Chicken Manure for Your Garden and Lawn

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real-chicken-pic Chicken manure contains high amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium making it one of the best sources of natural fertilizer. A 100 square foot garden needs an annual application of 45 pounds of chicken manure. Fresh manure should never be used directly in your garden; instead it should be added to compost. However there are some garden ready brands of chicken manure such as, RediGro Chicken Manure.  Simply mix into the soil of vegetable and flower gardens or apply as a fertilizer by mixing around the base of trees and shrubs. Easier than taking care of a flock of chickens.

RediGro Chicken Manure is available at participating Ace Hardware Stores.  Visit for a listing of our stores and phone numbers.

Here are a few links regarding chicken manure and how to use.  Keep in mind that fresh chicken manure is used differently than garden ready chicken manure.

How To Use Chicken Manure by eHow

Chicken Manure Fertilizer by

How to Use Chicken Manure by Yahoo



Light Fixture Re-Do

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My husband was getting ready to paint our stark white hallway this past weekend.  He claimed he needed to replace our outdated brass light fixture.  Me, the lover of renewing and reusing stuff, suggested we buy a can of  Krylon Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.  I’d just been browsing the Krylon web set and found this project which became my inspiration.

 I had pinned it to my Pinterest board titled Home DIY projects – so that means we have to do this project.

He was skeptical.  But, with my amazing powers of persuasion I was able to convince him that it would be okay, and we’d spend roughly $6.00 instead of $45.00 for a new fancy light fixture.  So, he nimbly climbed the ladder, unscrewed the light fixture and wiped it down with a damp cloth.

 After laying down a layer of newspaper and shaking the can (following the directions) of Krylon Rubbed Bronze Spray paint he began to spray.  Well, I made him stop and pose for a picture first.


Here is the after.  This project probably took five minutes to complete!

My husband is a true believer now.  He went through our garage and grabbed several old brass items that were tagged for a garage sale.   A pillar candlestick holder, a planter, and a floor lamp (see picture below – more on that in another blog) are now Oil Rubbed Bronze.

Here is our hallway now.  The wall paint is a special color mix we had made out of the Clark+Kensington paint and primer in one. It really was only one coat.  The color is a close match to Benjamin Moore’s Storm.  It’s a grayish/blue.  If you want the color match colors I can get them for you.

Here are our next too projects:  tall brass lamp and a retro chair my neighbor was throwing away.  Can you believe they were just throwing this chair away!

Duct Tape – How to Use It For Stuff It’s Not Supposed to Be Used For


Okay – do you see my recurring theme?  Using stuff for purposes other than it was intended?  I think outside the box, a lot.  It drive my husband crazy because I get these crazy ideas and he can’t figure it out.  I tell him, “Trust me.”  Ninety-nine percent of the time, I am right.  We’re not going to bring up the reusing of Skoal cans.  No, I don’t chew – and that’s a whole different story.

So, back to Duck Tape brand Duct Tape.  Here are some creative out-side the boxes uses I found for it.

You can create organizers for your home office:

From A to Z Celebrations Blog Spot

Have you ever needed an evening gown at the last-minute?

If you have some white and red Duck Tape on hand you can whip up this dreamy number.

Special bonus there’s no sewing required.


Bow ties are very trendy right now.

From DIY gUrl

Every year Duck Tape brand duct tape sponsors a contest called, Stick it To Prom.

The first place winner receives $5,000!  I think I am too old to go to prom, or I would enter this contest.

Here is last years winning team

Duck Tape comes in lots of fun colors and patterns. You can get it in plain silver and black too.

Make sure you visit the Duck Tape website for how tos and more uses for duct tape.

By the way, if you click on any of the images in this post, you will be taken to an awesome website with directions to craft the item in the image.

I would love to hear how you use Duck Tape.  Share please!

Don’t forget you can purchase Duck Tape brand at Ace Hardware.

Grow Herbs Indoors – Scotts Miracle-Gro

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Interested in growing herbs indoors?  Visit the Scotts Miracle-Gro blog:

Product We Love: Craftsman LED Work Light

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Found this on the Cool Ace Hardare Blog –  Product We Love: Craftsman LED Work Light.

Looks like this would make a great Christmas present…I still have time to pick one up.


Craftsman LED Worklight

Ace Lightens the Load for Military Families at Fort Hood this Holiday Season

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Ace Lightens the Load for Military Families at Fort Hood this Holiday Season

On Thursday, Dec. 15, Ace will travel to Fort Hood, Texas, to provide military families on the Fort Hood Army Base with over 72,000 energy-efficient light bulbs. Fort Hood is the largest active-duty military installation in the United States. The free supply of light bulbs is intended to help residents of the Fort Hood Army Base turn their home maintenance to-do list into a to-done list as they prepare for new energy-efficient lighting standards scheduled to take effect in early 2012.

According to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, 100-watt general service incandescent light bulbs can no longer be manufactured for the United States beginning in 2012. This change will be the first of several phase-outs over the next two years: 75-watt incandescent bulbs may no longer be made in 2013 and 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs will be phased out in 2014. As a result of this change, consumers must transition to energy-efficient light bulbs for their lighting needs. Bulbs such as CFLs (compact florescent bulbs), LEDs (light-emitting diode) and energy-efficient halogens are options.

As incandescent bulbs begin to be phased out, Ace is lighting the way for consumers, starting with military families at the Fort Hood Army Base. While at the base, Ace will set-up an education event led by Lou Manfredini to help families understand the new lighting standards and energy-efficient light bulb options currently available at their neighborhood Ace Hardware stores. Ace will also donate an assortment of free GE® energy-efficient light bulbs in varying wattages to each family and help one lucky family update their entire homes’ lighting through an on-site raffle at the event.

Submitted by Kate Kirkpatrick, Public Relations Dept, Ace Hardware Corporation

If You Haven’t Put Up Your Christmas Lights Yet…Read This First.

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Little late this year putting up your Christmas lights?  Don’t rush to get them up – I don’t want this to happen to you!

Watch this video from Ace and find out how to hang your lights and Christmas safely:

By the way you can buy everything from ladders, extension cords and lights at your local neighborhood Ace.

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