Best Homemade Fly Trap – How to DIY a Fly Trap for Indoors or Outdoors

Every summer, it seems like no matter how hard you try, your yard (or worse, house) becomes infested with pesky flies. These winged creatures are called pests for a reason: they feast on leftovers, crawl on outdoor furniture, and buzz all. day. long. While repelling flies is the recommended first course of action, sometimes it’s too little, too late. When all else fails, attract and kill them with a fly trap. While there are store-bought options that’ll get the job done, sometimes it’s easiest to take the more natural approach by making a homemade fly trap with common household items.

As soon as you see or better yet, hear, them, DIY a few of these fly traps and distribute them throughout your house and yard. That way, you’ll up your chances of getting rid of as many flies as possible.

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Luring flies to a trap is the hardest part. Luckily, they’re attracted to anything sweet — simple syrup, honey, and fruit — so you shouldn’t have to look too far to find something sugar-y enough to entice them. The Country Chic Cottage uses honey as bait in their fly trap pictured above, but old

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10 Easiest Vegetables to Grow

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If you’ve longed envied a neighbor’s lush vegetable garden, it’s time to consider growing your own. Believe it or not, starting a vegetable garden doesn’t have to be a huge feat. There are a number of healthy and delicious vegetables, including crisp cucumbers, lettuce, and carrots, that don’t require a great deal of effort to grow. See 10 of the easiest vegetables to grow even if you don’t have a green thumb.

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It’s no secret that carrots are a good source of vitamin A. In order to grow well, carrots need soft soil that’s well-drained. If your soil is too moist, you can attract wireworms.



Whether you prefer them raw in salads or in soups, radishes are a versatile root vegetable. Like carrots, it’s best not to overcrowd the seeds, and try to aim for loose dirt.



When it comes to cucumbers, know that they thrive with loads of sunlight. They’re ideal for small spaces, since they can grow vertically.



This fast-growing vegetable, which can tolerate a certain level of shade and moderate temperatures, is ideal if you’re short on space.


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Postcards from COVID-era Austin – Digging

May 28, 2020

“You’re not in traffic. You are traffic,” I heard on the radio last year, and it resonated with me. Here we Austinites were, almost a million of us, sitting in traffic jams all day long, insanely frustrated by the wasted time and by our fellow drivers. And then along came the pandemic, and suddenly MoPac is humming at 65 mph at rush hour. It’s not much of a silver lining to grasp for when reading news reports of 100,000 U.S. deaths from COVID-19 and 40 million Americans who’ve lost their jobs over the past 10 weeks, but there it is. You can drive around town and even find a parking spot.

Take the Greetings from Austin mural on S. 1st Street. I’d wanted to take a photo of our foreign exchange student in front of it last fall, but when we drove by there was nowhere to park and throngs of tourists were lined up to pose in front of it. So we passed. Fast forward to yesterday, only days before her scheduled departure, and the street was deserted. We parked, hopped out for the selfie, and I marveled once again at the surreality of quiet streets

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Beebalm, skullcap, and more wild creatures

May 27, 2020

The early summer flowers are strutting their stuff, so come along for a virtual tour! Here’s dazzling ‘Peter’s Purple’ monarda (Monarda fistulosa ‘Peter’s Purple’) in the driveway bed.

It was a breezy day.

Looking toward the neighbors’ house and their fast-growing Yucca rostrata

In the shady island bed along the driveway, native heartleaf skullcap (Scutellaria ovata) paints a softer picture.

It looks great with fine-textured variegated miscanthus.

A closer view

But also — this time in late-afternoon light — with bold-textured Texas dwarf palmetto (Sabal minor), another native plant.

Sacred datura (Datura wrightii) unfurls glowing white blossoms as evening comes on.

By day, ‘Old Mexico’ prickly pear is still popping out a few flowers.

The sawtoothed, dusty blue-green leaves of ‘Green Goblet’ agave (Agave salmiana var. ferox ‘Green Goblet’) greets visitors along the other side of the circular drive.

It’s underplanted with two hardworking natives: paleleaf yucca (Yucca pallida) and woolly stemodia (Stemodia lanata).

A few blue ceramic balls carry along the color scheme.

The woolly stemodia thrives where there’s more sun. In the dappled shade of the live oaks, Berkeley sedge (Carex divulsa

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14 Best Gardening Gloves – Great Long and Short Gardening Gloves for Women

Shopping for gardening gloves is far from easy. There are so many styles at so many price points, making it hard to choose the right pair for your gardening needs. Is it best to find an arm-length design to protect you from thorns? Should you shop for gloves that are made of a breathable fabric to keep you comfortable during warm summer days? Are the gloves with literal claws attached to the fingertips really necessary?

Rather than work yourself into a tizzy, understand that you’re not going to pinpoint a glove that will fulfill every gardening function. But the good news is that you can find a pair or two to suit your gardening style and all that you intend to grow, whether it’s pretty flowers or delicious veggies. Shop this roundup of our favorite gardening gloves online right now.

Best Overall: StoneBreaker Gloves


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These vibrant yellow gloves are another all-around good option for just about any gardening task. The durable leather is comfortable to wear, while the extended cuffs and Velcro closure help to keep your hands protected while working.

Best Overall for Women: Superior Garden Rose Women’s Medium Gloves

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How to Grow Basil Outdoors and in a Pot

There’s nothing quite like tasty homemade pesto, and if you’ve been longing to take your recipe up a notch, growing your own basil might be the perfect solution. Along with saving money on store-bought basil, this popular herb can easily be grown inside all year round.

There are a slew of varieties, although sweet basil is the most common. With its glossy leaves and spikes of white flowers, it has a subtle anise flavor and grows 1 to 2 feet high. The cultivars that are available all boast unique differences, from their appearance (there are purple-leaved types such as Dark Opal and Red Rubin) to their size and taste (some feature cinnamon, clove, lemon, and lime overtones).

If you’re up for adding this herb to your own garden—and using it to enhance your pesto, salads, or tomato dishes—scroll down for our helpful guide to growing your own basil.

Tips on Growing Basil

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Start indoors in individual pots, plant seeds outdoors when frosts are over and the ground is warm, or buy bedding plants. If you start plants indoors, heating cables are helpful, since this is a tropical plant that doesn’t take kindly to cold. Plant

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