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DealDash Grows Sunflowers now!

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Sunflowers are awesome! They are so friendly and cheerful-looking as well as delicious. Here are some tips on how to grow them from DealDash.

Do you love sunflowers? They look great in the garden, and then when they start drooping then you can cut them down and harvest the seeds. Sunflowers range in height between 2 and 15 feet tall depending on the type of sunflower. Therefore they can grow in just about any size of garden from small to a full yard. Here are some tips from DealDash to get you started on your sunflowers.

What Type of Sunflower?

There are so many different varieties of sunflower. Here are a few of the top types that you might enjoy growing in your garden:

  • Best Double Bloomer: Giant Sungold
  • Multicolored: Strawberry Blonde
  • Best Mammoth: Mammoth Russian
  • Best Light Bloomer: Italian White
  • Dwarf Variety: Little Becka
  • Best Dark Bloomer: Moulin Rouge
  • Award Winner: Soraya
  • Best for Pollinators: Lemon Queen

Where Will You Grow Them?

Do you live in the right area for sunflowers? I hope so! Sunflowers thrive in warm and hot climates in areas with full sunshine. Climates with long hot summers are perfect for growing sunflowers. The hint is in the name, of course SUNflowers enjoy full sunlight!

When your little sunflower plants start growing, be sure to shield their stems from the wind. Plant sunflower seeds along a fence, the side of a house, or stake them. If you live in a windy area or your stalks lack strength, consider staking the plants with wood or bamboo stakes to support the weight of the plant.

What Can Hurt Your Sunflowers?

Sunflowers are extremely resilient, luckily! However, something besides the wind that can harm them is flooded soil. Your sunflower plants need to have proper drainage in the soil. If your soil doesn’t drain well, you can buy or build a planter box.

How Exactly Should You Plant the Seeds?

Firstly, dig holes that are 1 inch deep. These holes should be placed fairly far apart. For smaller varieties, they can be placed about 6 inches apart. For the larger varieties, put them 18 inches apart. Sunflowers are huge and need a lot of space to grow to look their best.

How Much Water Do These Things Need?

Sunflowers love sun and they don’t need quite as much water as other plants such as a tomato plant. Luckily, sunflowers only need to be watered once or twice a week. Sunflowers have deep roots and prefer infrequent, heavy watering to frequent, shallow watering. This is good news for you, because you can just pick one or two days per week to water your plants and you’ll have less chance of forgetting to water them. Of course, you’ll need to adjust your watering routine on particularly hot or rainy weeks. Your sunflowers should bloom in mid to late summer, and you can enjoy them for a while before you cut them down to eat.

Are You Ready to Chow Down on Seeds?

Now it’s time to harvest the seeds. When you’re ready to snack on sunflower seeds, cut the flower heads off when they begin to droop. If they don’t droop, then the time to cut them off is when the back of the head begins to turn yellow. After you’ve cut the heads off, hang them upside down by the stem in a dry, and cover them with a paper bag to catch seeds as they fall out. After that, they can be eaten or roasted and eaten. Bon Appetite!

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Finally, thanks so much for reading this new DealDash article on sunflowers. Make sure that you get those seeds planted! If you need anything for your lawn or garden check DealDash. D

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Helps: Get Rid of Red Mites

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Red spider mites on your plants can be a pain! Here are some tips, tricks, and ideas to get rid of them, from DealDash.

Spider mites are tiny pests that can infest your plants and can be quite difficult to destroy. Mites cling to the bottom of the plant’s leaves on many different types of plants. These red spider mites live by sucking the nutrients out of the leaves. This can cause the leaves to dry out and die, which spells doom for your plants. Once you’ve identified a red spider mite infestation on your plants, you’re in for a battle. Here are some tips and ideas from DealDash to get rid of these red spider mites in a more natural way.

Figure Out if You Have Red Mites

Firstly, you need to figure out if you have red spider mites. Some signs that you might have red spider mites include: yellow, tan, or white spots on the leaves, tiny white or red spots on the leaves that move (these are the spider mites, and white, cottony webbing that appears on the underside of the leaves. Once you have determined that you have red spider mites then it’s time to get rid of them. You could use poison, but why not try some more natural methods first?

Treat the Red Mites

First, immediately take the infected plants to an area without any other plants. This will prevent the spider mites from spreading and infesting your other plants.

After removing the plants, it’s time to begin pruning the plant. Remove any stems, leaves, or other infested parts of the plant and throw in the trash. Don’t just throw them out in the yard, be sure to put them in the garbage. Otherwise, you might infest your other plants.

Next, spray your plant down with water, and then spray on a solution of baby shampoo and cooking oil in a 1:1 ratio of Tablespoons. If you’re just spraying one single plant then you only need 1 Tablespoon of each. Spray plants thoroughly, repeating every four to seven days until spider mites appear gone.

Finally, to prevent future red spider mite attacks I recommend giving them the special spray once per week until you are 100% sure that they have been eradicated from your garden.

Thanks for Reading

Finally, thanks so much for reading this new DealDash article on red spider mites. Good luck in getting rid of your red mites.

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Beautifies Your Lawn for Spring

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April showers bring May flowers. Have you gotten your yard set up for Spring? Let DealDash help.

There are many facets to getting your yard set up for Spring. There are flowers and veggies to be planted, hoses and sprinklers to be arranged, lawn furniture to be hosed off, and many other tasks. Let DealDash help you figure it all out.

Get Those Plants Planted

If you’re a fan of gardening then you know that it’s just about time to get everything in the ground, depending on where you live. It’s an excellent time to re-seed any patchy parts of your lawn, pull out any dead plants and bushes and re-plant, and so on.

Those fruits and veggies aren’t going to plant themselves, either! Get your seeds or seedlings ready and get out there. It’s very rainy here in the North East, but as they say, April showers bring May flowers. I’ll stick a handy last frost date chart down below. Most of the US is now frost-free, but be sure to check your zone.

About.com offers a really good chart with expected last frost dates and a zip code/zone lookup system to find out when you should start your seeds:

Check it out! USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Lookup

Last Expected Frost Dates by Zone

  1. Zone 1: June1 – June 30
  2. Zone 2: May 1 – May 31
  3. Zone 3: May 1 – May31
  4. Zone 4: ;May 1 – May31
  5. Zone 5: March 30 – April30
  6. Zone 6: March 30 – April30
  7. Zone 7: March 30 – April30
  8. Zone 8: February 28 – March 30
  9. Zone 9: January 30 – February 28
  10. Zone 10: January 1 – January 31
  11. Zone 11: Frost Free Year Round

Get Your Mower and Tools Into Shape

If you need to do any repairs on your mower or weed wacker, now is the time. Gas those babies up and get them clean and ready to work for you. Clean off your hand tools for gardening, your shovels, and any other tools you might need to take care of your lawn and garden this summer.

Get Out Your Hoses and Use Them

Have your hoses been collecting dust in the shed or the garage? Turn on your water supply to your outside spigots and set up those hoses and sprinklers. While you’re at it, be sure to hose off all of your outdoor furniture, your deck, your shed, and anything else that got grungy during the winter.

Purchase New Summer Items

Now is the time to be bidding on, winning, or BINning (Buy It Now) lawn and garden items! Do you need a new mower or weed wacker? How about a new power washer or even a new grill? DealDash has all of these items and more. Why would you bother to drag yourself to the big box store and haul those items home when you can just get them on DealDash and receive free shipping? It’s win-win!

Thanks for Reading

Finally, thanks a bunch for reading the newest DealDash article on lawn and garden items. Don’t forget to check back daily for new articles here are well as on our sister blog, DealDash Tips. If you have any requests for specific articles, please do share a comment down below.

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Starts Seeds for the Garden

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Depending on where you live, it might be a good time to start your seeds. Here are some tips and ideas from DealDash to get them started.

Are you ready to get your fruits and veggie seeds started indoors? It’s easy to do and makes a fun project to do with the kids or grandkids. It can get a little messy, so be sure to do it somewhere that yo can easily clean up such as the basement, garage, or even outside if you can catch a warm day. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, most annual flowers and vegetables should be sown indoors about 6 weeks before the last frost in your area. Depending on your location, that could be right now!

You don’t need many things to get your seeds started, but here is a small list:

Materials Needed:

  • Seed packets
  • soil less peat moss
  • Containers
  • Water

Easy Directions:

  • Fill your containers with soil less peat moss almost to the top, and then moisten with warm water.
  • Plant your seeds according to your seed packet. Press them into the peat moss unless the packet says otherwise. Plant the largest seeds in the package to get the best germination rate.
  • Cover containers with plastic wrap and poke a few holes for ventilation.
  • Find a place in your house where there is natural bottom heat—on top of the refrigerator is a great spot.
  • When the little baby seedlings appear, remove the plastic and move the seed containers into bright light.
  • After the seeds have sprouted and are growing a few leaves move the seedlings carefully to the new pots and water them well.

What sorts of seeds are you planning on planting this year? I am really looking forward to doing tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini squash this year. I have missed out on planting seeds for the last two years due to being pregnant the first time around and having a newborn the second time around! Now that life has returned to normal I’m ready to get my seeds started and enjoy watching my plants grow this year.

Thanks for Reading

Thanks so much for reading this DealDash Tips article on gardening. Don’t forget to check back every day for new articles here are well as on our sister blog, DealDash Tips. If you have any requests for specific articles, please feel free to leave a comment below. I love to hear everyone’s thoughts!

Are you ready to do some gardening? Go check DealDash for gardening supplies and more. DealDash has all of the items that you need. VisitDealDash now to see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Grows: Winter Plants

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There are some surprisingly beautiful plants that grow and even thrive in the winter time. Here are a few good choices that you should look into for your winter landscaping.

Here in New England It’s still very hot, but soon enough the temperatures will start dipping in the evenings, and it will be time to get out the jackets before you know it. As with the jackets, also comes the sad realization that my yard is going to look bare in a matter of months. After doing a little research, I’m pleased to be able to share a few plants that can decorate your garden and yard that live, and even thrive in the cold winter weather.

If you don’t know your “zone”, you should simply Google “USDA Planting Zone Map” along with your state, and it should show you a simple map so you can see what planting zone you are in. It’s important to know your planting zone, because if you plant for the incorrect zone your plants might not survive. Here are a few plants that are good in most planting zones that you can enjoy in the winter.

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Hellebore – The Hellebore is meant for zones 6-9, and doesn’t even mind a little snow! They revive themselves quickly after a snow, and the flowers are most beautiful in the early springtime.

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‘Jelena’ witch hazel – The witch hazel is meant for zones 6-9. The witch hazel boasts mid- to late winter flowers which appear before the spring foliage emerges. They have a wonderful smell and are definitely a welcome sight halfway through winter.

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Flowering Cabbage & Kale – Flowering cabbage & kale are meant for zones 2-11, so as you can see they are quite adaptable. I absolutely love flowering cabbage & kale, they are some of my favorite plants ever. Technically, you can even eat them! However, their leaves are a bit rubbery and they are really more for decoration only. They come in beautiful shades of cream, purple, green, and pink. Their color tends to get better as the weather gets worse. The only drawback to these beautiful plants are they are annuals. They are rather inexpensive, though, so it’s not cost prohibitive to re-plant them every fall.

I hope that after reading this article you have some great ideas for your winter garden. DealDash has some awesome gardening supplies and everything else that you need for your yard. Be sure to visit DealDash to see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone.