First Summer Garden Walk-Thru

Take a walk-thru my summer garden with me and see how things are growing. Check out video below.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Making Hummingbird Syrup & Cleaning Feeders

This week I had to spend a little time cleaning my Hummingbird Feeders & making new Hummingbird Syrup.  You know I love the birds :).  I found a Hummingbird Syrup recipe on Pinterest along with Oriole Syrup.  The Orioles weren’t feeling the syrup I prepared and only came back a few times. Much different from last year when they spent most of the summer visiting our backyard, but this year it wasn’t the same.  However, the Hummingbirds are liking the syrup I’ve been making.

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We’re going to start off with making the syrup.  I make up enough to fill 3 feeders ( overboard I know) and I have a little bit left over and I store it in the fridge.

Let’s Start With Ingredients

4 Cups water

1 Cup Sugar

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In this batch I’m making double the amount.  Place your water in the pot and allow it to come to a boil.  I then turn the water off and pour in sugar and stir.  The sugar will dissolve and I allow it to cool.

Now Let’s Clean Those Feeders

The feeders get really yucky and nasty.  Cleaning them on a weekly basis if not sooner is a must.  Especially during those hot summer days.  Before Spring began I purchased some items specifically to clean my bird and humming bird feeders.  This way I’m not using the same items for everyday or misc. use that I’m using for the birds.  This is something that all #Crazybirdladies would do, right?

So, I used a large bucket filled with soap and  HOT water.  Now, there are times when I use bleach and that’s usually on the bird feeders because they are just NASTY!  NASTY I tell you, NASTY!  In this case I just used soap and HOT water.

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Most of your hummingbird feeders can come apart and I make sure I remove all the pieces that do come apart so I can clean them thoroughly and place them in the hot soapy water.

Tools You’ll Need

Here are the tools I use to clean my feeders.  Depending on the style of your feeder you may need the same or different tools.

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Bucket

Brush/es

Tooth Brush

Sponge

Cotton Swabs

Clean Towels

Plastic Gloves

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Time To Fill The Feeders

After the parts have soaked for a bit I begin to clean, rinse and set them on a clean towel to dry.  Once they have dried and your syrup has cooled completely you can begin to fill up your feeders with the syrup.

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Place your feeders back outside and keep a lookout for the  magic to begin.  If you have any syrup left label the container and place it in the fridge (store up to one week).  Be sure to check your Hummingbird feeders every 3 days to see if the syrup needs to be replaced.

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Now, the magic happens.

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Hope you have found this post helpful and this will inspire you to draw some Hummingbirds into your yard with syrup or natural plants.  Do you have these adorable visitors frequenting your yard?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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End of Spring Garden Tour 2015 (Video)

Summer is soon approaching and I wanted to take you for the last Spring Garden Tour of 2015.  We’ve been getting plenty of rain and cool days.  It’s finally warming up during the day and cooler nights.  This has made it easy for our cold weather crops to take off well.  The lettuce, Swiss chard and greens look amazing.

I’ve had to make sure I incorporate a lot of salads, lettuce wraps, greens and Swiss chard in our meals.  Sunday I made a Swiss Chard Tartar Sauce and today I made Spaghetti Squash with a Turkey & Swiss Chard Sauce.  Creating new recipes with vegetables from the garden is so fun to do.  Oftentimes, we get so stuck with making the same meals over and over again.  However, to make eating and food enjoyable for our families we have to allow our creative juice to flow.

While taping this Spring Tour video I couldn’t help, but laugh at myself not being able to identify some of the plants.  Then I thought, that’s why they create plant identification tags, right.  There’s nothing wrong with not knowing the type of plant you’ve planted when it’s in it’s before producing fruit state and of course there are those that we can identify with our eyes closed.

Here’s our End of Spring Garden Tour 2015 embedded below.  Thanks in advance for watching.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Birdwatching: Baltimore Orioles

A couple weeks ago I saw the prettiest orange and black bird feeding from the hummingbird feeder.  The bird was too big and was having a hard time staying on the feeder.  I posted a blurry pic to instagram asking about a large hummingbird.  My IG friend Brandi & blogger at dontdisturbthisgroove… told me it was a Baltimore Oriole.

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This picture below is so funny how he tries to hang on the feeder.
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After knowing what kind of bird it was I began to do some research on them.  There was at the time a male and female gracing me with their presence.  I ran out and bought an Oriole feeder.  Which they cared less about because they continued to use the hummingbird feeder.  That’s when I read to make sure the hummingbird nectar is fresh or hummingbirds can get sick if it’s not.  Now the nectar I had in the feeders was from last year’s nectar that I had stored inside.  So, I went to get fresh nectar and then…. they didn’t like it anymore.  That’s when the Orioles began to drink from the Orioles feeder.  After changing it the female has been the only one to return. The male has not been seen for over a week.

Also, I read that they love oranges.  I ran out and bought some oranges.  Now,  the oranges are a hit for the female.  She comes by about 3 times a day.  Fills up on oranges and nectar. 

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Can’t wait to see how long she hangs around. She’s been here for about 3 weeks now. Have you seen the Baltimore Orioles in your yard and if so, what have you noticed about them? What they like to eat and how long do they stay around?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Vintage Huffy Annual Garden Planter

Project 2 complete and I am absolutely excited and in love with the way it turned out.  I found the planter for the back wheel at Aldi.  There were about 8 of these planters left and I was astonished that they were still there. The price was absolutely amazing!!!  I’ve picked up 4 so far…  😉

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The front basket is attached to the handlebars and inside the basket I placed a cute summer purse.  Found it at Target the other night in the Dollar Spot.  I had to snatch it up because I wasn’t sure what to put on the handlebars at the time.

At the time of this pic I the bike was being held up be two cinder blocks on the front tire.  Last night we had a bad storm and my vintage bike turned mountain bike.  It was leaning over on it’s side.  Once the rain let up my husband and I added cinder blocks to the back tire and another to the front.  Since it’s still early in the season the cinder blocks are visible.  Once my lillies, fern and hibiscus fill in the cinder blocks won’t be visible. 

We’ve been so busy gardening this year, but we always have so much fun seeing the yard revolve into our outdoor living space.   

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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