Summer Gardening Tips 

Gardening in Louisiana can be tough. This post includes some of my tips for healthy flowers and staying hydrated in the Louisiana Heat!

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Tip #1 Drink Water

Mami Wata Pitcher Review

One of my morning habits is to drink Lemon infused water along with taking my daily vitamins.

Do you know about the benefits of drinking a glass of lemon water, first thing, in the morning?🍋 I started doing it back in 2012. It’s believed that drinking lemon water can help the digestive system in addition to providing added hydration. 💦

Want clearer skin? One of the first things you might want to do is to consider what you’re putting in your body. 🤔

Are you drinking enough water? 💦Are you taking a good vitamin? 💊What are you eating? 🥗🍔🍕🥘 Those things matter. You have to care for your skin from both the inside and outside.

This Mami Wata pitcher is pretty nice.  I’ve reviewed a few of these, but this is the first pitcher that came with attachments to infuse both tea and water.  I’m looking forward to making myself a nice pitcher of Sun Tea using the tea attachment.

When I’m gardening, hydration is priority– I hydrate before I begin and immediately after.  I usually have a stainless steel tumbler sitting somewhere close by wherever I am working.   This was definitely the case for my most recent gardening session….


Tip #2 Mulch is a Gardener’s Best Friend!

Gardening Updates

Mailbox Garden flower placement

I purchased 4 plants, but only needed 2 for the Mailbox. This Root Assassin shovel made the digging work easy! I made a circle for the border before putting down the liner and mulch.

A few weeks ago, I planted some purple flowers (I can’t remember the name) and they’ve since established themselves very nicely.  I decided I wanted to add some yellow flowers to fill out the arrangement and found these Yellow Buttercups at my local garden center.

This was a good bit of work, since this phase involved putting down landscaping liner and finishing off the small bed with mulch.

Fix-It Fran Tip: Mulch is a Gardner’s best friend.  It gives your bed a finished look and it’s also functional.  Your plants need water too! Applying mulch helps the soil retain moisture and keeps your plants from drying out.  This is especially important in weather like what we have in Louisiana.

Mailbox Garden on FixItWithFran.com

Gardening in Louisiana on FixItWithFran.com

While I was working on the mailbox garden, my husband was installing 2 of our new rain-barrels.  We have 3 in all, but are still trying to determine where we’ll install the final barrel. The first 2 are in place and I’m hoping we have a good rain soon in order to test them out.


Living Water

Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”


All this talk about water made me think of the scripture in John, Chapter 4 where Jesus speaks of “Living Water.”  It reads, 

10 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”

11 “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? 12 And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?”

13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”