container gardening

Gearing Up!

I am SOOOO excited to be GeArIn’ uP for the NADA FARM SALE!!!!

I’ve been junkin’ and paintin’ and pourin’ up a storm!  Here’s a sneak peek!!!

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{distressed.swoon}

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{feedsacks & antlers. farmgirl thru & thru}

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{whipped up this simple potting bench lickety split}

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(love me some rusty metal}

{anything gardeny calls my name}

{anything gardeny calls my name}

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{a little RuST & dUsT never hurt anyone}

Comments are welcome!

Vintage Egg Carton Swap

Miss Rachel filled this trove with farmy goodness for me!

Miss Rachel filled this trove with farmy goodness for me!

I have had so much fun with this Easter Swap!  Finding sweet treasures, creating and of course receiving my packages!  And I’ve even made some new friends!  Swaps are a wonderful way to carve out time to be creative.  I hope you will consider participating in the next one.  Please be sure and check out these blogs from some of my new friends:

chippycottagecharmhouse , blessedanddistressed  thespeckledegg and  themarmeladegypsy

I hope you enjoy all of the fun photos below that were sent in.  I apologize that I was not able to use all of them as some files were too large.

 

 

My own mama got creative with vintage jewels, lace & ribbons

My own mama got creative with vintage jewels, lace & ribbons

 

I love the clothespin on these vintage greeting cards from Kelly

I love the clothespin on these vintage greeting cards from Kelly

 

I chose a theme for each of my recipients.  Miss Lindy loves horses so I was sure to include some buttons I purchased from Speckled Egg

I chose a theme for each of my recipients. Miss Lindy loves horses so I was sure to include some buttons I purchased from Speckled Egg

 

I love the photobooth miniature pics I found at a local antique store:  The Rusty Chandelier

I love the photobooth miniature pics I found at a local antique store: The Rusty Chandelier

 

Here I fringed some fun tissue paper to frame the carton

Here I fringed some fun tissue paper to frame the carton

 

You can't go wrong with glitter, tulle & lace

You can’t go wrong with glitter, tulle & lace

 

 

This lovely carton was created by Miss Michelle Donnelly

This lovely carton was created by Miss Michelle Donnelly

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This treasure was created by Kelly

This treasure was created by Kelly

 

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This beauty was made by Miss Sheila Rumney

This beauty was made by Miss Sheila Rumney

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Comments are welcome!

Garden Planning

There is so much I want to say about gardening that I am going to have to break it into ‘plots.’  This time of year hopefully you are planning your garden and dreaming and starting seeds.  I just ordered mine from Baker’s Creek.  I know that I’ve mentioned them before but I love them.  They offer a garden planner in their seed catalog that I’ve ordered as well.

Some of the seeds I’m excited about getting are:  sorghum.  For syrup and broom corn.  To make brooms!!  I saw it at Silver Dollar City and I think it’s sooo cool!!!  stevia.  For a sugar substitute.  Yum!  Missouri Pink Love Tomato.  Who wouldn’t want to eat one of those!?!  The list goes on.  I’m so into garden mode that I’ve even ordered candle scents (yes I am now making hand poured 100% soy candles…) like Vine Ripened Tomato & Baby Bibb Lettuce!  Last week I broke down and bought Asparagus at the store!  I usually try not to eat items out of season that we can grow (we do buy citrus and bananas; organic and made in USA) but I could not resist!!  I’m so excited for our first harvest of asparagus this year.  Last year I planted 60 crowns!!!

If you don’t have a large spot or your yard is shady do not fret!  Think outside the box and plan to plant your veggies in pots!  How lovely to have an oblesik of beans or peas on a vine surrounded by carrots and parsley?  My mother in law always has a lovely Salsa pot with a cherry tomato plant surrounded by basil and other herbs.  You could even add some onions to this.

Most all vegetables need 6-8 hours of sunlight a day so having your veggies in pots makes it that much more convenient to guarantee optimum exposure.  If you are planting a traditional or more permanent garden please take that into consideration.  For several years I planted tomatoes in an area where they only got about 4 hours of sunlight and although the plants looked healthy they never really produced much fruit.  Another benefit of container gardening (in my case raised beds) is that you can also control the soil for your plants.

So as you are planning you need to decide what you want to grow (make sure to read labels here….is the plant a bush or vine?  Does it grow 10 feet tall (okra)?  If it’s a low grower you can tuck it under something else.  Does it grow above or below the ground?  Next study your yard at different times of the day to determine where you should plant for adequate sunlight and then get busy!!!  Onions and potatoes are said to be planted around St. Patrick’s Day.  Broccoli, peas, and lettuce are cool weather crops that crave these early spring days.

I’d love to hear what’s on your wish list for your garden in the comments below!

Comments are welcome!
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