Posts Tagged ‘garden’

Feeling good about that ‘Starbucks Habit’!

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 by by

I admit it, I LOVE a cup of Starbucks to start my day.  I usually brew it at home, but I do treat myself from time to time.  I noticed at Starbucks that they are now advertising that they give their coffee grounds away for your garden!

coffee grounds from starbucks

Coffee grounds are a safe way to fertilize your garden and you don’t have to worry about little hands getting into it since it is safe.  You can add it to a worm compost, or just put it straight on your garden.

When I needed some coffee ground for my garden, Starbucks gave me a HUGE bag of grounds.  You might want to even bring a bucket to keep it in in your car.  My car smelled so delicious! (more…)


Test Kitchen Tuesday: From Ground to Table

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 by by

This year, I decided to hold no expectations from our little garden. Last year’s garden did not go well at all. So while I tried to learn from that experience and carry over the knowledge obtained to this year’s garden, I maintained that I was going to put the plants in the dirt, water them, weed them, keep them free of pests, and whatever happens will happen. This year, we kept it small, both out of necessity and practicality. We no longer live on the three acres that we had use of last year. Our yard is very small, and many people would not think of growing vegetables! I think this has been to our advantage, because it is not as overwhelming, and I am able to care for the garden much better. We also are using a raised garden bed and other containers, giving us more control over the soil. And finally, we did not plant seeds this year, but bought young plants already started to transplant into our garden. Again, this served to keep me from getting overwhelmed, and it allows me to get more familiar with the plants I am growing before trying to get them to grow from seeds. The end result to these changes from last year – sweet (small but mighty) victory. It might not look like much, but compared to our yield from last year, it is bountiful. Okay, that might be stretching it a bit – so far we have three varieties of lettuce that we are enjoying, and this week- broccoli! (more…)

Are Gardens Ugly?

Thursday, June 7th, 2012 by by
Someone in our association complained about our garden!

This older guy name Lou (he happens to be the grandfather of an old neighbor) made the complaint.

There are many people that have flower beds planted in the same area, so it seems to me that people feel that Gardens are ugly.  At the moment, there is nothing really happening, so it does look like a lot of dirt with a few buds.

ducks and garden
Love these ducks that live in our pond!


First Summer Harvest

Thursday, August 11th, 2011 by by

Today, we worked on weeding our flower beds and tearing up the spent vegetable plants in the veggie garden. After some further research, we decided it would be ok to harvest what we could from it, as long as the veggie is thoroughly washed and cooked. (Our cat has used it as her litterbox.) After harvesting a small roma tomato as well as a large yellow squash, we decided to go ahead and stake the poor tomatoes who were struggling to hold themselves up!
First harvest of August:

Successfully staked tomato plants: (note: we used existing pieces of wood laying around in the garage, so the cost of staking 8 plants was completely FREE)



Cultivate My Plate

Thursday, June 30th, 2011 by by

(Okay, so that only half makes sense.  Mostly, it just rhymes.  And I like rhymes.  They’re catchy!)

So, Memorial Day weekend was quite the plethora of celebratory activities. Namely, barbecues.  At one of those barbecues, Dustin saw our neighbor’s watermelon plant and began to have lust in his heart.  Maybe even his soul!  He needed a watermelon plant.  That next weekend, he was off to Lowes for a watermelon plant of his own.  Indeed, he got one.  He also got two varieties of tomatoes, summer squash, and jalapenos.  He then went back for a more tomatoes and also came home with a mandarin orange tree.  Then, after a week or two, there was concern billowing within him that there just was not enough pollination taking place.  After a morning spent observing and attempting to pollinate the plants himself, we were off to Lowes once more for brightly colored flowers that would attract the pollinators.  Normal people would call these bees…but not Dustin.  This is serious business.  They are pollinators. But I digress.  While at Lowes, I decided to get in on this planting business and picked up some basil and dill plants.  All in all, that’s a lot of plants, and a lot of goodness to enjoy once it’s time to harvest!!!  Got to love a man who lands his jet and comes home to tend his garden.  Here are a few photos of our burgeoning bounty!


Yum! Homegrown Organic Strawberries! :)

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 by by

The strawberries from our garden this year are doing awesome and ripening by the bowlful every day. The kids love to snack on them and we all feel the added strawberry-specialness that we’ve grown them ourselves in our backyard organic garden. Yummy!!

Busy little worker bees

Sunday, June 5th, 2011 by by

A few weeks ago, me and the kids planted flowers is small pots, and we monitored and tracked their progress.  Melanie’s were the first to shoot up through the soil, and she was elated.  David’s followed a day or 2 later, and Joey’s straggled behind until we almost gave up on them.  But Joey, in true Joey fashion, kept pushing. “Mommy, just one more time, ok?  Another day!”  Finally, we saw his pushing up, up, up.  Well, it came time to transplant them to bigger pots, as our flower garden area is no where near ready.  Mom’s been lazy and not weeded it yet.  We transferred them, and I worried they would die… The kids were a bit rough on them, but it was their project.

And they did survive.  So now mom has to get the garden weeded so we can put planting soil in and plant our flowers in the ground.  Well, guess that means I got 3 little worker bees who can help out!  So we try to spend 30 minutes or more each day weeding our little garden area.  What hard workers I have… When they aren’t throwing weeds with roots, dirt and all, at each other and me!

However, weeding our little garden came to a small break this week.  Gramma had to have surgery and needs the help of the Queen Bee and her little worker bees.  We arrived yesterday in full force, ready to jump in and help.  Dinner was served, kids gave free cuddles and made gramma smile, and we camped out for the night to help where we can.  Poor gramma is a bit sore still!  And what busy little helpers they have been!  Joey gives cuddles and likes to carry things to gramma and auntie, Melanie reads books and tries to be a little nurse, and David helps out but is more interested in flirting with the neighbor girl.  Yes, my little David has a HUGE crush on the neighbor’s little girl.

They have helped me clean grammas house and have helped bring smiles.  My little worker bees are so good at handling it all!  They just LOVE to help out, and I am SO proud of all their help!  I’m thinking when all is said and done, we’ll have an ice cream party!


Our Victory Garden

Friday, May 27th, 2011 by by

This mess of weeds is what was staring at us early in the spring. If it looks bad in that picture, it only got worse as the weeks went on! As spring moved in, the weeds sprang to life. Thorns, bushes, and grasses were soon out of control in the space that was supposed to be our garden.

After an hour, I was only able to hand turn a little less than a square foot. Luckily, we have a very kind neighbor who loves to use his tractor.

It looked like Mothers Day Weekend (more…)

Visiting Tio & Tia

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 by by

We finally did it. We took the kids out of town. Albeit, a short trip for the morning, but a trip out of town none the less.

It only took a little bit of planning on our part. The night before, I packed everything up: sunscreen, bug spray, Benadryl, Motrin, bandaids, snacks, cups for drinking, a spare change of clothes, books, crayons, coloring books, and a few other mommy/daddy essentials.

Once the kids woke up, we just did our normal morning routine. We changed in to clothes, breakfast, bathroom, and then last minute checks started.

I was shooting to get us out of the house by 8:30, and we managed to leave 15 minutes earlier. IMPRESSIVE.

They were very well behaved. I couldn’t believe it. It had to be the Dr. Seuss audio books. No DVD player for us!

The kids had a blast. Tio and Tia also had a good time. I can’t wait to go again.

The kids were definitely all cozy!

Once we got there, we checked out Tia’s garden. Mommy had garden envy. I learned a lot from Tia. Can’t wait for the fall to arrive so I can plant green beans and snap peas! (more…)

Our 2nd Annual Victory Garden

Sunday, March 20th, 2011 by by

With everything that is happening in the world, it is great to be able to grow our own goodies. As much as I would like to grow more, I have to limit our choices based on productivity.

Last year we grew lettuce. It was fabulous picking fresh lettuce from the garden. It was when the kids weren’t so much in to it. Now it is a different story, and much cheaper to buy at the store once a week.

So no lettuce this year. (more…)