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Sometimes you stumble upon a great find, such as a headboard to a bed.  Recently I found one and thought to myself, it would be perfect as a plant stand.  As it turns out, I was right.  Luckily the shelves were already attached, but it wouldn’t take much to add them if needed.

As you can see it holds quite a few plants and would also be easy to move outside for the summer months.

As you can see it holds quite a few plants and would also be easy to move outside for the summer months.

 

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Flower jelly is easy to make and can be made from almost any flower, we used hollyhocks.  Years ago when our home was a functioning elementary school, Peggy a friend up the road, planted hollyhocks in front of the school.  Here we are years later and they are running rampant.  Each year before the buds fall off, I walk through and cut about half into a bowl and leave the rest to seed out for the next year.  The kids and I then take our blooms and turn them into wonderful jelly. Sadly I wasn’t thinking this year when my roses bloomed, and we missed it.  The basic flower jelly recipe is pretty much the same everywhere.

Basic flower jelly

2c. Flower Infusion

1/4c. Lemon Juice

4c. Sugar

1-3oz. Liquid Pectin pkg

Doing the deed

To make a flower infusion if you do not know, is a simple process. Remove the pistol inside& greenery from the outside of the blossom.  You will need 2 cups of flowers to make 2 cups of infusion.  Put your blossoms in a bowl and pour 2 cups of boiling water over them, cover bowl with a lid of some type and let sit overnight.  Strain your liquid from your blossoms and there you have your infusion, the juice.  Don’t be disheartened if you used dark pink and the liquid looks murky and dark.  The color will come back in the following steps.  In a sauce pan pour in your flower infusion, lemon juice and sugar.  Stir over medium heat until you have a boil.  Next add your package of liquid Pectin and stir at a boil for another minute.  Remove from heat and transfer into your canning jars, seal and let cool.  Each flower will produce much different tastes and we have found hollyhock to be excellent.  Wonderful on toast and just as yummy with pork. A little fruity, very sweet and so pretty in the jars.  Next time you walk around your yard or pass a patch of flowers, think of how tastey & beautiful they would look in a jar as jelly.

We used hollyhocks in a range of colors from light pink to dark purple.  My son removed the pollen covered pistols and twisted the green bases off the blossoms.

We used hollyhocks in a range of colors from light pink to dark purple. My son removed the pollen covered pistols and twisted the green bases off the blossoms.

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If you find, depending on the time you pick your flowers, pollen on the pedals, rinse them off in cool waters.

If you find, depending on the time you pick your flowers, pollen on the pedals, rinse them off in cool waters.

Once you have poured boiling water over your blossoms, make sure to cover with a lid or plastic wrap. Come morning the flowers will be mostly void of color and your water will be much darker.  When you strain the flowers, make sure you press them into the strainer. You will notice a syrup pressed out and that is where the actual flavor of the blossom comes from.

Once you have poured boiling water over your blossoms, make sure to cover with a lid or plastic wrap. Come morning the flowers will be mostly void of color and your water will be much darker. When you strain the flowers, make sure you press them into the strainer. You will notice a syrup pressed out and that is where the actual flavor of the blossom comes from.

When I started my infusion was a dark murky purple. Once the sugar is added and you begin to stir, you will see the true color of your jelly come out.

When I started my infusion was a dark murky purple. Once the sugar is added and you begin to stir, you will see the true color of your jelly come out.

The kids & I made a double batch, ending up with 11 half pinnt jars.

The kids & I made a double batch, ending up with 11 half pint jars.

As you can see by the little eyeballs lurking behind the jars, the moment they are cooled, they will be attacked.  With this in mind, I am glad I started this time of year. Maybe our second blooming I should hide the jelly.

As you can see by the little eyeballs lurking behind the jars, the moment they are cooled, they will be attacked. With this in mind, I am glad I started this time of year. Maybe our second blooming I should hide the jelly.

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If you are new to ducks or ducklings and you have little ones, here is an easy cheap duckling pond for them.  You have to be careful with ducklings, the bigger ducks don’t mean too but a lot of times the ducklings are drowned by the adults.  The adults get so busy in the water cleaning, mating and flapping around  that before they realize baby is missing, baby has been drowned.  All you have to do is dig a shallow hole, line it with plastic(we used a heavy-duty garbage bag) and line it with rocks and dirt.  The rock hold the plastic and the dirt pack on top will grow grass in the future.  We placed ours 2 feet from the ducks pool so the overflow of water, goes into the duckling pond and cleans it out for them.  The little ones enjoy the pond without being trampled.  It also got us to thinking, maybe next year taking out the pool and duckling pond and make one big one for all the ducks, with a slope for the little ducklings.  Also, this year I tossed a handful of lettuce seeds in the grass of the duck yard.  Anytime the water overflows from the pool & ponds, it waters the lettuce.  The ducks just march down the hill and munch on the fresh growing lettuce.  So much easier than planting a small garden for them and I water the ducks everyday anyway, mind as well grow their veggies in there with them.

The main duck pool for the adult ducks.

The main duck pool for the adult ducks.

The new duckling pond.

The new duckling pond.

 beyond the duckling pond is grass and this year I threw a handful of lettuce seeds out there. This way the overflow from the pond waters the lettuce.

Beyond the duckling pond is grass and this year I threw a handful of lettuce seeds out there. This way the overflow from the pond waters the lettuce.

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A few weeks ago I made this planter from an old board & large tuna cans.  I had two colors of spray paint, red and white. First I painted the board white, then I took an old coffee can and held it on the board while I painted it all red.  After, I removed the can, crumpled up news paper and rolled it over the top of the wet paint.  Grabbed a twig I had left over from another project that was painted black.  I mounted the twig on the side with wire and then stuck sand on the bottom of the board while the paint was wet.  I also used up the last bit I had of some brown texture paint on the bottom.  Sprayed some cleaned out large tuna cans red and had Macgyver screw them into the board.  I used to live in Arizona years ago and it kinda of reminded me of the desert sunset in the fall, so I just had to plant cactus in the planter.  Today while at Home Depot I hit it big on an aloe plant and then saw the mini cactus was marked down 50% too.  Turns out my tuna planter is the perfect size & looks very nice in my laundry room wall.

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Everyday dose of Reality

Boy did I score big at a Home Depot today on an aloe plant.  Poor thing was huge and in a very small pot.  Actually it is 3 huge plants mashed together as will have to be separated just as soon as I get another big pot.  I have 2 but need a third for this poor baby.  It started at 40 buck, was dropped to 20 at some point.  The manager and all the garden crew have watched this poor thing sit or lay on the shelf because it is so top-heavy. I grabbed it today and the manager marked it down to $7.48 for me and the garden people were happy it finally found a home. SCORE ON THE ALOE!!!

The old store pot on the right and new on the left. I have another pot like this but still need to find 1 more before I split the aloe up.

The old store pot on the right and new on the left. I have another pot like this but still need to find 1 more before I split the aloe up.

Very happy aloe now by the window.

Very happy aloe now by the window.

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Save those large tuna cans and give them new life as a wall mounted plant display.  Recently my friend Trina showed me a video of a street spray paint artist that was amazing.  The basic idea is to take a base, could be a piece of plywood and spray different colors of thick layers of spray paint on it.  Next you take pages from an old magazine and lay it on the paint and pull back off quickly.  The outcome is very pretty, cool and interesting.  I however, am not as artistic.  I used 3 colors due to the fact that was all I had and didn’t expect anything great to happen.  My results, surprised even me.  This is a great way to bring the outdoors in.  I might have to make a few more for little flowering plants and an indoor herb garden.  Would be perfect for me, seeing how I have 370 feet of hallways.  That could be a whole lot of plants!!!

I took a piece of plywood and thickly layered black, white and then red. But, not before I sat down an old plastic butter bowl from the recycling, to make myself a moon. Laid down pages of an old magazine and pulled them off to get a texture.  Next I added a quick layer of brown texture paint at the bottom to anchor the piece and make it more like the ground of the desert.  spray painted all the outside of my tuna cans and found a broken tree branch and hit that with black.  Next Macgyver drilled a bolt from the back and secured the cans with a nut on the inside.  I used floral wire to tie down the branch through 2 holes he had drilled for me.  Last 2 small eyelit bolts were drilled into the back with hanging wire tied to them to mount the whole shabang on the wall.  Now I only have to get myself 7 mini cactus to finish my display.

I took a piece of plywood and thickly layered black, white and then red. But, not before I sat down an old plastic butter bowl from the recycling, to make myself a moon. Laid down pages of an old magazine and pulled them off to get a texture. Next I added a quick layer of brown texture paint at the bottom to anchor the piece and make it more like the ground of the desert. spray painted all the outside of my tuna cans and found a broken tree branch and hit that with black. Next Macgyver drilled a bolt from the back and secured the cans with a nut on the inside. I used floral wire to tie down the branch through 2 holes he had drilled for me. Last 2 small eyelet bolts were drilled into the back with hanging wire tied to them to mount the whole shabang on the wall. Now I only have to get myself 7 mini cactus to finish my display.

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Don’t toss out every tin can into the recycling.  For the last little while I have saved a few huge ravioli cans.  Yes I know, store-bought ravioli is gross but the kids seem to like it and in a pinch I use it for a break from cooking.  You can do a ton of things with cans, such as spray paint them, mosaic stoning or glass.  Either way you decide to go, you can come up with a pretty little pot for your plant.  Get creative and make something wonderful and functional.

I have found the simplist way to make a outside planter using a can is use a texture spray paint.  These are big cans and are now ready for summer and some brillant little forget-me-nots.

I have found the simplest way to make an outside planter using a can is use a texture spray paint. These are big cans and are now ready for summer and some brilliant little forget-me-nots.

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