Most of us have experienced this at some point or another… that forgotten corner of your garden that gets no light, nothing grows but weeds and that looks like its too far gone. Mine was under my front tree. Every time I looked at it, I thought “one of these days, I should probably fix that”. That day came on an ambitious Saturday morning after a couple cups of coffee. And while it took some time to get motivated, this redo only took a couple hours. Here’s what I did (hopefully it gives you hope to give that forgotten corner a second chance)
Before (isn’t she a beauty?)
Round one (picking apart the pieces)
Time for this garden to get naked
Taking out the debris
Getting the under soil wet
Time for fresh soil
And more fresh soil…
He clearly was supervising
Add Hostas and some decorative plants… and voila!
Time > 2hours
What tastes better then from the store? When it comes from your very own garden. This year I decided to take another shot at growing Zucchinis. I haven’t grown anything but leaves for the last couple years, and this time I was happy I FINALLY got something. What was I doing wrong? I changed the soil in the area and added some fresh new stuff. I also gave it more room to breath (and did it ever… didn’t realize how big these get!)
So with my excitement of, just had to make a grilled zucchini on the BBQ.
Here is my stupid simple recipe for grilled zucchini.
- Cut zucchini on a slant, creating round pieces.
- Brush both sides of each piece with Olive oil.
- Sprinkle salt and pepper
- Grill on BBQ on low setting, ensuring an even coot (don’t burn)
- Eat… eat them all!
Did you drop a bud? happens to the best of us. Try putting it in a container of water and you may see it come back to life.
- Choose a clear glass container (can be a mason jar or something unique)
- Trim the stem of the bud (if possible) so its cut on a diagonal
- Fill jar with water, and add bud
This doesn’t work with all plants, however works really well with tulips. However, if you aren’t sure give it a try to see what happens!
In an effort to eat healthier and not get stuck with awkward pizza pizza delivery moments, I have decided to start making my own pizza dough in my bread maker… gotta say it turned out pretty awesome.
If you’re interested here’s the reciepe… http://allrecipes.com/recipe/218729/bread-machine-thin-crust-pizza-dough/
Oh and here’s my latest creation ; )
Spring is here, and also is the time to start thinking about growing seeds. Everyone has their own method of growing seeds, but the one I have found the most successful is using pellets. I tend to get the best results quicker, and I find it much easier to transplant.
Getting started with pellets
What you will need:
- Pellets (such a Peat Pellets)
- Small plastic greenhouse (you can find these at stores like Home Depot , Canadian Tire, Dollarama – many even come with the pellets!)
- Put pellets in greenhouse and add water until they soak up water and enlarge
- Create a small hole in the middle of pellet, add seed and cover hole with soil
- Massage soil around the seed and ensure pellet fits well into its slot
- Cover greenhouse with supplied plastic, clear cover
- Put a well-lit location, such as a window sill
- Enjoy seeing your seeds grow!
Don’t over water. The greenhouse maintains moisture fairly well so there is no need for daily watering. Keep an eye on the soil and if the pellet starts to get dry, lightly water or spray with water.
Remember this guy? All it took was a cold night and this Poinsetta started to shrivel up… A real shame!
After some pruning and TLC, we have a comeback!
Did you know you can extend the life of your store bought green onions? You can, and it’s easy!
Step 1: Buy green onions from your grocery store
Step 2: Once you have used your green onions make sure to cut them close to the bottom, while keeping the roots
Step 3: Put into a clear glass filled with water. You will notice after a week or so, they will start to grow back!
Step 4: Once you have got some good roots established, you are ready to plant in a container with soil.
And there you go! You will now have green onions for a very long time. Enjoy