Monthly Archive: February 2012

Feb 28

Indoor Garden: Update

If you want to know how fast your indoor garden will grow, I’ll show you.
These pictures were taken 4 days after I planted the seeds….Indoor Garden: UpdateAt the first sign of a bud coming up to the surface, pop open the lid of the greenhouse container. This will allow more air to get in. You can now introduce it to a bit more direct sunlight.

Once the buds are about a half inch above the dirt, lift the lid completely off and place in direct sunlight.Indoor Garden: UpdateIt boggles my mind that those tiny little suckers can become full on plants in a matter of days!Indoor Garden: UpdateIndoor Garden: UpdateThe herbs took about 2 weeks to emerge. I think this is because they were in larger containers.Indoor Garden: UpdateIndoor Garden: UpdateIndoor Garden: UpdateNotice the greenhouse effect…
That condensation is exactly what you want when the seeds are doing their thing.Indoor Garden: UpdateI have a thing for watching plants grow. It makes me so excited! And then I can look at the full plant and say, “that came from a tiny seed in my own greenhouse!” I delight in the little things…

Feb 13

DIY Card Holder

I saw this shutter on Pinterest

DIY Card Holder

Adorable, huh?!

I just so happened to buy two shutters at a garage sale the day before I saw this!

I had to make it.

Has anyone seen this crackle paint by Martha Stewart? It’s genius! You should try it.

I got mine at Home Depot, but I’m sure it’s sold elsewhere.

You have to apply it with a putty knife, so don’t try it with a brush! It will be a disaster.

DIY Card Holder

DIY Card Holder

 

I applied mine very lightly in the beginning, and then went back over it when I wasn’t satisfied with the amount of crackle.

DIY Card Holder

This is an up-close look at the crackle. Pretty cool!

DIY Card Holder

DIY Card HolderDIY Card HolderDIY Card HolderDIY Card HolderSooo, maybe I overloaded it a bit…but it’s just so convenient. And maybe it’s time that I take down the Christmas cards…but I love them and want to look at them all year long!

Feb 10

Indoor Garden: How To

Last weekend I got started on planting my indoor garden! I did this last year and it saved us so much money when it came to planting our first garden.
The point of this method is to get several seed starters of what you plan to grow in the garden, so that when it comes time to plant what you’d like in the garden, you’re not buying the expensive plants from the store. And the best part is that it’s super easy!

I bought only seeds that I’d like to grow in the garden. I also got three herb seed packets to grow both inside and outside.

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I bought two large greenhouses from Wal-Mart at $3 a piece. All of the seed packets were 89 cents a piece. I do have seeds left over, but will only use them if these seeds don’t succeed.

Indoor Garden: How ToFirst, fill all 36 plastic holders with a good seed starter dirt mix (at Wal-Mart for $2 per bag). I only needed one bag for all that you see here.

Make sure the dirt is damp first.

Make about an inch indentation in the dirt. Insert about 2-3 seeds per indentation. Cover with dirt. Indoor Garden: How ToIndoor Garden: How ToAdd enough water for them to be damp, not completely saturated.Indoor Garden: How ToIndoor Garden: How ToI did the same for the herbs, but put them in these larger biodegradable containers.
I made two indentations in these containers, with 2 seeds in each.
Then place plastic wrap over the container, secured with a rubber band. This will create a greenhouse effect.Indoor Garden: How ToMake sure to label the sections so you know what will be growing!
I made the mistake of not doing this step last year. For about 2 months, I thought I was growing lots of cucumbers, when in reality they were tomatoes! Woops. Indoor Garden: How ToIndoor Garden: How To

Make sure that you keep the dirt moist at all times. Do not let it dry out. You should be watering with lukewarm water.
Place the containers in a warm room without direct sunlight.
When you see the first bud coming out, place the greenhouse in sunlight inside. When they really start growing, remove the lid little by little until the lid completely comes off and place it in direct sunlight.

You will soon have a full indoor garden that will just be screaming to be planted outside!! I had great luck with this method last year and am confident anyone can do this at home. It’s so rewarding to watch these go from little seeds to vegetable-producing plants. So, go out there and get your grow on.

Feb 08

Ready for Spring: Raised Bed Garden

I can’t tell you how excited I am for Spring to be here! We had another sprinkling of snow yesterday morning and I’m just plain over it. So here’s to dreaming about warmer weather and gardening!

This post is from last Spring when Eric and I created our raised bed garden. The pictures should serve as a bit of a tutorial if you would like to try this at home. And get ready for another post that’s yet to come on how to make a fencer and trellace for this beautiful garden!

Here’s how it went down…

Ready for Spring: Raised Bed Garden

Ready for Spring: Raised Bed Garden

Ready for Spring: Raised Bed Garden

Ready for Spring: Raised Bed Garden
All of the boards we used were scraps from previous projects. So this garden was essentially free! Even better.

Ready for Spring: Raised Bed Garden

 

 We decided to do raised beds because everything we read said that it’s the best way to go.

We put in a handy dandy kneeling board on the sides so that I won’t walk on the plants. Eric is a genius!

Ready for Spring: Raised Bed Garden

 We went to working on filling the gardens with dirt up to the sides of the boards

Ready for Spring: Raised Bed Garden

 

 

And I have to give props to my fabulous husband.  It definitely wouldn’t have happened without him and his sweet skills in building things 🙂

 

More to come on how to create a DIY fence and trellace around your garden!

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