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Homemade Pesto with Walnuts, Basil, Sage, Oregano and Garlic

Homemade pesto with walnuts basil and herbs
Looking for a new way to use your herbs?  A fresh take on pesto?  Something you can serve with pasta, crusty bread, salad or all those wonderful heirloom tomatoes? Try this nutty pesto recipe with a more complex flavor profile. I threw these ingredients in a blender as an experiment and boy was I pleased with the results! The ratios looked...

Tomato Hornworm Video

How to Get Rid of the Tomato Hornworm
Little Miss Squash Blossom is faced with a rude garden pest in this fairytale featuring live shots of the tomato hornworm. http://youtu.be/NqxprkWt6_8 Transcript HORNWORM Copyright © 2014 Home Grown Fun Something sneaky is ravaging Little Miss Squash Blossom's heirloom tomatoes. A pesky hornworm hides under the leaves during the...

Difference Between Straw and Hay with Cartoons

Uses for straw and using straw for mulch in the garden
Until recently, I thought hay and straw were the same thing. Hayrides, barn floors, over-stuffed scarecrows and cows munching on grass - that's what I knew growing up in Maine. I went to the Scarborough Fair and checked out the 4-H animals but never payed attention to the stuff. Now I know the basics and it seems so obvious that...

Homemade Garden Markers Using Clay, Wood and Found Objects

How to make homemade garden markers with wood
Popsicle sticks work just fine in the garden to mark plants but when that creative streak strikes, use what you have around the house and found objects to bring new life to your labels. Tree Slices and Galvanized Steel Wire WOOD: Recycle your Christmas tree or other solid wood trimmings into garden markers. Simply slice the trunk into 1/4" - 1/2" thick disks. The...

Homemade Fossils – MADE EASY!

It's easy to "mix up some mesozoic" at home or at school!  Making homemade fossils is fun and addictive. We've got a simple recipe for creating rock-like relics sure to bring out the Paleontologist in everyone! Below you'll find our cute video with basic instructions plus a list of materials and extra tips for success. Also lower down the page get details on how to...

10 Natural Fertilizer Recipes

homemade organic fertilizer
Go no further than your pantry, backyard or the beach for materials to make your own organic fertilizer: BANANA PEELS  -  Eating a banana helps replenish lost potassium. Roses love potassium too. Simply throw one or two peels in the hole before planting or bury peels under mulch so they can compost naturally. Get bigger and more blooms. I also use banana peels on...

HOW TO Grow Cucumbers Over Other Plants to Save Space

Growing Cucumbers in Small Spaces
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qVN14ZSYEs How We Did It Selected varieties of cucumbers that we prefer eating. A no-brainer but try and pick the ones with smaller seeds. We like the pickling cukes as long as we don't forget them. Don't let them become more than a few inches long. Their skin will be like cardboard. We make many hills inside the raised bed only a...

How To Grow Garlic from the Grocery Store, Farmers Market or Certified Seed

grow garlic in containers
Have extra garlic from the grocery store? You can start growing your own garlic with one clove! GROCERY STORE The key is to use ORGANIC garlic because it has not been sprayed with a growth inhibitor chemical. That's correct. Regular garlic has been treated so that it doesn't sprout in the grocery store. If your grocery store carries organic produce...

Homemade Soft Pretzels with Herbs

cooking with herbs
Herbs are fun to experiment with and we hit a home run with these homemade pretzels. Click here for a printable recipe using no herbs. Makes 16-24 pretzels, several pretzel sticks and a dozen small pretzel bites GO AHEAD, FREEZE THE DOUGH!  You can freeze or refrigerate the dough. If this recipe is too much for you, freeze a good-sized ball...

Grow your own loofah sponges with video!

grow loofah sponges luffa gourds
We've wanted to grow our own sponges for years now ever since we learned about them from Chet at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum in Vista, California. A great place for old fashioned fun and our favorite, the Fall Tractor Show. They grow all sorts of plants and sell them to keep the tractor parades going and the steam engines blowing....

The Crazy Things You Can Compost

Wowza - you've probably got a bunch of this stuff hanging around your house. Once used, it can be composted into soil amendment!  Top 5 Tips for the Best Compost Mix You can compost almost anything but meat, cheese and fatty/greasy foods. There are Brown (carbon-rich) materials and Green (nitrogen-rich) materials. You need both for the compost to work well. An...

5 Tips for Using Manures in the Garden

manure safe for garden
Before you "poop your plants" LOL, learn these key handling and processing techniques to keep you and your plants free from contamination and sickness. Here's the scoop on the poop: 1. Fresh Ain't Best! Never Use New Manure Near Your Edibles Manure is a prime source of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. It's also rich in bacteria. For us home gardeners, applying fresh...

HOW TO MAKE Potting Soil with Eggshells and Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds in the garden
Learn how to use leftover eggshells and coffee grounds to supplement your supply of potting soil! If you're like me, the thought of lugging home a heavy bag of potting soil from the store is a deterrent and I tend to run out of the stuff, often, especially in the spring. I...

Protein Cookies for Athletes

Instead of trying to copy popular protein bars from the grocery store, we put the ingredients into a delightful cookie! Both of my kids are student athletes and the oldest is always game to experiment with healthy snacks. It's been over two years since she's had fried food! Now if she could apply the same discipline to keeping her room...

Homemade Dry Shampoo – Chemical Free and Non-Irritating

Are dry shampoo sprays bad for you? Good question. I cannot prove that all dry shampoo products are unhealthy. However, after our own personal, scary experience with dry shampoo aerosols, I am more than skeptical about the safety of these chemical-laden sprays. My daughter started using dry shampoo at 14, about the same time she started high school. The goal is...