Adventures in Organic Gardening

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We completed a few of the lingering projects we had to do in the garden. We put up a trellis for the zucchini, planted the peas and started the seeds for the broccoli and eggplant. I also started seeds for a few more tomato plants and butternut squash to go in where the lettuce and kale are now once we harvest those.

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Cattle fencing and some wooden stakes Marty cut from scrap wood = something for the zucchini to climb up on ao they don’t overtake the garden. We’ll do the same for the cucumbers once they start to get too big.

We had a major flood a couple weeks ago which was good and bad for the garden. It helped our kale, cabbages, and potatoes spring up quite a bit, but it ended up moving quite a bit of seeds I had planted a week earlier. Haha.

So now we have random cabbage, lettuce, and kale plants sprouting up in between rows and our carrots haven’t grown at all. I wonder if they got washed away with the flood.

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At least the flood gave Little Miss something to do while mama gardened.

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We’ve been able to harvest some good sized zucchini from the garden, but we haven’t gotten anything else yet. Our garlic, onions, potatoes, and tomatoes are growing steadily, and our peppers finally have grown some new leaves!

We’ve had quite a few cold days and a couple nights that dropped below 50 degrees, so they haven’t grown very much at all since transplanting them because they like very warm weather.

But all in all, with having no fencing around the garden and having not put any fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides down, I’d say we’re doing pretty good with the few resources the earth has given us.

A few things I’ve learned since starting our garden:

1.) Cucumbers need a lot of water. I have had to water them every couple of days as opposed to all other crops which I have just let the rain take care of without any issues whatsoever.

2.) Weeding is way easier to do one day after a good rain. The damp dirt is way easier to hoe.

3.) You will have to weed at least once a week to keep it under control.

4.) Rabbits like tomato, cucumber, and bell pepper plants. Protect these babies early on so you don’t lose as many leaves as I did.

5.) Leaves will grow back after bunnies have feasted on them, so don’t sweat it too much.

6.) Cucumbers, carrots, and herbs have been the hardest thing to grow. Cucumbers sprout up super quick indoors, but need to take their time hardening up before they are transplanted. I think the herbs may need more sun/heat to sprout, and I have no idea about the carrots. They are a cool weather crop and we haven’t seen anything sprout since we planted those seeds.

What do you have growing in your garden?

<3,

Laura 

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Adventures in Organic Gardening 


OMG. I started planting two weeks ago and we’re finally almost done for a while! All I have left to do is plant carrots and peas and then broccoli rabe, eggplant, and butternut squash once the spring crops are harvested. And build trellises for the zucchini, cucumbers, and peas.

I can’t wait to see how much money we save on our grocery bill!

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10 Ways to Eat Chia Seeds + Bonus Recipe!

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Chia seeds are the seeds of a plant in the mint family that’s native to Mexico and Guatamala. They are a great natural energy booster because of their unique ratio of protein, healthy fats, and fiber. Chia seeds are the best plant source of Omega 3s, so vegetarian and vegan friends, please try them out!

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Save on Your Water Bill With This Affordable Backyard Tool

We have always wanted space to live more sustainably. It’s so hard to do when you’re moving every few years from apartment to apartment. 

This little plot of land in the country is allowing us to fulfill that dream in a variety of ways. One of my favorite ways right now is collecting rain water. 


We got this rain barrel a few weeks ago and I’m loving it! After just two small rains, the 65 gallon barrel is already full. 

I’m excited to see how many gallons of water we save by using my new favorite yard tool. 

USES FOR RAIN WATER

-water gardens, house plants, trees, compost, etc. 

-drinking water for animals

-animal baths 

-beauty products (in place of distilled water in apple cider vinegar rinse for hair, body spray, etc.) 

-in place of tap water in homemade cleaning products

-dish washing 

-cleaning projects (mopping, steam cleaning, etc.) 

-outdoor showers 

-outdoor water play

You can also create a filtration system and use rain water for cooking if you wanted to! 

All you have to do to install your rain barrel is place it on top of two large cinder blocks so gravity will force the water out of the spouts (one spout is for a garden hose and the other is up high to fill buckets), and route a gutter directly into the rain barrel with a flexible gutter extension. 

We planted perennials around it to cover up the cinder blocks and put a nice planter of annuals on top just to help beautify it a bit.

Rue loves it too! 

What’s your favorite sustainable living project right now? 

Happy Thursday! 

<3,

Laura 

How to Make Almond Milk Lattes with Just Three Ingredients and a Blender 

I recently gave up drinking coffee. I made it a good month. Then one day I was so tired I absolutely could not get through work without some serious java assistance, so I stopped for a coconut milk latte on the way to work.

It certainly helped me get through the day but I live in the boondocks so I don’t have the option to buy lattes everyday. Plus, I hate spending money on stuff I can easily make at home for less.

Plus, making nut milk lattes at home is crazy easy. And you don’t need an espresso machine or a milk steamer.

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Mom Hack Monday: Non-toxic Swiffer Wet Jet Refills

Disclaimer: When you click on the affiliate links below, I will receive an itty bitty commission from Amazon.com.

I’m so happy to share this mom hack with you all because I love the convenience of using my Swiffer Wet Jet, but I hate using the toxic chemical cleaning solution that comes with it. Many conventional cleaning solutions contain dozens of lung-harming ingredients, carcinogens, formaldehyde, chloroform, and other hormone disrupting and cancer causing chemicals and fragrances. And there’s no sure fire way to know exactly which chemicals these household cleaners contain because according to the Environmental Working Group, only 7% of cleaning products adequately disclose their contents!

SEVEN PERCENT.

These chemicals enter the blood stream once absorbed by the skin and inhaled through the lungs.

If you have kids, you know they basically live on the floor for the first 5 years of their lives. And they have a tendency to get into E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. That’s why I like to make sure that whatever we use to clean the entire house (floors included) is safe enough to put on your skin or ingest.

Here’s Rue with the rag I was using to wipe down the counters. Good thing it’s just vingear and water on that rag!

While there are several healthier options on the market, I have found that homemade is safer, cheaper, and creates less waste. So we use our homemade vinegar all purpose cleaner for everything.

The cap on these Wet Jet cleaning solution bottles DO NOT twist off. I even tried using a screw driver to pry it off and it just wouldn’t come off. So I came up with an easy way to remove the cleaning solution that comes with the Wet Jet and replace it with my homemade vinegar all purpose cleaning solution.

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Vegetables That Actually Regrow in Water

  
 You’ve probably seen this post or one like it about regrowing vegetables from kitchen scraps.

I’m here to report that it actually works! I’ve had great succees doing this with scallions, celery, and Napa cabbage. 

They all last a few months just in water on the counter. 

Just clip with scissors and change the water when it starts to get green and slimy. 

Once the roots of the vegetables get too long for the jars, transplant into a pot of organic soil and keep in a sunny window for year round garnishes! 

I really want to try garlic and carrot tops next! 

I did not have success with Romaine lettuce the few times I tried. It turned brown before it started to regrow, and just shot right up into one long stalk of plant when I transplanted it in soil. So I’ve given up on that. 

Which of these vegetables have you tried to regrow? Did they work for you?  

Gotta love the Internet! Am I right?!?! 

😎

-Laura