Monthly Archives: April 2011

Arbor Day

My childhood memory of Arbor Day involved my brother and I hurrying home from elementary school with twigs of evergreen trees.  We would hand off our baby trees to my mom and remind her of the importance of planting them (we took our Arbor Day duties very seriously).  Now, years later, those baby Arbor day trees are behemoth residents of my parent’s yard and welcome homes for a variety of birds, thanks I’m sure solely on my mother’s careful care of them.

As Arbor Day is fast approaching I decided to do a little research about this lovely holiday.  It turns out one of the very first Arbor Days involved school children being given trees and each grade being given the task of caring for their trees.  I don’t know if schools still give trees to students on Arbor Day, but the holiday is a great opportunity to teach children (and adults) the importance of growing and planting trees.

If you have a little someone coming home with an evergreen twig or you just want to get in on the Arbor Day planting, remember to protect young trees with Liquid Fence Deer & Rabbit Repellent.  It’s the perfect way to ensure your Arbor Day investment will not be nibbled on and destroyed before it can reach its fullest potential.

Easter Bunny moonlighting as actor to cover fuel costs

It appears even the Easter Bunny is feeling the pain of current gas prices.  With his heavy upcoming delivery schedule, it seems he’s taken a second job to cover fuel expenses this year.

We’ve obtained the following video of his cameo appearance.  He’s a natural!

He was unable to be reached for comment, but sources close to him say not to worry, he’s not planning to make a career of acting.  Although it’s been rumored other companies are “dangling the carrot.”

Easter Bunny approved egg dyes

We are always looking for eco-friendly solutions here at The Liquid Fence Company.  Our product line is safe for the planet, your family and your pets.  Rather than use the questionable egg dyes so commonly used, try these natural egg dyes from plants and spices that are completely edible.

Lavender
1 cup purple grape juice – Add 1 tablespoon vinegar

Blue
¼ of a head of red cabbage – Cut into chunks.  Add cabbage to 3 cups of boiling water.  Stir in 2 tablespoons of vinegar.  Cool and strain out cabbage.

Dark Pink
1 beet – Cut into chunks, being extra careful because whatever the beet touches will be permanently dyed.  Add beet to 3 cups of boiling water.  Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar.  Cool.  Remove beets.

Yellow
1 orange – Peel the orange and add the peel to 3 cups of boiling water.  Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar.  Cool.  Remove the peel.

Green
2 cups of spinach – Boil the spinach in 3 cups of boiling water.  Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar.  Cool, remove the spinach.

Gold
1 Tablespoon of Turmeric – Add turmeric to 3 cups of boiling water.  Simmer for 5 minutes.  Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar.  Cool.

Tips:
Hard boil the eggs, being sure to not use cracked eggs.  Dip in the natural dyes, allowing them to sit a little longer to ensure proper color.  Use a wax crayon or candle to create a pattern on the egg before dipping in the dye.  The dye won’t stick to the wax, and you’ll be able to create a patter on the egg.  Don’t forget to check out our after-Easter recipe post for some great recipes to use up the colorful eggs once the celebrating is over.

The egg fix

Whatever Easter means for you and your family traditions, hard-boiled painted eggs are probably going to make an appearance.  They are colorful and fun to create, but tend to get pushed to the back of the refrigerator once the day’s celebrations are over(at least that’s what happened in my house).

This year try one (or all) of these yummy recipes to ensure that those colored eggs get gobbled down.  And don’t forget to read up on our natural food dyes,to ensure the healthiest day-after-Easter treat.

Deviled Eggs, with Bacon: This is such a yummy twist to the classic deviled egg recipe.

2-3 pieces of bacon (fried till crispy), 1-2 chives (thinly sliced), 6 hard boiled eggs, 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon paprika.

Slice the eggs in half the long way and remove the yolk, being careful not to break the white.  Whip the ingredients and the yolks with  an electric mixer till light and fluffy.  Fill the whites with the yolk mixture.  Top with crumbled bacon and thinly sliced chives.

Classic Deviled Eggs: This classic picnic snack is the perfect treat for a post-holiday smorgasbord.

6 hard boiled eggs, 1/4 cup of mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon yellow mustard, 1/8 teaspoon salt, pinch of black pepper, paprika (for garnish)

Slice the eggs in half the long way and remove the yolk, being careful not to break the white.  Whip the ingredients and the yolks with  an electric mixer till light and fluffy.  Fill the whites with the yolk mixture.  Sprinkle or dust with paprika for garnish.

Egg Salad: This simple salad is packed with protein and great for an in-a-pinch lunch.

4 hard boiled eggs (chopped),  2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, 2 stalks of celery (chopped), 1/2 small onion (chopped), 1 teaspoon yellow mustard, salt and pepper to taste

Chop and mix ingredients.  Serve on toasted bread or salad greens.  Optional: Remove the mustard and add a teaspoon of curry.

Chef’s Salad: This classic salad is a great lunch or dinner.  Like any salad it’s great to experiment and add different variations of ingredients, depending on what you have on hand.  It also uses up some of that leftover Easter ham.

1 head of Romaine lettuce, 2-3 carrots (peeled and chopped), 1 cucumber (sliced), Ham (sliced into bite-sized pieces), Parmesan Cheese (thinly sliced), 2-3 hard boiled eggs (sliced length-wise), 1/2 small red onion (diced)

Combine all ingredients and serve with your favorite dressing.

The Granular Gets the Gold!

At The Liquid Fence Company, we are always proud of our products (we back them with 100% money-back guarantees).  But Friday there was an extra blush of pride in The Liquid Fence Corporate Offices, when we received the email saying Granular Liquid Fence Deer & Rabbit Repellent was awarded The Gold Award for Packaging Design for the 2011 NRHA (North American Hardware Association) Packaging and Merchandising Awards.

Of course we were not at all surprised by the success of one of our granulars.  Our art department really outdid themselves with the design.  It is informative, eye-catching and innovative.  In order to overcome a shortage of space (created because of the handled cylinder bottle) they created a triflex label that peels open to reveal more details.  This label is a treasure trove of information all in easy-to-read font!

But the real star of the show (in our eyes) is the stuff in the bottle.  Granular Liquid Fence Deer & Rabbit Repellent is the perfect easy-to-apply deer and rabbit repellent for low-growing plants.  With this product your plants under 24 inches, including ground covers and young bulb growth, will be protected from hungry deer and rabbits for up to 4 weeks.  And plants love the diatomaceous earth-based formula!

Can you tell we’re a little bit excited about our deer and rabbit granular?  We can’t help it, this award-winning new product is another eco-friendly solution from The Liquid Fence Company.  It really works!

 

 

 

The Self-Planting Strawberries

The strawberry plants are all starting to reappear in their flower bed, turned strawberry patch.  My mom and I purchased the strawberries probably about five years ago at a yard sale.  Then, as is typical of my mother’s gardening style, the strawberry plants sat in their pot in her flowerbed until the next spring.  When that spring arrived, the strawberry plants sent out runners and planted themselves.  They must have known the very busy gardener they were dealing with.

Ever since that year, the strawberries have reappeared every spring in the flower bed.  It’s probably not the most convenient location, but no one complains when the buckets of (organic and pesticide-free) strawberries begin to appear in the house.

Last year some of the strawberries were being nibbled on by animals visiting the patch.  While I understand the importance of sharing, I normally get a little frustrated when the biggest and most beautiful strawberries have just one bite taken out of them.

This year my self-planting strawberry patch will be protected with Granular Liquid Fence Deer & Rabbit Repellent.  That means that not only will my strawberries be protected by America’s #1 selling repellent, but they will also remain harmful chemical-free!  And Granular Liquid Fence Deer & Rabbit Repellent is so easy to apply to low-growing plants, even my mom’s haphazard gardening style can find the time for it!