The weather is warming up, and that means more time spent outside by the firepit, or cooking on the BBQ! Luckily we have a great product that can help make things even easier, the Electro-Light Fire Starter. We had the chance to try one out for ourselves last year (you can read our review here), and we just love it. You can also use it indoors if you have a wood burning fireplace.
How does it work? It uses super high 1300°F temperature air to ignite, then fan the flames with built-in blower. We love that you don’t need lighter fluid, or matches. You will need a plug though, as this is electric. It lights super fast too, just 2-3 minutes and you are ready to go! We love how much faster it is, and that we don’t have to use lighter fluid anymore.
We are super excited to be able to offer an Electro-Light Fire Starter to one lucky reader thanks to our friends at Home Right. To enter use the form below, this giveaway is open to those in the USA only.
If you live in a climate with a shorter growing season, starting seeds indoors is a great way to make the most of your garden. It’s not that hard, but does take a little time and space. You might even want to invest in a grow light if you don’t have a sunny spot.
To get started you will need empty containers, you can buy new containers like these, which I love because you can plant them directly into the garden when the time comes. Trays to go under the containers are important, and you will also need a good seed starting mix, which you can buy, or even mix your own. If you would like to make your own, there is a simple “recipe” on You Grow Girl that we really like. And of course, your seeds!
Most seed packets will have a chart for when to start indoors or direct sow depending on climate. It’s important to make sure you time them correctly so they don’t get planted outside too soon, otherwise you could lose your plants to cold snaps. If your seeds don’t come with planting info, you can find one here based on growing zone.
Fill each of your pots with moistened soil, and lightly press it down to pop any air bubbles.
Plant your seeds, using 3-4 per container. The best way to know how deep to plant the seed is to look at the size of the seed itself. A larger seed needs to be planted deeper, while a small seed should be closer to the surface. You can make a hole to put your seeds in, or use your finger to gently push the seeds into the soil.
Cover the seeds with more soil, and then place your pots on a plastic seed tray so you can water from the bottom. Watering from the top doesn’t promote deep root growth like watering from the bottom does.
Label your trays, or if they are mixed with different seeds, use seed markers to label each pot.
Place your tray in a warm, sunny spot. It is really helpful if you can buy a heating mat, although it’s not necessary. Consistent warmth really helps for germination, so try to find a spot where you don’t have drafts, or where you won’t have to move the trays around.
Keep the soil damp, but not overly wet.
Now the hard part, wait for sprouts!
As sprouts grow you will need to thin some out, choosing the healthiest plants. Then when it’s time, you will need to start the “hardening off” process to prepare them for life outside in the garden.
We are excited to announce that we are in the running for the annual blogging award from Jackson Design & Remodeling (JDR).
Voting is now open in the 2017 JDR Industry Blogger Awards, and we would love your support. We are nominated in the Interior Design category (you can vote here).
The premier awards program recognizing the best blogs in the design and remodeling industry. This year, 50 influential blogs were nominated in six categories: Architecture, Remodeling, Construction Business, Green, Microblog and Interior Design.
Voting is open to the public until April 24th. All winning bloggers will be announced on April 28, 2017.
“Our company values innovation and excellence and we believe in discovering, embracing and promoting those values throughout the industry,” said Todd Jackson, CEO of Jackson Design and Remodeling. “The JDR Industry Blogger Awards bring additional recognition to the work of the best blogs in the business, while supporting our efforts to promote the professionalism of the remodeling industry, celebrate innovative communication and inspire our clients with the latest ideas in home design.”
It’s amazing to be part of the awards! Thank you JDR for including us, it’s quiet an awesome list of bloggers to be included in.