Wednesday, April 15, 2015

"One attraction to coming to the woods to live was that I should have the leisure and opportunity to see spring come in." Henry Thoreau - Walden

Friday, April 10, 2015

Expanding the Garden

When we bought our house 12 years ago, we started with this little raised bed made of rocks and soil (the one closest to you). We added two additional beds and the rock path a few years later.

 Last year we added a few more.
 Now that we are getting bees, we've decided to scrap the whole yard thing.  We can only grow moss and mud anyway.  We are turning much of our yard into gardens.  I'm so excited!
 We are adding more paths.

These pallets will be sawed in half to outline our new garden beds. The rocks are nice, but need to be re-stacked as the soil shifts.  I think it will look nice when it's all done.  We are looking into soil delivery and trying to figure out what to plant.  We cleared out some smaller trees and shrubs but still have to contend with limited sunlight.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Upcycled/Recycled Sewing Machine

My husband brought home this heavy piece of furniture which was an old Singer sewing machine. Someone was throwing it out and he couldn't stand the thought of this piece of history being buried in a dump, just tossed aside - this hand crafted, made to last - American made machine.

I loved that he wanted to save it, but wasn't sure what we would do with it. We don't have a lot of extra space for things that don't serve a purpose.  A little research and creative thinking and he managed to turn the drawers into wine shelves.

He removed the bottom of the machine and attached a wine box to the base to create this interesting planter for the deck. I really like how it turned out.  We still have the sewing machine which weighs a ton, but is really quite beautiful. I'm not sure what we are doing with that yet, but we won't throw it away. If anything I will freecyle it.
Now, I just need to decide what to plant!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Let the Sun Shine!

We are all quite excited to have the sun shining.  It seems like spring is finally here to stay.  Even Mr. Bumps, the turtle, has partially emerged from hibernation and my son advised us that we should trust the turtle more than any weather man - (smart kid) - so we are trusting spring has truly arrived.

Monday, March 23, 2015

March Gardening "to do"

 I think our growing season is around 145 days due to our location. 

Plant onions, potatoes, and rhubarb
Direct sow peas, radishes, spinach, and leeks

Make sure to cover rows at night for freeze protection

*If you do start seeds indoors - start tomatoes, peppers, Swiss chard, and eggplant

I don't know about you, but I rarely use all the seeds in a packet.  They are normally good for up to two years, but after that the germination rate plummets.  In an effort to be more mindful of this, I have decided to host a seed exchange in early April.  My friends will bring the seeds they've ordered and we can each take a few that we would like to try.  This should cut down on the packets of seeds each person needs to order and provide a wide array of plant varieties for people to choose from.  I'm really excited about this!   

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Del

Two weeks ago during a snow storm, my husband and I checked out of our winter wonderland to go experience some San Diego sunshine.  We stayed at The Del which is an amazing beach front resort built in the late 1800s. We toured the area, walked on the shore, ate amazing food, and just relaxed. We went sailing for the first time and saw dolphins, sea otters, and a sting ray.  It was a quick get away that went by in a flash, but I am thankful for the experience.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Conscious Box

I recently read a blog post on Winding Ridge Lane'.  She did a review of the Vegan Cuts subscription box. I've wanted to sign up for a monthly box subscription for some time now.  I'm really bad about buying myself anything.  I get buyers guilt like nobody's business.  I decided to stop contemplating and just do it.  I signed up for a 6 month subscription to Conscious Box. I like this one because it is a mix of food, beauty, cleaning, and vitamin products.

This was February's box. It felt like I was opening a Christmas stocking, trial sizes of different products. I really like the idea of this. I can try something out before investing in the full version or just discover new products.