DIY Hummingbird Food

Recipe:

1 cup pure cane white granulated sugar

4 cups hot boiling water

Directions:

Boil more than four (4) cups of water on the stove top.

Carefully measure out four (4) cups of boiling water into a large bowl.

Add one (1) cup of sugar.

Mix the sugar and water together until all of the sugar is dissolved.

Carefully place the mixture into the refrigerator to cool, usually overnight.

When mixture is cold, take the mixture out of the refrigerator. You now have a bowl of hummingbird food.

Tips:

Clean the feeder with soap and water making sure your feeder is clean and free from any debris and/or mold.

Carefully pour the hummingbird nectar into the tank.

Don’t spill the hummingbird food or you will have an ant invasion in your house, and if you do, clean it up right away with soap and water.

Place your feeder in a quiet location that is out of the way of noise and traffic.

It is important to remember to change the nectar at a minimum of every three days. If you seen white floating strands, or the nectar gets cloudy, or it just doesn’t’ look right, make sure to take down the feeder and clean it.

Do not add red food coloring or dye to the hummingbird food.

Do not use the microwave to boil the water for hummingbird food.

Do not put hot hummingbird food into a feeder.

Do not use brown sugar, powered sugar, maple syrup, karo syrup, Splenda, Equal, Sweet’N’Low, or any other type of sugar or sugar substitute.

Do not use Kool-Aid to make hummingbird food.

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Tips On Gardening!

Cucumbers are sweeter when you plant them with sunflowers! If you plant them with watermelons the taste of the melons are ruined.

Marigolds help tomatoes and roses grow better.

Nasturtiums keep bugs away from squash and broccoli.

Petunias protect beans from beetles and oregano chases them away from cucumbers.

Geraniums keep Japanese beetles away from roses and corn.

Chives make carrots sweeter, and basil makes tomatoes even tastier.

1tsp Epsom salts in 4 c warm water….spray on plant and then 10 days later it produces more fruit due to boost of magnesium… especially for tomatoes, peppers and roses.
To remove the salt deposits that form on clay pots, combine equal parts white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle. Apply the mixture to the pot and scrub with a plastic brush. Let the pot dry before you plant anything in it.

To prevent accumulating dirt under your fingernails while you work in the garden, draw your fingernails across a bar of soap and you’ll effectively seal the undersides of your nails so dirt can’t collect beneath them. Then, after you’ve finished in the garden, use a nailbrush to remove the soap and your nails will be sparkling clean.

To prevent the line on your string trimmer from jamming or breaking, treat with a spray vegetable oil before installing it in the trimmer.

Turn a long-handled tool into a measuring stick! Lay a long-handled garden tool on the ground, and next to it place a tape measure. Using a permanent marker, write inch and foot marks on the handle. When you need to space plants a certain distance apart (from just an inch to several feet) you’ll already have a measuring device in your hand.

To have garden twine handy when you need it, just stick a ball of twine in a small clay pot, pull the end of the twine through the drainage hole, and set the pot upside down in the garden. Do that, and you’ll never go looking for twine again.

Little clay pots make great cloches for protecting young plants from sudden, overnight frosts and freezes.

To turn a clay pot into a hose guide, just stab a roughly one-foot length of steel reinforcing bar into the ground at the corner of a bed and slip two clay pots over it: one facing down, the other facing up. The guides will prevent damage to your plants as you drag the hose along the bed.

To create perfectly natural markers, write the names of plants (using a permanent marker) on the flat faces of stones of various sizes and place them at or near the base of your plants.

Got aphids? You can control them with a strong blast of water from the hose or with insecticidal soap. But here’s another suggestion, one that’s a lot more fun; get some tape! Wrap a wide strip of tape around your hand, sticky side out, and pat the leaves of plants infested with aphids. Concentrate on the undersides of leaves, because that’s where the little buggers like to hide.

The next time you boil or steam vegetables, don’t pour the water down the drain, use it to water potted patio plants, and you’ll be amazed at how the plants respond to the “vegetable soup.”

Use leftover tea and coffee grounds to acidify the soil of acid-loving plants such as azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, gardenias and even blueberries. A light sprinkling of about one-quarter of an inch applied once a month will keep the pH of the soil on the acidic side.

Use chamomile tea to control damping-off fungus, which often attacks young seedlings quite suddenly. Just add a spot of tea to the soil around the base of seedlings once a week or use it as a foliar spray.

If you need an instant table for tea service, look no farther than your collection of clay pots and saucers. Just flip a good-sized pot over, and top it off with a large saucer. And when you’ve had your share of tea, fill the saucer with water, and your “table” is now a birdbath.

The quickest way in the world to dry herbs: just lay a sheet of newspaper on the seat of your car, arrange the herbs in a single layer, then roll up the windows and close the doors. Your herbs will be quickly dried to perfection. What’s more, your car will smell great.

Hula Hoop Pool Warmer

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Easy and simple!

Items you need:
Hula hoops (as many as you like)
Black garbage bags
Anything waterproof to connect like zip ties, glue, tape, or twist ties.

Step one:
Cut garbage bags at seems.

Step two:
Place hula hoop over bag and trim.

Step three:
Connect bags and hoops.

Step four:
Throw in pool and heat.

Or

Step one:
Place hoops in bags.

Step two:
Close bags. Ok if some air remains inside.

Step three:
Throw in pool.

This only warms pool a little.

Tire Flower Beds

  Tire Flower Bed

Items you will need:
Old tires
Outdoor paint (as at any home improvement store)
Flowers
Soil

Step One:
Paint and dry

Step Two:
Stack or place where you desire

Step Three:
Fill with soil

Step Four:
Plant

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