Lawn & Garden Tool Safety According to The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) each year about 400,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries from lawn and garden tools! Most injuries are avoidable and unnecessary if proper caution and common sense are used when tending to our lawns and gardens. Here are a few tips and best practices: No one under 14 should operate a power mower, even if they are supervised. Teenagers should only be allowed to operate outdoor power equipment if they possess adequate strength and maturity to do so safely. They also should be […]
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Often we think we know how to use a ladder correctly – you’ve used one ladder…you’ve used them all…right?? Not so. Different ladders require different considerations and safety measures! One of the most common household injuries happens due to improper ladder usage. So let’s review some ladder do’s and don’ts. Always select the correct ladder for your task. That’s one that extends at least 3 feet over the roofline or working surface which may entail a step or extension ladder. Only use a ladder for its intended purpose. And follow the ladder’s instruction labels. Always be sure to place your ladder […]
Painting concrete can be a daunting task if you’ve never done it before. Painting concrete that previously had outdoor carpeting installed on it can be even more challenging! One day I decided that I had looked at this failing carpeting long enough….so I ripped it up and revealed a decent looking concrete porch. Challenge Accepted!!! Fortunately most of the glue that secured the carpet to the concrete came up with very little effort and was easy to sweep away and no solvent was needed. I’m pretty sure that carpeting had been there more than 20 years as many areas had […]
Love Sweet Potatoes? Let’s Plant some! Most plants you transplant into a garden come potted in a small amount of dirt with already established roots. Sweet potato plants are most often bareroot plants, also known as slips, received in bundles or propogated from a full grown sweet potato then rooted in water. Sweet Potato Planting Step-by-Step Planting bareroot plants can be some what intimidating as the root system is a bit more fragile than plants with well established root systems. Sweet Potatoes although bareroot can be very easy to plant. In our community garden we cultivate the soil which we […]
Gardening can be a great joy. Being able to garden at home is even more enjoyable!!! A home garden doesn’t require a huge plot of land. Containers on a patio will grow veggies and herbs just as well as a space in the yard. I have gardened most of my life both at home and in more recent years in a community garden. No mater when and where you start your garden you will always have to prepare the soil for planting. This year I got a late start due to a lot of rain in May and early June. […]