Natural/Organic Bug Spray for Plants

This is another one of those things that I either wrote down or took a picture of a while back thinking it might come in handy at some point. Apparently this year is that point.

With a very dumb hound who will eat or lick just about anything lol, and the fact we don’t want chemicals in the garden because our granddaughter plays there when they visit, this is a great alternative to over the counter bug/pest sprays for plants.

Chris used it for the first time the day after I made it and he said he could actually see things/little bugs of some kind leaving the plant straight away. Not only that… but it is quick and simple to make and only uses ingredients you probably have on hand right now!

The ingredients list for this spray is as follows:

  • 4 liters of filtered water
  • 4 tsp. minced garlic, or garlic cloves
  • 1/2 large onion, in large pieces
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 bar hand soap, grated (I used Ivory because that’s what I had on hand)

To make the spray you start by adding the water, garlic, onion and cayenne to a large pot and bring it to a boil.

Once it is boiling, add the grated hand soap.

Allow the mixture to continue boiling for another 2 minutes, then remove from heat, cover and let stand about a half hour.

After the half hour, strain the mixture and pour into spray bottle(s). This makes 4 liters of spray so you will need something to store what isn’t in a spray bottle in something in a cool spot until you are ready to refill the bottle.

To use, spray directly onto plants about once a week.


Gardening – Hula Hoop Mini Arbor/Trellis

I spent pretty much all of Sunday outside “playing” in the gardens. It was such a beautiful day I just wanted to be outside. When Dillon and I went to town on Friday I picked up some more flowers for various pots, gardens and such and wanted to get them all planted.

The Hula Hoop Mini Arbor/Trellis was all made with items from the Dollar Store too which was awesome!

Today I can barely move lol… carrying all the bags of mulch and soil and such, pushing the wheel barrow around all day, I am feeling every muscle I have. Guess it’s part of getting older. The only thing I asked Dillon to do was to hook up my new hose because the faucet is under the back deck and I do not do spiders lol…. Yuck!

Now for the hula hoop arbor/trellis. I can’t remember if I saw this idea on Pinterest or Facebook but I thought it was a great idea. While I really wanted to get the pink glittery hula hoops for my projects, Dillon talked me out of it lol. He probably just didn’t want to carry them!

All I had to do was to cut the hula hoops, making two big open circles.

I made 4 stakes out of some bamboo I had laying around from another project and stuck them in the ground where I wanted each side of the hula hoops to end up.

I crisscrossed the hula hoops, putting the ends over the bamboo stakes, feeding them all the way to the soil and then just reinforced where the hula hoops met in the middle with some thin gauge wire.

Now I have a cool arch in my little vegetable garden that I will tie my cucumber plants to as they (hopefully grow)!

And just a few other pictures of some of the yard/flowers!


I Have a New Vegetable Garden!!!!

As you may have guessed, I have a new vegetable garden…. albeit not a big one but I have one nonetheless lol! (It’s still a little bit messy because of digging and the soil that got on the grass around it but I still wanted to share the picture)

AND my lilacs are starting to bloom! They are my absolute favourite! What an awesome smell!

Yesterday Dillon helped me dig out a new garden for the vegetables I want to grow. Last year we tried to grow in some sort of felt raised garden bags. While it wasn’t too bad, they caused problems in the winter, holding snow up against the wall of the garage/shop and when it started to melt… guess where it went? Yep… in the garage.

This year I decided I wanted an actual garden instead of trying to find different ways to do raised gardens. Chris and I went out into the yard and decided where we wanted to put it and I called in the big guns… aka Dillon and his youthful strength lol… and we dug up the grass where the garden was going to be.

Here are a couple of pictures of the process. It took quite a few wheel barrow trips to get rid of the grass we dug up lol!

Once Dillon did the heavy work I mixed in some better soil and triple mix and was able to start planting!!!

This year we are growing tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, celery, red onions and two kinds of lettuce! Hopefully I can keep them alive and thriving this summer so we can enjoy them. I think it will be so awesome to grow something my granddaughter can eat!!!


A Day of Yard Work

Phew! Yesterday was a busy day working in the yard.

I started off just planning to put up all of my hummingbird feeders (all 10 of them lol), but it evolved into me getting all of my garden ornaments out and then having a burn. I needed to burn all the branches I gathered from around the yard the other day. And there was a lot!

All the feeders are up and we’ve had a lot of hummingbirds checking them out. Different species too. There’s a beautiful black one with red and yellow on it’s neck, another is a deep emerald green! I love hummingbirds! These are just the ones in the back.

And Chris did a great job cutting the lawn. Better him than me lol… it takes almost 2 hours to do front and back!

And we picked a spot to dig up the grass to make a bigger vegetable garden! I’m very excited! My granddaughter is old enough now that she will be able to eat the veggies I grow!


Start of Gardening Season 2019

I spent some time yesterday doing some yard work. We had a rough, windy winter and our trees bore the brunt of it. There were branches, big and small, scattered all through the yard… some fairly big, some tiny… but they still needed to be collected so the lawn tractor doesn’t have to deal with them.

I filled the little trailer for the lawn tractor to overfilling lol… it was a lot of work but it just means we are getting closer and closer to gardening season.

I am trying to think of a different way to have my veggie garden this year. The felt portable pots worked fairly well last year but they have disintegrated over the winter. Right now I am weighing my options!

While I was out there I decided to take some pictures. My lilac bushes are so close to blooming…. my favourite flowers! I absolutely love the smell of lilac… so much that I have found cleaning products that smell just like them!

Here is a picture of my lilac starting to bloom.

Right now my Forsythia is in full bloom. The yellow flowers are always a nice bright reminder that Spring has arrived… albeit a wet and sometimes cold Spring lol!

Leroy, our Redbone Coonhound decided behind the Forsythia was the perfect place to hide from the big scary lawn tractor lol… he doesn’t like the sound of it!

My Tiger Lilies are starting to sprout up in all the gardens. I took this picture in the front yard of them starting to come up around the old tractor we have as garden “art!”

This last picture is just one I took when I was sitting on the lawn tractor taking a break, enjoying the beautiful day we had… well, most of yesterday and milder weather!

Welcome Spring!!!


Garden Update

I can’t remember what number “Garden Update” I am on but I really wanted to share the mini bounty I picked from the garden yesterday morning along with a progress report on some of the other things I’m growing!

This is what was ready to be picked! Some little red potatoes, cherry tomatoes and some beets. The beets I might “pickle” for later!

Last week I trimmed back most of the excess leaves on the big tomato plants in the hopes all the tomatoes will ripen faster. It seems to be helping. I was so worried I was doing it wrong and I was just going to kill the plant!

I have my first baby green pepper! It’s about 2 inches across and growing.

And here are my watermelons. I was very specific about calling them watermelons… according to Dillon I can’t keep asking people to come check out my melons lol 😳

I only have 4 of them so far but considering they were just an experiment I am quite impressed with myself lol!

As you can see, black thumb notwithstanding, I am actually managing to grow some veggies for my family and I to eat!

I have already started planning my “Garden Expansion” for next year 😮


Growing Food from Scraps- Follow up

I wanted to share one of my successes from attempting to grow from scraps.

I first tried it with green onions and it didn’t work out for me. I don’t know if I missed the new roots/planting stage or what but they went all slimey and mushy on me. I’m going to try it again and will definitely try it again.

I have however had the beginning of success with romaine lettuce. I cut the end off flat when the lettuce was used. I put it in a bowl with water and put it outside to get sunlight and when I looked at it this morning there was the start of new leaves!!!

I will update again if it keeps going so well lol!

Gardening Update

I have PEAS and ZUCCHINI starting lol!!!  I was out watering the other day and had a good look at what was going on in the little veggie gardens I started and low and behold…. I had a few pea pods starting and 5 or 6 zucchini!  I was so impressed I had to take pictures to share with you lol!



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Growing Food from Scraps

I found this great post on that I wanted to share with everyone!

Now that I finally seem able to grow things, and considering how much of the items she lists we throw out in a day, I’ve decided I am going to give some of these a try!!!

Thank you Kelley for the great post/idea!


Gardening Update

So far everything is still alive lol!  I finished my planting this past weekend. Thankfully that part is done and over with!

I got my “Mailbox Garden” done, all I need to do now is string up the solar fairy lights I bought from amazon. I thought it would be a nice addition to this garden for at night.


This is the picture of the garden with my supposed helper… shame she doesn’t do anything other than lay in the shade and “supervise” lol!!!


The little rose I got for Mother’s Day is still doing really well along with the shrub that I divided and transplanted!


The front garden is a multitude of different greens and looks fresh and healthy right now from all the rain. I have been trying to add different shrubs each year to fill in that garden, and the hummingbirds have been making the rounds on my “collection” of feeders!


I got all of my tomato and pepper plants in the ground and started.


My first blooming lilac bush is in full bloom… my favourite time of year… I absolutely love the smell of lilacs!


And all the veggies I planted a few weeks ago are thriving!  I planted cherry tomatoes, zucchini, peas, cucumbers, beets, Brussel sprouts, watermelon, red onions and red and yellow flesh potatoes.  Hopefully I can keep everything alive long enough to enjoy a little “harvest.”


And the start of summer would be summer without the calves making appearances.  There is nothing better than watching the calves hop and play with each other!

And finally we bought a new patio set for the back deck to replace the old stuff we had.  It’s funny because we put the old stuff out to the road thinking someone from the trailer park at the end of our road may take it sometime over the weekend….. it was gone in 5 minutes!!!! I had barely taped the Free sign to it before someone pulled up with a truck and trailer and took it home lol!

This is the new set up!