How to Keep Your Garden Alive While You Are on Vacation

How to Keep Your Garden Alive While You Are on Vacation. Tips on how to prepare your garden before you leave for vacation, and what to do when you are away from the house for an extended period of time, so your plants are alive and thriving when you return home.



How to Keep Your Garden Alive While You Are on Vacation

One of the biggest challenges a gardener faces is what to do about the garden while away on vacation. Summer is the season for family vacations, but it is also the biggest season for your garden. So much can go wrong when you are not tending your garden daily! The plants can suffer from too much sun with not enough water, damaging bugs and fungus may set in…it can be tough out there for your flowers, fruits, and vegetables when left on their own! The good news is you can keep your garden alive while on vacation with a little planning.

If you will only be gone for a weekend vacation your garden may not need any care or consideration at all. Shy of a wild wind storm or unexpected hail, most gardens can tend to themselves over two or three days and turn out just fine. Before leaving home for an extended period of time, give your garden plants a deep watering, and if necessary, some fresh mulch can aid in keeping your garden thriving over the weekend.

When you plan a week or longer vacation your garden needs a bit more attention. The first step should be to plan for someone physically stop at your house and check on your garden. Even with the best automation (sprinkler system, earth boxes, drip hose) and prior planning done before you leave town, your garden is still susceptible to pests (rabbits, deer, bugs). By having a friend stop by and check on your plants, their intervention and possibly treating an issue can save a lot of heartaches later. As a thank you measure, you can encourage the attendee to harvest any fruits or vegetables that ripen while you are gone, or, if the fruits of your labor are not ready yet (ha ha!), a bag of produce at harvest time would not be remiss. If your garden helper has all the produce s/he needs from their own garden, an offer to reciprocate when they go on vacation would be an excellent trade!

If you have a sprinkler system installed at your home, make certain you have a rain gauge installed. That will stop your sprinkler from going on when there is water in the gutters. Have you ever seen sprinklers on during a storm? I always shake my head. A $50 rain gauge can save so much water.

An automatic Wi-Fi enabled watering system can be your best friend. These devices are handy for when you need to leave town. Simply check the weather and set your garden to be watered right from your smartphone or tablet. This is really handy for any garden. Add watering globes or homemade ones using wine bottles filled and inserted into the soil to help keep your potted plants thriving while you are on vacation.

Before you leave town, tend your garden by pulling weeds and assess your mulch to see if a fresh layer is needed to keep weeds from taking over while you are away. Prune plants (garden vegetables – check for the correct time of year for trees and shrubs) before you go on vacation to reduce any dead and decaying plant material that will call to pests you do not want in your garden. Inspect plants and treat them for any pests already invading before they have a chance to take over while you are away. If aphids are a common problem for you be proactive and order a batch of ladybugs to be set free before you leave.

Feed your garden before you leave. Your garden will grow and thrive after being well fed. Use a liquid fertilizer or fertilizer pellets that can work its way past your mulch layer. A well-fed garden is stronger for fighting off pests and handling variations in the water cycle.

When you return from vacation your garden will most likely need some attention. Spend a couple hours when you get home harvesting any crops, pulling weeds, and inspecting your garden for bugs that have snuck their way into your garden. If you did not feed your plants before leaving on vacation take a moment to do it when you get home.

Your garden can thrive while you are away on vacation and if all else fails the time you took to prep before leaving home will reduce damage and allow your garden to bounce back when you get home and are able to care for it again daily.


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Wholesome Blueberry Banana Oat Bars Recipe

Wholesome Blueberry Banana Oat Bars Recipe. Try this easy to make Wholesome Blueberry Banana Oat Bars Recipe today! It makes for a great snack, on the go breakfast, or a delicious addition to a lunchbox meal.



Wholesome Blueberry Banana Oat Bars Recipe

Hubby has decreed that we are now going to start making protein bars, energy bars, breakfast bars, etc. Next up is something that uses up a whoooole lot of the nuts we have in the freezer. Maybe we just add them to this recipe and see how that goes? Anyhoooo homemade breakfast-type bars are simple to make, you know what ingredients you used, and you can freeze them (normally). Try this easy to make Wholesome Blueberry Banana Oat Bars Recipe today! It makes for a great snack, on the go breakfast, or a delicious addition to a lunchbox meal.

Blueberry Banana Oat Bars Ingredients:

• 2 cups Quick Oats
• 1 cup Fresh Blueberries
• 3 Bananas, VERY ripe, mashed
• 1 Egg
• 2 TBSP Brown Sugar

Blueberry Banana Oat Bars Mise en Place:

• Spatula or Spoon
• Large Bowl
• 8″x8″ Baking Pan
• Aluminum Foil

Wholesome Blueberry Banana Oat Bars Recipe. Try this easy to make Wholesome Blueberry Banana Oat Bars Recipe today! It makes for a great snack, on the go breakfast, or a delicious addition to a lunchbox meal.


Blueberry Banana Oat Bars Directions:

• Preheat oven to 350°.
• Line an 8” x 8” pan with aluminum foil. (You may alternately grease well if you prefer not to use aluminum foil.
• In a large bowl, fold together quick oats and fresh blueberries.

Wholesome Blueberry Banana Oat Bars Recipe. Try this easy to make Wholesome Blueberry Banana Oat Bars Recipe today! It makes for a great snack, on the go breakfast, or a delicious addition to a lunchbox meal.


• Add in banana, egg and brown sugar; mix well.

Wholesome Blueberry Banana Oat Bars Recipe. Try this easy to make Wholesome Blueberry Banana Oat Bars Recipe today! It makes for a great snack, on the go breakfast, or a delicious addition to a lunchbox meal.


• Press the mixture into the prepared pan.
• Bake for approximately 25 – 30 minutes in a preheated 350° oven, or until the bars have slightly browned on top.
• Remove from the oven and allow the blueberry banana oat bars to cool in the pan.

Wholesome Blueberry Banana Oat Bars Recipe. Try this easy to make Wholesome Blueberry Banana Oat Bars Recipe today! It makes for a great snack, on the go breakfast, or a delicious addition to a lunchbox meal.


• Cut blueberry banana oat bars into 8 portions.
• Eat on the go, or freeze individually for busy mornings!


Wholesome Blueberry Banana Oat Bars Recipe

Try this easy to make Wholesome Blueberry Banana Oat Bars Recipe today! It makes for a great snack, on the go breakfast, or a delicious addition to a lunchbox meal.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 Minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups Quick Oats
1 cup Fresh Blueberries
3 Bananas, VERY ripe, mashed
1 Egg
2 TBSP Brown Sugar

Directions:

• Preheat oven to 350°.
• Line an 8” x 8” pan with aluminum foil. (You may alternately grease well if you prefer not to use aluminum foil.
• In a large bowl, fold together quick oats and fresh blueberries.
• Add in banana, egg and brown sugar; mix well.
• Press the mixture into the prepared pan.
• Bake for approximately 25 – 30 minutes in a preheated 350° oven, or until the bars have slightly browned on top.
• Remove from the oven and allow the blueberry banana oat bars to cool in the pan
• Cut blueberry banana oat bars into 8 portions.
• Eat on the go, or freeze individually for busy mornings!

• Makes 8 servings Wholesome Blueberry Banana Oat Bars

Wholesome Blueberry Banana Oat Bars Recipe. Try this easy to make Wholesome Blueberry Banana Oat Bars Recipe today! It makes for a great snack, on the go breakfast, or a delicious addition to a lunchbox meal.


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15 Fun and Useful Gifts for Wine Lovers

15 Fun and Useful Gifts for Wine Lovers. There are so many fun and useful gifts for wine lovers that it is hard to choose just one. But with products this awesome, why limit yourself?



There are so many fun and useful gifts for wine lovers that it is hard to choose just one. If you or someone you love is in a deep, committed relationship with vino, you really must check out these awesome products!

15 Fun and Useful Gifts for Wine Lovers

Our love affair with wine has been going on for thousands of years. The Old Testament tells us that Noah planted vineyards. And in 1867, in the area around Speyer, Germany, the oldest bottle of wine was discovered – a bottle dating back to 325 A.D. It is hard to imagine what the history of humanity might look like without the influence of wine and other intoxicating beverages.

No matter how great life might be, it is always a little better with wine. Wine is earthy, natural, and comes in a multitude of delicious varieties. Certain types of wine are designed to be paired with certain types of food, enriching the flavor of both the food and the wine. And there is something inherently “classy” about wine, making it a welcome hostess gift for every occasion.

Red wine is even known for being good for you. Consumed in moderation, wine may lower your cholesterol, balance your blood sugar, maintain healthy gut bacteria, and keep your heart healthy. There is even indication that the resveratrol found in red wine has the ability to fight cancer! I do my very best to consume a glass of red wine every day. Clearly, I care about my health.

With so many positive reasons to imbibe, why not pour yourself a lovely glass of wine while you explore this list of fun and useful gifts for wine lovers?



Pouring wine from a bottle into a decanter may improve the flavor and aromas of red wine by increasing the amount of oxygen in the wine. This gorgeous hand-blown crystal glass carafe is the perfect decanter to use for your fine wines, especially when serving to guests. Even inexpensive wines will be improved when you pour them from this!

Note: not all wine, even red, need to be decanted.



Every adventure that involves food should also include a little wine. But sometimes, taking a glass wine bottle on your adventure is problematic. Not only are glass bottles heavy, they can break. That is why you need this flexible and unbreakable wine bottle. Carry your favorite vino with you on your next camping trip or picnic without fear of painful accidents. Win-win!



I still have not decided if this wine bottle brainteaser puzzle is completely wonderful, or slightly cruel. But we all know that if the wine is good, it is worth working for, right?



For the true wine lover, sometimes enjoying aroma and flavor is not enough. Sometimes you need to color about it too. If so, this wine coloring book for adults is just the thing to help you celebrate wine in your own special way! (Protip: Consuming too much wine while coloring may make it challenging to stay within the lines.)



People love their rules, especially when it comes to drinking! But for every rule, there is an exception, and this 12.75 oz wine glass perfectly illustrates that with the statement, “It’s Not Drinking Alone if the Dog is Home”. No wonder dogs are our best friends!



It is always nice to have some wine stoppers on hand for those times when you just cannot finish all the wine in the bottle. These humorous wine stoppers will help keep your wine fresh and tasty while making you smile.



These wonderful cotton socks let everyone know where you stand when it comes to wine. (But only when you’re sitting, with your feet up.) Keep your feet warm until your toes tingle with the spirited goodness of your favorite vino. These socks will remind everyone to keep your wine glass full!



These slipper socks just look so cuddly and comfortable. The cute appliques perfectly express your love for wine. In fact, they express it so well that it would be almost a sacrilege to wear them without a nice glass of vino in hand. If you gift them to someone, be sure and pair them with a nice bottle of wine!



Wine and cheese go together like . . . well . . . wine and cheese. But pairing them perfectly requires knowledge, experience, and a bit of instinct. Or, you can just read Tasting Wine and Cheese and let Adam Centamore teach you enough to impress your friends at your next wine and cheese bash. Never had a wine and cheese tasting party? Then it is about time you did!



If the wine lover in your life is also a cat lover, this wine bottle holder is a gret gift. This cute and cuddly tabby loves his wine as much as you do and he is sure to bring a smile to the face of anyone who sees him. Just make sure you include a bottle of wine with your kitty gift so he is not left empty er, pawed.



This floating steel link chain wine bottle holder is simply brilliant. It is the perfect combination of unique and fun, making it a great choice for a counter top wine holder in any decor. (Bonus – the more wine consumed, the more amusing peoples’ responses may be!)



The only thing better than getting together with friends to share a bottle of wine is playing a game about wine while you drink it! This fun party game will have you all laughing as you enjoy some hilarious wordplay with your friends. And wine. Let’s not forget the wine.



The perfect compliment to any romantic picnic is a nice bottle of wine you can share with your beloved. This wonderful wine tTote bag picnic set will make your romantic picnic goals that much more within your reach. Not only does it safely carry your bottle of wine, but you also have everything you need, including wine glasses, to serve it up in style. You know you need this in your life!



This personalized wine name art is an amazing and unique gift for the wine lover in your life. Each picture cleverly denotes the individual letters in their name (or any other word you choose.) This beautiful gift will look wonderful on any wall for years to come.



Unless you are a wine expert, you need this book. Full of interesting facts about different types of wine and so much more, you will learn so much about your favorite beverage that your vino-loving friends will smile in admiration of your mad wine knowledge.

With so many lovely wine gifts to choose from, you just can’t go wrong!

What is your favorite type of wine? Please share your recommendations!

Sources:

Winepros
Prevention Magazine


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