Reviving your chives

Are your chives looking like a graveyard of what once was? We’ve all been there. Luckily bringing your chives back to life is super easy.

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Chives have the ability to bounce back quickly when cut, especially if the roots are still good. Cut all the dead stems from the chives so they have an opportunity for a fresh start.

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As you can see in the picture above, even though we cut it down there is still some green on there. That’s a great sign! Means its hiding and ready to come out again.

Good luck and keep chive-ing!

 

Project in a day: Adding life to your forgotten garden

Most of us have experienced this at some point or another… that forgotten corner of your garden that gets no light, nothing grows but weeds and that looks like its too far gone. Mine was under my front tree. Every time I looked at it, I thought “one of these days, I should probably fix that”. That day came on an ambitious Saturday morning after a couple cups of coffee. And while it took some time to get motivated, this redo only took a couple hours. Here’s what I did (hopefully it gives you hope to give that forgotten corner a second chance)

Before (isn’t she a beauty?)

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Round one (picking apart the pieces)

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Time for this garden to get naked

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Taking out the debris

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Getting the under soil wet

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Time for fresh soil

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And more fresh soil…

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He clearly was supervising

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Add Hostas and some decorative plants… and voila!

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Simple Grilled Zucchini recipe… fresh from the garden!

20160806_091005What tastes better then from the store? When it comes from your very own garden. This year I decided to take another shot at growing Zucchinis. I haven’t grown anything but leaves for the last couple years, and this time I was happy I FINALLY got something. What was I doing wrong? I changed the soil in the area and added some fresh new stuff. I also gave it more room to breath (and did it ever… didn’t realize how big these get!) 20160807_103300

So with my excitement of, just had to make a grilled zucchini on the BBQ.

Here is my stupid simple recipe for grilled zucchini.

  1. Cut zucchini on a slant, creating round pieces.
  2. Brush both sides of each piece with Olive oil.
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  4. Grill on BBQ on low setting, ensuring an even coot (don’t burn)20160807_111424
  5. Eat… eat them all!

Save the Tulips… or at least this one

Did you drop a bud? happens to the best of us. Try putting it in a container of water and you may see it come back to life.

  • Choose a clear glass container (can be a mason jar or something unique)
  • Trim the stem of the bud (if possible) so its cut on a diagonal
  • Fill jar with water, and add bud

This doesn’t work with all plants, however works really well with tulips. However, if you aren’t sure give it a try to see what happens! Tulip-Glass

 

Getting your seeds “spring-ready”

Spring is here, and also is the time to start thinking about growing seeds. Everyone has their own method of growing seeds, but the one I have found the most successful is using pellets. I tend to get the best results quicker, and I find it much easier to transplant.

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Getting started with pellets

What you will need:

  •  Pellets (such a Peat Pellets)
  •  Small plastic greenhouse (you can find these at stores like Home Depot , Canadian Tire, Dollarama – many even come with the pellets!)
  •  Seeds
  1. Put pellets in greenhouse and add water until they soak up water and enlarge
  2. Create a small hole in the middle of pellet, add seed and cover hole with soil
  3. Massage soil around the seed and ensure pellet fits well into its slot
  4. Cover greenhouse with supplied plastic, clear cover
  5. Put a well-lit location, such as a window sill
  6. Enjoy seeing your seeds grow!


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Don’t over water. The greenhouse maintains moisture fairly well so there is no need for daily watering. Keep an eye on the soil and if the pellet starts to get dry, lightly water or spray with water.

The Easter Bunny got into my plants!

Want to add some colour to your plants this easter? Try adding easter eggs! Decorating easter eggs can be a fun family activity and a great way to express creativity, one egg at a time. This weekend we spent some time decorating eggs using crayon shavings and food colouring. The results were lots of colour and personality. Add your eggs to some basic plants for some easter fun.Easter-Decorating

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