Hi there, folks!
Hopefully, you’re all enjoying the warm spring weather. I’ve been taking full advantage of the mild temperatures to get some much-needed outdoor chores done.
For starters, my deck was really looking dirty. But rather than buying an expensive cleaner, I gave it a good scrubbing with my homemade Deck and Porch Cleaner: 1 qt. of household bleach, 1/2 cup of powdered laundry detergent, and 2 gallons of hot water mixed in a bucket. Use a stiff broom or brush to scrub this mix into your deck’s surface, and then hose it down thoroughly.
It was also time to get my lawn up off its grass for another growing season. So I treated it to a dose of my Spring Wake-Up Tonic: 50 lbs. of pelletized gypsum, 50 lbs. of pelletized lime, 5 lbs. of bonemeal, and 2 lbs. of Epsom salts mixed in a wheelbarrow. Apply this mix with a broadcast spreader no more than 2 weeks before your first official lawn feeding.
And unfortunately, springtime’s outdoor chores usually bring allergy symptoms right along with them—well, for me, anyway. To clear my sinuses, I whipped up this steamy soother: 1 tablespoon each of rosemary and eucalyptus mixed in 1 cup of boiling water. Place a towel over your head to make a tent, and sniff the fumes for 5 minutes for blessed relief.