I know we are basically home all summer and we have time to water the plants every single day, but it gets tiresome sometimes. Every day you have to pull out the hose or a pitcher and water, water, water….
My mom used to say, necessity is the mother of invention, so when we went out of town to a friends shore house for the weekend, I didn’t feel like asking someone to water the plants, so I got to Googling… is that a word?
Here’s where I got creative…
Remember those little watering globes for houseplants? I wondered if a wine bottle would work the same way.
I summoned empty wine bottles from my neighbors and I stuck a bottle, filled with water, in heavily watered soil upside down and let it go! Luckily for me, I had a friend come by and check on them. Some plants needed a extra drink or two but generally, the method worked. The bottles drained too fast for the hot weather, so I went to Amazon. I found terra-cotta watering spikes and I quickly ordered them. Here’s the link! https://www.amazon.com/s?k=watering+spikes+for+outdoor+plants&ref=nb_sb_noss_2
The Amazon reviews said they were fragile but they arrived in tact! Whew!
I watered all my plants super thoroughly to soften the soil, I then soaked the spikes in water to get them ready to insert and I carefully inserted them into the soil so that they were right above or at soil level.
So here’s the bottom line! IT WORKS! The plants definitely drink at their own pace, some faster and some slower due to sun, heat etc. On super hot days your thirstiest plants, which for me is a potted tomato plant and basil plant, will require additional watering because they get so hot they can’t get the water fast enough… but it truly works at keeping your plants hydrated and allows me to not have to monitor them so closely! I’m a fan of my new watering system… even if it looks like my plants have a drinking problem!
I hope this helps you as well! Share this tip with all your plant loving friends! Stay hydrated!
With all the uncertainty in the world, we are not going on any vacations this summer. We love to travel but it’s just not possible this year. No one wants to get on a plane this summer for good reason.
New Jersey is blessed and cursed at the moment….. one of the most locked down states in the country but also one of the most delightful places in the summer. Did you know there are lovely mountains in NJ? I didn’t either…. before I moved here…. and it’s delightful out here in the Garden State!
Growing up in the South, I never knew how fabulous Jersey Corn and Tomatoes were…. or how delightful the Jersey Shore could be so at least we have a gorgeous summer to look forward to!
We have decided to make lemonade out of lemons and are doing things to make our outdoor living space even more enjoyable like many others around the country.
Now is a perfect time to refresh the pillows, umbrellas and flower pots or whatever you can to enjoy your outdoor space even more. Let’s face it, you’re going to see it a lot this summer. We took on a low voltage lighting project this past week that really added value to our deck! I say “we” lightly because I had input but my husband did all the work. Thank goodness he is handy because he just knows how to do things like this and is willing!
We added lighting to our deck steps so that we can confidently walk out from the house and see the step down. All of a sudden, we find ourselves in our 50’s and it’s not bright enough to see the step down. LOL…. we are indeed turning into our parents.
I’ve also pulled out an old decorative piece I hadn’t used in a while… this gorgeous planter that goes around my umbrella to create a 360 degree centerpiece! ! It really makes me happy to see it and makes my outdoor living space more inviting! Even if you don’t have this pretty planter, you can easily just put a few small flower pots out with some annuals to spruce it up! I am going to be home more than not this summer so I certainly have time to water it. That’s always been the challenge when we travel.
I wasn’t up to planting a full on garden this summer but I do love to plant a few herbs and tomatoes for a quick Capresse salad (tomatoes, buffalo mozzerella and some basil) or a nice little refreshing Mojito with some fresh mint and lime! This simple pleasure adds to our outdoor dining experience and gives me a little something to tend to! We simply potted these in pots on the deck so I can water everything easily! SO much joy out of these simple things!
Finally… since we want to entertain but we have to do it carefully and responsibly, we moved an outdoor table into our gazebo for covered outdoor dining! Honestly, it felt like a special event or a vacation… sitting outside and being protected from the drizzle that sometimes comes with summer storms. We enjoyed a poolside dining experience and once the rain stopped, we enjoyed the beautiful sunset!
Joy and happiness doesn’t have to come from traveling the world, or having things… sometimes just cherishing your home, and your friends and family and all the blessings that we have right at our fingertips, is all you need. The pandemic has unveiled a lot of emotions in people ranging from fear to annoyance, panic, anxiety, care, love and gratefulness…. and sometimes we can succumb to all of these emotions even in one day.
I want to choose to be happy and hopeful rather than being fearful and desperate. Don’t get me wrong, I’m being careful and am taking this pandemic seriously. I’m following guidelines and not being around a lot of people because I do want to protect the people I love… but I am choosing to be grateful everyday for what I have. People I love, friendships and health… I do feel blessed! I pray that everyone reading this can focus on the good in this situation… I know it’s not possible for all but I hope that focusing on the good brings you more good in your life! Remember… your thoughts, become your words, become your actions, become your habits which become your destiny…. so choose happy!! God bless!
We all want to eat healthy right? It’s soooooo hard! I know! I’ve been struggling with the same 2-3 pounds again and again. After my mom passed away, my comfort may have been excess calories ;-). I have tried lots of things over the past year! I have been exercising about 3-5 times a week for the whole year doing everything from exercise videos to walking or biking outside. I have gained muscle definition and strength but still have a cushy layer over it. ;-/.
I tried some other systems from protein shakes and cleanses and nothing seemed to work for me. They “work” but you have to be super strict about them. No deviation.
I needed a system that I could eat REAL food and that I could incorporate into a very social calendar.
So out of desperation I tried a green smoothie “diet”. A friend of mine told me about it…. AND…. it worked. It was easy too! I felt super good about it because I bought my ingredients and blended them up in my Nutribullet. I have not gone to a nutritionist… YET… but for the first time in years, I’m losing weight and keeping it off.
So 2 times a day, usually, I’m blending spinach or kale with frozen fruit like Bananas, Oranges, berries etc. sometimes adding a bit of mint.. or some Stevia for added sweetness. After you get over the green color, you’ll find the smoothies are delicious! Snacks are usually a hard boiled egg, kale chips, a Kind Bar, a few almonds or a green apple and a nice salad for dinner with a little egg, grilled chicken or turkey for added protein.
I’ve pretty much eliminated meats from my diet… no dairy and no processed sugar but I’m not being totally nutty about it. On vacation, I tasted dessert… and had a glass of wine or two.
If you are struggling with weight in your 40’s… maybe you would want to try this too and let me know how it’s going. I’m excited to finally have found something that works for me. I’m not at my goal weight yet.. but for the first time, I see results!
If your bananas or other fruit are about to go beyond ripe…. slice and freeze so you can use in your smoothies. Frozen fruit eliminates the need for ice cubes and keeps your smoothie nice and cold!
The PERFECT Kale chips….. I found that if I spray them with coconut oil… they get the perfect amount of “oil” and then sprinkle with garlic sea salt or just salt and pepper… even tried cayenne pepper and that’s yummy too! Broil on Low or bake at maybe 450 degress… turn off the oven and let the oven just simply dry it out so it does not burn. This is a great method when you are in a hurry, want to make kale chips but don’t have time to watch the oven…. put them in a hot oven, turn off the oven and leave. When you come back….. Voila…. kale chips! Enjoy!
I love Summer! I love summer vegetables and cooking on the grill! There’s something about summer that makes it more fun to cook! I think because it feels more relaxed … Eating outside and not having as many activities to go to with kids.
What are some of your lighter fare dishes you love to whip up when the weather is hot? Grilled shrimp, grilled chicken, chopped salads and corn on the cob and fresh tomatoes and cucumbers are some of mine! I love a chilled gazpacho soup too! Let’s share some favorites!
Oh how I love Summer nights! Grilling yummy food and enjoying the evening sunset! My husband and I have been trying to eat healthier…. you know how that goes! So we recently found this new favorite recipe for Cedar Plank Salmon! It’s absolutely to die for!
We also found that the marinade works great on shrimp! We’ll skewer the shrimp after marinating and grill those too! So incredibly yummy!
You can find Cedar Planks in your grocery store in the fresh fish section – at least you can in ours – and I recommend stocking up. We only use our boards once.. they are not very expensive and really make the dinner amazing! We also keep a jar of crushed/minced Ginger on hand so we don’t have to grate it for this recipe AND finally…. If you buy scallions and chop them.. you can freeze what you don’t use and use them for the next marinade. We’ve also substituted minced onion in a pinch and it works great!
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Now enjoy your evening at home… a delightful dinner… relaxing in your own back yard! Priceless!
My husband and I were getting the house ready for Spring/Summer….and were disappointed that our deck stain/waterproofer was peeling up after a long cold winter!
Reluctantly… in order to do the job right… we sanded the deck to remove the peeling stain and are planning on reapplying the stain/waterproofing again…
So if you live in the North East, and are subject to harsh winters, what deck stain/waterproofer do you use that does not peel up season after season! We are all decked out! #wishIhadTrex #Patio #anythingbutwood Would love your thoughts before we stain this coming weekend!