Oct 21, 2014

End of Season Garden Reflactions 2014: What We Will Do Different Next Season

Garden A: Oct 1 2014 cucumbers, Roma tomatoes, beets
While starting to take down our garden, I always reflect on the season and what I would do differently next year.  I started to take down some of our garden last week, despite our beautiful weather (highs in the 60s).  This year for gardening my plan was to have our garden be as care free as possible, while still providing us with our fav veggies for the summer and early fall.  So I'm judging this season on how well our garden accomplished these goals.  In my last post I reflected on what worked for us this year.  In this post I plan to share what didn't fit our goals of low maintenance, and high yields of veggies and fruits we love. 

Oct 19, 2014

Our End of Season Garden Recap: What Worked For Use This Year

Oct 1 2014 Garden A; Big or better tomatoes (I thought they were Roma when I bought it)
While starting to take down our garden, I always reflect on the season and what I would do differently next year.  I started to take down some of our garden this week, despite our beautiful weather (it was almost 70 a couple days ago).  I took down our beans which are not growing any new beans any more, some tomato plants (only the ones with no tomatoes on them), and cucumbers.  I think it's possible the cucumbers might even still grow, but I really just wanted to have all our trellises put away for the season.  I did leave one cucumber plant undisturbed as a test just to know. 

Sep 5, 2014

DIY Homemade Natural Bronzer/ Contour Recipe From Your Pantry

My finished bronze powder
Growing up I loved playing with make-up.  I had a rather extensive selection and was made up nearly every day in a creative new way that coordinated with my outfit.  Years ago I stopped making myself up so much and settled on one or two looks I usually wore.  Then a few years ago I started learning about all the bad chemicals around us especially in our personal products (deodorant, lotion, shampoo, make-up, etc).  And I threw out nearly all my make-up and personal products and replaced them with natural products.  While I did this I found that I surprisingly only used a fraction of the products I had in our cabinets.

Aug 21, 2014

How to Make Kale Chips: Cheesy and Spicy 2 different ways


If you follow this blog you know that I love to grow kale in my garden.  Next to perennial veggies and fruit kale is the easiest plants we grow.  It's one of the first and last veggies in our garden every year.  I like that I can also harvest it whenever I want to.  It's also so nutritious it's a super food.  The only problem is we planted 6 kale plants this year and we only eat a little bit.  I like to sneak it into chocolate banana almond butter smoothies, and as a wrap for sandwiches.  I also occasionally add some to soup or stews.  But that doesn't amount to much.  So I'm determined to find some recipes with kale that I like. 

Jul 23, 2014

Our Garden July 2014

Our Garden July W3 2014
Our garden is in full bloom right now and has been doing great due to the cooler temps this summer and lots of rain.  I've only had to water our garden when we planted so far.  Usually the only thing I do in July except for the occasional weeding is watering in early mourning and guiding tomatoes in their cages, and beans and cucumbers up their trellises.