Links Worth Sharing: Week of May 20, 2017

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Links Worth Sharing: Week of May 13

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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Links Worth Sharing: Week of May 6, 2017

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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How to Earn Money from your Garden

Odds are, when you started your garden you were not thinking about how you could earn money from it. Over time you may have seen a bit of potential and started to think about how you could make money from your garden. Even a small thriving garden can earn a bit of extra money. If you are skilled or have plenty of space you can earn even more.

Today, I’d love to outline some ways that you can Earn Money from your Garden.

Earn Money from your Garden

Sell extra produce

Often, the first issue that makes you think about how you could earn money from your garden is an overabundance of produce. You may be wondering just how you could ever use up that many tomatoes. Selling that extra produce is a great way to earn some cash and help save someone else some money. First, offering the produce for sale to friends and family will definitely help you reduce your overabundance. If you still have produce leftover, post a sign in front of your yard advertising produce for sale. You may have many neighbors stopping by!

Selling canned goods

Check your Province or city’s food laws to see if you can earn money from your garden by canning extra produce and selling the jars. Selling homemade jams, jellies, and other canned goods just might be the answer for you. Due to law, your sales are often limited to a few thousand a year, but that’s perfect for using up the extra food from your garden. Homemade canned jams and jellies make great gifts around the holidays and can end up selling very well.

Sell plants

Are you a whiz at getting seeds to sprout into strong thriving seedlings? Do you have plants in your garden or pots that need to be thinned out? Selling plants to other gardeners in your neighborhood is a great way to earn extra money from your garden. If you do not have plants to sell how about seeds? Cuttings from that prize plant your neighbors all love?

Teaching others gardening skills

Have you been gardening for years and have a beautiful thriving garden that neighbors admire? Why not offer to teach gardening classes in your home garden or even at the local library for a small fee? Depending on local interest, you can earn a good bit of money running classes on the topics of caring for plants, propagating cuttings, and keeping plants alive for the not so green thumbs. Often a bit of education is all that stands in the way of a thriving garden. Many parents are looking for summer activities for their children and learning to garden could be a great use of time and energy.

The important part of making money with your garden is to not allow the focus on earning to take the joy out of your garden. If you lose the joy that made your garden thrive in the first place, your garden will suffer. So start out small, have fun, and make the most of the opportunities that come your way.

Have you tried making some extra money from your garden? How did you do it?

Links Worth Sharing: Week of April 29, 2017

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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10 Things You Should Grow in Your Garden This Year

As spring rolls in, the garden can go in with it! This year, start your garden off right by planning for success. Some plants are a must for a productive garden that you will love as you feed your family from your own hard work.

10 Things You Should Grow in Your Garden This Year

Here are 10 things you should grow in your garden this year:

Lemon Grass.

Lemon Grass should be at the top of your list for your garden this year. This ornamental plant can be grown nearly anywhere in a pot. It keeps bugs away, bringing you peace from those pesky things. It can also be used to season and add flavor to foods. This Fresh Lemongrass Tea looks so refreshing!

Tomatoes.

This versatile plant can be used for so many dishes and even as a snack. (Sprinkled with salt and pepper…yum!) Tomatoes are packed with vitamins and are easy to grow. I especially like growing cherry tomatoes in containers.

Bell peppers.

With more vitamin C than an orange and plenty of flavor, bell peppers are a great addition to your garden and freeze well for later.

Bush beans.

Bush beans can be grown under plants that grow tall. Beans put nitrogen into the soil making them perfect companion plants to Carrots, Beets, Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Cauliflower, Celery, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Kale, Peas, Potatoes, Radishes, Strawberries and Swiss Chard.

Pumpkin.

Pumpkins make a great ground covering plant that can shade the roots and stems or taller plants helping them thrive in the summer heat while providing you with great food in the fall harvest.

Basil.

This herb repels bugs and other pests helping to protect your garden while providing you with a tasty food for your table. Basil also makes a great edible edging plant for flower beds, helping maximize space. This Cold Pesto Pasta Salad is a great way to put basil to use.

Strawberries.

You will find in most areas the selection of fruit you can grow is limited. Strawberries are a great fruit that will grow nearly anywhere making it the perfect addition to your garden. They keep coming back better year after year and make a great potted plant.

Spinach.

If you’re looking for a green filler plant for your garden, spinach is just the plant for you. Spinach is high in vitamins and minerals, grows well in shaded areas with just a few hours of sun per day, and has nearly limitless ways to use in the kitchen.

Oregano.

Oregano is a classically Italian herb packed with medicinal qualities as well as a potent flavoring for your favorite dishes from pasta to pizza. This plant also makes a good filler plant that provides great food for your family.

Radishes.

When it comes to quick growing veggies that can help feed your family in less time, radishes are a great way to go.

Looking for more recipes to help you use all the yummy produce you’ll grow? Grab the Ultimate Homemaking bundle for tons of excellent recipe ebooks!

Links Worth Sharing: Week of April 22, 2017

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5 Reasons to Stock Up on Dollar Store Flip Flops

Now that spring is here, your local dollar store will no doubt be well stocked with flip flops in every color and style. Snagging flip flops at your local dollar store isn’t just budget savvy, these flip flops can come in handy all throughout the summer for all sorts of reasons. Want to know more? Look at 5 reasons to stock up on dollar store flip flops so you can make the most of these little gems! You will be amazed at how valuable they can be.

5 Reasons to Stock Up on Dollar Store Flip Flops

1. Keep emergency pairs in the car.

Have you ever had a pair of flip flops break on you? When that happens you can find yourself in a pickle. Buy an extra pair of flip flops for everyone in your family and keep the pairs in the car. That way should you encounter any breaks, you have a back up. For just a buck, it is well worth buying extras and tossing them into the trunk for emergencies.

2. They make cute garden markers.

Buy a few pairs of children’s flip flops and use them as whimsical garden markers. Add some hot glue to the back of them and press them to a wooden stake. You can then write the name of the plant directly on the flip flop with a magic marker. How cute is that?

3. They make for fun pool time.

The fun thing about flip flops is they FLOAT! You can use them for all sorts of pool games. On the underside of your flip flops you can draw words or shapes and use them to play matching games. You can also craft mini boats with them, allowing kids to decorate the flip flop as they wish before setting it sail. These ideas make for some frugal summer fun.

4. Flip flops are perfect for protecting floors and walls.

The rubber that flip flops are made from is durable. Grab a few pairs of dollar store flip flops and cut the foam into squares. You can then use the foam pieces as door stoppers to protect your walls or even place them under table and chair legs to protect the floors. Add some of these foam chunks to planters and flowers pots and they can help act as fillers and even help absorb water.

5. They make inexpensive gifts.

Don’t get caught without a gift this summer. A pair of flip flops with a ribbon tied on makes the perfect gift for a hostess or summer birthday. They are also great to give as party gifts if you are hosting any backyard parties or cookouts. Guests will love getting a pair of flip flops to relax and unwind in.

Who knew flip flops could be so valuable? For just a dollar or so each, they are well worth stocking up on during the warm weather season. Consider these 5 reasons to stock up on dollar store flip flops and put this inexpensive find to work for you.

Links Worth Sharing: Week of April 8, 2017

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7 Resources for the Aspiring Minimalist

The life of a minimalist is inspiring to me. While I don’t think I could go “all the way minimalist”, the thought of less stuff, less stress and other such benefits is very appealing to me. How many of you are aspiring to become a bit more minimalist, but are not sure where to start? Becoming a minimalist is sure to be good for the soul, but you may need some resources to get you there first. For the aspiring minimalists out there, here are 7 resources to get you started.

7 Resources for the Aspiring Minimalist

7 Resources for the Aspiring Minimalist

Watch the documentary on Netflix

When you’re first starting off as a minimalist, or at least curious about it, you need to check out the documentary on Netflix. It’s quite simple as it follows the story of several minimalists. Two men who have impacted the world by living on less.

Follow the blog “Becoming Minimalist

Yes, there are blogs out there dedicated to the minimalist journey and this is one of them. In my opinion, one of the best resources for living this lifestyle!

Join the group on Facebook called The Minimalist Life

This is a group full of like-minded minimalist. You will find extreme and not-so-extreme minimalist who just want to live the journey.

Read the book known as “Minimalism

There are a lot of resources out there for people who are working hard to become minimalists. One of the best books is called Minimalism. If you want to know firsthand what it’s like to live this lifestyle, then the book is a must read. Grab this book if you’re thinking of becoming a minimalist.

Check out YouTube

One of the best reasons for YouTube is that you actually get a firsthand visual account at what some minimalists are doing. You don’t always know what minimalism looks like, until you see others living the lifestyle.

Check Out the Be More with Less Website

One of the beautiful parts of becoming a minimalist is checking out the journey of others. The Be More with Less Blog focusing on simplifying life a bit. She talks about reducing the amount of items you have, which will also result in less stress in life.

Your own brain

If you’re an aspiring minimalist, you should know something you will hear time and time again. This is your own journey. Sure, the result is to own less of everything. However, only you will know when enough is enough. Maybe you need 3 couches, but other minimalists sit on the floor. This journey will be a lot better for you if you consider your own brain and heart to decide what your minimalist journey looks like.

 

What resources would you share with someone who is an aspiring minimalist?