It’s best to add coffee grounds, not whole beans, to compost. Coffee grounds have a high nitrogen content, along with a few other nutrients plants can use. In compost, they help create organic matter that improves the ability of soil to hold water.
This heirloom bean dates to the 1800s, well after the Pilgrim era, but they represent the type of bean the Pilgrims grew. Vermont Cranberry beans can be used as a snap, shell or dry bean. This versatility in the cooking pot and long storage capability made beans a staple among early settlers.
Providing a take-home treat for guests is a thoughtful touch and can be assembled well in advance of the party. Fill cellophane bags with a mix of chocolate-covered coffee beans and place bags inside paper tubes designed to mimic your party invitations.
These fleece-lined beauties from L.L. Bean will keep your feet cozy and warm during all of your fall and winter gardening chores. And they're so cute, you can transition from leaf raking to shopping without missing a beat. Insulated Wellie Rain Boot. $119
Lugging heavy rocking chairs or wooden benches in and out before the harsh winter starts can be a hassle. Keep your porch decorated for the holidays with lightweight bean bag chairs that simply stack and store away when not in use. These neutral greige bean bag chairs were dressed up for the holidays with woven throw pillows.
Kids can enjoy both the indoors and outdoors in the playroom. Sliding glass doors offer access to outside, where kids can drive their power wheels and play house. Bean bags scatter the room to provide a place to sit, and a cushioned bench doubles as toy storage to keep the space organized.
Coffee lovers will especially love the look and feel of repurposed burlap coffee bean sack stockings. To find them locally, simply ask your neighborhood coffee house for any discarded sacks they may have in the back. Many times, the staff will be more than happy to give them away for free. Coffee bean sacks can also be found online for approximately $5 per sack.
Prep the components of this recipe ahead so it can be ready to assemble and serve in less than 10 minutes on a busy weeknight. Use leftover grilled chicken, canned black beans, frozen corn kernels and other grocery staples to customize a family-friendly tostada with all of your favorite toppings. Get the recipe >>
Since the holidays are all about entertaining friends and family, set the scene on your front porch with weather-resistant elements that invite people over to sit and stay a while. From the bean bag chairs to the rich wooden bar cart, all of these elements are easy to move around and can be easily stored out of sight in the cold winter months.
Something that can become tedious once winter sets in is having to move outdoor furniture in once temperatures approach freezing. Make it easy by choosing lightweight pieces that are easy to move around and store. Here, navy blue bean bag chairs were used due to how comfy they are and how simple it is to keep them stacked and stored away.
Everyday glass containers can become wonderful terrarium art, says Joe Guggia, a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers and owner of JP Designs Floral in Santa Maria, Calif. These glass vessels are home to two varieties of sculptural sedum. The cylinder vase is planted with jelly bean plant (Sedum rubrotinctum) while the lower container nestles stonecrop, a lovely groundcover sedum.
Just one or two deer can make quick work of a garden in one night. Their favorite crops include things like beans, lettuce, strawberries, daylilies and hostas.
Easy Solution: Keep deer out of your garden or yard by erecting a deer fence. Create a double fence layer that’s 4 to 5 feet high with 4 to 5 feet between fences. Deer can’t jump both high and wide.
When it comes to fertilizing vegetables, you can group them into 3 categories: light, moderate and heavy feeders. Peas, beans, radishes, turnips and mustard greens among the light feeders. Give them starter fertilizer when you plant; if they’re growing in compost-enriched soil, they probably won’t need to be fed again. For best results, do a soil test before planting to determine what kind of amendments and fertilizer your soil needs. Shown here: Snow Pea 'Green Beauty'
Brown marmorated stink bug has been in the United States 20 years, and in that time it’s spread throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Upper Midwest and along the West Coast. Stink bugs attack many home garden crops, including beans, corn, tomatoes peppers, apples and raspberries. Their feeding wounds fruits and veggies, resulting in corky spots that are inedible. Stink bugs spend winter inside, invading home voids and attics. With their stinky personalities, these bugs stir up drama indoors when they emerge from hiding in hordes, usually in winter. In the garden, knock stink bugs into soapy water to kill them. Indoors, the same method works, or you can try vacuuming up the stinkers (which might make your vac stink). Another indoor option is using a dry-mop cleaning tool (think Swiffer-type) that you cover with duct tape, sticky side out. That device gives you reach to grab stink bugs climbing curtains, walls and ceilings.