My Favorite Time of Year

Spring is absolutely my favorite time of year. Everything is coming back to life and the whole world is just so full of potential. This is the time when I start embarking on my many annual projects and set up my plans for the next few seasons. Of course, this means that it becomes the […]

Reclaiming the Planter Box: Part Three

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You may remember my struggle with the planter box in my back yard from last year. Despite its neglected condition (which you can see on the right), I decided I was going to restore it to a usable state. I proclaimed proudly “I have my hands, a trowel, and a garden shovel” and that’s all I was going to use to get the job done.

I was forced to admit that sometimes, your bare hands are not the best tool for the job. I made it about 1/3 of the way through the box by the end of the season. By the time I had made it that far, there was thick, new growth sprouting up in the area I had already cleared. It was unbearably frustrating.[…]

Building the Potato Condo: Part Three – Finishing Touches

It’s been quite a while since I updated about the potato condo I built. Other projects became more urgent, and I had a bit of brainstorming to do on how to make it best fit my needs. After having it on the back burner for an inexcusable amount of time, I think I’ve finally got it.

Supplies

The first thing I did was paint it with a homemade stain. I shy away from a lot of chemicals, and I felt like being a little lazy in the research department, so I decided to use what I had on-hand that I already knew would be safe. That was oil paint and Mod Podge. You do not ever want to use a water-based paint on planting containers, because it will come off as soon as you water the plant. Also note that I only painted the outside of the container. […]

Reclaiming the Planter Box: Part Two

When I began pulling up the weeds that had overtaken the planter box in my new back yard, the intent was to pull up everything and start again from scratch. However, as I got further in, there were some plants I found that interested me. There were some huge red clover plants, which my bunnies love to snack on. I found some stray morning glories, which are one of my favorite types of flower. There were also some plants I could not immediately identify. […]

Reclaiming the Planter Box: Part One

I’ve always been somewhat ambivalent about planter boxes. When I was growing up, I never saw the point. I always figured you could just dig a hole anywhere in the yard and plant. When I lived down in New Orleans, I tore an older one out of the small yard I had to make space for a fire pit instead. However, as I’ve delved into the pros and cons, I’ve come to the conclusion that a planter box would be incredibly beneficial to our homestead, creating a perfect place to grow outdoor vegetables. Therefore, when we uncovered an ancient one in our back yard, I became very excited, but it’s going to need a lot of work. […]

Getting Started

We moved into our dream house. It’s a beautiful place, with lots of land. Some of my favorite plants are already thriving in the yard – rhododendron, bleeding hearts, irises, and more. It’s clear that at one point someone who lived here had very similar goals as we do, but the most recent owner had other things on his mind. The house is amazing, and perfectly livable, but it’s going to need a lot of work before it’s a fully-functioning homestead. My husband and I have come up with lots of plans from fences to solar panels, but we can’t do everything at once. […]