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Hi and Welcome!

I have lived in Georgia my whole life.  This year it was a very wet winter presenting all sorts of problems.

My greatest hobby is gardening and I take great pride in this.  You get a real sense of accomplishment from seeing those seedlings to grow to enable you to feed those around your table.

This is my garden as it was starting to come up.  If you look closely, you can see the radishes, lettuce and cucumbers as well as the onion sets.  These are all vegetables we all use on a daily basis (or should!).

I am proud of my vegetable garden, and I’m told that I should be.  It is so nice having fresh produce that you were able to grow yourself!

Besides the basic vegetables, can you:

  • grow popcorn in your garden?
  • do you know how to produce bigger, juicier tomatoes?
  • how do you get bigger carrots in your garden?

Here is a picture of some of my flower beds along the top of my deck.  It sure looks beautiful when everything is in bloom.  This is a natural “high” — to know that you can do this and you feel that sense of pride every time you look at these flowers!

  • Do you know what zone you are in for planting flowers that last and grow?
  • Do you know the difference between all the new kinds of flowers, or do you depend on the sales person to tell you and hope they’re honest?

And this is a picture of all my houseplants — my house sometimes looks like a jungle, but what a sense of accomplishment!

And this is not even all of my houseplants!  I have more yet — in fact, too many to put on this page.

My garden has supported more than one family through the years.  I am extremely proud of this and other people are grateful for this!

By signing up for a membership on my site, you will learn all the tips and tricks that I know and have learned after 20 years of home gardening.  Some of these tricks sound so funny, but they work.  You’ll never know until you try them.

Membership is only $10.95 per month.  With a membership you will receive:

  • little-known tips and tricks to grow your own garden
  • we will research new plants and growing conditions together
  • we will do some growing together and see what we come up with
  • an educational newsletter every 2 weeks
  • and much more!

When you think of the sense of accomplishment you get from this and the money you save at the grocery store, you’ll see what a bargain it is!

Currently, I have a very small garden plot in my backyard.  Even though it is small, I was still able to give my daughter some produce that my garden produced!  What an achievement!

My daughter was simply amazed at the tomatoes that small garden produced!  This was accomplished with an inexpensive product from a pet store.  Mix it right into the soil and it never fails — you can never over-fertilize with this product!

I don’t always go with commercial fertilizers (or something bought in a store) — there are products available at your local grocers that provide nitrogen to your soil for next to nothing cost wise.  I mix this one product 1 part hot water to 3 parts cold water and provide lots of nitrogen to my soil.  Trust me when I say it’s inexpensive.

On the before & after page, that picture of that dieffenbachia which I picked up at the junk yard years ago, was extremely healthy before I gave it away.  I had to cut it down at least once a year — when it reaches 8 feet in my house, and I have only 8 foot ceilings in my home, it’s time to cut it down.  The product that can be bought inexpensively at the local grocery store played a big part in this.  I only gave it away because it was so big, and I wanted my living room back!  However, it’s new home is not liked by that plant!  I think we would all agree that this plant looks rather sick now compared to what it was!

Do you want to know about this “miracle product” is?  Remember, it is available at a local grocery store.  To find out, you must sign up for a membership!

The secret to gardening is simple — plant certain plants beside each other — they seem to compliment each other and the whole garden grows better.  The yields are awesome.  It is an age-old concept but little used in this hurry-hurry day and age!

There are a lot of people that think it is easier to go to the local grocery store!  I just don’t agree with that.

I know a secret to growing big pumpkins for the children to have a gigantic jack-o-lantern for Halloween.  Truth be told, I know more than one, but one comes to mind.  My Father-in-Law told me this one, and when I tried it, it worked awesome.  Now, my pumpkins are just gigantic, so gigantic and plentiful that I only grow them about 3 or 4 years.  I get too many pumpkins, and they are big!

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Choosing The Perfect Backyard Fire Pit

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With the economy continuing to limp along and no real relief in sight, people are looking for more cost effective ways of entertaining themselves – and the spending the night home is becoming more and more of a reality than ever before. And while a lot of people are being forced to stay in our entertain from their homes because of financial reasons or otherwise, they are still looking for a high end solution and a world class experience.


There are a couple of different routes you can go, with everything from a complete and  total remodel and overhaul of your entertaining spaces (which you may or may not have the funds to do) or something simpler, faster, but no less effective – and once you set eyes on some of the outdoor fire pit ideas the choice is all but made up for you.


There has always been a primal reaction from people throughout history to fire – it’s the tool that really allowed us to change the landscape of the world and responsible for our development and modern world. And while we’ve forgotten just how important fire is to us on a conscious level, just the sight of an open flame is enough to bring back deep and personal feelings. Perfect for entertaining a house full of people or just a quite night with you and your loved ones, there are a million and one fire pit ideas that would perfectly suite your needs.

What are the different options available for my new home fire pit, should I decide to go that route?

While you may have an image or a memory associated with a fire pit from your past or maybe even have a fire pit in your home right now that needs an update, you should know that with modern tools, technologies, and techniques the fire pit ideas of today are much different and more upscale than just a couple of bricks or cinderblocks knocked together. Using some of the finest construction materials in the world and comprised from a million and one different schools of thought on design and composition, there is absolutely more than enough fire pit ideas to suit your specific needs. Rustic and more traditional fire pits are still dominating the landscape, but more modern, Apple design inspired solutions are also starting to pop into the marketplace at a pretty rapid rate.

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Outdoor Fire Pit Ideas

And while the outdoor fire pit ideas and designs that you’ll have to sift through are varied and numerous, there are also a couple of different options for your to choose from in regards to fuel sources. Most of the solutions on the marketplace are the old word fired ones that many are familiar with, but some people are opting for the cleaner and lower maintenance (not to mention “instant on”) gas solutions. This is a deeply personal choice and will have a bunch of different things you’ll need to consider – the cost of fuel, the impact on the environment, etc – but with a little bit of thought the answer will probably come rushing up to the surface and you’ll know exactly which fire pit ideas to pursue.

Will a new fire pit be able to boost the value of my home dramatically?

There are a couple of schools of thought as to whether the right indoor or outdoor fire pit ideas will boost the value of your home dramatically, but all agree that it will – the difference comes in what kind of compensation you’ll be able to reap. If you are judging the value of your home by home safe, secure, welcome, and relaxing it is, then yes – the right fire pit solution will dramatically boost the value of your home to you.
If you’re big on entertaining and are looking to have the ultimate in outdoor spaces to show off to your guests as well as a secluded spot for you to sit when it’s just you and the people you care most about, then the answer is an overwhelming yes.


The thing that gets a little tricky is finding out whether or not your fire pit ideas can boost the monetary value of your home – that has a million and one different variables that need to come into play, and a lot of them revolve around the person you would be selling the home to. Let’s just put it this way – following through with fire pit ideas has probably never dropped the value of a home dramatically.

This again is a bit of a loaded question, and will depend on variables that are unknowable as of right now. While many of the best outdoor fire pit ideas can be pulled off and built successfully on your own without the assistance of experienced professionals, there are some instances where you’ll want to bring on some fire pit professionals to help you out. These bills can run anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to several thousand, all depending on the fire pit ideas you are looking to implement.

I really want a fire pit, but I’m not exactly an interior (or in this case exterior) designer – where can I get outdoor fire pit ideas that would work perfectly in my home?

First off, don’t think you are alone in this line of thinking – you aren’t. The best designers in the world are able to pull off projects that look like they are incredibly simple, but the moment you try to do it on your own you’ll find out quickly we they are able to make so much money. So while you may want to lean on a design professional to help you out with your project at some point, you should at the very least be doing a bit of research online for the best fire pit ideas and solutions out there. Google is a fantastic spot to start the search, but there are also some fire pit and outdoor space specific sites that have some incredible ideas as well!

To get more ideas that can help you choose a great fire pit for your yard, check out this YardMasterz.com propane fire pit review & buyers guide.

When Planting Seedlings Do I Need A Special Kind Of Soil?

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There are quite a few differences between the soils on the market today – some are heavier, some are fertilized, some are only for certain types of plants, and still others claim to retain moisture while the seedlings are indoors.

I know that if you use your own garden soil, the soil is extremely heavy and makes the plant pot seem to weigh a ton!

I also know that if you choose to use your garden soil, it must be baked in your oven for a while to heat out any impurities and/or worms that you may have picked up with the soil. This method of heating the dirt in the oven also helps if you have root rot in the soil as we currently do here in Saskatchewan, Canada. Not only that, even after baking your soil, the soil from your garden in that plant pot gets a hard coating on top of it and doesn’t seem to let water penetrate as easily as other soils.

Of all the types of soils out there, which soil provides the best answer?

I usually never purchase fertilized soil – I fertilize my own soil from something sold inexpensively at the grocery store, so there goes fertilized soil.

Since I really don’t care for the theory of baking my soil in my oven, I almost never use that type of soil, unless I’m desperate – so that disposes of that one.

I wonder if you can purchase specialized soil for lettuce for example. I have never seen this product on the market (at least where I live).

So, that takes care of a great many choices and narrows the list to almost nothing.

The type of soil I use is the general potting soil. I understand it is good for anything. It is not fertilized – that’s up to you, which suits me fine.

Even with the specialized soils on the market today, you still have to maintain that soil, so I find the general potting soil is best in all areas.

Also, the general potting soil is not too heavy when moving a plant pot within your home.

I usually don’t pay attention to the tags that certain soils retain moisture due to the fact that every home is different – some have dry air, while other homes may have moist air. That is one type of soil that I totally ignore.

I am fussy about the soils I use in my home – I don’t want plant bugs which can be caused by the wrong type of potting soil, and I want a soil that is not too heavy to enable me to move the container easier, and also, the last consideration, I don’t want to get a hard coating on the top of the soil, thereby retaining some level of water.

Years ago, I used my garden soil for an African violet in my home. I baked the soil, did everything else required, and transplanted this plant into that soil. Within about 2 months, I had a hard coating on the top of the soil. No matter how much I watered that plant, it never did well.

It constantly looked like it was dying – and I finally had to admit defeat and throw it in the garbage. From that day on, I have never used garden soil for any plant in my home again!

This is my favorite seedling soil available on Amazon.