Fridays are for Favorites

fridays are for favoritesToday, a good buddy of mine asked if I had an extra trellis she could use. All I have trellis-wise is chicken wire, which works wonders for a garden, but I knew there had to be interesting trellises lurking about. So, I hit the streets of Pinterest and found some really cool trellises! All of these wonderful gems are made from upcycled items, and if you happen to have a trellis that you no longer use, you can repurpose it in your home!

Who knew trellises could be so exciting?!

24258499Use an old screen door as your trellis. Learn more at The Morning Call.

081809trellis350And what about tennis rackets? Check it out at Apartment Therapy

tire-trellis-1My favorite by far…bike tires! From For The Love Of Skinny

EBG-IMG_3241Use an old crib! From My Green Lake

And for the trellises that are just sitting around? Put them to use!

p6050164Put them in your bathroom, to hold stuff. Learn more at Bees Knees Bungalow

If you have an idea for interesting trellises, please post it in the comments! You can check out my Pinterest for more ideas and if there is ever anything you want me to check out and write about for Thrifty Thursdays or Fridays are for Favorites, please let me know!

Momma’s garden project: week 6

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A couple weeks ago, I was introduced to what might be the most amazing thing I have ever found, The Grow Write Guild by You Grow Girl. It was started by Gayla Trail and is an online garden journal. Every two weeks, you get a new prompt that somehow relates to your garden. This week’s prompt was: Describe your fantasy garden.

Well, my fantasy garden would be in the same place it is now. I love the area it is in, it’s all blocked off and just for my little plants. But there would be more to it. The fences would be lined with avocado trees. There would be a blueberry bush and my strawberries would be out of control.

There would be a stone pathway into the garden and there would be a little garden area for Cecilia where she could grow what she chose, and tend to it. Then she would love tending to her garden so much that she would be inspired to tend to mine.

I would have a pineapple tree and a banana tree upon entering. There would be flat, dark rocks everywhere and in the middle would be this amazing table with running water streaming down the middle and watering the plants below. I saw the table on Pinterest and it has since gotten lost in the shuffle. But that table will be mine!

There would be a bench (of course) where I would read my book and sip tea while the sprinklers did my job for me.

Ah, fantasy.

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While I’m working on my fantasy garden, here’s how my for real garden is going. The tomato plants are getting bigger so I finally had to break out the cage. I only have one cage for now, so the biggest plant got spoiled. The others will just have to wait. We got in some peppers….sweet!

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Now for the sad part. I posted some beautiful broccoli pictures last week, then I was saddened to learn that those flowers in the pictures were actually bad. What? Since when are flowers bad? So, I had to break off that part to let it grow some more. My strawberries took a definite pooper, so I had to take them out of the planter and into the ground.

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Look at that sad basil. Makes me sad to know my basil is so sad.

Look at that sad basil. Makes me sad to know my basil is so sad.

You can find more fantastic garden ideas on my Pinterest and you can see more garden pictures on my Facebook page.

So, how is your garden doing?

I’m famous!

IMG_3461Ok, not really. But, I’m now on the Let’s Go Home app, on the iPhone. A few days ago, Robert Ringman, the creator of the app contacted me and asked if he could feature my garden on his app! The app features nine different sections: building, DIY, decorating, organizing, art, gardening, remodeling, crafting and painting. You can click on each section and it will take you to a list of sites where people write about the same stuff.

You can share your projects and earn badges. I haven’t added anything since I only post about my garden once a week, but I am working on a project that I’m planning to post when I’m done.

It’s definitely an app worth checking out, and for more than just seeing my garden post 🙂 It looks like this app is relatively new and there’s not a “follow” option, but it does take you directly to that person’s blog so you can take it from there. The app is free and you can start posting right away.

I believe the app is only available on the iPhone so if you have that and you think you would be interested in such a thing, you should definitely go check it out. I’m hoping to have my projects up by the end of the week!

Momma’s garden project, week 5

We have tomatoes!!! But we have a garden casualty. The strawberry that was in blossoming last week has now shriveled up and died. I do see a new one coming up though, so hopefully that one will start showing its colors soon. Since not a lot has changed, I’ll just share the pictures and keep the words to a minimum. Our compost is growing though! Can’t wait to use the soil for the next planting season.

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Tomato plants

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Basil

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Little baby tomato!

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Strawberries

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Seeing the start of a new strawberry…

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Veggies and herbs

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Broccoli!

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Compost pile

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Herbs and herbs and herbs…

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Momma’s garden project: Week 4

SONY DSCWe are into the third week of the garden being moved to the backyard, and last weekend was the first weekend that I really grasped how much work this whole garden thing is. When my dad came over with the garden beds he made, we just had to attach the hinges and transplant everything. It wasn’t super easy, but it was fun.

Well, last weekend I decided it was finally time to plant the potatoes and onions. Sam’s dad told me I would have to dig a two inch row in order to plant all the potatoes. So I did that and threw them in there. Yes, I know we have YouTube and Pinterest for every tutorial known to man, but I thought I knew what was up.

Then, I came in the house to grab some water and was informed that I would have to cut each potato a few times, which means I would have to dig a lot more rows to house all of my potatoes. So I did two rows. With a shovel. If you haven’t done that before, don’t do it. Ever. Unless you’re looking for a really good workout.

I also made the super smart choice of starting to work on the garden around 2pm (when I say super smart, I really mean super dumb), so by the time I was done with those two rows, I was getting dizzy and blurry-eyed from the sun. The sun and I don’t really mix well together.

SONY DSCThe next day, my stepdad came over to help me with something else and ended up showing me a MUCH easier way to dig a row. He used a hoe (hehe) and got the job – which took me about two hours to complete the day before – done in about 10 minutes.

Whatever.

So, we planted the rest of the potatoes and onions. And we were done with everything about a half hour. Seriously. It was crazy.

I also started my compost, but when I was informed that I would have to get processed poop to get the ball rolling, I opted out. Now surfing the webs for a little bit, I found that you don’t need poop to have a good compost! Hooray! Digital high-fives all around!

I took a whole bunch of other photos, so if you want to see more of this garden project, check out my Facebook page. While you’re there, could you make me the happiest girl ever and click “like”?

Momma’s garden project: week 3

Now that the garden has been successfully relocated to the backyard, the “ghetto” doesn’t really fit anymore. So for now I will call it my garden project. My dad made two garden beds and installed a drip system for watering the plants. We moved the majority of the plants to the beds and left most of the herbs in the planters.

DSC06148I have a bed dedicated to tomatoes, and two tomato plants still in planters. I’m waiting for a variety of tomatoes to fill up the tomato bed. In the other bed, I have lettuce, spinach, five different hot peppers, banana peppers and broccoli. Outside of that bed, I planted cilantro and onion. I need to move the onion so that they are all planted separately and will have room to grow. In the other planters, I have parsley, thyme and rosemary. Then, I have a planter for mint and a planter for basil.

NeDSC06160xt, I’m going to build a garden bed for Cecilia out of the fencing wood we have in the backyard so I can keep all the vegetables I’m growing for her in that bed. I need to get some cucumber and asparagus to grow and I still need to plant the potatoes. Finally, I need to plant some pumpkin. I could use the heck out of some pumpkin.

Now, I’m looking into starting a compost.

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All pictures were taken by Patricia Branham

Momma’s ghetto garden: week 2

So, it has been a little over two weeks since I started my ghetto little garden, and I gotta say…it’s looking a lot better!

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I was watering them every day but when we were gone for a day, I forgot to water them. When I came out to check on them the next day, they looked the best they had since I got them! So, I’ve been watering them every other day, and they’re looking pretty sexy. Today I clipped some parsley to have with our dinner. It’s so good when it’s fresh from your garden!

We’re working on the new garden spot in the backyard. Here’s the progress so far. Hopefully by the end of the month, there will be some raised beds in there and my grarden will be movin’ on up! What should I plant next?

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