Easy DIY Butterfly Garden Markers

Easy DIY Butterfly Garden Markers. Simple to make garden markers to help you identify the fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs growing in your backyard or window garden. These are so easy to make, anyone can do it!


Easy DIY Butterfly Garden Markers

Simple to make garden markers to help you identify the fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs growing in your backyard or window garden. These are so easy to make, anyone can do it!

Working in the garden is a wonderful activity that is as rewarding as it is enjoyable. There is something satisfying about seeing something you cared for from the seed up produce beautiful produce, herbs, or flowers. When planting things in the garden we are all looking for beauty and color. And I do not know about you, but I plant so much I sometimes forget what went into the ground! These simple to make garden markers are whimsical, colorful and useful in identifying fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs planted in your garden.

These are made with butterflies but caterpillars, ladybugs, and grasshoppers would also work well in making these garden markers.

Easy DIY Butterfly Garden Markers. Simple to make garden markers to help you identify the fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs growing in your backyard or window garden. These are so easy to make, anyone can do it!


Easy DIY Butterfly Garden Markers Materials:

Plastic Butterflies
• Wire Hangers
Wire Cutters
Black Outdoor Paint
• Foam Paint Brush
• White or Black Permanent Marker
Waterproof Glue

Easy DIY Butterfly Garden Markers. Simple to make garden markers to help you identify the fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs growing in your backyard or window garden. These are so easy to make, anyone can do it!


Easy DIY Butterfly Garden Markers Instructions:

• Cut the straight part of a wire hanger for each butterfly marker. The length of a wire hanger is just about perfect for a garden marker, and these markers are an excellent way to use up wire hangers gathered from dry cleaning.

Easy DIY Butterfly Garden Markers. Simple to make garden markers to help you identify the fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs growing in your backyard or window garden. These are so easy to make, anyone can do it!


• Use black outdoor paint to paint the wires black. You don’t have to do this step, but I liked how the black looked in the garden better than the white.

Easy DIY Butterfly Garden Markers. Simple to make garden markers to help you identify the fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs growing in your backyard or window garden. These are so easy to make, anyone can do it!


• Once the paint dries, flip the butterflies over and add a line of glue across the butterfly bodies.

Easy DIY Butterfly Garden Markers. Simple to make garden markers to help you identify the fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs growing in your backyard or window garden. These are so easy to make, anyone can do it!


• Stick a wire into the glue, then add another layer to seal the wire inside the glue.
• Wait for 24 hours for the glue to completely dry.

Easy DIY Butterfly Garden Markers. Simple to make garden markers to help you identify the fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs growing in your backyard or window garden. These are so easy to make, anyone can do it!


• Once the glue is dry, write the name of your plants on the wings of the butterflies using a permanent marker.

Easy DIY Butterfly Garden Markers. Simple to make garden markers to help you identify the fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs growing in your backyard or window garden. These are so easy to make, anyone can do it!


• If you grow something else later, you can wipe away the marker with a rubbing alcohol wipe and write in a different name for the new plant.

Easy DIY Butterfly Garden Markers. Simple to make garden markers to help you identify the fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs growing in your backyard or window garden. These are so easy to make, anyone can do it!


• Place the butterfly garden markers in your garden or use them in potted plants so you can easily remember what plants you have growing in your garden!


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Spring Gardening

Spring Gardening. Spring planting, earth box planting, ground planting of fruits, vegetables and flowers for a wonderful and productive garden harvest.


The gardening season got off to a slow start this year. After a very warm and dry April, May was cooler and wet. This caused a slight delay in getting my plants into the ground for the season. I did plant my earth boxes just a few days later than normal – the week after Mother’s Day as opposed to Mother’s Day weekend. So far we have had a nearly three-month spring (VERY long for this area), but I think summer may have broken through this week.

Things have moved along rapidly, however, and all signs point to a productive tomato, bean and cucumber season. The jury is out on the peppers as you will see below.

I once again used my hanging basket hack on the patio. It makes life soooo easy!

Spring Gardening. Spring planting, earth box planting, ground planting of fruits, vegetables and flowers for a wonderful and productive garden harvest.


The patio has a lot of flowers in baskets, some hens, and chicks (I will transplant them to the ground at the end of the season), and even a fake plant that looks so very real (see above). It is amazing how far they have come with faux plants. There was no way to give a real plant sunshine under the awning, so faux it is!

Spring Gardening. Spring planting, earth box planting, ground planting of fruits, vegetables and flowers for a wonderful and productive garden harvest.


I was reading a local garden newsletter last week, and blackberries are supposed to be back this year. Last year’s blackberry crop was nonexistent, and what did produce was extremely bitter. I will say my blackberry bushes do look fabulous right now, so I am hopeful! I miss the large blackberry production in my own backyard.

Spring Gardening. Spring planting, earth box planting, ground planting of fruits, vegetables and flowers for a wonderful and productive garden harvest.


Spring Gardening. Spring planting, earth box planting, ground planting of fruits, vegetables and flowers for a wonderful and productive garden harvest.


Oh my poor, poor peppers. This year I planted 12 pepper plants, various types. Six went into an earth-box knock off from Home Depot (they were cheap so Hubby bought me two to try), and six went into the ground. In spite of seeing that small bud, I have zero hopes for these plants.

The peppers inside the city pickers seem burned. The green peppers in the ground were a rabbit smorgasbord. We have had a ton of rabbits this year (multiplying like bunnies I guess) and Max just seems to want to coexist with them instead of chasing them out of the yard. However, the rabbits have been scarce this past week and I noticed a few large birds in the area (although no owls), so the rabbits may be laying low… or have become a hasenpfeffer dinner for those large birds (that look suspiciously like some type of hawk).

Spring Gardening. Spring planting, earth box planting, ground planting of fruits, vegetables and flowers for a wonderful and productive garden harvest.


I planted some scallions next to the chives per Hubby’s request. This is my first time planting an onion in this backyard, so we shall see how it goes.

Spring Gardening. Spring planting, earth box planting, ground planting of fruits, vegetables and flowers for a wonderful and productive garden harvest.


Spring Gardening. Spring planting, earth box planting, ground planting of fruits, vegetables and flowers for a wonderful and productive garden harvest.


The earth boxes have cucumbers (although only a few after last year’s cucumber invasion) and green and yellow breans. Hubby and I love beans and eat them raw, make oven roasted parmesan green beans, blanch and freeze them, and if we have enough, can green beans.

Spring Gardening. Spring planting, earth box planting, ground planting of fruits, vegetables and flowers for a wonderful and productive garden harvest.


The second city pickers box has roma tomatoes. I planted two in the ground, and two in the city pickers box to see what would happen. So far the ground tomatoes look terrible, and the city pickers box roma tomatoes are thriving. We shall see how the season progresses and if tomato blight is finally done with New York State.

In addition to the roma tomatoes (planted specifically for freezing tomatoes later), we have a patio tomato plant. We make cucumber caprese salad all summer long, so these, and a reasonable amount of cucumbers, will be used as they ripen.

Spring Gardening. Spring planting, earth box planting, ground planting of fruits, vegetables and flowers for a wonderful and productive garden harvest.


The corners of the yard have been rock-based for years. We had three evergreen shrubs on the left side corner, and the evergreen bush on the far left side (of that left side) has been replaced three times. It died (again) so I decided to give up and just live with two shrubs. But that meant we had a “hole”.

Hubby and I laid more river rock to fill in the (real) hole left behind by removing the shrub. Hubby then moved the birdbath over from the right side rock area. That left nothing in the right corner though! (We had never had plants on the right side as it is much shadier there.) Hubby mentioned he has an old, seasoned wheelbarrow at one of his properties, so we picked it up, placed some cement blocks inside that old wheelbarrow for height, and then bought two hanging baskets and placed them inside!

Spring Gardening. Spring planting, earth box planting, ground planting of fruits, vegetables and flowers for a wonderful and productive garden harvest.


I love how it turned out.

Hubby suggested we go with light colored flowers in the corner as it is very dark there surrounded by the arborvitae. I could not disagree, so bought white petunias with a touch of light purple flowers to match all the other purple plants on the patio.

I still have a little more to do before we have the backyard “party ready.” I purchased a few solar lights including a few of these butterfly hanging light (wow have those come a long way!) and would like a few more plus some solar light strings for around the patio awning.

How is your garden growing this spring!


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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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