How to compost in the fall and winter

In some ways composting is simple - get the right mix of ingredients, a little carbon a little nitrogen, throw in some bacteria and worms if you choose, and voila! Your compost bin is rocking and rolling. But how should you prepare for colder weather? Here's a four step guide to keep your compost bin active during the cooler months.

2019-07-03T19:18:54-04:00November 11th, 2016|Gardening, Home, Homeowner tips, Owning a home|0 Comments

How to get rid of ants

I'm not squeamish about insects, so when my husband told me our yard was overrun by ants and that we needed to call an exterminator, my first thought was that he was overreacting. And my second thought was, I don't want to spend money on an exterminator! 

But, soon I had to admit that we had a real problem on our hands. If you've read my post about trying to grow new grass, you'll know that I put a lot of effort into fixing up my lawn. And now ants were making a huge mess of it with 66 three inch in diameter anthills dotting all of it. And I know how many because I counted them all!

2020-04-08T13:58:54-04:00July 27th, 2016|Gardening, Homeowner tips, Owning a home, Pests|1 Comment

Making progress towards a lush lawn

Are you a good gardener? I would call myself more of an aspiring gardener. 

I moved into a new house in November, and it is the first time that I've had an actual yard in my adult life, after years of apartment living.

Since it was already quite cold out when I moved, it was hard to tell what the lawn might be like in warmer weather. Now that spring is here, I can see that the yard is mostly weeds!

2019-07-03T16:21:18-04:00May 18th, 2016|Gardening, Home, Homeowner tips|2 Comments