raspberries
raspberries

Doesn’t it feel great when you see those bunch of bright red raspberries blooming in your yard? But how do you get that lustrous growth of those luscious gems in your garden? The secret is the proper care of raspberry bushes.

Raspberries are self-pollinating in nature, which comes with two crops. This makes the raspberries one of the great fruits to grow and harvest in your home garden. To get the rich flavor, firmness, and good size of the berries, you need to take care of the bushes.

How to Grow Raspberry Bushes

From knowing how to trim raspberry bushes to taking the proper harvesting…


koi pond
koi pond

I have been thinking about what to do with my backyard for some time now. With this in mind, I went on a hunting mission to find out about the latest trends in landscaping. The first time I read about a Koi pond, I asked myself “Koi what?” However, the more I heard about them, the more I fell flat on my back over them. Now I’m totally sold on the idea of having one in my backyard.

Koi or “Nishikigoi” in Japanese, are bright orange colored and patterned fish that descended from the common carp! …


lilac
lilac

Lilacs are one such easy-to-grow and care for shrub which not only offers aromatherapy benefits (owing to its calming effects) but is also used for medical purposes. In first aid, the fragrant essential oil is used to treat skin conditions like sunburns, rashes, and minor cuts.

To many, it’s a cherished plant owing to the pleasant smell and beautiful flowers it brings forth — officially announcing the arrival of spring.

The color of the flowers varies depending on the soil type, weather (dry versus wet AND hot versus cool), environment, year, and of course, the overall location differences.

Among the…


bat
bat

Most of you probably clicked on this article just to be sure you read the title correctly and your eyes were not playing tricks on you. Well, thanks for clicking and yes, today we are going to find out to turn our yards into a bat-hive.

“Why on earth would I want bats in my yard?! They are scary, blood-sucking, disease-carrying…..” Okay, I just had to interrupt that train of thought, because, well, simply because it is wrong on so many levels. Forget the vampire movies, ghost stories, myths, and superstitions. Indeed, these winged creatures are relatively harmless to humans…


lilypad on pond
lilypad on pond

Whether you have recently added a new pond or you are one of the lucky ones to already have one on your property, you are aware of how pleasant it can be. From growing aquatic plants to housing beautiful fish, or to just simply have a body of water to enjoy, the options are endless. And the addition of pond dye aka lake dye can even further enhance the appeal.

Natural occurrences such as debris that wash into the water or the growth of algae, may leave your pond smelling and looking not so fresh. …


compost pexels image
compost pexels image

Planning a garden? Then you definitely may already be asking…what type of fertilizer should I use? Is compost good enough? Will it suffice my gardening plans? Is it cost-effective?

Yes, it is.

Whether you’re new to gardening or not, it makes lots of sense to ensure your garden is enriched with adequate nutrients to guarantee a good harvest all year round.

Naturally, even the best of soil loses its nutrient wealth over time as you garden, hence replenishing. And there is no better, easier, and inexpensive way to do that than to add compost.

Compost is highly rich in nutrients


coffee meme
coffee meme

Coffee beans or ground coffee?

That’s an ongoing and lively debate here among the staffers DIY Home & Garden. And we are not alone.

Imagine this. You are at the supermarket and keep darting your eyes between the product offerings in the coffee aisle. You’ve not moved from your spot for over 10 minutes and chances are you’re beginning to get weird looks from other shoppers. But you really don’t care, do you?

It’s coffee, people! And everyone knows that the matter of coffee is a serious one that requires careful consideration before making a decision.

So, the packet of…


cilantro image from pexels
cilantro image from pexels

Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum), also better known as coriander, is a multi-purpose annual herb with shiny, broad, and flat leaves that almost resemble those of parsley. Perhaps the major physical difference between the two is that parsley leaves have pointy serrations whereas cilantro leaf serration tends to be more rounded and lacy-looking.

The herb (Cilantro) is believed to have originated from North Africa, Southern Europe, and the western part of Asia.

Other than its culinary use, cilantro was (and is still) also used in the medicine space to treat digestive problems such as dyspepsia and gastrointestinal spasms in addition to being…


hummingbird cover image (unsplash)
hummingbird cover image (unsplash)

Hummingbirds are fascinating little birds that have long beaks and fast-moving wings. They are the smallest migrating birds and don’t migrate in folks like other species; instead, they travel single for up to 500 miles at a time. The most interesting fact about them is that they have a very high metabolism because they eat all day long for their survival. Only females assemble nests and lay only two eggs. After hatching, these birds stay in the nest for about three weeks.

They are unique in various ways, such as they have a giant brain, heart, energy output, and breast…


side hustle ideas (unsplash images)
side hustle ideas (unsplash images)

Times are hard. So hard that juggling finances might boggle your mind. Fortunately, there is something you can do to boost your income. You can start a side hustle that allows you to comfortably take care of your bills.

You ask yourself…

“But what is it that I can do to earn that extra income?”

The truth is, there are many avenues out there you can explore to bring in that extra coin. It all narrows down to which side hustles work best with your existing schedule.

Now, before we dive deep into the actual opportunities, let’s first see the…

Deborah Ann Tayloe

Full-time freelance writer and editor; children’s book author; avid gardener and home cook; blogger. I keep it together with coffee + the grace of God.

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