FAIRY GARDEN MUSHROOMS (FAIRY RING)

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I searched everywhere to find lawn ornament mushrooms for my fairy garden.  There were none to be found so, I decided I would try to make some. In the ground they look real. I recently took out to repaint and took pic. They are five years old and have weathered many winters but still remain intact.

YOU WILL NEED:

Mortar

Water to mix the mortar

A medium sized hollow rubber ball. This can be a dog toy or a child’s toy ball. It must be made of rubber or plastic and hollow inside.

Beige or off-white colored craft paint

Clear spray paint to spray after dry to protect from sun and rain

Water bottle caps

Dowel rod or 1/4 inch PVC piping

Old towel for propping your ball halves till dried. Takes about 36 hours to be fully dried.

Dap brand clear caulking . It is waterproof and unlike silicone, clears up easily. I prefer this as it stands up well in all weathers

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Cut rubber ball exactly in half and set aside.

2. Roll your towel long ways and make a nest of sorts for both halves of balls to rest upright. You do not want the bottom of the ball to touch the surface as it will result in a flattening of the mushrooms top.

3. Mix a bit of mortar and fill balls 3/4 full and place in nests so that mortar is resting level.

4. After mortar has been sitting an hour or so, place a water bottle cap ( with top side of bottle cap facing down) into mortar.

5. After another hour or so, ( this is optional ) draw lines from center of cap toward outside edge of your mushroom.  This will give the underside the appearance of a real mushroom.

6. Once dried thoroughly, 36-48 hrs, remove ball by peeling ball away from cement. The ball can be used to make more.

7. Paint your mushroom.

8. Cut PVC or dowel to desired length taking into account a few inches that will be stuck under ground , and paint.

9. Once dry, place dap caulking in center of bottle cap and insert dowel rod or 1/4 inch PVC pipe into glue in bottle cap.

10. Spray with clear spray paint and allow to dry overnight before placing in garden.

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MAKING A PINEAPPLE PLANT

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I do have to note that this is only the fourth one that I have done.  I recently took the one my son and I did at his house and brought it to my house . It was far too large for his space so I planted it in my garden. It is even bigger now and flourishing in the Florida sun.  I know for any of them to fruit they need to be pollinated. I’m not a gardener per say, I dabble here and there to find info I want to learn. The rest, let’s say I wing it. Lol. I am hoping by planting this other one that maybe they can be pollinated and one day bear fruit.   And I pray Monsanto hasn’t  gotten to our pineapples . Monsanto crops only bear fruit once. Plus they have pesticides. That’s a whole other blog that I will post one day on my companion site georgiogiavanni.wordpress.com. Anyway, I love pineapples.  Here’s how to make your own pineapple plant.. Hope you’ll give it a try. Fun for children because it is successful 100% of the time. No dying plants to discourage young gardeners. Or old gardeners for that matter! 🙂

YOU WILL NEED:

A grocery store pineapple

Water

Eventually, a good potting soil

Large clay pot or ceramic pot with drainage hole.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Take your hand and put it at the base of the top greenery and hold firmly.

2. Twist the bottom of the pineapple as far as you have to, until the plant part comes off.

3. Take each bottom leave and pull toward the bottom till it falls off. Continue doing this all the way around until you have pulled off five to six rows of leaves.

4.Place the plant in a container with only enough water to cover the part without leaves.

5. Keep an eye on the water level as it soaks up water pretty easily. Change water daily.

6.Once you have good roots, place in a large clay pot.

NOTE: In a few days you will see roots. If you buy a very ripe one or let it ripen well in your home before you twist the plant off, roots will already have started growing. The picture I have posted is after two days in water. I twisted top off after pineapple was yellow and many roots were already growing. Have fun! If you want them to bear fruit, be sure to plant a few in your garden so they can be pollinated. In this ever worsening economy, it’s going to be good to know how to grow our own foods. If you don’t have a garden, even potted, it still is a great looking plant!

GROWING YOUR OWN GREEN ONIONS EASILY

Green Onion Sprouts
Green Onion Sprouts

With the growing concern of genetically modified foods (GMOs) that are known to cause diseases like diabetes, kidney failure, cancer, respiratory problems to name a few, I am very concerned about what the FDA is allowing to be put into our food.  So, I set out to find out more about growing my own vegetables.

In my research I found this really neat thing.

You can take scallions ( green onions) and chop the green off and let the roots re-hydrate by soaking in  water overnight and planting OR just amazingly leave them grow in water that you change everyday. Just enough water to cover the roots. Whats even more amazing is the rate at which they grow!

The photo I have displayed is only four days growth. If you look closely you can see where I had cut the stalks off four days before. AMAZING! I hope that you will give this a try the next time you purchase some. Rather than discard the roots and white bottom part,  just set in a cup with just enough water to cover the roots. Even if you don’t put in dirt, they will grow at this fast rate.

Not only will you be fascinated with the growth rate but you’ll save a bit of money too. Just cut off stalk  again and it’ll keep regrowing. Somewhere I read this only occurs for four times but I’ve had them regrowing after that. Have a blessed day!

GRANDMA’S GARDEN STONES

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YOU WILL NEED:

Large smooth stones (can purchase a bag full at a Home Depot store )
Craft paint the colors of your choice
White craft paint for lettering
Something to protect your work surface
Toothpicks
Paint brush
Clear spray paint

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Wash stones and allow to dry on towel or paper towels.

2. Paint entire rock the color of your choice.

3. With toothpick dipped in white paint , write names of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren , one name on each rock. ( and pets if you wish )

4. Once stones are dry, spray with clear spray paint to protect your stones from the sun and rain.

5. Place in garden or along a path.

****VARIATIONS***  You may have children’s hands painted with craft paint n place their palm print on stone as well.

Have a blessed day!

 

LADY BUG PEBBLES

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Before eye placement . Click to enlarge

YOU WILL NEED:

1. Something to protect your work surface
2. Old jar or plastic cup to hold water to wash brushes
3. Paper towels to dry brushes
4. Flat pebbles
6. Small google eyes
7. White craft paint for ladybug dots ( or can make dots black)
8. Small handled paint brush
9. Medium sized paint brush
8. Red or reddish orange craft paint or color of your choice
9. Black craft  paint. This is used for ladybug head and face and to paint line separating wings.
( If you are unable to make straight line with paint brush, you may use black sharpie marker)
10. Small google eyes ( can use awhite dot of paint with smaller black dot in center if unable to find google eyes)

Wash and dry pebbles
Paint entire pebble red or color of your choice and let dry.
Paint head of ladybug black and let dry
Paint line in center of ladybug from head to back end of bug and let dry
Take small handled paint brush and dip into white paint n dot ladybug wings
(OPTIONAL Spray with clear spray paint to make your ladybugs paint last longer.)
After clear spray paint has dried,  carefully glue google eyes on.