Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Labels: 2014, April, deer moss, Fairy Garden, indoor garden, Karen Sloan, lichen, moss, Terrarium, Wall Flower Studio, workshop
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Labels: 2014, April, Crocus, Earth Day, Flowers, garden, Karen Sloan, Snow, Spring. Blooming Now, Wall Flower Studio
Sunday, 20 April 2014
Finally! We're now experiencing a real taste of spring here in #MyHaliburtonHighlands!
It's about time!
The crocus are out in full bloom, and the clematis shown below, C. alpina 'Constance', is starting to sprout lovely it's green foliage. I couldn't ask for a better Easter gift. My feeling is that one can get chocolate any old time, but spring arrives only once a year.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Labels: 2014, alpine, April, blooming now, Clematis, Crocus, Easter, Flowers, garden, Spring, Sprouting, Wall Flower Studio
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Labels: 2014, April, DIY, gardening, Guerrilla Gardening, handmade, heart, Karen Sloan, native seeds, Seed balls, seed hearts, Sold order, throw and grow, Wall Flower Studio, wildflower seeds
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
The basil seeds in the egg shell containers are shooting up nicely!
Since it’s snowing here today, it sure is nice to see something growing. ; )
Eggs are so useful, aren’t they?! Thought I’d take this opportunity to post a few other ways egg shells can be used in the garden, too.
Egg shells in compost:
Eggshells are the perfect addition to your garden compost because they are rich in calcium—a nutrient that helps plants. Crushing them before you put them in your compost heap will help them break down faster.
Egg shells to deter pests:
Crushed egg shells can be scattered around the garden. It’s an eco-friendly way to keep vegetables and flowers, especially those hosta, safe from slugs and snails. There’s no need to use harmful, toxic pesticides which we all know do more harm than good.
Eggshells in the vermicomposter:
Egg shells are great for worm bins. They release calcium and seem to help keep excessive acidic conditions from developing in the bin. Grind up the shells before adding them so the worms will be able to utilize them quicker.
I keep a lidded bin in my kitchen to collect coffee grounds, tea bags and of course, eggshells. When the bin is full, I crush the shells and throw them, along with all of the grounds directly into the garden.
My Grandmother swore by this for her tomatoes, which were beautiful!. I’m happy to carry on the tradition!
Labels: 2014, April, Basil, coffee, container garden, DIY, Egg shells, eggshell, Karen Sloan, pests, seed starting, seeds, slugs, tea bags, tips, vermicomposting, Wall Flower Studio, worms
Monday, 14 April 2014
Add some greenery to your home or office!
Join me at the Art Hive where each participant will create a moss terrarium to take home!
Guidance will be provided along with step-by-step instructions. I'll also share tips and techniques on creating, and keeping a healthy terrarium for many years to come.
Contact: The Art Hive Gallery
10239 Highway #118, Haliburton, Ontario K0M 1J1
Tel: (705) 754-0021
Instructor: Karen Sloan - Wall Flower Studio
Date: Sat. Apr. 19th
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cost: $40 includes all materials
Labels: #MyHaliburtonHighlands, 2014, April, Art Hive, class, glass gardens, indoor garden, Karen Sloan, Landscapes, moss, Terrarium, Wall Flower Studio, workshop
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
Labels: 2014, April, Basil, container garden, cooking, eggshell, food, fresh, herbs, Karen Sloan, Pesto, recipe, salad, seed starting, seedlings, seeds, Spring, Sprouting, Wall Flower Studio
Saturday, 5 April 2014
|Eggshell seed starters|
Eggshells fit the bill perfectly! Not only have they saved me a lot of money, since I sow hundreds seeds, but they've added nutrients to the soil as they're completely biodegradable. Earthworms benefit as well because eggshells are the perfect ingredient in any compost pile.
|Pot maker and newspaper pots|
It's the perfect way to recycle newspaper because like eggshells, they break down in the garden and can be planted directly into the ground. As a gardener, I love this as it means I'm not disturbing any of my tiny seedling's roots!
So, consider alternatives to the not-so-ecologically friendly products offered by retailers today. Saving money and doing some good for the planet, even in a seemingly small way, is a good way to do just that.
Thanks for visiting and happy gardening!
Labels: Container, DIY, eco friendly, Egg shells, Karen Sloan, natural gardening, newspaper, seeds, sowing, tips, Wall Flower Studio
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
Sharing some wildlife on Wordless Wednesday - A turkey at Wall Flower Studio, in #MyHaliburtonHighlands
Labels: #MyHaliburtonHighlands, 2014, April, Karen Sloan, Snow, Spring, Wall Flower Studio, wild turkey