Thursday, April 12, 2012

Marcy's gonna help me get my yard in shape. (Don't get jealous, Sweetie!)

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Does your yard suck?

Mine kind of does.  I mean, it’s not TERRIBLE, only it kind of is.

Which means that I can benefit from the contest that’s going to end on April 15th – a$5,000 yard makeover contest that just requires me to enter a picture of my home.  The contest is over on Curbside Chaos and that’s a great site to go to even if you DON’T have a terrible yard. (Or even have a yard.)

It’s great for people to go to to see the kinds of boring or awful yards people are suffering with – until now, because all of the yards you can find there (and there’s lots, and they’re bad) are entered for a chance to win a yard makeover with Taniya Nayak (@TaniyaNayak on Twitter) – Taniya will give them tips on the best way to update their yard with creative ideas for using bulbs to spice up a yard.

And if you go, mention the contest, because for every share on Twitter, "Bulbs. Dig, Drop, Done." will donate $1.00 to Rebuilding Together a nonprofit that works to keep communities vital by preserving affordable homeownership.

What I found on that site is that my yard not only isn’t so bad (but I hope I win); I also learned how to fix up my yard with their easy en Guru” tool.  All I had to do was click a few links and I had a guide to what bulbs to plant in my yard:

garden guru

Which brings me to  This site is devoted to teaching people like me how to use bulbs in our yard – bulbs that create perennial flowers, coming back year after year after year, which is EXACTLY what I’ve been trying to do for years w“Gardith little success.

The contest and the  “Bulbs. Dig, Drop, Done.” Are efforts to get people excited about “the surprisingly simple beauty of flower bulbs,” as they say.  Bulbs, after all, aren’t just for pro gardeners or people who want to spend hours in their yard.  They’re simple and versatile.  I’ve already planted lots of tulips in our yard – I like tulips because they’re perennials and they bloom early on, so I can get some color in my yard right after winter – but with Dig Drop Done I can find even more bulbs to plant, so that I can have a spring-summer-fall garden full of color.

And they’ve got ideas beyond that – like how to use these bulbs as gifts, and how to take proper care of them.  I learned all that, and more, from the ladies at -- the three women who serve as your avatars on Dig Drop Done.  Each one has tips designed for a specific kind of person – for me, I gravitated towards Marcy – because look at her background:
Bulb tip

I garden when I have time and know a little about bulbs, but I'm hardly an expert. Honestly, between the kids, the house, the dog and a part-time job, my life is pretty crazy. I'm always looking for simpler ways to take care of the things I have to do so I can spend more time on other things ... like time with my munchkins. To me, bulbs are probably the easiest way to bring some beauty to my life.

That’s me in a nutshell – especially the easy part.  I’ve got a job and kids and hobbies and frankly I don’t want to spend a billion years in my yard. I want a nice yard that I can actually enjoy – and all I had to do was look at Marcy’s tips on the site to make my yardwork (and life) easier.  You can visit to learn more and get those benefits, too!

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