DIY Weed Killer

Today I will share with you my homemade weed killer. This stuff doesn’t work as fast as the chemical sprays you can buy at the store, but its safer for your kids, pets, and environment! Also, its WAY cheaper and you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry right now.

Easy DIY Weed Killer

The salt and vinegar do the killing and the soap just helps the mixture stick to the leaves of the weeds. For my container, I use an old weed killer bottle. It holds the entire recipe and has a sweet battery operated spray nozzle. Be sure and write the contents on your container so that nobody mistakes it for another liquid. It’s not made with any chemicals, but you still shouldn’t leave in reach of pets or children. The smell would likely keep them away, but always better safe than sorry. This will kill all plants so don’t spray with reckless abandon, ok?

If you’d like a printable for this spray – here is a link so you can download a PDF version of my Weed Killer. Check out my Fruit and Veggie Wash, Disinfecting SprayDIY All Purpose Cleaner, and my Antibacterial Spray recipes while you are here.


Ima be a little late…

Ima be a little late…on my next craft post, sorry! Murph paid me a visit last week. Actually, he kinda hung around all week:

Monday – I finished my work on the fundraiser staying super late after work and going in early. We all came together and pulled it off short a few members, as Murph was keeping them busy.

Tuesday – huge storm. Like HUGE. I worked late and was driving down I-95 to see a tree WITH ROOTS AND ALL fly horizontally across the highway. I was so happy to get home. Trees down everyplace and lots of folks lost power for the remainder of the week. Got myself settled and stupidly thought my trashcans were the only thing busted on my property. Soon, I realized Murph made sure that my A/C didn’t make it through the storm. My options are now Antarctica or Hades until I can get it serviced.

Wednesday – I had a friend coming into town that I haven’t seen since around 2004! Murph delayed his flight so many times that night they cancelled it altogether. By the time it was finalized it was too late to get anything done.

Thursday – was the fundraiser. Left work a 3pm to go do the setup. It went really well, Murph didn’t show up. We raised over $51k for CHOP!


Our fundraiser was a success!


Met up with my buddy Juan really fast on the way back from the fundraiser since his flight got moved to Thursday!


We saw this killer painted billboard for The Blacklist on South Street.


Penns Landing was hopping Friday afternoon!

Walking out of the house to go to the gym I see that Murph stopped by again and busted a huge limb off my tree.
Saturday – I had plans to see the Tall Ships with Dad and I made sure to get back early enough to get a post drafted. Murph called in some rain so I got home earlier than expected.IMG_6535IMG_6541IMG_6543IMG_6536IMG_6542


Worlds Largest Rubber Ducky!

I set out to make cupcakes I promised Clint before I wrote and the power went out. Murph wanted me to take a nap, I guess.
Went in to take said nap and heard water dripping. It was a mess dripping down the air duct shiney stuff so that you can’t tell whats wet and whats just shiney. It was really fun in the dark with a flashlight. 😦
Clint brought me his 6′ ladder and I was able to get in the ceiling crawlspace and rule out the A/C unit as the culprit. Found I had a leak in my roof!



I sat down like 10pm and opened a bottle of wine. It was like vinegar. Last bottle, too.

Sunday – I spent the whole day cursing Murph while taking care of things that went wrong this week. Rented a 32′ ladder to find out there is nothing wrong with the roof. Dad hiked it up there and found NOTHING. Looks like the ENE 30+ mph winds (that are atypical in intensity and direction for my area) simply pushed the water into the house under the flashing and/or shingles on the side of the dormer. There is really nothing actually wrong that we can tell. I need to wait and see in the next rainfall what happens, I suppose. After that I mowed the lawn since it FINALLY stopped raining and Dad fixed my back storm door that was sticking.
Found that the winds destroyed my basil and I had to pull those all out. Once that was done I cut up the tree parts that I can do myself without a chainsaw. Those are bundled and ready for the trash men.

After that I made an Italian chicken bake to eat for lunch this week, boiled some eggs for breakfasts and made some mint chocolate chip cupcakes for Clint. Wrote this, and I don’t think I will be getting to my planned early week craft post.

Have a great week guys! I am goin’ to clean up the kitchen and then stress-eat a cupcake.

Thanks alot, Murph.



A Nice Day Off

I took the day off to work on the garden today. (It was planed, people, I didn’t call out last minute and play hookey!)
Made two trips to Big Orange, ran some other errands, checked out some local landscape supply companies to source bricks for my garden wall, put down a mulch tree ring –  all kinds of stuff was accomplished. Even got my first mini tan of the season!

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Have you done any yard work yet this season? Tell us about it!


OPP: 2015 Flower Show (DISNEY THEME!)

Hey all,

Today’s OPP post is a collection of other peoples projects. I recently attended the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show, which benefits the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS). The show is the longest running of its kind and has amazing themes each year. This year was “Celebrate the Movies” and it was FANTASTICAL! Most exhibits were artistic takes on Disney classics and I got to see ’em all thanks to a rad birthday present from Sharon.

Without further ado, here are the pictures that Sharon* and I took! Continue reading

OPP: Creating A Garden Plan with My Square Foot Garden

Today’s OPP post is a recommendation for you to check out a gardening website I have been frequenting. My Square Foot Garden is the go-to site for all things SFG. It is run by a gardener named Emily and she has compiled a HUGE store of how-to’s for noobs like me. If fact, I learned from her site how to properly plant my raised bed. I am building a 4 x 8 raised bed and this post Creating A (Square Foot) Garden Plan – My Square Foot Garden was a great place for me to start.

Here was my shot-in-the-dark plan:

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I revised the plan after I checked out the tools listed here, which provide great tips on plant specifics and companion planting. I learned Lettuce likes some shade and Basil planted in the middle of the Lettuce can help deter pests. Needless to say, I’ve made some revisions:
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My Square Foot Garden has it all. How to choose a gardening method, how to plan and tips on how to actually plant each food type. Seriously, the section on how to build your garden even has cost comparisons! Even if you are a seasoned gardener I’d bet you could find something new on your visit. Go check it out!

If you are a raised bed gardener – lets hear about it in the comments! Got any tips for a noob like me? What do you think about my plan so far?

Stay crafty my friends,
❤ Roni

OPP: Raised Garden Bed

Hi guys! I am planning to make a raised bed garden! I initially asked the Gods of Google to show me an economical kit do buy and build myself, but they do not answer my prayers with anything quality. So then I asked them about how to go about making it oneself. For today’s OPP post, I thought I would share only the very best of the DIY raised bed action they showed me:

I plan to make one like the first listed on this tutorial at Sunset’s website.
Here is one awesome execution of that bed style from fellow WordPress Blogger, Erin. Erin adds some nice detail to hers using lag screws – I would like to use those in mine!

I plan to plant it in a square foot gardening kind of fashion. You can look for posts related to my progress in Spring. Do you have a raised bed garden or use square foot gardening? Did you wing it or did you have to ask the Gods of Google for guidance like I did?  Please tell us all about it in the comments.

Happy Winter,
❤ Roni