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Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake a showstopper dessert that is really really easy to make, but has a huge wow factor!

Once you’ve mastered the Homemade Angel Food Cake making Homemade Strawberry Shortcake is a natural next step, and you are going to want to try this recipe yourself for sure!

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake a showstopper dessert that is really really easy to make, but has a huge wow factor!

Really Easy and Really Impressive

Talk about a big Wow Factor. I’m not kidding you at all when I say this version of a strawberry shortcake is super easy to make.  The recipe is simple enough to have on any occasion.  But it’s beautiful enough to serve for any special occasion also.  This cake has been my contribution to wedding showers, baby showers, Canada Day celebrations, Father’s Day Celebrations, and even Tuesdays.   You can make your own Angel Food Cake or start with a store bought variety – entirely up to you!

 

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

Choose fresh strawberries and sliced in half, or whole berries with the stems removed for the garnish up top and you have an amazing dessert sure to impress your guests, and satisfy your sweet , but not too sweet, tooth.

Careful not to mix the berries too much, or you’re lush white cream will become pink – which actually isn’t a bad thing either – especially for a bridal shower!  

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake a showstopper dessert that is really really easy to make, but has a huge wow factor!

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake
A perfectly light and luscious dessert - great for any occasion!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 prepared Angel Food Cake
  2. 1 cup whipping cream (35% M.F.)
  3. 4 oz. softened cream cheese
  4. 2 tbsp. white sugar
  5. 3 cups strawberries (2 cups chopped berries, and approx. 6-8 whole berries for garnish)
Instructions
  1. Whip the whipped cream until stiff peaks form, and set aside in refrigerator
  2. Beat cream cheese and sugar until well blended
  3. Add whipped cream, and mix until well blended. Gently stir in chopped berries.
  4. Cut the angel food cake into two layers.
  5. Spread about 2/3 of the whipped cream mixture onto the bottom half, and replace top half of cake.
  6. Place remaining whipped cream mixture on cake, and garnish with whole berries. Refrigerate.
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Homemade Strawberry Shortcake a showstopper dessert that is really really easy to make, but has a huge wow factor!

If you loved this recipe, you should check out our other fresh fruit recipe ideas, like this Apple Berry Stew perfect for snacking, or our favourite Rhubarb and Strawberry Pie . 

You can not leave without trying our Rhuberry Jam, Summer Salad, and our Waffles and Strawberry Sauce.  

We love to hear from you – what will you make with the berries you pick this summer?

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Homemade Angel Food Cake

Homemade Angel Food Cake from scratch - healthy and delicious and not nearly as hard as you might think!

Homemade Angel Food Cake is one of my most favourite things to eat ever in the history of ever!  I have no issue with the store bought varieties at all, and sometimes you can pick them up quite cheap.  When you come across a great deal, go for it!  Being a do it myself-er however sort of dictates that I must make my own from scratch from time to time, and lemme tell ya, it’s not nearly as scary as it sounds!

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Homemade Angel Food Cake from scratch - healthy and delicious and not nearly as hard as you might think!

Take the Make it Yourself Plunge

Making something delicious from scratch is quintessentially satisfying!  Plus, making things yourself from scratch can often save you money, which is always good.  

 

An electric mixer is necessary.  I have this KitchenAid Stand Mixer and I love love love it!

Homemade Angel Food Cake

So this recipe uses a lot of eggs.  Even if you buy a mix in a box you’ll still have to use a lot of eggs, and you’ll still have to mix like crazy – so you might as well just make your own from scratch.  

If you happen to have laying hens, this is a great way to use up eggs.  You need from 10 to 12 egg whites for the batter, and you can save the yolks to make homemade puddings, custards and creme brulées ( how can you possibly go wrong with a dessert where you get to use a torch, right?)

You will recall from my Chocolate Meringue Hearts and Lemon Meringue Drops  the trick to any meringue is to make sure it is beat well.  Very well.  Stiff and glossy well.  Do not under-beat or you will be sadly disappointed.  Angel food cake is essentially meringue with some flour and sugar folded in, and it takes a bit of time and elbow grease, it is soooo worth it.

Homemade Angel Food Cake from scratch - healthy and delicious and not nearly as hard as you might think!

 

Homemade Angel Food Cake
A healthy and delicious dessert that is alot easier to make than you think!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  2. 1 cup flour
  3. 1 1/2 cups egg whites ( approx. 10 - 12 eggs required)
  4. 1 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
  5. 1 cup sugar
  6. 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  7. 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  8. 1/4 tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 ° F. Move your oven racks so that you are baking on the lowest rack possible (this cake rises a lot in the oven)
  2. Mix flour and icing sugar, Set aside.
  3. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar until frothy
  4. Separate 2 tbsp. sugar and mix with vanilla and almond extracts and set aside.
  5. Add remaining sugar to the egg whites, while mixing, 2 tbsp. at a time. Then add the extracts mixture to the egg whites while mixing. Beat on high until stiff and glossy
  6. Fold in flour mixture ¼ cup at a time. Push batter into bundt pan, squeezing out bubbles.
  7. Run a knife through the batter as well, to form a seal with the batter and the pan.
  8. Bake 30-35 minutes.
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Homemade Angel Food Cake from scratch - healthy and delicious and not nearly as hard as you might think!

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Rhuberry Jam – Smooth Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Homemade Rhuberry Jam Preserved rhubarb and strawberries together in this deliciously sweet homemade jam

Some things just go really well together.  Peanut butter and Chocolate, Popcorn and Movies, Beer and Barbecues, and Strawberry and Rhubarb have also proven to be a mouth watering combination as well. 

Homemade Rhuberry Jam Preserved rhubarb and strawberries together in this deliciously sweet homemade jam

Rhuberry Jam

Let’s be clear.  I have a firm belief that sugar belongs in jam, and fat belongs in yogurt. This recipe uses liquid pectin and lots of sugar.  I like it that way and with all things of indulgence, moderation is key. 

And yep – you guessed it, the name Rhuberry Jam comes from the combination of rhubarb, strawberries, three small children, and one frazzled mama.  What can I say?  Sometimes my word box malfunctions, and sometimes the results stick.

Homemade Rhuberry Jam Preserved rhubarb and strawberries together in this deliciously sweet homemade jam

Smooth Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

I have always been a fan of the super sweet Strawberry Jam, but I shun the strawberry lumps.  Just ugh.  What makes this jam my new favourite is the addition of the tart rhubarb, and the pureed strawberries.  That’s right.  I pureed the strawberries.  I can hear the shock and horror.  Jam connoisseurs world wide would be appalled that I didn’t leave those delicious fruit chunks alone.  Well, that’s why this is my recipe and my website.   

 

Rhuberry Jam
A sweet homemade strawberry rhubarb jam, without the mushy strawberry lumps.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/4 Cups Pureed Strawberries
  2. 1 1/4 Cups Finely Chopped Rhubarb
  3. 6 1/2 Cups Sugar
  4. 1/2 tsp. Butter
  5. 1 Pouch Liquid Pectin
Instructions
  1. Prepare canner, jars and lids
  2. In large pot, stir together fruit, sugar ( and butter if using.)
  3. Over high heat, bring mixture to a full rolling boil, that can't be stirred down
  4. Add liquid pectin, and boil hard for one minute, stirring constantly
  5. Remove from heat, and ladle into prepared jars
  6. Wips rims, add lids, and process jars
Notes
  1. Make sure you follow safe canning practices!
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Homemade Rhuberry Jam Preserved rhubarb and strawberries together in this deliciously sweet homemade jam

 

 

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Wine Cork Garden Markers

DIY Wine Cork Garden Markers for Herb Gardens

Garden Markers made from up-cycled wine cork are more than just cute.  They also help you remember what the heck you were doing.  Inspired by these sweet cork markers I found on Baby Centre I have ventured to make my own version.

DIY Wine Cork Garden Markers for Herb Gardens

Herb Gardens

I am not going to lie.  Herb gardens are decidedly not something I am good at.  So when it comes to planting herb gardens, I need all the help I can get.  Over the years I have gotten fairly decent at identifying sprouts, like tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, beets, onions, etc.  But herbs, no.  What I need is a lot more experience growing herbs, and until then – I’ve got a clever little up-cycle that it gonna help me out

Wine Cork Garden Markers

Another really easy up-cycle, that is not only cute – it’s actually quite useful.  And who doesn’t love a useful craft?  My version of these wine cork garden markers uses a wire hanger instead of doweling or skewers ( you likely already have a wire hanger to spare) and because of that you don’t need a drill either, just push the wire into the cork.  Real people, real living and totally do-able.

Materials:

  • wine corks
  • white wire hanger
  • wire cutters
  • sharpie

DIY Wine Cork Garden Markers for Herb Gardens

Directions:

  1. Unravel the coat hanger, and straighten and if you don’t have a white one, you can paint it.  Just be sure to let it dry very very well before you start handling it
  2. Using the wire cutters, cut the hanger into several lengths, approx 5 – 6 ” long
  3. Push one wine-cork onto the end of one 5″ length of wire
  4. Using the sharpie ( or other permanent marker) label the cork with the type of herb you’ve planted, or hope to plant, or planted a while ago and you forgot about it and it died…
  5. Place each marker next to the right herbs you planted. Be sure to get it right!  I made myself a sketch of where I planted which herb, so that adding the markers wouldn’t cause confusion and delay.

If you liked this up-cycle

You’ll need to make these lovely nature gifts in a jar, and these egg carton daffodils.  For more grown-upy type crafts, check out this awesome rag rug tutorial, or these super easy cotton napkins.  

Also, you can read about my herb garden prowess and get some seed starting ideas here if you’re looking to start your own – which you should totally do! 

DIY Wine Cork Garden Markers for Herb Gardens

 

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Homemade Applesauce

Homemade Apple Sauce Recipe for a quick and easy and healthy totally doable snack

Applesauce is not only one of the easiest snacks to make yourself from scratch, it is also one of the cheapest.  It’s super easy because you only need two ingredients, and I’ve got a ratio I’m going to tell you about so making homemade applesauce will quickly become second nature to you. First though, let’s talk about the cheap and eco-friendly part. 

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Homemade Apple Sauce Recipe for a quick and easy and healthy totally doable snack

Budget & World Friendly  

Making homemade applesauce is easy on your wallet. Making any foods yourself is usually cheaper on account of the packaging you’re not paying for ( I am really really not good at packaging – you can totally tell who has opened the cereal box in our house ) plus you’re using up ingredients  you already have.  Which leads me to next great thing about homemade applesauce. Food waste in Canada and the US is at a ridiculous rate of like 40% .  I think we can all think of a time when we bought a whole lot of food, namely fresh fruits and veggies, only to toss them out a few days later.  I’ve done it, you likely have too.  Instead of condemning ourselves as bad citizens – go check out your crisper drawer in your fridge, and collect all of the fruit that maybe isn’t going to be quite so amazing if you bit into it straight away.  Chances are you have some apples in there, that are maybe a wee bit bruised… or are just not at their prime.  Don’t throw them out, they are perfect for applesauce.  

Easy Homemade Applesauce

Remember, I said I was going to share with you a handy little ratio.  One thing to remember, and ta-da! You’re all making homemade applesauce and looking to customize.  This recipe is so incredibly easy, I’m not even going to make a printable card for it – all you need is this one ratio.  Feel free to bookmark the page of course, but I have confidence, you won’t need to.

Homemade Apple Sauce Recipe for a quick and easy and healthy totally doable snack

The ratio

All you need to remember in order to make homemade applesauce is that for every apple you use, you want to also use 1 tbsp. of water. 

Materials:

Directions:

  1. Peel and core apples
  2. Cut apples into chunks and put in a saucepan, add 1 tbsp. water for every apple you use
  3. Cover with a lid and bring gently to a boil, checking often.
  4. When apple pieces can easily be pierced with a fork, mash them.
  5. Serve warm, or cool, and garnish or customize with your favourite add ins ( see some ideas below)

Homemade Apple Sauce Recipe for a quick and easy and healthy totally doable snack

Garnish / Customizing Options

  • add 1/4 tsp sugar for every apple for a sweetened applesauce
  • dried cranberries
  • dried raisins
  • nuts
  • other fruit and berry purees

Looking for more Apple-icious Recipes?  You’ll love our very popular Apple Berry Stew and Our Favourite Homemade Apple Pie

 

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Hand Knit Cotton Napkins

DIY Cotton Napkin free knitting pattern for eco-friendly living

Cotton Napkins, that you can totally make yourself! Seriously, this project is just loaded with instant gratification. Easy to make, quick to finish, good for our planet, and 100% tailor-able to your colour preference… why not just give yourself that pat on the back right now.

DIY Cotton Napkin free knitting pattern for eco-friendly living

 

Now That I’ve Convinced You

Reusable soft cloth napkins are washable, re-usable and ideal for cleaning sticky little faces and fingers.  They are way better than any paper product, but they are also expensive.  Have no fear, you can totally make your own with scrap fabric, and I highly recommend it,  and there are a couple of ways you can make them without having to worry about tidy mitered corners and so on, and that is a DIY for another day.  Today though, I’m going to show you how to knit  your own cloth napkins.  For real.  

Hand Knit Cotton Napkins

So, yeah, you’re going to need to know how to knit.  But don’t sweat it, I’ve got you covered.  Head over to our How to Knit Series, and grab the tutorial for Casting On, Making a Knit Stitch, and Binding Off as those are the only knitting skills you’ll need for this pattern.  

Notes

This napkin is used with three strands of yarn held together.  This means your project will work up quick, and will be nice and thick – a good quality, sturdy handmade napkin is what you’re after.  You do not need to purchase three balls of yarn.  340gm ball of Key Lime Pie by Bernat  will be enough yarn to complete several napkins.  Just pull out three different strands ( approx 100′ each should do) and use them held together as seen in the photo below.DIY Cotton Napkin free knitting pattern for eco-friendly living made with three strands held together on big needles for a quick and satisfying project

100′ of yarn isn’t actually all that much, and this napkin took me about 20 minutes of knitting time.  I had to take a one hour road trip between rows, but that’s another story for another day.  An easy way to pull out 100 feet of yarn is to find the end of the ball from the centre, and pull out your arm span worth of yarn until you get to approximately the right length.  I am just over 5′ tall so I pulled out my arm span worth 20 times to get 100 feet, cut the yarn and repeated that two more times, giving me three strands, all to the right length.  You can wind these strands together to make a ball, or you can just get knitting!  It won’t take you long.
 

Materials

  • 3 balls or strands of 100% Cotton Yarn in your favourite colours.  I used three strands of key lime pie and see the notes above on how to get three strands from one ball
  • size 10mm Knitting Needles
  • scissors
  • darning needle
     

Direction

  1. Prepare your strands of yarn as described above.  Or just use three balls.  Totally up to you.
  2. Cast On 18 sts
  3. Knit 31 rows
  4. Bind off the stitches, cut yarn, secure the last stitch, and weave in ends.
  5. Make an entire set!

DIY Cotton Napkins free knitting pattern for eco-friendly living

 

Multi Purpose DIY Cotton Napkins

So we already know why we should use these DIY Cotton Napkins instead of the paper ones – and we know how to make them too.  That’s awesome.  Did you also know that you can totally use these for wash clothes, dish clothes, and they make great rags when they start to wear out?  These possibilities are endless.

Join our Knitting Club and be sure to try all the other easy knitting patterns we have here like this I-Cord, this Infinity Scarf and this super awesome Rag Rug and of course, don’t forget to build your Knit Kit . 

 

Let me know how you make out

 

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HOW TO KNIT PART 4: HOW TO BIND OFF

Knitting Bind Off Methods - Part 4 of Our How To Knit Series. A step by step tutorial to show you how to do the basic knitting stitches, from casting on to binding off

You guys, we need to talk about knitting bind off methods.  You have all been awesome in following along with the How to Cast On, Knit and Purl Now what?  You’ve cast on a whole whack of stitches, you’ve knitted and purled to your hearts content.. and you probably have something very very lovely sitting on those needles.  Now what?
 
Knitting Bind Off Methods - Part 4 of Our How To Knit Series. A step by step tutorial to show you how to do the basic knitting stitches, from casting on to binding off
 

Not Quite The End

I’m going to show you how to get those beautiful stitches off that needle, and tell you a bit about knitting bind off methods so you can go ahead and brag about how awesome you are.  For real.  Knitting is easy once you get the hang of it, and if you’ve made it this far, you’ve been able to build your foundation from our how to cast on tutorial, and wasn’t that fun?  Once you got going it was easy peasy, right?  Well, it was easy enough for you to stick around and try the knit stitch.. and that right there is a success in my book.  And now hold on.. if you’ve made it this far, than you have likely also nailed the purl stitch and that is the trickiest part of knitting.  So give yourselves a great big pat on the back and then I want you to do two things, ready?  Take a photo of your project, and brag about it!  Post it to our Facebook Page and tag Nemcsok Farms so I don’t miss it AND share it on instagram with the hashtag #nemcsokfarmsknitters so I can find it, and press the little heart button and stuff, and congratulate you on your hard work!

And while Binding Off your stitches, is the last fundamental of knitting, it is not what you call finishing – so I just wanted to clear up any confusion there.  Finishing refers to when you weave in the ends of your yarn, and tidy up any strays from joining yarns throughout the project and sewing up any seams and well, you get the idea.  

Knitting Bind Off Methods

So, let’s get to it.  The first time you set out to bind off your stitches, you’re going to do it simply by using the knit stitch over and over again.  There’s a bit more to it, but just so you know, it’s really really easy.  As you start to knit more and more, you will come eventually want to try what is called binding off in pattern.  This simply means that you will use the knit stitch to bind off the old knit stitches and you will use the purl stitch to bind off the old purl stitches.  But we can totally get to that some other time.  Binding off with a knit stitch is perfectly fine and acceptable and I highly recommend it.  Ready?

 

How to Bind Off

  1. Knit two stitchesKnitting Bind Off Methods - Part 4 of Our How To Knit Series. A step by step tutorial to show you how to do the basic knitting stitches, from casting on to binding off
  2. Insert the left needle into the first stitch you knitted in step 1.Knitting Bind Off Methods - Part 4 of Our How To Knit Series. A step by step tutorial to show you how to do the basic knitting stitches, from casting on to binding off
  3. With the left needle, bring the first stitch you knitted over the second stitch and off the needle.Knitting Bind Off Methods - Part 4 of Our How To Knit Series. A step by step tutorial to show you how to do the basic knitting stitches, from casting on to binding off
  4. Knit the next stitch on the left needle, and repeat steps two and three.
  5. Repeat these steps, knitting one from the left needle, and slipping the first stitch off the right needle over the second stitch. 
  6. When you have one stitch left on the right needle, cut you yarn, leaving a long end, and bring it up through the last stitch.

Any questions?

You’ve Got This

Be sure to check out what to put in your Knit Kit for beginners, and soon I think we’ll all be ready for the next level. What knitting tutorial would you like to see next?

 

 Knitting Bind Off Methods - Part 4 of Our How To Knit Series. A step by step tutorial to show you how to do the basic knitting stitches, from casting on to binding off
 
 

 
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DIY Nature Gifts in A Jar

DIY Nature Gifts in A Jar - the perfect Mohter's Day, Father's Day, Teacher's Appreciation Day, or Any Occasion Gift Made with Upcycled Materials and Things Found in Nature

Project: Recycle & Create.  Take a predetermined recyclable item, and create something fabulous with it.  The recyclable: glass jars.  The something fabulous:   DIY Nature Gifts in a Jar. I can hear the collective ooh-ing an ahh-ing.

DIY Nature Gifts in A Jar - the perfect Mohter's Day, Father's Day, Teacher's Appreciation Day, or Any Occasion Gift Made with Upcycled Materials and Things Found in Nature

DIY Nature Gifts In A Jar

These perfect gifts in a jar are made from Upcycled glass jars, fillers that are found in nature, such as beach glass or your favourite rocks, and photos of your favourite things to do outside. Imagine giving ( or receiving these lively treasures for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or even Teacher Appreciation Day! 

About the glass jars. I avoid using mason jars for crafting. Mason jars have a very long life and are perfectly suited for storing and preserving food, and I hesitate to use them for anything else. That said, I am not about to get all judgy on you, for your project, you can use whatever you like.

About the photos. We used our favourite pictures from seed catalogues and lawn and garden supply stores. We ended up with an image of a beautiful cherry blossom,  a garden bench surrounded with potted flowers, and a super fun image of a play structure.

DIY Gifts In A Jar

Materials

  • Glass jars
  • Acrylic paint 
  • Paint brushes
  • Masking tape
  • Nature / Outdoor photos that you love 
  • Filler materials, such as beach glass, rocks, sea shells etc

DIY Nature Gifts in A Jar - the perfect Mohter's Day, Father's Day, Teacher's Appreciation Day, or Any Occasion Gift Made with Upcycled Materials and Things Found in Nature

Directions

  1. Wash jars, remove labels, and dry.
  2. Cover one section with masking tape (this will be the window for your photo)
  3. Paint the entire surface of the jar
  4. Let dry, and then remove masking  tape once dry
  5. Place the photo inside the jar so that the image is visible through the window. Place the image so that the back of the image is against the inside of the jar. 
  6. Add your filler to the bottom of the jar and you’re done!

Love This UpCycle? 

You should definitely check out our Egg Carton Daffodils and Our Scrap Fabric Fairy Houses!  And you can’t possibly leave without seeing what all the hype was over our Gift Paper Frogs, and our Hand Knit Rag Rug!

Upcycle Egg Cartons into Beautiful Daffodils for a fun kid's craft to celebrate spring and nature Recycle Gift Paper into these adorable origami frogs with googly eyesDIY Fairy House with fabric scrapsDIY Hand Knit Rag Rug made from an Up-cycled bed sheet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out these other awesome projects from this month’s challenge:

Jars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Snow globe by Kidz Activities(not shown)
Recycle Plastic Pendant by Our Whimsicle Days
Calm Down Sensory Bottle by Sugar Aunts
Easy Teacher Appreciation Gift by Crafty Mama in ME
Chalkboard Lid Jars by Play and Learn Everyday
Photo Jar Luminaries by Mum in the Madhouse

Sea Glass Suncather by The Gingerbread House
Edible Sand Jars by Playdough & Popsicles
Fairy Lights Recycle Jars by Peakle Pie
Washi Tape Photo Jars by Teach me Mommy

 

 DIY Nature Gifts in A Jar - the perfect Mohter's Day, Father's Day, Teacher's Appreciation Day, or Any Occasion Gift Made with Upcycled Materials and Things Found in Nature

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5 Ways to Use Sprinklers

Best Ways to Use Sprinklers in your yard and garden from irrigation to enjoyment to protection

While it may  be glaringly obvious what you may do with sprinklers, it has occurred to me that people have varying opinions on what that glaringly obvious use may be.

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Best Ways to Use Sprinklers in your yard and garden from irrigation to enjoyment to protection

The Most Obvious Use For Sprinklers

Again, this is going to vary depending on perspective and general outlook.  If you are a farmer, you might think Irrigation is the most obvious way you would use a sprinkler.  If you are parent, or a child for that matter, you would probably consider the Entertainment Value you get out of a sprinkler as being key.  A hose and sprinkler system can be your best friend when it comes to Defending against Frost and Pests and also if you are ever thirsty outside, Drinking From the Garden Hose is a life skill and should be taught to all children at a very young age.

Using Sprinklers for Irrigation

I suppose at the top of the list would be using your sprinklers for irrigation.  Watering your garden to grow your food, so that you can eat.  A  garden hose with an oscillating sprinkler  can do a fine job of making sure your garden gets good coverage.  Let it run for 15 minutes in one area at a time, at least once a day.  We have a sturdy hose reel with a series of long hoses running from the house to the garden that allows for really great coverage, and easy clean up for lawn cutting.

Using Sprinklers for Entertainment and Outdoor Fun

Did you run through he sprinkler as a child?  How about those wet bananas?  Or a slip and slide?  Fun. Fun. Fun.  If you don’t have a sprinkler to enjoy, get one.  Seriously.  You don’t need a fancy sprinkler for it to be fun for the kids – we have hours and yes, I do mean hours, of fun with our oscillating sprinkler . We do have the benefit of fresh well water also, but in areas where water use is limited and sprinkler play is a luxury, if you do have only a certain amount of time where you can water your lawn and gardens, use an oscillating sprinkler and let the kids play in it while it does double duty.  

Best Ways to Use Sprinklers in your yard and garden from irrigation to enjoyment to protection

Using Sprinklers for Quenching Thirst

Go ahead.  Drink from the Garden Hose   I do it all the time, and have even mastered the art of drinking from the oscillating sprinkler.  I don’t always remember to bring beverages outside and after working in the garden for periods of time, you can quickly become dehydrated.  Don’t fill up the landfill sites with plastic water bottles, drink right from the family garden hose.  It’s fun, does the trick and teaches your kids to embrace the simple life, and enjoy life’s simple pleasures.  

 

Using Sprinklers for Frost Protection

Just like we talked about above – having an oscillating sprinkler system in your garden through the growing season is a real life saver.  Did you know also that having one set up through the ripening and harvesting season can also be a true life, time, and food saver?   When there is eminent danger of frost in the fall, and you still have a garden full of thriving plants that could do with just a wee bit longer in the garden, turn on the sprinkler.  Use a timer for your hose, and have it come on when the forecast says the temperature is supposed to drop to zero and colder.  A fine mist of water from the sprinkler will keep the frost from setting on the plants.  Often we get a few days of light frost and then perfect growing weather again for a week or two after.  If you can survive those frosty days, you can extend your growing season by almost a month.

Using Sprinklers for Deffence

It’s not what you think.  Well, maybe it is.  I have seen my youngest pick up the hose, armed with a Hose Nozzle and spray her older siblings to maintain her ground.  She is her Mother’s child.  But that is not really what I was alluding to in the realm of defense.  I’m talking about those critters who love to hang out at your place, make themselves comfy, and make you leary of your own space.  Most animals that feel comfy in your space aren’t there to harm you.  They may want to eat your vegetables, like my friends the Groundhogs, and sometimes they can smell really fowl ( yes, you Mr. Skunk).  After a series of failed attempts from deterring a skunk from our yard and garden – I’m talking fireworks, slamming noises etc… I decided that I was going to spray the skunk.  And I did.  I got out my trusty Garden Hose, attached my high powered Hose Nozzle and sprayed that skunk.  He did not spray me back, but ran quite happily into the forest, and stayed away from our garden for the rest of the year.  My Little Helpers are quite proud to tell people, all. People. That Mommy, yes, MOMMY, sprayed the skunk. 

That’s pride people.

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Top 5 Gardening Ideas

This is it folks.  Get ready for full on Gardening Season.  The snow it is a melting, and seeds, they need to get sprouting.  To help get you ( and myself too!) off on the right foot, here are the Best Gardening Ideas.

Best Gardening Ideas from Seed Starting and a Composter, to Butterfly Gardens and Vegetables

Best Gardening Ideas

From ideas for Seed Starting to Building a Really Easy Composter Nemcsok Farms has got you covered.  We’ve tackled Butterfly Gardens , Fairy Tale Gardens and Vegetable Gardens!  

I put all of our favourite ideas, chosen by you, in one handy dandy little spot – click through to get to your favourites and what interests you most.

Our Most Popular Gardening Post of All Time

It is of no surprise to me that our visitors find our list of The Easiest Veggies to Grow the most useful item in our gardening section. 

Easiest Veggies You Can Grow - EVER.

Packed full of useful tips and advice on growing some high producing and low maintenance vegetables.  The perfect list for those gardeners who are just starting out, or who are just not going to spend all their time in the garden.  If you’re just starting out, I highly recommend you start here.

A Garden With A Happy Ending

Who doesn’t love a fairy tale?  Well everybody loves our ideas on how to Give Your Garden a Fairy Tale Look, with these suggestions on growing and caring for lupines.  Lupines are a native wildflower to our area and we all know native wildflowers are indeed where it is at.

Give Your Garden a Fairy Tale Look by Planting Lupines

Top 10 Seed Starting Ideas

After day dreaming about your garden all winter, seed starting is really where it all comes to fruition.  I had collected my favourite posts on Seed Starting Ideas and that collection continues to be a favourite for all of our Readers.  

Top Ten Seed Starting Ideas

Everybody wants to Build a Butterfly Garden

Everybody loves butterflies, and why not?  They are amazing and delightful little creatures that can entertain us for entire mornings and afternoons.  They also happen to be some serious pollinators which means having them around your yard, gardens and property will keep things growing! Make you add the creature comforts when Building A Butterfly Garden

How To Build A Butterfly Garden with Flowers and Other Essentials for Butterflies

A No Tools Required Kind of Project

A super easy and super cheap DIY Composter is what finished up the list of our Top 5 Gardening Ideas.  This project is so easy, you won’t even need any tools.  For real. 

Super Easy Super Cheap DIY Composter Pallet Project

And just think – I haven’t even started on our Best Gardening Printables yet!  Maybe next week