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15 Unbelievably Good Zucchini Recipes

15 Unbelievable Zucchini Recipes sure to please everyone at your table!

Garden over run with Zucchini?  Don’t sweat it!  I’ve got 15 Unbelievably Delicious Zucchini Recipes sure to suit your fancy!

15 Unbelievable Zucchini Recipes sure to please everyone at your table!

Adding Zucchini To Your Recipes

Zucchini usually grows in abundance in your garden, no matter your gardening skills or experience.  One zucchini plant can often result in many many fruit, and when it comes to zucchini, a little goes a long way.  And it is so versatile!

Zucchini can be turned into noodles, sliced and baked in the oven with some of your favourite seasonings, quartered and stuffed, and shredded and added to your favourite cake / cookie / muffin recipes.  It keeps for a while in the fridge, and also freezed well – just shred it first!

Main Dish Zucchini Recipes

Zucchini Fritters – by Simply Recipes

Panda Express Zucchini Mushroom Chicken – by Dinner Then Dessert

Spaghetti with Zucchini and Fresh Cherry Tomato Sauce – by Domesticate Me

Zucchini and Green Chile Breakfast  – by Kalyn’s Kitchen

Mediterranean Stuffed Zucchini – by Handle the Heat

Zucchini and Beef Ragout – by Real Food Whole Life

Zucchini Pancakes – by Bless This Mess

Side Dish Zucchini Recipes

Zucchini Fries – by Our Best Bites

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Rounds – by Five Heart Home

Grilled Zucchini with Parmessan – by Garnish With Lemon

Fried Zucchini with Chipotle Ranch Dip – by Home Cooking Memories

Zucchini Recipes for Dessert

Emergency Zucchini Cake – by Food Folks and Fun

Zucchini Brownies – by Crazy for Crust

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread – by A Beautiful Mess

Glazed Lemon Zucchini Bread – by Lil’ Luna

15 Unbelievable Zucchini Recipes sure to please everyone at your table!

 

 

What is your favourite Zucchini Recipe?  Don’t leave without checking out our Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake, it’s amazing!  

 

 

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The Best Rhubarb Recipes Collection

Rhubarb Recipe Collection

Rhubarb is the ultimate perennial plant. Not only does it produce deliciously sweet red stalks, it it super easy to care for, has a reliable yield, and comes back year after year, even if you forget about it.  We have our favourite Rhubarb Recipes, and I’ve put them together in an easy to find place for you.  Don’t forget to bookmark it!

Rhubarb Recipe Collection - Cookies, Muffins, Pies, Jams and more

Muffins & Cookies & Jams Rhubarb Recipes

Mini Muffins made with fresh rhubarb and topped with cinnamon sugar make a great snack, and are super tasty!

 

Whole Wheat Rhubarb Muffins – by Mom Vs. The Boys

Lemon Rhubarb Cookies –  by Picklebums

Rhubarb Mini Muffins – by Nemcsok Farms

Rhuberry Jam – by Nemcsok Farms 

 

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

 

Crumbles & Crisps & Pies Rhubarb Recipes

 

Fresh Rhubarb and Strawberry Pie With a Beautiful Lattice Top Crust

 

Low Carb Rhubarb Crumble – by Step Away from the Carbs

Spice Rhubarb Apple Crumble – by In The Playroom

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp – by Family Food and Travel 

Roasted Rhubarb with Cottage Cheese – by New House New Home New Life 

Rhubarb Fool – by Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Rhubarb & Strawberry Pie – by Nemcsok Farms

 

Reasons to love Rhubarb

Rhubarb has a taste that is quite unique. It is perfect for muffins, breads and cakes, as it is not too sweet.  You will find that a lot of recipes using rhubarb also add strawberries.  They go quite well together!

Besides these amazing rhubarb recipes, Rhubarb is a hardy, perennial vegetable, that requires very little care and maintenance.  Try to cut it before it goes to seed, and don’t cut the really small pieces when you do harvest. 

Even in the Northern Ontario climates, you can get at least two, and often three harvests per year.  That is usually enough to stock a freezer. Rhubarb freezes well, it also cans well.  You can mix it with sugar and can it, and use it later on in crumbles, crisps and my favourite cobbler recipe.  

Rhubarb Recipe Collection Pies Cookies Muffins Crumbles and More

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Unique Flower Planters for Your Yard and Garden

Unique Work Boot Flower Planters to add some whimsy to your yard and garden

You all know I love to Up-cycle stuff, right? My Hand Knit Rag Rug was a huge hit, and a lot of fun! And who could forget our Juice Jug Greenhouses?  Anyway, my very kind and understanding husband also realizes my need to keep stuff, and was very pleased to offer me his old work boots…so I could plant flowers in them. And I did. 

Unique Flower Planters for Your Yard and Garden made from Upcycling Old Workboots

And that got me thinking, what other really unique ideas I could find and share with you for planting flowers…well, check these out:

Unique and Whimsical Flower Planter Ideas

10 Unique Flower Planter Ideas to Liven Up Your Space

 

This Bird Cage Planter – by Crafts by Amanda is really just too pretty.  It would look lovely on any corner of a deck, the center of any harvest table, and would be especially lovely as a hanging planter.

Rain Boot Planter – by A Cultivated Nest is simply adorable, and would make a lovely addition to any front porch!  Great idea for a Grandma and Grandpa gift, if made with little boots.  Talk about cute.

I found some awesome haning planters!  These Bird Feeder Planters – by Petticoat Junktion,  brilliant Fishbowl Planters – by A Beautiful Mess and really clever Rain Gutter Planters – by Restoration Redoux are all really smart up-cycles!  

Garden Glove gives a great tutorial on these eye catching Vertical Cinder Block Planters, and don’t miss out on this how to for a Stenciled Planter Box from Reclaimed Wood – by Saved by Love Creations

I love this nifty Mailbox Planter – by Garden Chick, and my front yard absolutely needs a Chair Planter – by Between Naps on the Porch.

Up Cycled Work Boot Flower Planters

Unique Work Boot Flower Planters

These are too easy, really.  The hardest part may be finding a pair of boots you’re willing to part with.  

Materials

  • old boots
  • newspaper
  • seeds
  • soil
  • water

Directions

  1. Fill the toes of boots with some crumpled newspaper
  2. Fill the rest of the boot with potting soil.
  3. Add seeds and plant according to package directions
  4. Water lightly

I told you it was too easy.  Which ones will you try?

 

 

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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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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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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:

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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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