Wednesday, February 28, 2018

My Favorite Garden Tools

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My Favorite Garden Tools

Today I will be featuring 6 of my favorite garden tools.  Now, I'm not talking about the basics - I always recommend wearing garden gloves and using a kneeling pad to protect the knees.  I also always use a rake, hoe, rototiller, shovel etc.  The features today are unusual but still extremely useful and now that I've used them, I can't garden without them.

Newspaper Pot Maker

Instead of buying and using those little plastic pots to start my seedlings I use this wonderful garden tool that forms a seedling pot out of newspaper.  I have been making my own newspaper pots for almost 2 decades now.
There are 4 positive points for using this type of a pot as opposed to plastic pots:
1.  The roots do not get disturbed because you plant the newspaper pot along with the plant - the newspaper is so thin and decomposes - you don't see any traces of paper that next spring when you are tilling your garden.

2.  You are recycling any newspaper that you might have laying around the house (many newspapers have gone digital but I still have enough paper newspapers in my area for this to work).

3.  The newspaper ink protects the roots from some ground pests (that's the theory from the manufacturer but I think it does help).

4.  You are saving money because you don't have to buy plastic pots.

The Weed Bandit
After Weeding

This tool's success is dependent on the soil type: it is ideal for sandy/loamy soil conditions.  It's metal loop slices through the roots of each weed with ease. 

My advise if you have clay soil -  don't waste your time - this tool is useless for clay.
High Wheel Cultivator

This is one of my favorite garden tools.  There is no bending over or working on your knees - just simply walk behind this garden tool and push.  This was an anniversary present from my husband a few years ago..........yep - I'm strange - I'd rather have a tool like this as a gift instead of diamonds or store bought roses.

There are a few flaws however, there are 3 different heights and it is not easy to change from low to high and since my husband is 6'3" and I am 5'5" - this causes a problem.  Also, there are different attachments for creating rows or for making a furrow and those are also not simple to change back and forth.

The good far out weigh the bad when it comes to the High Wheel Cultivator.

Garden Velcro

I use this wonderful product to tie up my tomato plants but it can also be used to secure many other plants, trees and shrubs.  In the picture above you will see one of my crazy tomato plants.  I have about 20 tomato cages but since I plant between 80 & 100 tomato plants I needed to find another way to lift my tomatoes off the ground.

Lacrosse Fruit Picker
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This tool isn't really Lacrosse gear - it just looks like a Lacrosse stick to me.  It is however one of the most helpful garden tools available.

As a child I remember watching my dad climb this exact pear tree that you see in these pictures  - climbing higher than I ever thought possible just to get that prize pear.

A few years ago I bought this tool for my dad and I think it has been a life saver (literally because my dad's tree climbing days are over - lol).

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The Weed Hacker
This is one of my favorite and most effective garden tools.  "The Weed Hacker" is much more sturdy and much easier to use than the "Weed Bandit".  These two tools are similar in that they cut or tear the weeds at the root level.  However, "The Weed Hacker" is superior because it is made from much stronger metal and it is also a back saver since you don't have to bend down to use.  This durability makes "The Weed Hacker" efficient in all soil types including the most difficult clay soil. 


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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Tuesdays with a Twist Blog Hop #253

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #253!
Checkout the many great giveaways going on right now!
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Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!

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We're your hosts & co-hosts 

Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Checkout my amazing "Featured" Pinterest Board

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Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured! 
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My Features this Week are:

1. "The Importance of Friendships in a Godly Marriage" by Experience His Freedom
2. "Start Homesteading No Matter Where You Live" by Oak Hill Homestead
3. "Farmhouse Mirror" by The Boondocks Blog

If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.

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The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!

*Pictures should be your own* 

By linking up you give us permission to use these photos

 (with proper link backs) in our features.   And now for the party!


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Part of the Spring Easter Gift Guide
but first - read this great post:
Easter Egg Decorating - Electric Tape Stencil Method
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Monday, February 26, 2018

You're the STAR - Week#1 GARDEN (March 2018)

Spring is in the air!  Soon the garden will start growing!
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WELCOME to the March 2018 "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
Give Careful Thought To Your Ways - Be Practical
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WELCOME to GARDEN feature week of the March 2018 "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your GARDEN week Hosts 
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This week is GARDEN feature week
Swing by the GARDEN Hosts blogs:
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#1 GARDEN - gardening, homesteading, recycling, outdoor activities &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  repurposed ideas, outdoor concerns, posts relating to farm animals etc all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the February 2018 "You're the Star" blog hop)

Enjoying the Garden in Winter by Gwin Gal's Inside and Out Adventures 

Bird watching, Feeding Birds, Birder, winter in the garden, enjoying the garden in winter

Bring the Outdoors In by Follow the Yellow Brick Home

French doors opening onto a courtyard Garden style bringing the outdoors in

If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:
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We are in need of more Cohosts (click HERE to view a list of our current hosts/cohosts).
If you are interested in joining us as a Cohost then please click HERE & fill out the form.


All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )

Click the button below to enter the Great Giveaways going on now!!:
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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Christian Camp Songs & Chorus Hymns #28

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Christian Camp Songs & Chorus Hymns #28

I spent many years in my late teens and early twenties working at Christian Camps.  I even met my husband at a Christian camp.  These wonderful memories of great experiences make Christian camp songs very special to me.

On top of featuring an old hymn each month in what I call "Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing" - I will also be featuring a chorus hymn every month - ENJOY!
Today's featured song is "Our God Reigns" - Leonard Smith had a very interesting past.  He was 12 years old when his parents divorced and after that Mr. Smith found refuge in the Catholic church.  He later went to seminary.  He taught at many high schools but was fired because the schools claimed that he was too out spoken about Jesus.  He was forced to find work as a carpenter and it was through these difficult times that he began writing and when he wrote this beautiful hymn. 

"Therefore my people will know my name;
    therefore in that day they will know
that it is I who foretold it.
    Yes, it is I.”
 How beautiful on the mountains
    are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
    who bring good tidings,
    who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
    “Your God reigns!”."
Isaiah 52:6&7

I have included 2 YouTube videos of this amazing song (see below the lyrics) -  ENJOY!
Our God Reigns
Written & Composed by Leonard E Smith

1. How lovely on the mountains are the feet of Him.  Who brings good news, good news.  Announcing peace proclaiming news of happiness Our God reigns, Our God reigns.
2. He had no stately form, He had no majesty That we should be drawn to Him.  He was despised and we took no account of Him.  And now He reigns with the most High! Our God reigns, Our God reigns.
3. Out of the tomb He came with grace and majest;  He is alive, He is alive.  God loves us so, see here His hands, His feet, His side Yes we know, He is alive. Our God reigns, Our God reigns.


 Our God reigns, Our God Reigns
Our God reigns, Our God Reigns

A special thanks to "Wendellc93" for sharing this with us on YouTube

A special thanks to "pastorjoshmw" for sharing this with us on YouTube

Other Camp Songs & Chorus Hymns:
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