Cold weather has begun to spread across the country and many areas have seen their first frosts. That means that the plants we moved outside to thrive in the warmth of spring and summer need to come back inside. With the great growth they have probably experienced while outdoors most likely a few insects have made them their homes creating the need for you to prepare them for reentry into your home. Before bringing pants inside a few simple steps will prevent unwanted pests from coming in with them. Inspect each plant for insects. Any that you see on and […]
Finding Free Stuff Believe it or not there are lots of people in this world who are eager to freely give away stuff they no longer have any use for. Their ultimate desire is to trash nothing – that can be repurposed – thus adoping the idea that one man’s trash can definitely be another man’s treasure. Freecycle and other similar sites Several years ago I happened upon this site freecycle.org – a world wide network of websites allowing individuals to reduce their carbon footprint by giving things away in their area while allowing others the opportunity to pick up the giveaway […]
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 […]
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. […]
As Do It Yourself-ers there are times when we jump into a project without thinking about our safety, especially with things that we’ve done a hundred times before! When planning a project whether around the house or at any other location including the necessary safety measures is of the utmost importance. Paying close attention to you what you are doing and working deliberately and thoughtfully will save you a lot of heartache, headaches and injuries in the long run. Wear the proper protection for every task Be sure to wear gloves that are made for your tasks Chemical Resistant gloves […]
Now that the soil is prepared a trip to the nursery is in order to purchase vegetable seedlings for planting. Sometimes I’ll luck up and catch a sale. This was the case this trip to Lone Cedar Farms – a big sale – 50% off and loads of plants to chose from. YIPPEE!!! I made a mental list of what I wanted and was able to find: Bell Peppers Thai Hot Peppers Hungarian Wax Peppers Cayenne Peppers Okra Sugar Baby Watermelon Cantaloupe Eggplant Mountain Gold Yellow Tomatoes Black Tomatoes Caspian Pink Tomatoes Roma Tomatoes Supersonic Tomatoes Yellow Squash In addition […]
Most of my life I have been a
As a young girl I fixed the toaster and my Mom swore I should become an engineer. Growing up I was like the “son my Father never had!” I learned carpentry, automotive repair, painting, dry walling, plumbing and a multitude of other skills. Eventually all of this evolved into me fixing cars – yes fixing – changing oil, filters, brakes and many other things – refinishing furniture, interior design, picture AND room framing, home improvement, sewing and many other things. Between my Grandmother, Mother and Girl Scouting I became quite the seamstress able to sew a multitude of things. I took an upholstery class and learned that skill as well.
For the bottom line has always been I have much more time and talent than money and where every I can save money doing something myself affords me the opportunity to bring in licensed folks for major tasks – usually plumbing and electrical!
Ladies and gents I possess no magical powers – just the willingness to learn and try to make, design or repair anything. Having the knowledge is the key as well as the willingness to share your talents with others. Bringing all of this together birthed – Vicki McGill – THE PROJECTS CHICK!
A friend’s yard sorely in need of TLC! A weedy mess before me, I had seen this many times and could look at it no more!!! SOOOOO I started planning. Sorely Neglected – Nonexistent Flowerbeds Supplies and Tools Weed Blocking Fabric – Contractor Grade Shovel Plants Potting Mix Marble Landscaping Stones Red Rubber Mulch Initially I had a shovel with a flat end not realizing that this was no regular soil! The builder didn’t finish the yard with top soil, instead they left “back fill” – a mixture of sand, dirt, and gravel which isn’t the easiest mixture to work […]