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Mar 26, 2019

Rainy-Day Crafts for Kids

Inclement spring days can be torture for younger kids stuck inside, especially during spring break. Parents can keep kids entertained (and give them a chance exercise their creativity) by engaging in a few fun craft projects. Better Homes & Gardens suggests decorating a lunchbox and making braided or button bracelets. Bottle-cap magnets and decorated picture […]
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Mar 25, 2019

Use Rainy Days to Catch Up on Chores

Rainy spring days are a great time to take care of those little household cleaning chores you might have forgotten to do for a while, says BrightNest. You can clean the oven and replace burnt-out light bulbs. Clean the coffeemaker using a 1:2 vinegar-and-water solution. Wash that shower curtain, or clean your garbage disposal using […]
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Mar 14, 2019

Early Spring Planting Produces a Sumptuous Salad

Once your soil is ready for planting — meaning it is dry, free of ice crystals and crumbles easily — you can start planting spring vegetables, Eartheasy says. Early-spring crops offer the makings of a great salad: lettuce, mustard greens, Swiss chard, peas, spinach and leeks. To keep the table stocked with healthy, homegrown vegetables for […]
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Mar 13, 2019

Plan Your Garden for Continuous Color

Once your soil is prepared and supplemented with compost and other organic matter, it’s time to plan your plots. Real Simple suggests consulting the USDA’s plant hardiness zone chart before picking out flowers and vegetables; your local garden center can also recommend plants based on how much sun and shade your garden gets. To keep […]
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Mar 12, 2019

Prepare Your Soil for Spring Planting

The second step in getting your garden ready for the growing season is to prepare the soil. Wait until your soil is dry, then till the garden areas 8 to 12 inches deep, removing rocks and other debris; mix in organic matter such as compost or manure to nourish it. Many kitchen by-products can help […]
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