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Grow happiness in small spaces…

GROW GARDENS are seed gardening kits created locally in Georgia by the Backyard Safari Company. The egg carton kits contain everything needed for the project. A very easy project for mom and a fun one for kids. Good for a classroom project. Also a good gift choice. Shown below are the two kits we tried. We have tiny little plants making their way up at this time. Best to do this project when you have the time to water frequently and provide sun. And shelter. We had a breeze upset our Salsa garden (replanted and all ok) so a sheltered area is a good idea シ

 

Salsa Garden

Grow Salsa comes with 6 packages of Heirloom Seeds, Starter Soil, Salsa Recipes, Wooden Plant ID Stakes, Growing Instructions, Pencil & 100% Recycled Fiber Egg Carton Planter. Seeds included: Roma Tomatoes, Jalapenos, Cilantro, Verde Tomatillos, Scallions, Beefsteak Tomatoes

 

Colors Flower Garden

Grow Colors comes with 6 packages of Heirloom Seeds, Starter Soil, Flower Pressing & Drying Guide, Wooden Plant ID Stakes, Growing Instructions, Pencil & 100% Recycled Fiber Egg Carton Planter. Seeds included: Orange Marigolds, Rainbow Zinnias, Pink Cosmos, Golden Sunflowers, Blue Bachelors Buttons, Red & Yellow Nasturtiums

Visit their site for even more fun Grow Gardens, like the Cocktail Garden and the Pizza Garden.

Backyard Safari Company provided Grow Gardens to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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From the founders of the popular gardening blog The Horticult comes a guide to the window box, the container garden that is by far the most accessible for any skill level, space, or quality of light. The 16 indoor and outdoor projects range from succulents to veggies, and showcase a variety of full sun- and shade-loving foliage. Bright photography and a thorough introduction to soil, watering, and plant varieties make this a great primer for anyone who’s green to gardening.

Hardcover, 176 pages

February 2018

There are sixteen different window box designs in the book, each with care instructions and steps for set-up. The plants used for each project have the names included and the book has many beautiful color photos. I am making the herb garden box. The detox box and the ice box are next in line. It is a cute little rectangle book ( almost 6×9 )) that would be great for home school science, for a house warming gift, or to reference while greening up a small space in your home. 

The Blogging For Books book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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Perfect for the garden, and also fun at the beach, the Green Toys™ Watering Can is a classic set that encourages kids to help take care of the world around them. Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs, the Watering Can features an easy-to-pour spout and cotton rope carrying handle, making it frustration-free for little gardeners. The set, which includes a rake and shovel, is great for spending time together outside, and kids will love helping and playing alongside the grownups to watch their garden grow. And…it’s even fun in the tub!

 

My Review:

This toy is made from recycled milk containers. SAFE being BPA, PVC and Phthalates Free.

Comes securely packaged in an all cardboard box with No unnecessary plastic waste.(love this!)

NO batteries needed. Recommended for ages 18 months +, my 2 year old reviewer enjoyed this watering can, rake, and shovel. Sturdy plastic that’s surprisingly lightweight. No sharp edges. I like the look of the rope handle. It works fine; as you can tell from the pic,  it is only meant to hold a small amount of water. (kinda wish we could get a little more watering from it)

I recommend shopping Green Toys for safe, fun, and educational toys.

I received a Green Toys® Watering Can to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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The Bee-Friendly Garden: Design an Abundant, Flower-Filled Yard that Nurtures Bees and Supports Biodiversity

Available February 9, 2016 from Ten Speed Press. Paper back, 224 pages.

#1 New Release on Amazon

For every gardener who cares about the planet, this guide to designing a bee garden helps you create a stunningly colorful, vibrant, healthy habitat that attracts both honeybees and native bees.

My review: A bit too detailed on bees and kinda boring on blooming plants; I found the first two-thirds of the book like a cloudy day. Chapter 5, Designing Your Bee Garden, was when the sun came out. It had the most interesting reading of the book. I would have liked it if the earlier information was somehow presented differently. I especially liked the little section in Chapter 6 called Citizen Science which lists 5 different research projects for everyday people to participate in. Regional plant lists are located in the back of the book. Full color photographs were wonderful.

The Blogging for Books program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

 

 

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“Life is some real serious stuff. So we each retreat to our own sanctuaries to relax, regenerate & replenish our body, mind & soul. I believe Garden Art should be Amusing, Inspirational & Expressive. It should help you smell those roses and compel you to smile. And I believe you should enjoy it for life!”

— Michael Gentilucci
(Sculptor & co-founder of Designer Stone, Inc.)

Review: Zen Creations

Meditating Lion (Large)

An original Garden Art piece by Michael Gentilucci. It’s solid cast-stone (concrete) and sealed for outdoor use.  It measures 3″ tall by 2.5″ wide and weighs 1/2 lb. Chinese Characters are etched on the back of the lion’s robe. (Courage)

Hand-crafted and made in the USA.

More Zen creatures available. Which do you connect with? Visit their Etsy site and the DS Garden Shop website for more original sculptures and enjoy a 10% discount with the code “thankyou” at checkout.

Notes From Dawn received the Meditating Lion from DS Garden Shop in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Personalized handmade wood furniture and toys

Reclaimed Barnwood & Copper Butterfly House

Handmade. 

Nothing New Used.

12 inches tall, 5 inches wide and 4 inches deep.

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Butterfly house is beautiful in the garden. Warm weather and flowers needed.

No garden truly blooms until butterflies have danced upon it – K. D’Angelo

Do butterflies really use them? “Unfortunately, no. While so-called butterfly boxes can be attractive, and do little harm, studies have shown that butterflies do not use them in any way.” North American Butterfly Association 

Notes From Dawn received the reclaimed wood butterfly house from One Little Monkey Wood Shop in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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The WheelEasy™ LE is a compact and economical collapsible yard cart. It’s the ideal product for yard work ranging from collecting weeds to spreading bark, moving gravel or rocks or even pruning. Seriously … this tool will make the work easier.

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I received the WheelEasy™LE from Allsop Home & Garden to try at my new yard in North Carolina. It has been helpful in removing rocks and hauling mulch and plants. This wheelbarrow style cart is designed for light yard work handling up to 150 pounds. The body is made of canvas so no mixing concrete here guys! It maneuvers easily and it’s not as cumbersome as a traditional wheelbarrow. Unlike the traditional wheelbarrow, the WheelEasy™LE lowers all the way to the ground for easy loading. It’s easy to use and takes up less space in the garage. 

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On the downside, the thing that I found that could use improvement would be the angle of the handles. In order to keep stuff in, I have to bend slightly and that’s not the best thing for a back. I am 5’5″ and I can’t use the WheelEasy™LE with a straight back because the cart would be raised too high and the contents would fall out. The larger WheelEasy™ has a longer frame span and I would judge that would make standing upright easier. The front tire has gone flat several times and the canvas already has a few rips.

I received the WheelEasy™LE from Allsop Home & Garden to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Creating order out of chaos one plant at time!

Global Garden Friends

The Background Info

Global Garden Friends is a young company, incorporated in 2009. Our first and flagship product is the “Ultimate Plant Cage.” Our latest hot seller is the “Ultimate Plant Clip”. We put “global” in our name for a reason – we want all the people in the world to have a chance to create order out of chaos in their own gardens.

My review was prompted by a need for a support system for blackberry plants that we are growing in large clay pots. Our blackberry plants here in South Carolina will need a different support system than what we used in Ohio on our blackberry farm.

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Brambles start small but grow quickly reaching 5 feet in height. 

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You can see how these beauties can grow! From farm to pot, let’s continue with the review-

 

The Ultimate Plant Cage, the Ultimate Plant Stakes, and the Ultimate Plant Clips are, well, Ultimate!

The Ultimate Plant Cage comes in 2 parts, the base and the stakes. (also included are knuckles, hex bolts, wing nuts and pole caps. no tools required) The base is a “snap-together” design which makes it completely adjustable. Build and use it around your plants as needed. The cage comes with 6 of the Ultimate Plants Stakes. The stakes can also be purchases separately. These support poles extent up to 32″ by a “spin and lock” mechanism. ( 18″ outer poles and 14″ inner poles) It is super easy to adjust height with plant growth.

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The Ultimate Plant Clips – I would have loved to have had these instead of using twine on 300 plants! These plants clips are reusable and they secure plants easily and gently. They have leaf shape “arms” that resemble the arms of those toy monkeys that come in a barrel (A Barrel of Monkeys).

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Made from 100% recyclable plastic (and certified biodegradable) here in the USA, these Eco friendly garden support products exceeded my expectations. Visit the Global Garden Friends website and Global Garden Friends on facebook.  

Use code “notesfromdawn” to receive a 25% discount! And “Let the good times grow!”

I received the Ultimate Plant Cage, the Ultimate Plant Stakes, and the Ultimate Plant Clips from Global Garden Friends to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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You’re gonna love the Eco friendly, outdoor lighting options from 

Lovely both day and night, these solar lanterns will add a festive charm to your outdoor space this summer. Each lantern stores up free sun during the day and gives a wonderful glow at night.

My review comments – The three Soji™ lanterns I’ve reviewed all came in a flat box that I’ve saved for winter storage. The lanterns were super easy to assemble and each included a stainless steel hanging handle, a built in light sensor, one AAA rechargeable battery and a dual LED light. The Soji™ original also came with a base unit for table top use. 

Soji™ Solar Lantern- White w/White LED

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The lanterns are sizes 10×10 round, 7×15 oblong, and 5×7.5 cylinder and are made from a durable nylon. I usually try to rescue them from inclement weather; however, they have managed with a few storms no worse for wear.

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The key to enjoying these is to remember that they need direct sunlight during daytime charging. They will not give lots of light. They are primarily decorative giving a bit of a down-light and a soft glow. Enjoy the ambiance! 

Soji™ Pod Solar Lantern- Marigold

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Soji™ Stella – Midnight Blue

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Check out the many other solar lighting designs at the Allsop Home & Garden website.

I received three solar lanterns from Allsop Home & Garden to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Each month I’ll be sharing a Storey Publishing book with you.

Visit their website and see the huge selection of interesting and informational books. Check out their blog, too.

June delights us with long days and fantastic fresh produce. Tomato lovers will treasure Tomato: A Fresh-from-the-vine Cookbook. It offers 150 recipes- many contributed by celebrity chefs- and is an all around fun tomato guide. 

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Tomato: A Fresh-from-the-Vine Cookbook

Lawrence Davis-Hollander

Nothing tastes better than ripe, juicy, sun-warmed, summer-fresh tomatoes! Discover new ways to enjoy them with this delicious collection of 150 tempting recipes for appetizers, preserves, soups, salads, entrees, and even desserts. Includes contributions from celebrity chefs Alice Waters, Deborah Madison, Daniel Boulud, Rick Bayless, Melissa Kelly, and many others, and eight pages of mouthwatering full-color photography by Sabra Krock.

 

My likes and dislikes for the book:

The forward of this book describes it as being about “real tomatoes”; tomatoes that “have names that conjure an image and start a story”. It is geared for the tomato lover who knows the many names that are referenced. While I understand the difference in types of tomatoes, sadly I don’t recognize any varieties by name.

But I enjoy fresh tomatoes during the summer and love the idea of a cookbook that incorporates them into everyday cooking.  Many of the recipes in the book were not of interest; however, I did come away with a few that I’m sure to try such as Fast Tomato Sauce, Metro Bis Salad Dressing, Cream of Tomato Soup, and Tomato Pasta Salad.

There are a few pictures of the recipes, eight to be exact, and not nearly enough for my cookbook expectations. In addition to the 150 recipes, the book has extras like tomato lore, chef profiles, gardening tips, and home canning tips.

My thanks to Storey Publishing for allowing me to review this book. This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received.

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