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It was the best of times, it was the very worst of times. America’s Great Depression of the 1930s was a time of starvation and subsistence survival for many families. Decades later, many survivors of those years hold on to the survival lessons they learned, from hoarding pieces of aluminum foil to eating lettuce leaves with a sprinkle of sugar. Frugality meant survival.

Today, most of us aren’t living quite the same bare-bones lifestyle of the Great Depression, and photos from that era are difficult to comprehend. In a photo from my own great-grandparents, I see a family group wearing tattered clothing, standing on the porch of a dwelling that can hardly be considered something as sturdy as a house.

Yet, those people went on to ultimately live productive lives with an inner strength gained from having lived through the worst.survival-wisdom

Survival wisdom, Great Depression

  1. I spent some time earlier this year researching the Great Depression years and was most interested in even the smallest life lessons to be gained from those “worst hard times.” Here are 65 of them.
  2. Families traveled to wherever the work happened to be. They stuck together as much as possible.
  3. Life insurance policies were cashed in to try and survive for just a few months longer in their “normal” worlds.
  4. If possible, homes were very often refinanced in an effort to save the family residence.
  5. Clothing had to last as long as possible and women (mostly) became expert seamstresses, especially at alterations. One creative woman used the fabric from the inside of a casket to sew beautiful holiday dresses for her children.
  6. In areas of the Dust Bowl, cattle were fed tumbleweed and moms learned how to can tumbleweed to feed their families. Some had to find food wherever possible to keep from starving.
  7. During heat waves, people slept on their lawns or in parks.
  8. Many stores allowed people to buy on credit and they just kept track of what was owed. Sometimes they were repaid, sometimes not. Some store owners ultimately lost their businesses.
  9. It wasn’t unusual for people to live out of their cars and trucks.
  10. When there was no cash, payment was made with eggs, fresh milk, or produce.
  11. A family with a cow and a garden was considered “rich”. Those two advantages alone meant the difference between a well-fed family and one that was near starvation.
  12. Many Americans were too proud to accept charity or government help.
  13. It was important to maintain appearances. Individuals still had a lot of pride, regardless of their circumstances. Mothers still wanted their children to look their very best.
  14. When the soles of shoes were worn through, pieces of rubber tires were used as replacements.
  15. Thousands and thousands of entire families were displaced. Very often, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins ended up living in one house, or one vehicle, as the case may be.
  16. Desperate people would sometimes beg outside of restaurants, and yes, there were those who could still afford a restaurant meal.
  17. Many kindhearted farmers kept workers on payroll as long as they possibly could, even if meant paying them with produce.
  18. Some families ended up living in tents or lean-to’s.
  19. Many became migrant farm workers, traveling from harvest to harvest in order to stay alive.
  20. Anything that could be freely collected and sold, was. Driftwood was collected, split and sold as firewood.
  21. Many men joined one of the government programs that were part of the New Deal. One group, the Civil Conservation Corps, built dams, roads, campgrounds, and were trained in fire fighting in national forests.
  22. Banks closed quickly and without giving any notice. You never knew ahead of time when your own bank would close its doors.
  23. Back in those days, banks were revered. It never occurred to anyone that a bank could close and their money would be gone forever.
  24. Most people were willing to do any type of work. My own relatives became moonshiners!
  25. Just about everyone had a garden and most gardens were enormous. Since 20% of the population still lived on farms, even those in cities still had country roots and gardening know-how.
  26. Neighbors and family members were supportive of each other, donating meals and money whenever possible.
  27. Missions were there to feed people but many of those missions eventually ran out of money.
  28. All food was made from scratch.
  29. To what extent any individual or family was affected by the Great Depression depended on large part where they lived. Not all areas were affected in the same way.
  30. Hunting and fishing were major ways in which families were fed.
  31. Everyone, including the kids, found ways to earn money. There was a team mentality that brought everyone together for a common goal.
  32. Unfortunately, loss of income wasn’t a good enough excuse to not pay rent or the mortgage, although some landlords, in particular, were willing to extend credit.
  33. There was virtually no sense of entitlement. Everyone knew they would only survive if they worked hard to do so.
  34. At this time there was no such thing as “retirement”. Everyone worked until they became physically unable to continue.
  35. Some towns had “welfare budgets”. Money was loaned from the town to individuals, but there was a strict keeping of books. Some towns even published in their newspapers how much each person owed and repayment was expected.
  36. There was a sense of dignity in even the lowliest of jobs. One woman tells the story of a notions salesman who visited their home every few months. He looked very dapper and wore expensive looking clothing, even as a door to door salesman.
  37. The Great Depression affected people in all walks of life. Only the most elite were immune from its effects.
  38. When banks closed, you were left with, literally, only the cash in your pockets or hidden away at home. Everything else was GONE.
  39. Many discovered strength through optimism and looked at their disadvantages as personal challenges that could be overcome with ingenuity and hard work.
  40. Foods that would normally have not been eaten became commonplace at the kitchen table, such as bean sandwiches and codfish gravy.
  41. Many mothers learned to “not be hungry” as they gave larger portions to their husbands and kids.
  42. Food prices at that time were fairly high when compared with wages. For example, a general laborer made $2 per day. The WPA paid $1 per day. But bread was 10 cents a loaf, milk 8 cents a quart, and eggs 7 cents/dozen.
  43. Meals were simpler than those we eat today and, therefore, cheaper. There were virtually no prepared foods at grocery stores.
  44. Families learned to shop at the very last minute on a Saturday night to get bargains on fresh produce that would go bad over the weekend. (Stores were closed on Sundays.)
  45. Learning how to forage and find edible plants helped many families fill their dinner plates. Things like nuts and wild asparagus were treats and often entire families would grab a pile of gunny sacks and head to the good foraging areas for the day.
  46. Housewives were judged by how many jars she had “put up” during harvest season. Women would show off their full pantries with pride.
  47. To add different types of food to their meals, families swapped produce with each other.
  48. The seasons determined what you ate.
  49. For many, there was no electricity or a refrigerator, so you just cooked only what could be eaten at that one meal.
  50. In some communities, there were group gardens on empty lots. Everyone had their own small plot and could grow whatever they wanted.
  51. Many worked multiple part-time jobs, waking up before dawn and falling asleep long after dark.
  52. Those with just a little bit more than others found odd jobs around their homes or property to provide employment to others.
  53. “Depression Soup” was a real thing! It contained anything and everything you might have in the kitchen or was donated by others. To this day, some say it was the best soup they ever tasted.
  54. Some enterprising women would wake in the early morning hours and prepare dozens of meals to sell to workers from their vehicles.
  55. Fabric feed sacks were recycled and became “feed sack dresses.” For some, it was an embarrassment, an obvious sign of poverty, but others wore them with pride. A family with many chickens, and therefore plenty of feed sacks, might be the best dressed in the neighborhood!
  56. Hanging wet sheets over doorways was a way to cool down a room or house during the summer. Hot air was slightly cooled as it passed through the wet fabric.
  57. Walls were covered with everything from mud/clay, scrap pieces of wallpaper, newspapers, and tar paper.
  58. Homemakers still took pride in their homes, keeping them as clean as possible, even those who lived in areas affected by the Dust Bowl. One mom made a couch from old bedsprings and stuffed homemade cushions with unginned cotton.
  59. Many spent their days walking the streets looking for work, anything at all that could bring in a few dollars or cents for their families. Often a “job” was just an individual task, payment was made when the task was completed, and the worker went on to look for the next job.
  60. Some communities organized “surprise parties”, in which everyone would pull together a large amount of food and other necessities, including cash. One by one, each family was selected to be the recipient of the surprise party.
  61. People were grateful. Grateful for any kindness, any blessing. That attitude carried many of them through the Great Depression years and they now look back on them with fondness.
  62. A jack-of-all-trades could often find work when others couldn’t. It paid to know a bit about plumbing, carpentry, painting, and home repairs.
  63. The hardened end of a slab of bacon was sold for almost nothing and could be used to season just about everything in the kitchen!
  64. There actually were government inspectors of different types during the Great Depression years. They had the authority to shut down many different types of home businesses. Some did, some didn’t.
  65. The Sears Roebuck catalog was truly the book of dreams for many people — not just kids!
  66. Stories from the Great Depression years are filled with incidents that illustrate one act of kindness after another. In spite of incredible hardships, people could still find ways to encourage others with words of blessing or unexpected help.


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got 20 minutes? Yah, me too! Whip up this delicious and nutritious 20-Minute Healthy Tomato Bisque Soup made with seasonal ingredients and creamy Greek yogurt!

Got 20 minutes? Yah, me too! Whip up this delicious and nutritious 20-Minute Tomato Bisque Soup made with seasonal ingredients and creamy Greek yogurt!

Talk about a sexy soup.

Am I right or am I right?

The one thing that I have been looking forward to doing this winter/fall is using my new blender for soup purposes! I can’t believe that I have never owned a blender until this summer. LIFE CHANGING. Making pureed soup is SO EASY and SO NECESSARY during the cold months. Seriously- this soup is the best!

Want to know something funny? Linley and I have to Google what the word “bisque “meant ? We were trying to decide if this was a normal tomato basil or a bisque. Apparently bisque refers to cream in soup

We actually didn’t use any cream in this recipe at all. We substituted Greek yogurt in order to get the same creaminess. It added great flavor. The tartness of the yogurt brings out all of the sweet flavors in the tomatoes. WINNING.

Got 20 minutes? Yah, me too! Whip up this delicious and nutritious 20-Minute Tomato Bisque Soup made with seasonal ingredients and creamy Greek yogurt!

What’s tomato soup without the grilled cheese?

Remember my Brie and Smashed Blackberry Grilled Cheese from years ago? We made ourselves a few of those to go with a bowl of soup. Perfect lunch if you ask me.

One thing to note- don’t throw your grilled cheese on the burner and then walk away and come back like 10 minutes later. You will char the shit out of the bread ? Not that that happened or anything…

Got 20 minutes? Yah, me too! Whip up this delicious and nutritious 20-Minute Tomato Bisque Soup made with seasonal ingredients and creamy Greek yogurt!

I’m pretty proud of the presentation of this soup.

How to get the perfect swirl? Mix some Greek yogurt with a little bit of water and you’ve got yourself some gold. Add some fresh basil and homemade bacon bits. You WILL NOT REGRET IT ONE BIT.

Got 20 minutes? Yah, me too! Whip up this delicious and nutritious 20-Minute Tomato Bisque Soup made with seasonal ingredients and creamy Greek yogurt!

Got 20 minutes? Yah, me too! Whip up this delicious and nutritious 20-Minute Tomato Bisque Soup made with seasonal ingredients and creamy Greek yogurt!

20-Minute Tomato Bisque Soup
Author: Lee Hersh
Serves: 8
  • 3 tablespoons EVOO
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 2 28 oz. cans of diced tomatoes
  • 5 large basil leaves, fresh
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  1. Place 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot and turn to medium/high heat.
  2. Dice 1 small yellow onion and add to pot, along with 2 full cloves of garlic. Saute for about 5 minutes or until the onions are translucent.
  3. Place content of the pot into a high-speed blender. Then, add salt, pepper, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, basil leaves, and chicken broth. Process on high for 2-3 minutes, or until desired consistency.
  4. Transfer the contents of the blender back into the pot and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and add ½ cup of Greek yogurt. Stir.
  6. Serve with additional Greek yogurt on top, fresh basil, and homemade bacon bits.

If you’re looking for some good bacon.

Lin and I can’t get over how good Trader Joe’s Thick Cut XXX is. SO GOOD.

Got 20 minutes? Yah, me too! Whip up this delicious and nutritious 20-Minute Healthy Tomato Bisque Soup made with seasonal ingredients and creamy Greek yogurt!

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I was really confused when I heard the term Moss Graffiti. The name sounds simple enough, but really? After looking into it a little more, this may be one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Of course, we would only suggest doing this on your own property, especially because it does take a little bit of maintenance to get it going.
What This Guy Did Might Be The Coolest But Possibly Most Illegal DIY Project Ever. The End Result… BRILLIANT

To get started you’ll need:

3 cups of moss (washed clean of soil)

2 cups buttermilk OR 2 cups of yogurt (should be plain yogurt)

2 cups of water or beer

1/2 tsp of sugar

corn syrup (optional)

A blender that you probably won’t want to use other than for this.


Collect about 3 cups of moss. You can sometimes buy this at a nursery but you may be able to find it right in your yard as well.


Once you collect the moss, rinse it as much as possible to get rid of the soil.

Break up the pieces as much as possible and put them in a blender.


Add yogurt OR buttermilk, water OR beer, and sugar. Blend until this is completely smooth and has a paint like consistency.

If the mixture is too runny, then add corn syrup. You don’t want this dripping all over, so add corn syrup a little bit at a time.

Pour mixture into a bucket.


Use a paintbrush to make the design that you’d like with your moss graffiti.


Once you are done with the painting, you’ll want to check on it regularly. If you live in a very dry climate, use a spray bottle to keep the paint moist and to help promote moss growth. You can also paint over the design you did to encourage the moss growth if you do not have a spray bottle available.


Be patient! Depending on your climate, it may take a little while for your moss to grow. Check out some of these great designs below:

How cool is this? I’m trying to think of a place in my yard where I can try this. It’d be a fun activity to do with kids as well!

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Blueberries is consider to be the healthiest fruit because it consists of larger quantity of antioxidants than the other fruits, fibers and extremely low calories and conjointly lowers the probabilities of diseases connected with heart and will increase memory power. They’re a decent medium of getting vitamins and conjointly strengthen the blood vessels. Blueberries aren’t solely in style, however conjointly repeatedly hierarchical within the U.S. diet as having one among-st the best inhibitor capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. Antioxidants are essential to optimizing health by serving to combat the free radicals that may harm cellular structures moreover as deoxyribonucleic acid. We tend to advocate enjoying raw blueberries — instead of relying upon blueberries incorporated into baked desserts as a result of different fruits, raw blueberries offer you with the most effective flavor and therefore the greatest nutritional advantages.images (1)

1) How to plant blueberries is the first and basic question. If planting a row of blueberries takes into account “hilling” the plants; raise them on top of the natural soil level by 12”-18” high and 3′ wide. This improves drain, and provides a row for perpetually adding organic matter.

planting blueberry

2) Planting multiple varieties with completely different maturity dates additionally stretches out the harvest season. In this way you can get fresh blueberries in every two months.

3) It is important to know that how to plant blueberry bushes. Before growing bushes you need to know about its kind and variety. Planting blueberry bushes will be easy if you have good knowledge about seeds and variety of blueberry. There are 3 kinds of blueberries: high bush, low bush and hybrid half-high. The usually planted blueberry is that the high bush. Most blueberry breeding has centered on this species. You can have variety of blueberries which depends upon the season. On high bush varieties, begin with massive cuts, removing wood that’s over six years recent, drooping to the bottom, or situation the middle of the bush. Conjointly take away low-growing branches whose fruit can bit the bottom. For low bush blueberries cut all the stems to ground level. Blueberries can solely grow well in soils that meet their needs.
4) Soil should drain well. If water stands within the location you’re planting for two days, don’t plant a blueberry. In acidic soils is best suited for growing blueberry. Incorporating made organic matter into the soil or as a prime dress is good. All these steps helpful to resolve the question that how do you grow blueberries and also prevent other plants from the effect of acidic soil.

5) The key for success in growing blue berry bushes is the selection of proper climate and to provide good company to blueberries bushes. It produces additional and larger fruit once planted with minimum cross-pollination.

6) Plating blueberries in container and ground are different. Precautions and process are different in container and ground. Even in container we grow high density planting. Here some tips which are valuable for how to grow blueberries.

7) Blueberries needed supply of water three to five centimeter per week. Use fertilizers at least one time in a month. For well development of blueberries plants its needed proper rainfall and pruning. Pruning blueberries plants promotes new growth and production. Blueberries will be ready for eating or transporting in July and August months. The plants of blueberries produce its highest production in six to seven year after

8) For Blueberries December and January is a best and ideal months for planting. In generally it has PH of 4.5 to 5.5. It is important to know that when to plant Blueberries because some points affect it such as water (plants of blueberries regularly needed water or regular Rainfall), sun (plants of blueberries need sun rays that’s why it generally found in the wild forest and mountain), some quantity of Fertilizers (apply fertilizers 15 day to one month after plating), soil (they like water but they don’t like soggy place and they required high organic acidic, they will not grow properly if planted in wrong soil), some Mulch, and Pruning etc.

9) It is not a busy task you only ought to keep few things in your mind whereas planting berries in a pot. Use a big size pot to grow the blueberries seeds and it requires little care.

10) If you want to grow them using seeds then it requires more time. For growing blueberries from seeds you must have patience. The quality of seeds must be good otherwise it will not grow in a container, it the container will be big then it can get more acidic environment and space to grow.

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Avocado trees most likely originated in Southern Mexico and were cultivated for centuries before North America was colonized. The pear-shaped fruits are a delicious, rich food that make an excellent condiment or eat alone addition to your diet. The trees are warm season plants, easily damaged by cold and frost. That said, northern gardeners must learn how to grow an avocado houseplant in order to enjoy fruits grown at home.

imagesHass avocado trees (Persea americana “Hass”) produce the purplish, pebble-skinned avocadoes found in supermarkets. In a grove, the tree grows up to 60 feet high in well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 and 6.5, and produces dark green, shiny leaves and small greenish flowers. With pruning, it can grow in a container, but will bear less fruit. Hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 11, it tolerates temperatures as low as 26 degrees Fahrenheit. Grow a tree from a grafted seedling rather than from a seed to preserve the cultivar characteristics and obtain fruit in three years.
step 1
Purchase a grafted Hass avocado seedling from a nursery. Look for a healthy seedling with glossy, dark green leaves and without wounds or signs of insect infestation, such as webbing or discoloration.
step 2
Choose a half-barrel container or other 24-inch wide and 18-inch deep wood or clay container with drainage holes, and place the container in a sunny location. Partially fill the container with potting mix and plant the Hass avocado seedling in the soil at the same depth as it was growing in the original container. Cover the roots with potting mix and water deeply until the water flows through the drainage holes.
step 3
Water the Hass avocado lightly when the soil surface feels dry to the touch, and avoid over watering, which can cause root rot. Fertilize with 1/4 teaspoon of balanced fertilizer every three months after the first year of growth.
step 4
Monitor the leaves for tip burn, and the soil and container for white crust, which indicate excess salt accumulation. Flush salts from the soil by watering the soil and letting the water flow through the drainage hole for a few minutes.
step 5
Inspect Hass avocado leaves regularly for purplish or brown discoloration, which is a symptom of six-spotted spider mite infestation. Provide the tree with proper growing conditions and allow predatory mites, ladybugs and other natural predators to control the mite population. Spray narrow-range horticultural oil to heavily infested plants, as recommended by the University of California Integrated Pest Management Program.
step 6
Check your Hass avocado plant for yellow or dropping leaves, which are symptoms of Phytoph thora root rot. Allow waterlogged soil to dry out before you water a plant that has root rot symptoms.
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Harvest Hass avocado fruits two to three years after planting, and 12 to 18 months after the flowers bloom. Allow the skin to turn purple before you pick the fruit, and do not wait for the fruit to ripen on the tree. If the fruit remains on the tree, it will grow larger but will not ripen.
step 8
Prune upper branches back to the crotch after harvest only when necessary to maintain the desired height. Remove branches or twigs that die back as the Hass avocado tree tries to outgrow its limited root system.


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There are numerous recognised benefits to gardening for both physical and mental health. Studies have shown that it is one of the most effective forms of stress relief, and can even lower the level of stress hormones in your system while increasing the amount of serotonin and endorphins, which we need to feel good. Another study indicates that gardening can even reduce the chances of developing dementia later in life by up to 30%.

Physical exercise is really important for mental health too, as well as improving your overall health and fitness levels. Even just getting out in the sunlight is good for you. Everyone knows you need sunlight to absorb vitamin D, but it’s also key to regulating your body’s sleep/wake cycle. And why spend a fortune on your healthy organic food when you can grow your own seasonal veggies?

How to start an immense collection of succulents

What you need:

– Pots

– Soil

– Cuttings

It’s super easy and costs practically nothing to start out on your journey as a gardener; all you need is a few pots and some potting mix. You can acquire these for about $10 all up at your local Bunnings (it’ll set you back a few dollars more if you decide to visit the sausage sizzle on your way out). If you’re really in a pinch, you can grow them in any vessel you have, probably even a shoe would work.

Now comes the fun and free part: getting your plants. Succulents grow more or less anywhere as they thrive on neglect, so you can find them on nature strips and in parks. I once found a really nice one out the front of my federal MP’s office – how’s that for political activism? Your grandma or your friends probably have some they can give you cuttings from, too. Once you start it’s hard to stop and, much like trading Pokemon cards in primary school, you can trade cuttings with your friends to complete your collection.

Step 1: Leave your cuttings to dry for a day or two. This seals the broken off end and keeps fungus out.

Step 2: Put some soil in your pots/vessel of choice. It helps if you add some sand or grit to improve the drainage.

Step 3: Arrange your cuttings in the pots. Once they grow, they might need to be repotted depending on how big they get.

Step 4: Put your pot somewhere sunny, water it occasionally (don’t overwater!) and wait for your cuttings to take root. It helps if you check it every day and speculate on whether they’ve grown or not.

Step 5: Be the envy of all your Instagram followers.


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As the weather warms, some of the delights of my garden, aside from the wonderful plants themselves, are the birds, bees and the butterflies. For many gardeners in urban settings, they feel that there are far less of these than there were when they were children, especially when it comes to butterflies. While this may possibly due to the fact that they were more observant when they were a child, there are many factors that have contributed to an overall decline in butterflies. The use of chemical pesticides and herbicides has a big impact on butterflies and it is ironic that gardeners love butterflies and yet often hate caterpillars. They forget that you cannot have butterflies without caterpillars, and if you want to attract butterflies back into their gardens it is necessary to accept some leaf chewing and damage for a greater benefit.


Butterflies add beauty and delight, and can be encouraged to be regular guests in any garden if you design it, or at least part of it, for them. Here are the basic design principles to designing a butterfly garden.

Warmth – Butterflies are cold blooded and need to warm up in the sun before they can take flight. As a result they are most active from mid-morning to mid-afternoon so locate your butterfly food plants where they get sun during this period, as butterflies rarely will feed in the shade. Butterflies also use the sun for orientation. They love to rest and sun themselves to warm up, basking on paved paths or flat stones positioned in the sun yet protected from wind.

Shelter from the wind – This is important at butterfly wings can be damaged by strong winds. By using a range of butterfly attracting plants of different heights you can use the taller varieties as wind breaks.

Water – While gardeners often think about having water bowls for pets or birds, they often forget about insects such as butterflies and bees. If you have not got a fish or frog pond, leave shallow bowls of water out for these smaller creatures and add some stones, sticks or branches to act as landing platforms.

Plant diversity – The current minimalistic landscaping style uses mass plantings of minimal plant varieties and this does not provide enough nor the right sort food plants for butterflies. Butterflies are most often seen on warm days in spring summer and autumn so make sure that you have a range of plants which are flowering during this period as well as the rest of the year.

Leave things a little wild – Butterflies are likely to visit your garden, and perhaps even stay and breed if you maintain some wild or informal areas such as is found in a cottage style garden. An intensely-maintained, manicured garden is inhospitable to wildlife because it is constantly being mowed, pruned and tidied. Many native butterflies and moths lay their larvae on native grasses and the caterpillars need to feed on these plants. Mowing, slashing or spraying these grasses will destroy the caterpillars.


Nectar-rich flowering plants for the adult butterflies – Choose local native plants and exotic varieties which flower all year round, especially from spring to autumn. Known butterfly attracting plants include as butterfly bushes (Buddlejas), Ageratum, Veronicas (Hebe species) and Cherry pie (Heliotropium arborescens).

Caterpillar food-plants for their caterpillars – While butterflies can use nectar from many different types of flowering plants as their source of energy, their caterpillars require specific food plants. Female butterflies will only lay their eggs on these plants and therefore will only breed if the specific caterpillar food plant is present. It is necessary to accept the fact that these plants will be subject to a certain amount of leaf chewing and damage, and obviously the use of garden chemicals must be avoided. Some caterpillar food plants are actually weeds, such as cape weed and stinging nettles. You may choose to allow a controlled patch of these weeds to exist in your garden where they cannot cause any harm by spreading into the greater environment.

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Fresh herbs are great to have on hand in the kitchen. Below are a few ways that you can grow herbs in your home. Be sure to do your research on how each herb that you would like to grow likes to be planted, watered and how much sunlight it likes. Many herbs can be planted in the same container together and flourish well.


:: Herb Garden Box

Any planter will do for this type of herb garden. Grow a variety of herbs by planting them in a large garden box or planter in the house. Be sure that it has proper drainage for the water or the plants will drown.

:: Mason Jars

Mason jars are another great way to grow herbs! Baby food jars work well for getting the seeds started, and larger jars work the best for growing herbs. Each can have its own plant and they are super easy to move around. You shouldn’t have any issues with drainage as you can see exactly how much water you are putting in and how much is reaching the bottom. You may if you wish, drill holes in the bottom of the mason jars, but be sure to do this properly or you will have shattered jars.

Here is a super cute DIY Mason Jar Herb Garden from One Good Thing by Jillee


:: Old Over-the-Door Shoe Storage

You can use an over the door shoe storage organizer to grow herbs both indoors and outdoors. (You can find these at any store that sells home goods and organizing items.) Just place dirt in the pockets, and plant seeds in each. If outside you can poke holes in the plastic to allow drainage. If inside, be sure to use a clear shoe organizer so that you can see how much water is being added.

Here is a how to from Instructables

:: Egg shells, Then Plant

Use egg shells to plant herbs. Once they are growing nicely, place them in a more sturdy structure with soil. You can plant the entire egg shell as it is biodegradable and works as a good fertilizer for new plants.

Here is a great tutorial from Mother Earth Living

:: Old Gutters Secured to a Board

You can secure old gutters to a wooden board that can hang on the wall. You will want to place this in a sunny area and be very careful watering as there is no drainage or be sure to line it with plastic before dirt to be sure no water leaks out. Drainage could be made in a number of ways however it is best to simply not over water this variety of indoor herb garden.

This can apply to indoor or outdoor, adjustments would need to be made to create shorter herb gardens and proper protection against drainage. See an example at Family Sponge.

As for me…I don’t do anything too fancy -5 just put them in pots or a mason jar on a windowsill or counter. The ones in the picture above are from IKEA.

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What You Need:
Container, 24 inches across or larger
Pump and fountain
Premixed quick-dry cement
Liquid water sealant
Outlet with ground fault circuit interrupter
Zones: 3-11 Time: About 1 day