Fourth of July Pool/Garden Orbs

Supplies

Makes six pool/garden orbs

2 red balloons

2 blue balloons

2 white balloons (Amazon has a nice pack of Red, White & Blue Balloons for cheap)

6 submersible tea lights (*The Dollar Store sells the battery operated non-submersible tea lights at 2/$1. They are slightly larger, but may also work in this application since the lights don’t actually get wet….haven’t tested this though, so not sure if you could fit it in the balloon)

Directions

First, twist your tea lights to the on position. Then, stretch the opening of each of your six balloons and pop one tea light into each balloon.

Blow up the balloon to the desired size. I wanted mine to be more round and less oblong, so I didn’t fill mine up to maximum capacity.

You may need to tilt/shake the balloon to ensure that the tea light is facing up. The added bonus of using these tea lights is that they have a bit of weight to them, so they ensured that the orbs would stay right side up, and that the tied end of the balloon stayed under water (or in the dirt).

Float the orbs in the pool. Alternatively, you could scatter them around the garden if you don’t have a pool.

 

Source: Fourth of July Themed DIY Pool/Garden Orbs – Beckham + Belle

7 Food Scraps That Are Perfect for Your Garden

 

1. Egg Shells

Egg shells are rich in nutrients like calcium, so they are perfect for adding a calcium boost to your soil. You can stir the ground up egg shells directly into the soil where they will break down further, or just toss them into your compost bin. Roses especially love egg shells, and slugs hate them! They truly are a wondrous item to use in the garden.

2. Citrus Peels

Citrus peels can be tossed around the garden for butterflies and bumblebees to feed on. They will love the sweet treat and it will help them get the energy they need to pollinate. They can also be tossed into compost bins where they will break down and add vitamins to the soil.

3. Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds (used) can literally change the quality of your soil. You can dump the grounds into your compost bin, stir it in around the base of the plants, or sprinkle it into your container gardens. You can also water down leftover coffee and pour it into the soil for the same effect. It will add acidic matter to the soil which can be quite beneficial.

4.  Used Tea Bags

Don’t toss those used tea bags! The nutrients found in the remaining grounds can be beneficial to your garden as well. You can toss the entire tea bag into your compost bin, or tear it open and sprinkle the grounds directly into soil or around the plant.

5. Stale Bread and Cereal

You might think that no one wants your stale bread and cereal, but your garden does! These items can be buried into the soil where they will feed earthworms, or break them up and add them to your compost bin and they will work wonders. In the compost bin any crawlers you add are going to dine on them, and give them energy to do their job.

6. Banana Peels

Banana peels are so rich in potassium, which is just what your garden needs. You can bury banana peels directly into the soil or add them to your compost bin. Chop them up into smaller pieces so they break down quickly and get to work faster.

7. Old Herbs and Spices

If your fresh herbs go bad or your spices expire, don’t just toss them in the trash. These items can be added to your composting or directly to the soil where they will feed the matter with their nutrients. They can also help repel bugs that you don’t wish to be near your compost or plants.

 

While these kitchen scraps can work wonders in your garden, here are a few you should never use: Meat scraps or cheese scraps. You will not only get a horrible smell from your compost bin, but you will also attract flies and other critters which is no good. Instead, opt for the items mentioned above.

Source: 7 Food Scraps That Are Perfect for Your Garden

4th of July Bark

Ingredients

  • 1 pound white melting chocolate, white chocolate chips or almond bark.
  • ½ pound red candy melts
  • ½ pound blue candy melts
  • Various red, white and blue candies and sprinkles

Instructions

  • Line a 9×13 pan with foil
  • In a microwave safe bowl melt the white chocolate in 30 second intervals, until melted, stirring as you go.
  • Carefully spread the white chocolate down the bottom of your lined pan.
  • Melt the red candy melts in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals, until melted, stirring as you go.
  • Melt the red candy melts in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals, until melted, stirring as you go.
  • Dollop the red and blue chocolate all over the white chocolate.Using a butter knife gently swirl the red and blue chocolate into the white creating a pretty marbleized pattern.
  • Top the chocolate with your candies and sprinkles.
  • Let set until fully hardened. You can refrigerate to speed up the process.
  • Remove bark from pan by lifting edges of the foil.
  • Break into pieces and serve.

Source: 4th of July Bark

31 Clever Ways To Decorate Your Outdoor Space

1. Start from the bottom: cover up the concrete floor.

  • Many hardware stores sell interlocking deck tiles that you can then lay out to fit the square footage of your space.

2. Or if wood is not your style, treat a table cloth with a water-based polyurethane to make an outdoor rug.

  • Maybe it’s not the most durable of all outdoor rugs, but it is certainly one of the least expensive.

3. Crochet an outdoor rope rug out of colorful polypropylene rope.

  • There isn’t really a pattern for this, it’s just a super basic crochet stitch using a durable material

4. Turn crates into cheap, cozy seating.

  • You can find inexpensive ones at hardware stores and craft stores. To make sure they’re rain-resistant, treat them with a weatherproof stain, and if they feel unstable, screw in a few corner braces.

5. You can also turn crates on their end for handy end tables.

6. Put together a super simple bench with cinder blocks and 4x4s.

7. Freshen up the furniture you already have by giving it a fresh coat of exterior paint.

  • Yes, the cushions too

For the other clever ways to decorate your outdoor space visit: https://www.buzzfeed.com/nataliebrown/someday-my-porch-will-come?utm_term=.wb2DVv959#.uhWja5kOk

 

Source: 31 Clever Ways To Decorate Your Outdoor Space

Pineapple Margarita

Prep time: 5 mins

INGREDIENTS:

Kosher salt for rimming glass

1 part silver tequila

4 parts pineapple juice

½ part triple sec

¼ part lime juice

Optional lime and pineapple wedges, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:

Rim glass with kosher salt.In a shaker with ice, add tequila, pineapple juice, triple sec and lime juice. Shake vigorously and pour into rimmed glass. Garnish with lime and pineapple wedge, if desired.

Source: Pineapple Margarita | The Blond Cook

12 Best Herbs to Grow Indoors

1. Lemongrass

This herb grows wild in tropics and becomes easiest indoor herb, you can also grow it in temperate climates. It requires slightly moist soil and partial sun, and it can even adjust itself in a small container.

2. Mint

In the garden, mint becomes very invasive and grows like a weed. It doesn’t require plenty of sun too. You can even keep your potted mint plant in a spot that receives bright indirect sun.

3. Parsley

Germinate parsley from seeds, seedlings may sprout up late, sometimes in a month. But once grown, parsley requires minimal attention. Grow it in a medium-large pot and keep that in a spot that receives part sun. In a moderate room temperature, you can grow it year round. Just propagate new plants time to time from cuttings and it will last forever in your indoor herb garden.

4. Chives

Herbs that require less sunlight and moist soil in order to thrive are most suitable for growing indoors. Chives doesn’t require a sunny spot. Just place the pot near a bright window facing east. You can multiply chives from an already established plant by division.

5. Garden Cress

You can grow this cool season annual indoors easily. Plant seeds in a shallow but wide containers and keep the pot on a windowsill that receives partial sun. Soil should be moist, for regular harvest of cress micro greens, plant seeds in interval of every two weeks. You can cut and harvest the garden cress 3-4 times. If there is no sun, you can grow it under fluorescent lamps and T5 fluorescent plant lights.

6. Catnip

Growing catnip indoors is hard if you have cats. Apart from that, it is one of the easiest herbs. Once you germinate seeds, you can grow it forever from cuttings. Place the pot on a sunny windowsill and keep it well watered.

7. Lemon Balm

Lemon balm grows year round in warmer zones. Some gardeners even consider it a weed. Growing lemon balm indoors is super easy if you can provide it an exposure to 4 hours of sunlight daily. When growing indoors, water the plant only when top soil is dry.

8. Chervil

Chervil is one of the herbs you can grow indoors smoothly. A room temperature around 60-70 F is optimum for it. It can also adapt to low light conditions.

9. Dill

The secret of growing dill successfully in a container is to grow it in a deep one. A minimum 10 inches deep container is required. For growing dill indoors keep it in a spot that receives at least 5 hours of sunlight daily, provide good air circulation and water it only when top 1 inch surface of potting soil seems dry.

10. Cilantro

Cilantro is extremely easy to germinate but hard to maintain in containers. The trick is to grow cilantro in a deep container. It bolts quickly so it is better to plant seeds time to time. Keep cilantro in the south or west facing window.

11. Sage

Grow sage indoors only if you have a South or West facing window that receives plenty of sun. This perennial herb takes a lot of time to get established when grown from seeds so it is better to take a tip cutting and propagate it.

12. Thyme

Thyme can adjust itself to partial sun and if you can provide 5 hours of sunlight daily, growing thyme indoors is possible.

A few more herbs you can grow indoors on a sunny windowsill

  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Tarragon
  • Basil

Source: 12 Best Herbs to Grow Indoors | Indoor Herbs | Balcony Garden Web