Archives for May 2014

Caring for Hail Damaged Plants

Caring for Hail Damaged Plants

Colorado gets pelted with hail several times over the growing season.

Nothing is quite so discouraging to a gardener as watching the hail demolish the plants you’ve been tenderly caring for in the garden.

If you are new to caring for hail damaged plants, it is important to take the right steps to help your plants recover.

Use these tips, and before you know it, your garden can return to it’s full splendor!

1. Wait to Trim or Pull Out Damaged Plants

Once you see the broken stems and demolished flowers, the first thing you want to do is trim them up and get them looking healthy again.

WAIT!

The plants actually need the damaged leaves for photosynthesis. Leave them in place to help the plant heal.

2. Immediately Add Mild, Organic Fertilizer

A hail storm puts your plants into distress. Feeding them lightly with an organic fertilizer gives them the energy they need to start healing.

Good options of organic fertilizers include:

Fish Emulsion
Seaweed Extract
Worm Compost
Compost Tea

Hail Damaged Plants

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3. After 7 to 10 Days, Trim Any Brown or Dying Leaves 

Within 7 to 10 days, it will be easy to identify which stems and leaves have been damaged beyond repair because they will begin to turn brown and wilt.

Carefully remove any leaves that show no signs of recovery.

4. After 2 Weeks You Will Know What Plants to Replant or Reseed

Unfortunately, a traumatic hail storm can damage some plants to the point of no return. If your storm occurred early enough in the season, try reseeding.

If you only have a short growing season left, it may be better to replace the plant with another plant.

Does it hail where you live?

The GBG List of Three: Retronaut, Ice Cube Trays, Wildflowers

List of 3

It’s back and better than ever! The GBG List of Three. Three things I love. Three things I want to share.

#1 – I am not a history buff. I do not need another time suck. But Retronaut is soooo cool! BTW ~ you don’t need to join to start poking around.

#2 – 18 uses for an ice cube tray – number 18 is my favorite.

#3 – Our last home had several butterfly bushes and I loved them. I was surprised by this article on 3 Reasons to Never Plant Butterfly Bushes. I will definitely be using the native wildflower database to research future plantings.

Instagram account worth following:

Humans of New York

I totally cried when I read this one. Grab a tissue before you click.

What to watch:

Can’t see the video? Click here.

If you take the 10 Day Challenge, you’ll want to read this and this.

The GBG List of Three: Mother’s Day, Kombucha, National Geographic

List of 3

It’s back and better than ever! The GBG List of Three. Three things I love. Three things I want to share.

#1 – It’s Mother’s Day! Did you forget? These Free Printable Mother’s Day cards are super cute! Or, if your mom is a coffee addict like me, I thought these Free printable Mother’s Day gift tags were cute.

#2 – Do you drink Kombucha? I’m giving this recipe a try which combines my love of kombucha with pomegranate. If you’ve never made kombucha at home, I recommend this Kombucha Basic Home Brew Kit

#3 – Need a way to entertain the kiddos this summer? I’m all about safe, free web games, which is what you’d expect from National Geographic. I’ve always been a sucker for animals and the preservation of their habitat.

Instagram Account I’m Following:

Harlowandsage

Harlow and Sage

What I’m Watching:

It’s FREE through today!

Can’t see the video? Click here.

I love to hear from YOU! Anything you’d like to recommend to me?

All Natural Way to Get Rid of Skunk Smell on Dogs!

Get Rid of Skunk Smell on Dogs

Why are we discussing the all natural way to get rid of skunk smell on dogs?

Has this ever happened to you?

The other night my dog would not come in from his evening constitutional.

I waited to hear his bark at the garage door.

And I waited. And I waited.

Finally, I headed to the door.

When I opened it, I got a whiff of that very distinct odor – Eau de SKUNK!

You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you know your whole evening has been ruined? I had that one.

But there is a happy ending to this story. I lucked out. He was the not the victim of the skunk spray….this time. However, I was left wondering if a neighboring dog was the unlucky one.

If you live anywhere in the country where there are skunks, I’d advise you to print out this recipe for getting rid of skunk smell on your dog. Then gather up all the ingredients and have them on hand someplace handy.

All Natural Get Rid of Skunk Smell

I can’t take that pit in your stomach away, but I can give you an all natural way to get rid of the skunk smell that really works.

All Natural Way to Get Rid of Skunk Smell on Dogs!

Ingredients

  • 1 quart hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons Castile soap

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together. The mixture will be bubbly. This means it is active and must be used right away while it is still active.
  2. It is preferable to wash your dog outside. Wear gloves.
  3. Don't wet the dog first. Pour the mixture over the dry dog, being careful not to get any inthe animal's eyes. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
  4. Rinse. If smell persists, repeat.
  5. This solution also works on clothes if you find the smell has transferred.
http://naturalgreenmom.com/natural-way-get-rid-skunk-smell-on-dogs/

Lemony Pasta Salad For a Crowd

Lemony Pasta Salad

Lemon and Parmesan cheese are one of my favorite flavor combinations. A healthy dose of both makes this pasta salad a total crowd pleaser.

I am getting good at cooking for a crowd. Since my kids have started playing sports, we have done more all day tournaments with more food tables than I can count!

That’s how I know this Lemony Pasta Salad for a crowd is a hit with kids and parents alike.

I think one of the reasons this salad is so popular is the dressing is made with half mayo and half olive oil. It’s a dressing that pleases both types of pasta salad lovers – those that go for the creaminess or mayo and those that prefer the non-creaminess of an oil based dressing.

Using whole wheat pasta  will up the nutritional value of this recipe. You may need to order it since farfelle in whole wheat is hard to find at your local grocers.

When making this recipe up several hours in advance, I’d recommend throwing the basil in at the last minute. That way it won’t turn brown before you get a chance to serve it.

If you are looking for a recipe to bring to your next potluck, picnic or team table, I hope you’ll give this one a go.

Lemony Pasta Salad Recipe For a Crowd

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 boxes farfalle pasta (whole wheat if you can find it!)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 package frozen green peas
  • 2 zucchini, shredded
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 2 cups grated Parmesan
  • 2 pints grape tomatoes, halved (I like one red and one yellow)
  • 1/4 cup basil, chopped

Instructions

  1. Cook farfalle in a large pot until al dente.
  2. While pasta is cooking, stir together the lemon juice, lemon zest, mayonnaise, olive oil, crushed garlic, salt and pepper in a large serving bowl.
  3. Add frozen peas, shredded carrot and shredded zucchini to a colander. Pour the cooking water with the farfalle over the vegetables to drain. Pouring the cooking water over the vegetables will quickly defrost the peas and will just blanch the carrots and zucchini.
  4. Immediately add the pasta and vegetables to the serving bowl and stir well to evenly distribute the dressing. Stir in the grated Parmesan, tomato halves and basil.
  5. Chill for 4 hours or up to 8 hours before serving.
http://naturalgreenmom.com/lemony-pasta-salad-for-a-crowd/

One last note! The quantities of veggies are just a suggestion. I’ve been known to throw in more, much more. It’s a great way to make sure everyone is getting a healthy dose of their daily veggies!

The GBG List of Three: Chapped Noses, Teacher’s Gifts, Party On

List of 3

It’s back and better than ever! The GBG List of Three. Three things I love. Three things I want to share.

#1 – Red, chapped noses from seasonal allergies or the common cold. We’ve all been in that place of misery. But I’ve found the perfect way to soothe without sting. In fact, it is so soothing I didn’t stop at my nose. I continued to slather it all over my face and woke up with the smoothest feeling cheeks. Now I use it a few nights a week. I’m so totally in love with this product I’ve even given to friends to try on their red, chapped skin. Don’t go another day without it!

#2 – It’s almost the end of the year, which means teacher’s gifts. When my kids were in elementary school, I always gave a pot of flowers that could be put on a patio or deck. Which is probably why I love this idea and the free printable.

#3 – Speaking of free printables: DIY Personalize. Print. Party. No matter what your party or theme!

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