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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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publishing practical information that encourages personal independence in harmony with the environment

I’m thrilled to be reviewing some of the great how-to books from Storey Publishing. Visit their website and see the huge selection of interesting and informative books. Check out their blog, too.

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

In the garden and in the kitchen, liven up your summer with herbs! The Beginner’s Guide to Edible Herbs details 26 specific herbs for the novice herb grower. [that’s me!]

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The Beginner’s Guide to Edible Herbs

26 Herbs Everyone Should Grow and Enjoy

Charles W.G. Smith

Nothing tastes better than herbs fresh from the garden. Discover how easy and rewarding it is to grow your own! Simple instructions, tempting recipes, and beautiful full-color photographs by Saxon Holt will inspire you to grow, harvest, preserve, and cook with 26 of the most popular kitchen herbs, including basil, chives, cilantro, dill, fennel, garlic, lavender, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, and tarragon. A great gift for any herb lover.

The table of contents attractively lists the 26  herbs by photo identification. Each herb chapter starts with the herb description and then a catchy title that highlights an important aspect of the herb. A few pages are devoted to that herb discussing how to grow it and harvest it with tips, recipes and most important uses. The end of the book offers a handy reference chart for the 26 herbs.

This is a kitchen reference keeper. The 140 pages of information and photos inspired me to plant a small herb container garden. I am growing basil, pineapple sage, cilantro and stevia. (the first three herbs are in the book) Having my own herbs on hand will be a treat this summer and a savings when you consider the cost for fresh herbs in the food store.

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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