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My First Container Garden

So I decided to a biweekly update on my new container garden.! Which I am EXTREMELY excited about by the way! This is my first time doing a container garden.

I attempted one last year but that so did not go as planned! I was pregnant and miserable and I lost my green thumb… It was such a sad sight.Therefore I am starting from scratch all over again

Therefore I am starting from scratch all over again! Sorta. Some plants are from seed while some are from transplant that I bought at the Home Depot! Such healthy little things. I have herbs, veggies, fruit, and flowers. Only a few each, though. I didn’t want to overwhelm myself.

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My Herbs

The herbs I decided to start this year are:

  • Lemon Balm
  • Lemon Thyme
  • Sweet Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Lemon Grass

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I also have a Citronella plant as well but only because I absolutely LOVE the smell. (PLUS my family and I live in Southern Louisiana so it helps to have one- ha) I might use in homemade bug lotion one day.

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Each has their specific uses so that is why I chose them. For example, the rosemary, mint, lemongrass, thyme, basil are all for culinary uses.  Lavender, citronella, and lemon balm are to eventually be used in some homemade products of mine. I cannot wait till they get a little bigger so I can start harvesting from them!!!

I chose to go the transplant route with the herbs mainly because I started so late in the season, they would not have gotten to harvesting size until this winter.

I have all of these plants by seed as well that I store for my future dream garden in Alaska!! (Which I’ll be moving too soon–more info on that in a future post) hehe

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My Veggies

Only have a few of these but hey:

  • Green Beans
  • Peas
  • Radish
  • Bell Peppers
  • Strawberries

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I might do watermelons and pumpkins later in the summer to test that container theory. They say that it is quite easy to do. I am excited to test that theory! So you will just have to keep an eye out for those posts!

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My kids chose the green beans and peas because they are fun to pick. I then decided on a bush variety that would be a lot more container friendly. Radishes grow quickly, therefore, the kids won’t lose interest due to the plants taking so long to grow. I use green bell peppers in almost all my cooking and strawberries are just fun!!

Flowers and Ornamentals

Sadly only two so far:

  • Lantana
  • Fernleaf Lavender

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Now I am not too big on flowers only because I can’t seem to keep them flowering! Which depresses me so I leave them alone. This year my mother convinced me to try a perennial that she loves, Lantana.

At her house, they seem to flourish and the butterflies absolutely LOVE them. And of course, butterflies are always a beautiful sight. I’ll have to get pictures of those soon and add on this post.

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If you have any ideas for flowers that are easy to maintain and do not mind the Southern Louisiana heat, shoot me a comment or email. If I can locate one, I will definitely give it a try.

Keeping Track

I think I am going to keep a chart of how much my plants grow at what rate when they are fertilized, watered and so on. It should be a fun little science/growing project for myself. (My youngins are still too small to understand that)

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Well, there we go. My first little container garden. I know it isn’t much but I like it! And I am super excited to share it with my readers.

Any tips for me or recommendations, just leave a comment for me. Thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

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Seed VS. Transplant

To transplant or not to transplant, THAT is the question! !!

Whether to grow by seed or transplant is usually one of a Gardner’s first question’s. Next to what to garden and where. All in all there is no right or wrong answer. It boils down to the difficulty level and how comfortable you are with it.

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Easy to Direct Sow

  • Beans
  • Corn
  • Peas
  • Cucumbers
  • Garlic
  • Lettuce
  • Melons
  • Okra
  • Squash
  • Roots Veggies-Beets, Carrots, Parsnips, Radishes, Turnips

If you have seen many seeds, you will notice that typically the bigger the seed, the easier it is to direct sow. Not always the case but this is what I have seen. When you sow directly into the soil, it is better to use more seeds than you think. After they grow a bit, you can easily thin them out. (I’ll do another post on that soon)

These plants are hard to transplant due to the fact they have a delicate root system. They are babies and do not like to messed with! Especially ones like peas and carrots.

Easy To Transplant (Start Indoors)

  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Asparagus
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers

These can either be difficult to grow from seed or have a long growing season. Growing from transplant allows you harvest sooner as they mature quicker. They also give you a foot in the ground and avoid helping seeds through low germination and/or harsh weather conditions. This is why it can be easier to sow indoors to extend your growing season if your climate is unfavorable.

So a summary:

It is really all about preference as to whether direct sow, start indoors and transplant or buy transplants. Each have their own pros and cons that you have to weigh.

You need to think about your climate, whether you want to wait the full growing season of your plants, and the cost you are willing to put into your garden.

I personally do a little of both. This past year due to being pregnant, I kind lost my green thumb so I am trying to get it back this year.Plus my kids are at a great age to teach the process of life!

I am going to to do a little series of posts showing my progress. So look forward to those weekly! Maybe bi weekly.. Subscribe to my email to receive updates to my posts to see my babies grow!

 

 

 

 

 

Why I Blog and You Should too

Now let me say this first, I am no pro at blogging. Hell, I have only been doing this for a month. But can I tell you what a relief it is to just express yourself, the easiness of getting your name and product out there and just simply make a little side cash (or full-blown job! #goals)

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A Community

Blogging is a way to write, vent, and express yourself all while connecting with others and helping them! For they could be going through the same problems!

Absolutely nothing feels better than knowing you sent someone in the right direction or helped them solve a problem.

Getting The Show On The Road

Having your own site to write is both simple and complicated. It is very easy to set up and get it going in no time at all. Plus there are countless how-to’s to get you through it. One of my favorite is an e-book by Start A Mom Blog. You will love it, I promise.

Try using Pinterest to help find ideas and more guides on setting up your blog, monetizing it, and making to the big time. It is easy to search for what you need, countless pins for you to find and easy for you to save them. Pinterest is always my go to when I need a new idea for anything work or personal.

Don’t Get Scared

Blogging will seem over whelming at first. To the point that you will want to give up. Just keep swimming , my friend. This past month has been such a roller coaster for me. One day I was so excited about my blog and then the next I felt stepped on and that my blog was never going to amount to anything. It is okay to feel that way because things will not be that forever.

Blogging is all about mistakes. The process is in no way perfect. There is no right way to do it. There is only your way, and my way and their way.. It’s a journey that will give you tears and smiles along the way.

 

If you think you want to give it a go, don’t forget Start A Mom Blog’s e-book Blog By Number where she walks your through every step of the way. She even has a e-course that you can get a discount on if you purchase the e-book!! So worth it!!

 

Let me know how it goes for you and what you think of the e-book below.

 

Simple Way to Declutter Each Room

Continuing from my last post of decluttering your home. This is a simple lay down of each room. I have always found it easier to do each room separately. No need to get overwhelmed! This way you can keep mental inventory of whats in each room.

I have been through each room plenty of times. I still do it from time to time. Especially in the kids playroom. You would seriously be surprised how much little junk collects in there. In our little 3 bedroom home, you can see the junk that begins to collect over time.

No one likes a cluttered space. It just brings down the mood. I get irritated when a room begins to get crowded with random things. Simple rooms make it easy on the eyes. Having less things also just make it REALLY hard to dirty the rooms up. So less hassle!!

Ok! Here we go.

Living Room

Most people have things like entertainment centers, coffee tables, book shelves and little cubbies for shoes and what not. Break down each separately to make it simpler.

  • Have any books you swore you were going to read one rainy day? Donate them. You will never read them. I promise!!
  • Any old magazines, unkempt paper or dirty coasters on that coffee table.? Toss ’em or recycle ’em.
  • Got some mixed (used and new) batteries that you can’t tell which is which? I sure did. Best to just recycle all of them.
  • If you’re like me and held onto random nick knacks or whatnots, just dwindle them down to your favorite few. Like two per shelf or space.

Kitchen

I found the kitchen quite easy. I mean, you use it every single day so you should know what you use and don’t use. If a utensil or appliance isn’t used but only once in a blue moon (like my waffle iron) you should get rid of it but it doesn’t mean you have to.

  • Unless you are an octopus, I’m pretty sure you don’t need two spatulas, ladles, or whisks. Pick a favorite.
  • I am slowly shifting from plastic cups to glass (difficult with kids) so I only kept the essential plastic for the kids.
  • All those decorations on your counter tops aren’t really necessary.  Plus I bet they are taking up space that you could have used from time to time.
  • Condensing the items in your cabinets should allow you to move some of your appliances up and off the counters.

Bathrooms

My bathroom closet had so much useless things in it, I even shocked myself. Go through those medicine cabinets, shelves, counter top  and drawers. I keep everything in the closet except for the few things I use everyday on the counter.

  • Expired medicine, lotions, creams, make up, and gels should all be tossed. No need to hold onto to those. Plus using excess products is unhealthy anyway.
  • It’s different for everyone but I only keep two towels per person. We reuse anyway. It’s a different with washcloths. I change it every shower so therefore I have more!!
  • Same goes for hair products. The less the better. For your body and for the environment.

Bedrooms + Closets

In my opinion, this room is the most cluttered in the house. My two oldest, 3 and 5, share a bedroom and then have a playroom. Even still, they mange to get their bedroom a wreck Every. Single. Day. I bet most can relate.

  • Unless you are some savvy fashion trend follower, you really don’t need a gazillion different tops and bottoms. Especially if the clothes don’t fit.
  • Other season clothes get put in a bag and stuffed in the back of the closet usually. I have actually dwindled our clothes down to where all seasons can fit together.
  • Routinely go through the children’s toys. They break, get dirty beyond cleaning, or collect dust from no play. Best to donate them if you can.
  • Same for dress up clothes and shoes. Check for any tears and re purpose them or mend them.
  • Closets collect the strangest of things. Gift bags, mix match socks, old sporting equipment, tags from clothes, etc. Say bye bye!!

 

Every home is different, I get that. You may need more or less than the next person. But believe me when I say that you will feel so much better about yourself and your home when you have less. Remember, quality not quantity.

 

When you finally decide to make this life change, just jump into it. Don’t procrastinate!! (Coming from Queen Procrastination herself- ha) Have you thought about making the leap? Maybe as a resolution? Moving soon? Or just need less stress in your life and trying to eliminate sources? Give it shot.

 

 

 

 

 

Easiest Way To Declutter Your Home

Some of you may have the same problem that I have had all my life. Hoarding. Most shutter at the mere word! When I was still living with my parents, I literally had enough JUNK in my room to fill an entire house. Which I did, and learned that the hard way.

The day came the I finally moved out of my parents, and of course I had to take all my JUNK with me. What a pain that was! I have moved around a few times, too, since then. But I learned my lesson, an oh so long 3 years later…

Three years and a family in a tiny home later, I WAS DONE. And if you are reading this, you are too.! But if you are anything like me, you just CANNOT let go.! So instead of just chunking everything and losing a part of your soul, declutter in waves. (And no, not the sandy kind with warmth and fun)

Wave One.

Okay. This part should be easy. (HA) All those little things that just don’t belong or that you have been holding onto for literally ever. That box. This ribbon. That old broken watch or phone. Do you really need those broken earrings or the 20 toilet paper rolls that you planned on doing a craft with the kids?

Make your rounds through each room with a box and pick up all those things that are just there for no reason. I like to start in the kitchen and living room. The couch is my family’s dump site, so I sort that room first. Either donate or throw away the things you collect. I have a local church that has a little thrift shop we donate to.

Wave Two.

Now, you don’t have to do this all at once. My waves were spaced by a week or two in between. These times take another little dabble in kitchen drawers, cabinets, laundry shelves and kids toys. Get rid of whatever hasn’t been touch since the last time you did your sweep. Makes it easier, right? You kind of have an idea of what is used regularly and what has been collecting dust because you just did this not too long ago.

That is way I like the wave system. It’s like keeping inventory of your home. I have been through quite a few waves just because I have so much stuff!! (Don’t judge please)

Rinse and repeat. Do this wave as many times as needed. It makes it easy to declutter and get rid of items you have been holding onto for forever if you do it a little at a time.

Wave Three.

By now you hopefully have a lot less things just lying around. Be proud!!! I know how hard it is to get through those first steps of a cleaner lifestyle. Time for the deep clean, people. In my opinion, this is the most relieving part!

Way back in depths of your closet,we know what you have there. The jeans that you swear you will wear again when you finally start working out. I believe you’ll start that workout regime but no need for those jeans to putting you down until then. Donate them to someone in need. Go through your clothes and chunk anything that doesn’t fit, lonely socks or anything you haven’t worn in over a year.

The kitchen isn’t forgotten. No need for two of everything unless you are an awesome chef and cook more than one things at a time. Ditch all those plastic cups you collect from the parades every year. (You know you will just get more) And throw any loose lids or tubs that are lingering.

You should have an idea now of how to go through your rooms. Do one at a time. Little things first then go deeper. Trust me, it hurts a lot less.

Tell me what you think of my wave system and how it worked for you. I love to hear stories. And if you have any tips that worked for you, I’d love to know.!!

See you next time, guys!!

– Hope