With warm weather in the air, we are all looking forward to grilling out, swimming pools, sun bathing, and just generally spending time outdoors. We’ve waited all winter for spring to get here. But those first few really warm days always greet us with an unpleasant, little problem.

Bugs! The warm weather brings out the bathing suits and suntan lotion, but it also brings out the pests! Mosquitos, ants, yellow jackets, and the grossest of all: flies! Flies are everywhere in the summer. Nothing ruins a good picnic quicker than flies covering the hotdogs! Most people will turn to harsh, chemical solutions this summer to try and solve this most annoying problem.



Cute DIY project from recycled material


What you’ll need:

#10 cans,drill and small bit, spray paint, potting soil, plants

Clean and dry your #10 cans. Make sure any labels are thoroughly removed. If you have a stubborn one or glue that won’t release, spray a little WD40 on it. Let it sit a minute and then roll it right off.



Drill enough holes to allow for proper draining.  I used a super small bit, so I needed more holes.  My bit was a little too small and broke on the last hole I drilled.  :/



Next, spray your can.  You just need to spray the outside.  I used paint that was double coat strength, after realizing that regular spray paint took more than 2 coats.


Make sure you are in a well ventilated area with no wind. Place your cans on newspaper to protect the ground. Spray in small, swift strokes at least 6 inches from the can, to avoid drips.

planter add dirt

Add good quality potting soil and the plant of your choice.  My planters are in full sun, (more than 6 hours a day) so I chose plants that love the sun.  Primrose and herbs.

planter watering

Water your new plant very well and attach to your wall or fence.  Add a few other decorative items with your new plant pots, to increase interest. planters on fence

NOTE:  You will need to water these more often as weather heats up, at least once daily.

Self Reliant Living and 40 Ways to Self Sufficiency

Self Reliant Living and 40 Ways to Self Sufficiency

Here we show you 40 ways to self reliant living and self sufficiency whether you live in the city or the suburbs. Urban homesteading and urban self sufficiency is a lifestyle sought out by the baby boomers, and for good reason! So many people think that having a large piece of land allows them to be self sufficient. As I have always said, it is not the size that counts, but what you do with it! 😉


Self Reliant Living and 40 Ways to Self Sufficiency.

How to Use Ashitaba Plants | Garden Guides


Most American herbalists know ashitaba as the longevity plant (Angelica keiskei), a perennial plant native to Japan that has been used medicinally and as a food for thousands of years. It grows well in areas near seacoasts and is hardy to temperatures as low as 0 degrees Fahrenheit. The leaves and roots are edible—you can eat them either raw or cooked. Medicinal uses include this plant’s use as a diuretic and laxative and it is also reported to provide support for the immune system (though never ingest it without discussing it with your doctor first).