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Tree Frogs in my yard... One w/ rare blue eyes!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on June 8, 2013 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (1)

We live in somewhat of a rural area, and although we've always had frogs hanging around our porch light at night, I recently discovered that we actually have a whole entire frog family living behind the welcome sign on our front porch.  I've been taking lots of pics of them lately (see more here), and have recently noticed that one of them has different eyes than all of the rest.  



The one below has pretty, blue, crystal looking, eyes!  I've never seen anything like it before!


All of the rest of the frogs I've seen in our yard have eyes like the ones below:



I'm no frog expert.  I just know what I've witnessed and photographed.  If you have ANY information about this, I'd LOVE to read your comments below!  Thank you!


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Rooting Basil Clippings to Create New Plants!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on June 7, 2013 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Did you know...1) Basil is a natural insect repellent! It smells nice, is great to eat & cook with, has many health benefits, and keeps pesky mosquitoes (and other insects) away, too!


Did you know... 2) Basil clippings can be rooted to grow new plants. Pictured here is mine after just two short weeks. My clippings have rooted well, in just a cup of water - nothing else, and are ready to be planted.



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Growing Garlic from Table Scraps!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on June 5, 2013 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (12)
Did you know?  1) you can easily grow garlic from table scraps!  2) the young leaves can also be eaten!  They have a nice, mild, garlic (almost onion like) type tasty flavor.

That's right, you can eat the leaves much like you would green onions or chives!  Cut a little bit off, and toss it into your salad (or pasta, dip, soup, etc.), or onto a baked potato, or whatever you like.  Just don't eat them all, b/c if you leave some length, you can later braid your garlic after it's harvested & dried, which makes a neat & convenient storage display.  Garlic is EASY to grow (and can be grown in all zones), and as you can see below, it grows quickly, too!  And the health benefits are numerous!  Garlic is a staple in our household; we love it, and use it in many recipes.

Below are some step by step photos of my garlic being grown from table scraps:



Notes:  I used an inexpensive American organic garlic bulb from my local grocery store which only cost about $0.50 cents.  I separated the cloves, and planted them tips up, and flat parts down (where the roots will develop).  Garlic likes full sun, and being well drained.  Each clove planted will produce a bulb (of about 12 - 20 cloves).  Want more info?  I found the following post, here, to be very informative.


p.s. The "pot" in the photos, is actually a recycled gallon tin can that I picked up from Papa John's Pizza for FREE!  It was used to hold marinara sauce before I cleaned it out, drilled holes in it for drainage, and painted it.  It was left over from a previous project I made, a DIY Hanging Garden.  To see what else I have in my apartment garden, click here.


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DIY Hanging Garden! Perfect for Small Spaces!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on May 24, 2013 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)
                               

 

Here's my DIY Hanging Garden (click here for "how-to" step-by-step photos).  I just added some flowers, herbs, and seeds.  It's perfect for our small apartment.  I added purple plants ("Purple Heart Wandering Jew" I believe) to the top yellow cans/pots b/c our favorite team is LSU and their colors are purple and gold, so we're showing a little team spirit!  If you made this project last year when I posted about it (here), I'd love to see your photos!  And yes, that is an old popcorn tin (on the bottom left) from last Christmas that I'm now using as a planter, lol.  Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce!  The DIY concrete planter is a nice space saver, too.  And it's perfect for me to step onto when I need to check on, or water, my seedlings in the tin(s) above my head.  To see more of my apartment garden photos, click here


                  


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Green Onions and Yellow Mushrooms!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on May 24, 2013 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (2)

Wth kind of mushroom is that growing in my green onions?!  It popped up overnight!  It wasn't there yesterday!  And I've never seen anything like it before.  Have any of you?  Join the conversation on Facebook here.  And see more of my apartment garden pics here.  Update: These "yellow mushrooms" are known as Leucocoprinus Birnbaumii.



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Easy DIY, Space Saving, Braided Avocado Seedling Starter!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on September 15, 2012 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Young avocado trees have thin stems/trunks, so I decided I wanted to braid them like braided ficus trees. And I couldn't decide if I wanted a three, or four, braid, tree, so I decided to attempt both.  And because avocados are in season, and on sale this time of year, I decided I'd get some extras just in case I got some duds.

 

The problem was that I didn't want a bunch of little cups holding all my seeds separately. I live in an apartment, and space is limited. Plus, I didn't really like the idea of poking the seeds with toothpicks to suspend them in the cups of water. So pictured below is what I came up with, and it allows me to hold/grow up to four seeds, at one time, per container!

 

I used some empty Parmesan cheese containers. First I outlined the holes using a quarter as a rough guide. The holes will actually end up needing to be a little bigger than the size of the quarter. Make sure the holes are large enough so the seeds are not too tight. If the seeds are too tight in the hole, they will not be able to split open and let the plant grow (see pic below). If you accidentally cut the holes too large, no problem, you can still use the toothpicks if needed (i cut mine shorter).  Also, I added an extra smaller hole in the center of the larger holes that will hold the seeds so that I can easily add more water as needed without opening the lid.  Place the avocado seeds flat side down, pointy side up.


Have you ever tried braiding trees?!  If so, I'd love to hear about your experiences!  


                            



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FREE Sample of Rachael Ray's "Nutrish" Dog Food!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on April 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)

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2 FREE Packs of Seeds!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on April 15, 2012 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (2)

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FREE Japanese Maple Tree!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on April 11, 2012 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

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FREE Summer Travel Pack! Hurry! 1st 5k!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on April 3, 2012 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (2)

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FREE Miracle-Gro Expand 'n Gro Sample!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on March 9, 2012 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (3)

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FREE Beneful Baked Delights Combos Samples!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on March 7, 2012 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (1)

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FREE "Herbs at a Glance" Book!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on March 3, 2012 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

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It's a nice little booklet.  I received mine recently (see it here).

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FREE Bag of Purple Crystal Soil Water Beads!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on February 26, 2012 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (6)

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Get 1 FREE Bag of Magical Crystal Mud Soil-Water Beads!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on January 20, 2012 at 2:35 AM Comments comments (2)

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FREE Pet Leash from Purina & Jenny Craig!

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FREE can of Purina Pro Plan!

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FREE Sample of Rachael Ray's "Just 6" Dog Food!

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FREE Sample of Beneful Healthy Fiesta Dog Food! Plus, a FREE issue of Wag World Magazine!

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