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There’s Plenty Going on in April

April is a chaotic, transitional month.

Camping Makes Me HappyThere’s a lot going on. In many places around the world, the weather changes for the better and people begin their inexorable march outdoors.

This is the month when outdoor activities move to the forefront of everyone’s minds.

There are a few Special Days worth mentioning this month. Earth Day and Arbor Day both emphasize the crucial nature of being kind to the environment.

Arbor Day places a spotlight on the importance of tree conservation. It may be easy to take trees for granted, but it’s a bad idea. Our planet needs healthy trees to thrive. Arbor Day encourages people to plant trees to ensure Earth has a steady supply.

Earth Day 2018

Earth Day is on Sunday, April 22nd 2018. The event began in 1970 and has grown every year and is now active in almost 200 countries.

The concept behind the event is simple, and crucial in these times. Earth Day teaches people about the environment while encouraging them to take an active role in conservation. Knowledge really is power, so informed people help create a more sustainable planet.

There are numerous events on April 22nd to commemorate Earth Day. Each of these meetups introduce people to useful concepts about environmentalism.

Check out some designs we made to honor the Special Day.

Arbor Day 2018

Plant a Tree to Celebrate Arbor DayThis event has similar goals as Earth Day. The focus for Arbor Day is the conservation of trees.

Trees have at least 22 benefits for the planet. That fact alone should be enough to excite you about the prospect of adding more trees to this great land of ours. Arbor Day helps people gain the knowledge and access the tools they need to promote tree planting. Those efforts will ensure that people continue to have plenty of shade on unbearably hot days!

Whether you’re honoring a Special Day or not, April is still the ideal time to reacquaint yourself with nature. Most of the nation thaws out during this month, allowing people who have been spending way too much time indoors to return to exploring.

People Return to Nature in April

All over America people begin heading outdoors in the month of April. It’s warm and they are looking for a change from being cooped up indoors. That’s why they’ll begin activities like gardening, camping, hiking and fishing.

We have new designs for all those categories and we hope you enjoy them. Thanks for stopping by and reading! We hope you have an amazing April.

Create a Healthy, Organic Garden

Grow an Organic Garden This Year

Use These Tips For A Successful Organic Garden

Anyone might find it confusing when the time comes for purchasing the best equipment for organic gardening. The topic requires a great deal of research. The same holds true for deciding on the right soil additives and also when it comes time to use nutrients. Gardening, as a whole, requires research for people who want to be successful.

Let’s consider several tips that will help just about anyone.

Account for the Appearance of Snails and Slugs

Create a Healthy, Organic GardenIf you plan on planting perennials, make sure to pick the ones that are most resistant to slugs. Slugs and snails can attack a garden overnight, damaging and killing even the hardiest plants quickly. These pets tend to pick on young perennial plants that have tender leaves that they can eat right through. Go with an option like heuchera, achillea, or campanula to avoid this problem. These variants make sense because their leaves are hairy and rough and they don’t taste pleasant to snails or slugs.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals

One way to prevent an onslaught of pests is to prepare your soil accordingly. Balanced soil will help produce fast-growing and healthy plants that have optimal yields. Stay away from harsh chemicals which tend to increase the levels of salt in the mix.

When you’re dealing with plants that are not near the center of your garden or surrounded by other plants, kill them with boiling water. This plan is a safe method that doesn’t introduce herbicides or other dangerous chemicals to your beloved garden. The main thing is to avoid pouring the water too close to a plant that you don’t want to injure.

If you want to be as eco-friendly as possible, grow your garden directly from seeds. Purchase seeds that come in eco-friendly packaging and you’ll cut down on any negative impact on the environment.

Anyone who’s brand new to gardening should understand something important. It’s crucial that you read all the warnings on product and tool labels. There are ways to injure yourself when gardening if you’re not careful. Experience is a fantastic teacher for gardeners, but not in the form of an accident! Pay attention, and you’ll find, but always understand what it is you’re doing.

Decide on the Starring Plants for Your Garden

It pays to know which plant will be the focus of your garden. Magnificent looking gardens use that focal point to create a natural path for the eyes. That plant should stand out in sharp contrast to others near it.

Water While You Work on Other Tasks

A soaker hose may be a time saver. That way you’ll be able to water a lot of plants at once while you perform other duties. Keep the water under low pressure, and even the most tender young plants will thrive. Keep the soaker running while you do what you need to in the rest of the garden.

Nothing beats organic food you grow yourself. Don’t be surprised when you discover that a lot of people would be happy to eat organic garden harvests. Thanks for stopping by and reading! Check out a funny gardening t-shirt while you’re here.

Get Your Cats to Quit Digging in the Garden

A Little Guide To A Lovely And Thriving Garden

Holistic lifestyles are becoming more and more popular as the organic trend starts to spread out. For someone to live a holistic lifestyle, and obtain the desired health benefits, they usually have to learn to grow herbs and plants. They have to know how to start and maintain an organic garden. Read on to glean some new natural ideas in the following article.

You Have the Power to Grow the Ultimate GardenTransform the handles of current tools you have on hand into rulers to make measurements in your garden. Find garden tools that you can use for more than one task. Just lay the handles out on the floor and run a measuring tape next to them. Paying close attention to the measurements, use a black marker to establish each interval along the handle’s side visibly. When you are at work in the garden, you will always have a handy measuring device on every tool.

The right soil always makes a significant difference in how your garden grows. The type of plants you’re planning bring to harvest will determine which kind of dirt you need and whether the soil is adaptable. You may also cultivate an artificial area comprised of just one type of land.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled for Sink Bugs

When you’re out and about in the garden, particularly in the fall, keep an eye out for sink bugs. They love to inhabit peppers, beans, tomatoes and all kinds of fruit varieties. If you do not check, they do a lot of damage to plants so try to get rid of them if you can.

Bulbs Are an Ideal Way to Ensure Flowers

Bulbs will give you beautiful flowers that you can enjoy in early spring and right through the summer. Planting and growing bulbs remain very simple, and once planted the bulbs will continue to thrive for years. You can have a variety of blooms from early to late spring, depending on which types of bulbs you select.

Get Your Cats to Quit Digging up Their Favorite Plants

Get Your Cats to Quit Digging in the GardenTry to grow some wheat or cat grass around your cat’s favorite plants. Your cat has a keen sense of smell, which you can use to your advantage. Use strong-smelling items like mothballs and citrus fruit peels, which your cat hates the smell of, in your soil to repel your felines. That generally will stop even the most greedy plant eating cat.

To help young plants, try pouring boiling water on top of nearby weeds. A pot of boiling water is one of the most effective ways you can get rid of the weeds in your garden. Pour a bowl of boiling water directly onto the weeks, while avoiding nearby plants carefully. The boiling water will damage the roots of the weeds and will usually prevent further growth.

Make sure to fertilize your garden. Manure is excellent in enabling plants to grow, although it’s vital to use commercially composted products to lessen the risk of a variety of pathogens. You have many fertilizing options available to you. Do a bit of research and select the regiment that’s most appropriate for your garden.

As you pick up more tips, acquire new techniques, and learn more in general about organic gardening, you will  the art of gardening becoming more comfortable for you. The tips you have read here are just the beginning. Thanks for stopping by and reading! While you’re here, you may as well check out our complete line of funny gardening mugs.

Add Your Share of Herbs and Vegetables

Springtime Is Right Around the Corner – Start Your Garden Now

Around the time when winter becomes nearly unbearable, you will have a sudden thought that fills your heart with hope and excitement. Spring is almost here, you’ll remember.

Right when winter feels its worst, a change for the better happens every year. The best part of this time of the year for gardeners is spring because it means a return their bit of heaven. March 20 signifies the official start of Spring, so be ready this year with a quick checklist of activities.

Bring Down the Hammer on Weeds

Okay, you don’t actually have to hammer weeds. Instead, just remove them. It’s always best to do it early on when they’re smallest. In this manner, you get rid of the weeds that stand in the way of your plant’s growth. After you eliminate the weeks, add two to three inches of mulch to the now-clean area.

The great thing about mulch is that it works naturally to suppress weeds and their out-of-control growth. Perhaps most importantly, they do so without the introduction of harmful chemicals. That’s important to any of us who want to keep the earth healthy and happy as long as possible.

Next up Prepare Your Garden’s Soil

By the end of winter, your soil is out of nutrients. You’ll need to revitalize it by adding a perfect mix of nutrients. Figure out the precise type of land you have and make all of the necessary amendments to bring it up to snuff. It’s time to play in the dirt, so don’t forget to have fun!

Don’t Neglect Your Lawn

Create the Perfect LawnMost likely your lawn is going to be a real mess due to winter. Most of the grass will be compacted. It’s always a great idea to rake the entire area carefully to get rid of any fallen leaves from last year. It will also help some of the blades.

If you want to get the job done correctly, consider renting an aerator. You can find one at a local garden center. That machine will help you loosen up all the soil, which will help air get deep into the subsystem. After you finish that task, add a new dressing on top of the lawn that contains nutrients. Those beautiful “nutes” will find their way into the root system of the grass, and you’ll have a fantastic yard this year.

Bring in Summer Flowers

Springtime is the ideal time to plant a plethora of beautiful flowers. One that I love is the addition of California wildflowers. That will add a ton of color, as will Armeria, columbine, bearded iris, and even Veronica. The choice of varieties is all yours, but easy to plant seeds will add tons of new flowers that will make your entire yard “pop.”

Add Your Share of Herbs and Vegetables

Add Your Share of Herbs and VegetablesWhen you’re confident that the chance of frost is over, and after the soil is sufficiently warm, you’ll want to initiate the planting of herbs and vegetables. This period is the time to put onions, eggplants, spinach, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and corn in the ground. It’s also worth adding herbs that arise from seeds like oregano, parsley, mint, and rosemary.

Don’t Mess Around with Frost Damage

One mistake to avoid is getting too “picky” about leaves that have damage after a long winter. Resist the urge you may get to pull them all off and instead let nature decide which ones to keep. As it gets warmer outside the trees will dump the leaves that aren’t needed, so you don’t have to waste effort or time to do the job.

Spring is such a fun time of the year! Get your garden going, and the rewards will be incredible. Thanks for stopping by and reading. Don’t forget to check out our line of gardening tote bags and gardening coffee mugs.

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Gardening Tip for Large, Happy Plants

Gardening Tip Before You Start This YearGardening Tip: When planting gardens and flower beds, it’s always a best practice to lay down a foundation of a few inches of organic mulch. By doing so, you’re putting in safeguards so that your beds retain moisture during dry periods, help prevent weeds from growing, all while adding valuable nutrients to the garden soil. You’ll be amazed at what a gorgeous flowering bed or garden you’ll enjoy throughout the growing season.

Adequate Space Ensures Your Plants Have Room to Grow

Always be sure to use adequate spacing when you’re planting your garden. Spacing assures that every plant has enough room to grow and flourish. When plants are small, it’s easy to underestimate how much space they’ll need after they’ve started growing.  All plants need ample room for air circulation and sunlight to penetrate the leaves and surrounding ground area.

So start small, but leave plenty of room to grow. Plants need strong roots to have productive lives! Anything you can do early on to ensure that the root system thrives will come in handy down the road.

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The Garden Is Calling

It’s Time To Get Your Gardens Under Way

To Plant a Garden Is to Believe in TomorrowMarch is an exciting time of the year for avid gardeners. In much of the country, the official start of spring represents a perfect time to get back to nature. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of growing something living. That’s why gardeners come back to their roots year after year.

St. Patrick’s Day is an ideal day to plant your peas! Something incredible about peas, besides the fact they’re very healthy, is that they are tolerant to cold weather. In many places it’s still nippy in the middle of march, so it’s not a perfect time to plant certain varieties. Peas, however, will have no problem starting their lives on the day that people celebrate drinking, shenanigans, and Irish fun.

Start Your Slow Growing Plant Varieties in March

Peas aren’t the only variety of plant you can start from seed in March. Slower growing plants like vegetables like parsley, leeks, onions, cabbage, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, and peppers are all excellent seeds to start. The work you do in March will help you ensure an incredible garden later in the year.

Start feeding your houseplants again in March and repot the ones that need it. They will all start growing faster after this month, so they need all the nutrition they can get.

Don’t forget to let everyone know that you’re an avid gardener with some fresh, new merchandise. Gardening is a noble pastime so wear your gear in pride. We have gardening t-shirts, garden-themed ceramic mugs, and fun tote bags for gardeners.

As Audrey Hepburn so wisely stated, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” Seeing the miracle of rebirth every spring motivates gardeners to handle their numerous chores in pride. Nothing beats eating garden-fresh food that was grown with love. The bounty of your garden makes for excellent gifts for the people you care about. Kick this year’s planting season off with a bang!