soil, you also need to ensure that your plants get the right nutrients. You will more likely succeed in gardening if you use quality soil and plant food.

5. Use Raised Beds

Anyone new to gardening should consider getting a raised bed. Although this can be expensive initially, it will give you more control over the soil and pests. A raised bed also allows you to grow different plants based on their needs.

6. Pick the Right Plants

Remember that you cannot just plant any plant that you want. You have to choose plants that suit your growing environment. Therefore, place plants that need more sun in a sunny area pick plants that can tolerate hot weather if you live in a tropical area. If you have adequate space, you can opt to grow melons or pumpkins.

It is best to research well so that you can grow your plants well at home. You can also start from young plants if you want to grow herbs and vegetables instead of seeds. Another tip is to never grow your vegetables in the same plot for two or more years in a row. You need to rotate them for your soil to maintain the right nutrients.

7. Understanding the Frost Schedule

You are likely to make a huge mistake if you plant too early or late in the season. Therefore, it is a must that you know the last average spring frost date in your location so as not to kill your plants. Knowing the first average fall frost date is also helpful to know when you need to move your plants inside your home or harvest them so that the cold weather will not kill them.

8. Add Mulch

Mulch may be worth considering depending on what you are growing. It helps to feed the soil with the right nutrients and protect against soil erosion.

Around every plant, make sure that you put mulch that is 2 to 3 inches deep. This can help to lessen the weeds that block sunlight and reducing moisture loss due to evaporation. As a result, you do not have to water too much. If you don’t have mulch, you can also utilize shredded leaves, straw, pine straw, and other available materials in your area.

Conclusion

Whether you are an experienced or a novice gardener, these tips will help you get your garden up and going. You just need to research how to properly grow the plants you want and have some basic gardening tools on hand. Also, learn to be patient since growing plants takes time.

How to Attract Hedgehogs into Your Garden

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How to Attract Hedgehogs into Your Garden

Hedgehogs are innocent little furry creatures that are not harmful to humans. Generally, hedgehogs will get scared and will run away from humans, or they will curl up into a spiky ball. However, their spikes can penetrate the skin and may cause a little discomfort.

Despite their timid demeanor, the hedgehog population has been declining. According to a report in Britain, the population of hedgehogs has fallen by about 50 percent. With this knowledge, we should take certain actions to increase the hedgehog population. This can be done by attracting them to friendly gardens and giving them a home.

However, hedgehogs don’t just wander around your garden normally. There are things you must do to make your garden hedgehog-friendly. Here are some tips that will certainly help attract hedgehogs into garden hedgehog houses.

Before we dive deeper into the different ways of how to attract hedgehogs into your garden, let’s watch some interesting watch about these little animals.

5 Ways to Attract Hedgehogs into Your Garden

1. Create Pathways for The Hedgehogs

While you may want to fence your property to ensure privacy, this may keep the hedgehogs out. So, how do you invite them in? First, you need to create a pathway that will allow your hedgehogs to get into your garden.

Also, by creating hedgehog holes, you are allowing these furry little creatures to enter your garden. A hedgehog hole allows the hedgehog to travel from garden to garden. At night, hedgehogs usually travel around 1 mile. They like to stay near the edges as they feel much safer. Nonetheless, they will also wander around from time to time. During the breeding season, males can go about 2 miles.

The best way to create these pathways is to set up a meeting with your neighbors and devise a plan or come up with an agreement to create hedgehog pathways. The right pathways will undoubtedly attract hedgehogs to your garden.

2. Build a Hedgehog Home

You can also attract hedgehogs into garden hedgehog houses by building one for them.

You can build hedgehog houses by yourself, or you can buy hog houses from different online shops. If you opt to go DIY, you can randomly pile logs and add some leaves to the box.

For an average size garden, perhaps 2 to 3 hedgehog houses are best. Place the box in your garden under the garden shed or thick vegetation. Ultimately, you need to create a safe nesting for your hedgehog. Although these shelters are specifically made for hedgehogs, they can add any aesthetic to your garden. These hedgehog houses can be very decorative, depending on your creativity.

3. Avoid Noisy Places

If you are looking to attract hedgehogs, you should know that they require peace. This is especially true during the day since this is their sleeping time, and they need some quiet.

Therefore, when creating a good hedgehog home, make sure that it is far from busy roadways, businesses, or construction sites. Also, children and noisy dogs can scare them away.

4. Supplement Them with Food and Water

This is very obvious, but this is still worth noting. Hedgehogs need a lot of water, and supplying enough will attract them into your garden. For food, you can use cat or dog pellets to supplement their natural diet. Also, make sure that you put a bowl of water in your garden.

If you already have a hedgehog house, you can leave it somewhere close to it. This is also to encourage them to stay there. During the cold months, you may have to change the water supply regularly as it may get frozen if it gets too cold.

5. Do Not Disturb Them During Hibernation

This is pretty tricky since it is very hard to determine whether a hedgehog is hibernating in your garden or not. However, you need to resist the temptation to disturb the hedgehog if you find that it is hibernating in your garden. Just leave them be and let them hibernate. Usually, hedgehogs hibernate during November and March.

Final thoughts

Being at the top of the food chain, human beings are quite unchallenged by most species. However, this does not mean that we should pay attention to other living things, especially those declining in population. Hedgehogs are not harmful and deserve to live well and populate. The above tips can help you attract hedgehogs into garden hedgehog houses.

The Influence of the Hemp Industry on Agriculture and the Economy

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The Influence of the Hemp Industry on Agriculture and the Economy

Hemp is one of the earliest crops to be tamed by humanity which is easier to buy comparing to get the best CBD oil in Canada. This non-psychoactive cousin of the cannabis plant was grown for a wide range of applications. These ancient plant roots were refined into various products such as paper, textiles, and cordage.

Industrial hemp once dominated the American landscape until the 20th century, when US lawmakers made the growing of hemp illegal as they sought to control the use of marijuana.

The use of industrial hemp has evolved into a great variety of uses. This ranges from biofuels, clothing, plastic composite material, construction material, organic body care to health foods.

One byproduct of hemp, Cannabidiol, has become so popular because people have discovered its medicinal value. People have found that CBD oil can be a treatment for arthritis, insomnia, epilepsy, and anxiety, among many other illnesses.

Hemp cultivation is once again legal in the United States. This has opened up tremendous opportunities in the agricultural economy. Here are four ways industrial hemp is changing the economy and how you can capitalize on it.

Creation of new careers.

The rapid growth of industrial hemp promises the creation of very many job opportunities. New careers in farming, research, regulation, and sales and market are required for industrial demand.

Government regulation is required in every step of hemp products, like CBD oil. These products cannot contain more than 0.3 percent of THC, which is the psychoactive element in cannabis. Therefore, stringent regulations have to be put in place before farmers are allowed to plant the crop.

This will create many jobs for compliance specialists who will help farmers to stay within the legal specifications. People in sales and marketing are also set to benefit from the hemp industry. Many small businesses that are hemp product-related are cropping all over the country.

Huge investments by farmers on industrial hemp.

Farmers are betting big time on industrial hemp. According to the Vote Hemp advocacy group, between 2018 and 2019, the size of land under hemp cultivation saw a 455% increase.

This is a massive indication of the enormous demand for hemp and hemp products in the country. More than just farmers are needed to meet this demand.

Government regulators, small business start-ups to launch hemp products, and researchers are also needed in the hemp industry.

Demand for industrial hemp is changing legislation.

Legislation is a vital tool that influences the economy of any country. In 2018, the United States Congress passed the farm bill, which legalized the growing of hemp.

Congress removed all the restrictions that regulated the growing of hemp, transportation, and the possession of any hemp-derived product, including CBD oil.

Hemp is a cheaper alternative to the construction industry and paper industry.

Hemp-based material can be used as a cheaper alternative to wood. Hemp products are also stronger and more durable than wood.

Hemp-based paper is a superior alternative to tree-based paper. Hemp paper is stronger and brighter than tree paper. Thus, it does not require bleaching, which releases toxins into the environment. Furthermore, hemp paper can be recycled up to eight times.

Conclusion

These are just some of the ways hemp has influenced the agricultural industry and the economy. Since its legalization, there has been increasing demand for hemp and hemp-derived products, especially CBD products.

Top Vegetable Garden Recipes

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When it comes to harvesting a vegetable garden or finding an air fryer online, most people are often left wondering what they should do with everything. Naturally, some of it will be frozen, some of it canned, and some given to both friends and family.

The rest, of course, is usually used in different succulent recipes. Vegetables can be served in very many different ways. Air fryers can be used to fry them; they can be steamed, buttered, creamed, and tossed into salads and casseroles.

Let’s take a look at some of the top options out there.

Tomato Fritters

Are you good with air fryers, and do you have so many tomatoes in your storage cabinet? Then you can make tomato fritters. Both the green and red tomatoes are excellent for this recipe.

All you need, aside from the tomatoes, of course, is a little cornmeal. Simply slice the tomatoes, cover them with the cornmeal and then dump them into some hot oil. Fry them until golden brown and serve while hot.

Fried Pickles

Cucumbers usually grow really fast and are mostly used in salads or for pickling. Frying your pickles will give them a delicious and unusual twist. Get some of your best homegrown pickles, drain them (reserving a bit of the pickling liquid) and slice them up.

Combine one cup of AP flour, a quarter teaspoon of salt, and one teaspoon each of ground red pepper and garlic powder in a medium mixing bowl. Slowly stir in one cup of the pickle juice and club soda until mixed well.

Dip your pickles into this batter mixture and then throw them into the fryer. Once golden brown, use a paper towel to drain and serve while warm.

Fried Squash

Squash is also something you probably have in your garden, right? If you don’t, then this isn’t for you. If you do, then this recipe might just blow your mind. For starters, not many folks think of frying their squash.

Anyway, fried squash is made the same way as tomato fritters. The only difference here is that you’ll first have to dip the squash slices into an egg and milk mixture before rolling them in the cornmeal. The mixture helps make the cornmeal stick to the squash slices better.

Glazed Carrots

Carrots are an excellent source of carotene, potassium, fiber and antioxidants. If you have some of these  in your garden then you should not hesitate making delicious glazed carrots.

Take some of your carrots, wash and scrape them well, and then boil until slightly tender. As they’re boiling, heat 3 tablespoons of both butter and brown sugar with 60ml of hot water. This is to make somewhat of simple syrup. Remove your carrots from the boiling water and then drain thoroughly. Pour the syrup over the drained carrots and then bake them for around 25-minutes at 190 C.

Wrapping Up

You can do so many other things with the vegetables from your garden, and these are just but a few of the most interesting ones. If you like using air fryers, then you should definitely try out some of these recipes.

How to Make Natural Paint Using Leftover Fruits and Veggies

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How to Make Natural Paint Using Leftover Fruits and Veggies

Did you know that you can turn your food leftovers into natural paint? According to The experts you heard it right! By simply adding a little bit of creativity plus patience, you can convert every leftover fruits and veggies to an art material your toddlers would love. Let’s get started.

Things You Need:

  • For green dye, prepare Swiss chard, kale, and spinach
  • For orange dye, prepare orange peels, carrot, and onion skins (yellow)
  • For red dye, prepare beets, strawberry, raspberry, or grenade
  • For blue dye, prepare blackberry, red cabbage, or blueberry

To make a fruity paint, here’s what you need to do:

First, get a small saucepan then mix each cup of vegetable or fruit along with two cups of water. Set the heat to medium. Wait for it to simmer within an hour. Don’t forget to switch off the cooker. Let the water cool down. After that, pour and filter the juice in a container.

On the other hand, to make a veggie paint, you need to blend a teaspoon of dye with 6 tablespoons of sugar. Repeat the second and third procedures.

Improve Your Room’s Curb Appeal With This Paint

Now that you have a new set of natural paint, you can grab this opportunity to bond with your kids. Improve your room’s curb appeal with a personalized and dramatic result by giving your interior a fresh coat of paint.

It can also bring harmony in your room spaces by complementing the color of your furniture, paintings, floors, ceiling, and other things inside your abode. Furthermore, an appealing room paint does not only boost the visual aesthetic of your home, but it also has the capability to promote positive and relaxing moods.

On top of that, it will give your kids a chance to show off their creative side through house painting. Let them draw to their heart’s content.

Natural Paint Can Help Keep Surfaces Protected

Aside from covering up stains, marks, and other imperfections, room paint can excellently protect your walls from further damages. Both your exterior and interior walls are subject to corrosion and detrimental effects of aging despite your best effort to maintain them. To cover up these imperfections and touch up your room’s surfaces, painting will be a good choice.

Final Words

There you have it – quick and easy ways on you can turn your food leftovers to good art materials. This may not just save you extra cash, but it will also help you enhance your child’s skills.

Don’t just limit yourself to making beautiful paintworks. As much as you could, try experimenting with your own way of decorating your furniture. Begin with applying your favorite colors or by mixing this natural paint that will add dimension to your furniture surface.

For cabinets, for example, make your personal blend of colors by applying a light color on the exterior & dark shade inside or vice versa. You can either use a dark-colored shade on its interior. However, the color preference still depends on your own choice – you just need to freely do it yourself.

What to Wear When Visiting a Farm

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Most people like to wear something that looks good and pleasing. Apart from trending custom t shirts and fashion outfits, what’s important in clothing is the comfort and chance to express oneself. When visiting a farm, it shouldn’t be the case.

Whatever kind of farm it is, it’s expected to get dirt, stains, and other reasons that can cause damage to the clothes. However, the farm shouldn’t be something that limits in wearing fashion staples. You may wear any custom T-shirts if you want, but be sure to wear in the proper way.

There are clothes that are intended for the farm. Aside from them being especially useful on the farm, they are also made for a reason. Visiting a farm could be an exciting adventure. This gives you a sense of responsibility to love nature as a whole. Today, here are some of the clothes to wear during a farm visit.

Hat

Hats should be wide and breathable. This also protects you from the scorching heat while doing a farm activity.

Gloves

Make sure to bring a pair of gloves when visiting a farm. Gloves protect your hand when plowing the field. Also, when there’s heavy work during your visit, a pair of gloves can save the day.

Slippers or Shoes

When visiting a farm, make sure to wear a pair of flat shoes so you wouldn’t have a problem if the field is uneven. If you happened to visit a farm during the rainy season, make sure to wear water-resistant shoes and rain gears such as raincoats and boots.

Long Pants

One of the most important clothes to wear is a pair of jeans or long pants. When wearing one, make sure to tuck it inside your socks to avoid insects like chiggers. Also, wear long pants that are slightly loose so you can walk comfortably.

Hiking Boots

If the farm you plan to visit needs a hike before you get there, it is better to wear hiking boots or shoes. That way, your feet will not be strained.

Flannel Shirt/Plaid T-Shirt

A flannel shirt is lighter and composed of smooth fabrics. Apart from that, flannel can be worn for a long time during hot days.

Denim Jumpers

Aside from flannel, you can also wear denim jumpers paired with custom T-shirts.  Apart from it being cool to wear, it can also protect yourself from the heat.

Other things to wear during a farm visit include:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Bandana
  • Sweatshirts/light jackets
  • Scarfs
  • Extra shirts and pants

Final Thoughts

It is important to wear the necessary clothes during a farm visit. When in the farm, it can’t be avoided to stay under the sun for long, plow a field, plant seeds and vegetables, pick up fruits, or visit a barn and feed the animals.

Proper attire is important because it’s not just a necessity but also protects your body from any external harmful objects. That said, make sure to pack yourself with a farm attire so you can enjoy your visit whether in the sunny or rainy season.