Wednesday, December 30, 2015

I Like Zazzle Rain and Garden Boots

 When it comes to working in the yard during the spring months I have to wear rubber boots. In the past I have picked up boots at Walmart and other discounted shops and these boots were okay to use for walking in the rain.  They were not good for working in the yard.   They were not comfortable, and the sole did not keep my feet in one place.  My feet paid the price because there were no comfort soles, plus the sole did not have good traction and the inexpensive rain boots were not suited for working in the garden.


Then I bought Slogger rain boots at ebay.com, and I thought that this boot would probably be wonderful but they were too wide for my feet.  I ended up giving them away.  

Presently I like the Twoalit  rain boots at zazzle.com  These boots will suit my comfort, and fashion needs, plus they cleanup easily which is a big plus for anyone who works outdoors in garden, yard or farm. 

I like that these clear boots are made in the USA and they can be hosed off after I work in the garden. But what I really like is the prints...instead of wearing a boring black pair of boots I can now wear adorable fashion rain or garden boots.

Okay so these boots were made for rain and working in the garden...but are these boots comfortable?  

Know that these boots come with comfort soles; “Comfort Soles are included with your boots! These comfort soles only need to be worn if you plan to wear the clear boots without your TwoAlity boot liners! If you wanted to wear the clear boots with your own tall socks, you will need to insert the comfort soles first." quote from boot website.





Please note that "if you try to wear the comfort soles and the boot liners at the same time, the boots could be snug! Boots are made by TwoAlity™ and are designed to brighten up your rainy, snowy or muddy day! You can choose from a variety of boot liners! Customize your TwoAlity boot liners by adding embroidery". Know that these boot liners are the perfect way to show off your name, or other text, even a logo. Learn more about these rain and garden boots at zazzle.com

Here are my Walmart.com rubber boots.  They are great for rain wear



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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Getting Ready for Spring Gardening


Normally my spring garden would not be on my mind, but today the temperature  was 70 degrees Fahrenheit   and this spring like day has got me thinking of my garden. Normally the weather is cold, with snow but this year the weather forecast is calling for warmer than usual.

Know that we do need a hard frost and bitter cold temperatures to kill off the ticks and to enable the spring bulbs to sleep before awakening in the late January – early February. But nature this year has a different idea because today when I removed a patch of leaves in the yard I saw the grassy foliage of my crocus had broken ground and the green stems were two inches above soil.

The spring bulbs breaking ground has got me thinking about gardening and getting a head start on my preparations.   I went out to my greenhouse today and sterilized some pots for planting. Normally I start my annuals, herbs and vegetables in mid to late January in the portable greenhouse that I bought at the tractorsupply.com last year. But since we are having spring like weather I thought I would get a head start with my gardening chores.

I am thinking that by the end of December I will have my window-boxes sterilized and painted also. This year I am thinking of planting the tulips and crocus that I have in cold storage,  I have had good results with forcing the spring bulbs to bloom and will probably force the bulbs to bloom indoors and give the containers away as gifts. 

Here is a video that will show you how to force spring bulbs to bloom in approximately five weeks indoors.



Getting ready for spring in December is an activity that I am not accustomed to but do like that i can get many tasks done now while the weather is warm.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Caring for Christmas Poinsettia


Its the season for the Christmas poinsettia plant for gift giving and home decorating.  The poinsettia is a beautiful plant that comes in a variety of colors; crimson red, pink white or bi- color leaves along with dark green leaves. It is one magnificent plant and is known as the plant of Christmas.

Know if you reside in a mild climate where the average temperate is 55 to 60 at night and the high is 70 degrees Fahrenheit then you can feature this plant outdoors on your porch or in your feature garden. However if you reside in an area where the weather is cold then poinsettia must stay indoors.

Here are some photographs of poinsettia plants; 




Red poinsettia plant by pixabay
Healthy red poinsettia gets plenty of light by window

Red poinsettias grown in outdoor feature garden.

Shop for live poinsettias at Teleflora.com This quality plant is best for gift giving. 
 Also shop at Lowes.com or at their store. I saw gorgeous poinsettias there and they were reasonably priced. 
Target.com and Walmart.com also have poinsettias in their seasonal departments.

Here is a crimson red poinsettia plaque that I designed from a photograph. It is a close up that will show you how lovely this plant is. You can buy this plaque at my zazzle shop.



Buying Tips


When you go to buy a poinsettia I would recommend buying a healthy plant that does not have drooping leaves or brown sots as this would be an indication of not adequate water, which would cause the poinsettia to have stress.


Caring for Poinsettia 


Bring your poinsettia home in a covered bag so that it does not get too cold or suffer a cold draft. Remove your poinsettia from the foil holiday pot wrapper and set it on a plant draining saucer. 

 The best location for your poinsettia is in a sunny room where the average temperature is 70 degrees Fahrenheit.  Your poinsettia needs an average of six hours of bright light so if you do not have a room that has a lot sun light then set in under a table light. (I do not recommend setting your poinsettia in direct sun light) 

At night poinsettia prefers cooler temperature so a room that is an average temperature of 60 to 70 degrees will keep your Christmas season poinsettia healthy.

Maintain your poinsettia plant by checking the soil daily. Know that poinsettias grow best in soil that is allowed to dry out some in between watering. Test the soil daily to see if the soil is dry by inserting your index finger into he soil about one inch. If soil is dry then water the plant until it drains out the bottom. Let all the water drain from the plant container, but do not set the pot in the water in the saucer. Instead dump the water out.  Poinsettias do not like wet soil.  


Other


Know that my friend resides in  Florida and she does grow her poinsettias outdoors. She told me she planted it in her yard after Christmas in an area where soil was well drained, plus the plant got six hours of  sun daily with part sun in the heat of the day.   Her poinsettia grew into a shapely shrub in her  Florida outdoor garden.

Here is a video where you can learn more about your Christmas Poinsettia.