We started our spring crops off by planting onions and peas! I also planted a rosemary bush I picked up from the nursery and I talk about how we use companion planting to help with cabbage moths.
6/1/2017 Update: We have a video for this now! Long gone are the days of buying laundry detergent for me. I got frustrated spending so much money on laundry detergents each month that I started to research how to go about saving money. I found some recipes for laundry detergents, but none seemed to be the best match for me. I have very sensitive skin and a lot of store-bought and homemade detergents caused […]
I read lots of “common beginner mistakes” blog post and articles when I started growing food, but that didn’t stop me from making them! Hopefully, this post will help you avoid the mistakes I made and avoid some of the pitfalls we encountered in our first two years. 1. Overwatering Overwatering is one of the most common mistakes new gardeners make and I’ve certainly been guilty of it myself. The roots need to be able […]
Update: One idea to combat some of the issue related to heat would be to insulate the bed with wood chips up to near the top of the cinder block. I’d think this would help with many of the issues related to overheating. I’ve spent some time researching whether or not it would be a good idea to use cinder blocks to build a longer-lasting raised bed and wanted to share the best information I […]
I passionately despise alarm clocks. The jolt from waking up to the sound of an alarm used to begin my day with an anxiety that normally took a morning run to wear off. Back then I didn’t have a choice. I worked in an office that required me to be there by a certain time and that meant waking up while it was still dark. It wasn’t until I started working with flexible hours that I […]
One of the most common questions I receive is “What should I grow first?”. Here’s what I tell people our strategy was in response: Start with something you like and buy a lot of – We started with kale, spinach, lettuce. These items cost us $10 a week at the grocery store whenever we tried to eat healthy and I loved the idea of having unlimited salad greens in my backyard. I had a feeling it […]
Last year we bought our broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes, and peppers from the nursery. This year we wanted to try growing it from seed instead. We built this 4 rack seed starting system that allows us to start up to 1,152 seeds at a time for less than $100! We also show how we made our DIY seed starting mix!
Dishwasher detergent was something I never even thought about being able to make. I always just thought it was one of those purchases I had to keep making every month or so. I found this really simple recipe from Happy Money Saver and have found it to be so beneficial! Not only is it simple to make, it works just as well as the store-bought detergent! Positives: Cheaper than store bought You aren’t using harsh […]
Cloth wipes are something that I could definitely not do without! I feel silly that I ever used wipes bought at the store. This is such an easy thing that I can’t believe that everyone doesn’t do it. Not only does it save time and money, but I feel so much better using these on my baby’s skin. We bought these wipes from Amazon and love them! We’ve found them to be extremely soft […]
So many people always talk about how disgusting it is to have to wash cloth diapers. Honestly, I used to be one of those people before I started doing it. I truly do not feel that it is bad at all now! First of all, make sure to get a wet bag . I have a separate hamper that I use for diapers in the nursery and this liner helps to prevent any smells from […]