D@#n mulch bags

Mulching can be a total bitch. Especially if you have a ton of bags. This is common knowledge.

So when I decided to mulch the entire area of my garden, I knew I would be cussing quite a bit. This is because I despise carrying and shaking the big ass bag.

I always end up with a big pile, then a trail, then another pile, then sprinkles of mulch, and then I have to try and get the rest out of the bottom of the bag.

So I tried something and mulching went so much easier. Now I don’t dread the 12 other bags I have waiting on me.

I’m sure master gardeners and landscapers have plenty of hacks and easier ways to lay mulch. But I’m neither of those.

So this is for those who piddle with gardening, have little to no expertise, and hate laying mulch.

Lay the bag flat. Cut across the top of the bag in the middle.

Make sure and cut the sides too.

Simply put your hands under the bag where you cut it, and lift straight up.

Then just the bottom of the bag.

BOOM! Now you have 2 smaller bags. Easier to move. Easier to spread. Less cursing.

Happy gardening.

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Mosquitoes

I posted this blog last year and feel that it is one that should be shared every time it gets warm and the flying assholes emerge.

Mosquitoes love me. Especially the pterodactyl kind. Every summer for the past several years has been miserable. I even said “forget it” to gardening, something I love, thanks to those blood suckers.

I’m serious people. The mosquitoes in our yard are like….carry-your-kid-off huge, Pterodactyls…..

#jurassicworld

Around March of this year I decided that I should finally follow my mother’s advice (it’s only taken about 42 years). She’s always said to take B vitamins every day for stress and jaw-clenching… something I was experiencing.

I noticed a difference in the jaw-clenching immediately. Stress is an overwhelming thing if you don’t get it under control. Everyone has different ways of doing that. I added the Stress B Complex to my stress-reducing methods and am thankful I did. Little did I know it had an extra benefit.

That benefit: Being less attractive to mosquitoes. I continued taking Stress B-Complex once a day. When May rolled around and it was gorgeous outside I decided to take a chance and do some yard work. I thought for sure I wouldn’t last 10 minutes.

I spent hours outside and never got a single mosquito bite. None. Zero. I knew those suckers were there. I saw them…. remember, ours are pterodactyl size. They even landed on me!

In the back of my mind I was curious how it was possible I wasn’t getting bitten but at the same time didn’t put much thought into it as long as they weren’t biting the life out of me.

Then one day, scrolling through Facebook, I saw an article about vitamin B-1 and how it deters mosquitoes. You know how you read a gazillion ‘cure’, ‘DIY’, ‘the answer to all your problems’, posts that are garbage? Well this one wasn’t. I had tested out the theory before I even knew about it.

So…. B-Complex is now a daily thing. For me and my kids. I get the kids some multi-vitamin gummies with B vitamin in them. They seem to work so far.

Warning though…..B-Vitamins stink. Like, don’t carry them in your purse even in the bottle because your child might tell you your purse smells like a butt. They should also be taken close to meal or snack time. If not you may get a little burpy.

Here are some links to the products I buy off of Amazon.com. Easy Peasy!

For me:

Nature Made Stress B Complex with Zinc Tablets, 75 Count

For the kids:

Sundown Naturals Kids Star Wars Complete Multivitamin, 60

Cheapest mosquito preventative EVER!!

One more product I will throw in here for pets:

If you are looking for a GREAT flea and tick collar for your dog or cat check out what we use, Seresto, in the link below. 8 months of protection!!

I love the convenience of Amazon, especially Amazon Prime! It is worth not having to go into a stinky pet store.

Seresto Collar Dog Large 70 cm by Seresto

Garden Therapy: Peppermint

It’s finally warmed up enough to get outside and garden. Gardening is therapy!

I’ve piddled with gardening for a long time. It’s a constant learning experience. And there is a ton of failure…also known as dead plants and rotten produce.

For the past 2 years I didn’t do much gardening. Depression and apathy are such bitches that can rob you of motivation to do things you love to do.

One season I skipped gardening all together. But not this year! We all need sunshine in our lives….and peppermint!

Through thick, thin, no attention, to much attention, plucking, picking, and cutting, peppermint and strawberries have stuck with me. Recently I decided to share my peppermint. There is no way I can use it all because it gets so abundant.

The picture below doesn’t quite show that abundance because it is early in the season. But don’t have doubt in my peppermint!

This little bit has been split. And now I’m working on getting my transplants to set some decent roots so I can share.

I wanted something other than galvanized tubs to plant my herbs and strawberries in. The tubs have been my best gardening friends for a long time. They were originally tubs used to hold cold beer at our wedding reception. So they have some age! They’ve housed all sorts of different species of plant. But the peppermint and strawberries are the ones who always come back.

So…the decision to transplant them was not easy. I don’t want to kill my faithful plants!! First I had to research other ways to grow each of them.

While skimming through Amazon Prime for different planter options I found this product that looked pretty cool. This Mr Stacky Tower came 2 days after I ordered it through Amazon Prime and out I went with it to dig up my old faithfuls.

This compact garden stand turns into the awesome tower to plant all sorts of goodies in!

Check out www.mrstacky.com for all sorts of awesome ideas on how to utilize their towers. I’ve already found that I’m going to need way more Mr Stacky!
And what’s even better? They are a small business. I always feel more connected to a product when I purchase something from a small, original business.

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So, back to the peppermint….

Peppermint is SO EASY to transplant. As you can see below, the roots are hardy and plentiful. The peppermint spreads because what I call “vines” extend out and the roots grow down into the dirt. The peppermint leaves are attached to the vine, not the roots themselves.

So….follow the easy-to-read Mr Stacky instructions included in the box and get to work!

I don’t like buying new soil so I find as much as I can from other sources. The tub of soil the peppermint was in is seasoned just right. I also keep old pots of soil that once has live plants in them. Yes, I have killed plants too. This year it was a planter that had mums in it once.

So…fill to the line with soil and then….

Transplant. You and cut or just pull apart those “vines” or extenders between the plants. Then set them on the soil.

You don’t have to bury the peppermint very deep. You really only need to lay it on the soil, then cover the vines/roots with more soil. A thin layer is enough. Lightly press the dirt so the plants stays in place.

Stack the next layer, and repeat.

For my peppermint I decided to just use only two layers of the Stacky. Peppermint spreads out, down, up, around…so I want it by itself so that it doesn’t grow into another plant in the stack.

Two days after I transplanted the peppermint it is doing great! Soon I will be transplanting these into individual pots to give to friends and family. I want the small, single plants to establish good roots and start to spread before I do.

When it was all done I had separated my clump of peppermint into at least 30 separate plants!

I had 3 stacks left so I moved and separated my strawberries into two and then planted some herb seeds in the last one.

So…during the process, this happened. I don’t recommend letting your cat fertilize your plants in this fashion. Hahaha!!

Don’t worry. None of your peppermint got transplanted into cat pee. Your welcome!

Go check out www.mrstacky.com.

It can be purchased on www.amazon.com as well.

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