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Summer Bucket List

Summer is here! Though summer vacations are not an option for many due to COVID, crops, and harvest, you can still have fun. Need some fun ideas, though? Don’t worry. We created a Summer Bucket List with some great ideas that are budget-friendly, summer-themed, and, most of all, fun!   

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  • Bale Hay  
  • Picnic in the back of the Gator  
  • Drive the tractor to DQ to get ice cream  
  • Make ice cream  
  • Go fishing on the lake or bay  
  • Float the Frio  
  • Catch fireflies  
  • Spend the weekend at the hunting camp  
  • Shell Corn  
  • Movie night with the movie projected on the barn  
  • Plant a summer garden  
  • Shooting cans off the fence post with BB Guns  
  • Watermelon on the porch  
  • BBQ Anything  
  • Go swimming in the pond or lake  
  • Run through the sprinklers  
  • Neighborhood Cornhole or Washers tournament  
  • Bake a cake or cookies for the kids with the kids and share with your neighbors  
  • Make a pitcher of lemonade with real lemons  
  • Grab some sacks from the mill and have sack races  
  • Go on a snipe hunt with flashlights  
  • Try a new IPA beer  

 

 

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You don’t have to complete all of these, but let us know which ones you want to cross off. Or tell us what you would add to the bucket list in the comments below!   

2020 Father’s day Gift Guide

There are all types of Dads in this world. The loving Dad, the stern Dad, the Dad of a few words, the Dad who embarrasses you in front of your crush. no matter what type of Dad you have, he still deserves the best, so, give him the best. We have a list of great Father’s Day gift ideas for any Dad.  

  • John Deere Weber Grill for the Dad who loves to cook!  

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  • A lawnmower, for the man who just wants his mower to start and run. Nothing runs like a Deere. 

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  • Stihl products for the man who edges, weed eats, blows off the driveway or, pretends to be a lumberjack.  

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  • Gun Safe for the Dad, who has a valuable collection. Girls, this is a great one because the guns can be locked up when you bring home your new boyfriend.  

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  • Tool Box full of goodies for new Dad, who has no clue what he is doing but needs to start somewhere 

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  • A Gator for the dad who loves going for an evening drive. 

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  • Gift Certificate for the hard to shop for Dad. 

 

No matter what type of Dad you may have, Shoppa’s has everything he wants or needs. Stop by any of our 8 locations and get a gift your Dad will love. If you have any other great Father’s Day gift ideas, let us know in the comments below. 

 

5 Winter Plants that will Plow the Stress Away

A winter garden can the perfect holiday escape. The holiday season is one of the most stressful times of the year; having to deal with tangled strands of Christmas lights, a tree that will not stand up and the light-up nativity scene that will not light. With all the stress, you may not have a good stress reliever. What about planting a winter garden? It’s great for stress relief and it brings some life to your yard. Here are 5 winter plants that will help plow your stress away. 

 

  1. Blueberries – Though blueberries are perennial, if planted now, will give you blueberries every year during the late winter, early spring. They are easy to take care of and cold tolerant. Use blueberries for jam, desserts, pancake and waffle toppings, and so much more. 
  2. Winter Lettuce – What is better to plant for winter than some winter lettuce? This plant loves the cold and looks great in a garden or in flower pots on your front porch. Just use the lettuce to make a healthy salad so you don’t feel bad about eating all that Holiday food. If you are not interested in staying healthy, slap some of that lettuce on a double cheese burger with extra mayo. R4E038256
  3. Carrots – Chop up these cold weather vegetables and toss it that healthy salad for a nice crunch. Carrots are great to start indoors during winter. Once large enough, transplant them outdoors so no one with a bottle of ranch dressing finds them. R4E038251
  4. Greens (mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens) – You need to act quickly and plant some greens! These bitter tasting, leafy plants love cold weather and if planted now, should be ready to pick for a New Year’s Dinner of pork chops, black eye peas, greens, and corn bread. If you need help getting your kids to behave this holiday season, just make them eat their greens before opening presents.  
  5. Herbs – Basil, oregano, thyme and parsley are easy to grow indoors if you don’t want to deal with the cold. Just plant in container near a window for some light and watch it grow. Herbs are great to use in the kitchen to add a fresh kick of flavors to any of your dishes. 

 

So, give yourself something to do this holiday season rather than stress over holiday meals, ugly sweater parties, and crazy family members. Place some seeds into some dirt and cozy up in your favorite fur boots and garden gloves. Happy Gardening! 

4 Tips to Help Cure the Summer Time Weeds

Its summer time! That means hot days, afternoon showers, and WEEDS! Those darn weeds. They are annoying and a pain in the rear end! Now, almost everyone has their own concoction to gets rid of weeds. Here is the problem though, a majority of the time, weeds come back! So how do you get rid of them?

Alan Jackson has the answer: there ain’t no cure for the summer time weeds! Ok, he may have not sang it exactly that way, but it’s true, there ain’t no cure. You can try your hardest to get rid of them, but they will always win. However, here are some tips and tricks to try to keep them under control!

  • Walk your flower beds every other week – Hand pulling weeds every other week is the best way to find and get rid of weeds at a young age. R2C005321
  • Herbicides –  Herbicides are an option but many individuals have issues with chemicals, as kids and pets could get into them. However, herbicides like Roundup are the only way to control weeds without physically pulling weeds. Sure, there are more holistic, less abrasive herbicides. The negative of these holistic herbicides is that they don’t kill weeds for an extended period of time, like herbicides.
  • Mulch your beds – Mulching your beds is a great way to reduce the amount of weeds popping up in your flower beds. However, only use bark based mulches. Any mulches with color are a wood based mulch. Once wood fiber mulches degrade, they suck up all the nitrogen from the soil, which is necessary for plants. r2c005471_edited_RRD
  • Don’t use fabric – Gardening fabric is not the best thing for your flower beds. After laying weed fabric, a plant’s roots will not grow down through the fabric as intended, where weeds do the complete opposite. So if you are considering fabrics, just don’t do it!

I know these tips don’t cure your garden and flowerbeds of weeds, but they can limit your summer time blues!

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