Your Gardening Friend is Now on Etsy!!!

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It’s been awhile, 8 months to be exact, since my last blog post. A lot has happened in that time, but I’ll stick to one topic today:

Your Gardening Friend is now on Etsy!!!

While I did not “open shop” until this month, I’ve been diligently working on the business as a whole since last September. For the first few months I was searching for and getting materials needed. The past 4 months I’ve been creating my inventory – albeit a slow process.

I really wanted to have a larger inventory before making this announcement, but I’m too excited about it. I had also told a couple people they would see this post this week. So … here we are.

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If any of you followed Your Gardening Friend in the past, you might remember a DIY project from a little over a year ago.

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12 Ways to Critter-Proof Your Garden

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Back in January, I asked on Facebook which specific critters, insects, or plant diseases have been the most problematic to your garden. So many of you chimed in with responses. Most people named one or more adorable but destructive critter; quite a few people mentioned insects; and no one mentioned any plant diseases.

To keep this post from becoming a novel, destructive insects and plant diseases will be addressed as separate posts.

Here’s how I see these adorable but destructive critters:

Nearly all of them will fit into one, some as many as three, category based on how they move about: flyers, tall walkers, short walkers, climbers, and diggers. Many solutions for one animal will prevent all animals in that category from getting into your garden. Of course, that won’t always be the case, but many times it will be.

I’ve included at the end of this post a nifty little table I created of various critters and the category in which they fit.

1. Cinder Blocks

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Okay. This idea is not for the faint of heart. If you consider yourself a leisure gardener, this will NOT appeal to you. It will take a one-time big investment of sweat and brawn.

If you’re bound and determined to live off your land and keep persistent diggers out of your garden, here’s an idea I had:

  1. Dig a trench 8 inches wide x 8 inches deep around the perimeter of your garden.
  2. Place cinder blocks – with openings vertically oriented!! :) – back-to-back in the trench.
  3. Bury the cinder blocks with the dug-up dirt.

If you’re up to the physical workout, you could even go two cinder blocks deep. (It only took me about 5-10 minutes to dig one hole for a cinder block, as seen in above photo.)

Don’t get in so much of a hurry that you forget the simple things, like making sure the cinder block openings are vertically oriented. Otherwise, you’ve just unwittingly constructed an elaborate underground tunnel highway INTO your garden. :D

2. Motion Detector Sprinkler System

John is an engineer and an amazing problem-solver.

The first house we lived in, we had a very nice neighbor next door who had a few cats. When our gravel driveway got wet from rain or the late night or early morning dew, the cats would walk around gathering the gravel dust onto their paws, as much as their paws could hold, – oh, yes, it was intentional – and then jump onto our cars and make these *adorable* paw prints all over them.

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How You Can Help Prevent Needless Bird Deaths

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If you’ve been reading Your Gardening Friend posts for any decent length of time, you know I love birds. Yes, I like chickens – for both their taste and cuteness – but I’m talkin’ about the little chirping birds around the house.

I’m in awe of God, that He created such a vast array of birds in size, bird calls, mannerisms, and color. Just like the brilliant colored fish found in coral reefs, sometimes I think God created what we need for sustenance and then so much more simply for our enjoyment and entertainment. Most importantly, all creation bears witness to God.

We’ve lived in this house for 6.5 years. In all those years I’ve never cleaned ALL the windows. As a matter of fact, of the 13 windows in our house, only two have been cleaned on both the inside and outside more than once. Those two windows are picture windows near our kitchen table. It’s from those windows I can see the front porch, all bird feeders, eventually that will include the bird feeder I recently made, a vintage tea kettle windchime that’s been used as a bird nest, and our bubbling boulder.

I like those two windows to be squeaky clean for the best view and enjoyment possible. The problem with the windows being THAT clean is the birds don’t realize the glass panes are there.

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How to Make a Suet Plug Bird Feeder

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I often pray for ideas for posts, and that’s how this post came about.

While strolling through Rural King (a home and garden store), I noticed the simplicity of the suet plug bird feeders and thought,

“Hmmm … this just looks like a 4-by-4 with some holes drilled through it and some angled cuts. … I bet I could make this, assuming John has the right tools and can walk me through a few things.”

It took me a second, but I realized God had just given me my next post idea. :)

John made a few practice cuts, walked me through how to use the power tools for this project, and then I was set free.

I told John I had to make EVERY cut myself (to provide a DIY post). There was even a moment when he walked over to graciously show me something when I abruptly said, “Don’t do it!” After telling me to take a chill-pill, :) he assured me he was not going to do anything to the board I was working on.

If you’d like to make a feeder like this, here’s how you do it.

First, don’t be intimidated by power tools. Of course, safely operating power tools is paramount. (Be sure a knowledgeable and experienced person walks you through how to safely use the tools.) My point is, I’ve rarely used a power tool, yet I was able to make this nifty little bird feeder. If I can you can!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Safety Goggles
  2. Safety Gloves
  3. 4″ x 4″ Board (approx. 24″ long)
  4. Tape Measure
  5. Pencil
  6. Miter Saw
  7. Folding Workbench with Clamps
  8. Power Drill
  9. Spade Drill Bit 1-1/4 inch
  10. Optional: Sander
  11. Table Saw (Alternatives are described below.)
  12. Regular Drill Bit
  13. Eye Screw
  14. Optional: Water Sealer, Stain, or Paint

Step 1: Practice Cutting, Drilling, Etc. on a Scrap Board!!!

Practice with a scrap board. I learned from mistakes I made on my scrap board, which kept me from making them on my project board.

Step 2: Cut the Board

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Mega-Bananza Fall Bundle Sale!! {$2,000 Value for Only $39}

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It’s that time of year again when we all [try to] slow down a bit and get cozied up indoors for the cool weather and long-awaited holiday breaks.

The summer madness has ended, and we can take a deep breath, wind down, and catch up on ebooks and videos.

Today, I’m THRILLED to offer an absolutely phenomenal sale. This sale is a HUGE bundle of ebooks, coupons, exclusive podcasts, online video classes, meal plans, and magazines.

Not only do you get a ton of stuff, you can have them for only a fraction of the retail price. And when I say a fraction I mean a teeny, tiny, itzy bitzy fraction. But the sale ends in less than a week – November 7th!

The Fall Into Health Download Package Includes:

47 e-books – $955 value
21 discount coupons – Over $500 value
15 exclusive podcasts – $45 value
3 online video classes – $277 value
2 meal plans – $223 value
2 magazines – $63 value

ALL THIS FOR ONLY $39

(Total Retail Value – Over $2,000)


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The 47 ebooks consist of these great topics:
Cookbooks
Holidays/Gifts
Fitness and Weight Loss
Getting Healthy
DIY and Crafts
Homesteading and Green Living
Living the Real Food Lifestyle
Feeding Children

Can’t read the ebook names in the photo? No problem. Click the “Learn More” button to find out all kinds of information about each one of these great ebooks and the rest of the great deals.

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