Category: Gardening


Composting trial

Since I’m now officially a “gardener” this summer, I thought I’d try my hand at composting. After a little research (are you proud of me?) I decided to take the easy route and start with open-air composting.

My reasons are simple:

  • it’s free
  • I have the space
  • I can start immediately
  • I already have the materials to construct a barrier around the pile (metal stakes & chicken wire)

Good enough for me!

I found this site and this site to be very helpful in learning the in’s and out’s of composting. I may even go so far as to buy me some worms! But for now, I’m just throwing some leaves and other “browns” and “greens” onto the pile. I’ve got a plastic bin in the fridge with some food scraps started. Once that bin is full, they’ll be added to the pile.

Can you feel the excitement??

Contain it

May 2010

After much encouragement from a few comments to this post here, and reading of the gardening possibilities from Small Notebook’s post here, I decided to take the plunge and start a container garden!

It helped that I had my mom here. She’s an avid gardener in the beautiful state of Oregon, where the soil is amazing and of course, there’s plenty of moisture year-round. Though she doesn’t have a lot of experience with vegetable gardens, she was still quite insightful about what types of containers to look for, the various “feeding” options for the different plants, how often to water, etc. Continue reading

Garden dreams

It’s that time of year again. Every Spring I get the gardening “itch.” And here we are again; me, gazing out to our backyard with hopes of getting a garden started. And plans that will have to wait until next Spring.

Wait, you say? Why wait? Just put some seeds in the ground, water it a bit and watch it grow!

Yeah, I tried that. If you’ve been with me from the beginning of this blog, you’ll remember it started out as me documenting doing the plant / water / grow thing. And the results were quite pathetic. I learned a lot through that experience; the most important being the need to prepare. Continue reading

until I see it.

RAIN. Sweet, heavenly, glory-be rain. Not 12 drops from the sky. Not a fine mist. But real, actual rain.

January 5, 2008. That was the last day I saw rain. Seriously. I have recently returned from a 4-day trip to Oregon & nary a drop was seen the entire time I was there. 90 minutes after we hit the road, dad calls & says it’s raining, nice & steady. Ugh!!

Yesterday, at the pumpkin patch, folks were in shorts & tank tops. Not a cloud in the sky….again.

Today we had overcast skies all day & much cooler weather, but I still wasn’t convinced. Once again, I thought those blasted weather anchors (who were calling for rain throughout the weekend – HAH!) were “a bunch a’ liars.”

I’m so glad I was wrong. 🙂

RAIN. The smell, the sound, the effects, the feel. I love it all.

Candles are lit, a sweater is on, time to start dinner. It’s FINALLY starting to feel like Fall.

Lisa Leonard jewelry

Rachel over at Small Notebook is doing a great little giveaway of a simple yet darling necklace by a gal who creates her own line of jewelry out of her home, Lisa Leonard Designs.  There are some great gift ideas & for the personal-ness of it, I think the prices are quite reasonable.

Small Notebook is chock full of practical & insightful thoughts. Go check it out for some great tips & wonderful pics!

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