With winter winding down, many of us are thinking about warmer days when we can return to our gardens. While it may be too cold to start planting outdoors, there’s plenty of opportunity to get started inside – ideally, six weeks before the last frost of spring.
Nothing feels better than giving a loved one the perfect gift. Spark a smile this holiday season with any of the six gift baskets we’ve created to make your holiday shopping that much easier, or use them as inspiration and create your own.
Summer is in full swing and that means spending your days outside enjoying the weather. You’ve created the perfect gathering space. Your garden is in tip-top shape. You’ve mastered your favorite dishes on the grill. So don’t let pesky bugs ruin all your fun. Harsh chemicals and ugly traps can deter anyone from fixing their pest problem. We get it. And that’s why we’ve got great all-natural solutions to send those annoying critters marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah.
Spray the Pests Away
Try an easy, natural spray for all your pest control problems – from snails and slugs to flower-eating insects. We recommend choosing one that is OMRI certified, which means it is certified organic and non-GMO. You can also try an organic insect-killing soap to get rid of unwanted insects naturally without killing the good ones. If you want to go a step further, tackle multiple problems at once with an organic, all-in-one insecticide, miticide, and fungicide to kill all stages of insects.
Get a Little Lucky
They say when a ladybug lands on you, it’s good luck. The same is true for your garden. Keep live ladybugs in your yard to protect your flowers and shrubs from aphids, bugs, and worms without any harsh chemicals. This way you don’t have to worry about your pets or kids being exposed to harmful synthetic substances, and you can enjoy having these bright little creatures right in your own backyard.
Rid Your Home of Rodents
Rodents are not only unwanted pests – they can carry dangerous diseases. Protect your family and pets from moles, gophers, rats, and mice the ultrasonic way. Ultrasonic rodent repellent devices work by emitting high frequency sound waves that cannot be heard by humans or animals of the non-rodent variety. You can place these sound wave generators inside or outside as a humane way to keep rodents at bay.
Manage Those Mosquitos (and Flies)
Nothing is more annoying than a mosquito buzzing in your ear or a fly landing on your food. Traditional mosquito and fly management methods can be harsh and unappealing to the eye, but we’ve got a few all-natural solutions that will also enhance your backyard décor. Try a trendy citronella candle and make a style statement while you repel mosquitoes. Or plant lavender around your yard – mosquitoes hate the smell, but to humans it can be relaxing and fragrant. Flies are obnoxious, but fly traps don’t have to be. Try placing a few decorative fly traps around to discreetly collect bothersome flies with a non-toxic formula.
Whatever your pest problem may be, choosing an all-natural solution is the safest option for your family and pets. Got a more specific problem? Don’t hesitate to stop by your neighborhood Orchard Supply Hardware and we’ll be happy to help you solve it. Wishing you the happiest, pest-free days this summer.
By using raised garden beds, you can grow herbs, flowers, and vegetables almost anywhere you want. With a nice flat location, the right materials, and a few feet of space, you can have a garden in the perfect spot for sun, shade, and aesthetics.
There are plenty of advantages, too. For example, elevated garden beds can lengthen your growing season. Plants tend to grow a little bit easier since the soil in a raised bed is less compacted, and if the plants have an easier time growing, then they usually have a higher yield. And gardening with a raised bed can be much easier on your knees and your back than stooping over and kneeling on the ground.
Raised bed gardens sound amazing, right? We think so, too.
Now here’s the best part: They’re super easy to make. The directions below are for a raised bed that’s about 4-ft x 8-ft, and holds about 32-cu ft of soil (give or take) but you can make yours any size that fits your needs.
✓ Four 1-in x 6-in x 8-ft boards (side rails)
✓ Four 1-in x 6-in x 4-ft boards (head rails)
✓ Four foot-long 4×4 posts
✓ Four 2-in x 2-in x 18-in stakes
✓ Deck screws
✓ Planting soil
✓ Safety gear (gloves, eyewear, etc.)
Raised Garden Bed Overview
- 1. First, build the side walls. On flat ground, line up the long side of one of the foot-long 4×4 posts perpendicular to the short edge of a side rail so that it makes an L-shape. Fasten them together with the deck screws. Repeat with another post on the other edge of the side rail.
- 2. Next attach another side rail piece above the first one so that you have a foot-high wall with the posts at the edges (make sure everything’s neatly lined up!) Repeat to build a second wall.
- 3. Now, let’s build the head walls. Stand the side walls upright with the posts on the outside of where you want the bed to go. Fasten the head rails to the posts with more deck screws to complete the frame. Again, take care to make sure everything lines up right.
- 4. Adjust the bed frame so that it’s level and in the position you want. If you have to move it or make adjustments, make sure the angles are still lined up.
- 5. Finally, reinforce the walls by placing a stake at the midpoint on the outside of each of the walls. Hammer the stakes into the ground so that they’re even with the top of the garden bed, then secure them with deck screws.
And that’s all there is to it! Pat yourself on the back, fill the bed with soil, and then tag us in your picture with #MyOSHProject