Thursday, April 30, 2015

Useful tools 2

This looks like Mr. Lawnmower Man, but it simply illustrates two tools that I use a LOT in my garden.

The gray metal post pounder weighs a pretty substantial 16.6 pounds and and is closed on the top to fit over a fence post. The green metal fence posts are made to pound about 12 inches into the ground, and I would find it impossible to do this without the pounder.

The yellow contraption has a little counter on it for measuring length along the ground. For instance, I know that my vegetable garden is 30.3 feet long and 15.85 feet wide. Handy little tool for just the knowledge factor alone, not to mention precise planning.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

How to store earrings

A great tip from my daughter,
designer and owner of bohemiantown:
Cut a length of wide lace with plenty of holes in it.
Tack it up on the wall. Hang earrings.
These are in my bathroom.

Monday, April 27, 2015

N-P-K on that bag of fertilizer

I have long been mystified by the N-P-K numbers on fertilizer bags. What do these mean? Well, lucky you, I looked it up so you don't have to.

This is a really dirty bag of fertilizer outside near the vegetable garden. Come to think of it, everything near my garden gets dirty. Especially me. (Note: You should probably not store your fertilizer outside. I just realized this had been outside all winter). 
Anyway, going from left to right:

N is for nitrogen - for plant growth. Nitrogen boosts new leaf and stem growth.

P is for phosphorus - for healthy root growth and good flowering.

K is for potassium - for the plant's general health.

N, P and K are the primary nutrients in fertilizer. Secondary nutrients include Ca (calcium), Mg (magnesium ) and S (sulfur). Micronutrients include Zn (zinc), Fe (iron), Mn (manganese), Cu (copper), Mo (molybdenum), Cl (chlorine) and Wh (whateverium). Just checking to see if you read all the way to the bottom.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

These roses are Knock Outs

Knock Out Roses may be perfect for your home landscape in that they are so easy to grow. Please note that Knock Out Roses is supposed to have one of those annoying little R's after its name.
Knock Out Roses are the country's number one rose. Bill Radler bred them especially for their disease-resistance. They are low-maintenance, beautiful and grow really well. If you want to grow roses, Knock Outs are the way to start.