DIY Hanging Baskets

I love diy…and flowers.

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So naturally hanging baskets would come into play.

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I used dark purple wave petunias, blue lobelia, and burgundy sweet potato vine.

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Some were a little pot bound…

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…but that’s easy to solve.

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I threw in some Gardener’s Special {a slow release fertilizer} for some summer lovin’!

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Beautiful!!!

{please ignore my messy porch}

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DIY Planter Box

A simple diy planter box even the kids can do!

We started with 2-8″ cedar boards 6 feet long. I cut 2 at 18″, 2 the actual width of the board and 1 at 16 1/4″.

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I did all the cutting and drilling and my handsome helper put them together.

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I put some holes for drainage.

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Tada! Some fabulousness from a 5 year old. Only $10 each {we had nails and screws}!

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Then my gardener took up where handyman left off. The kids picked out some annuals when we got the cedar boards.

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I think they look fabulous!

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Chickie Love

I love my chickies, and they are getting so big!

The day they came “home.” Ours are spoiled, they are in the house right now.

{Black Ameraucana}

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{Blue Ameraucana}

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{Light Sussex}

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{Lavender Orpington}

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One Week

{Black Ameraucana}

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{Blue Ameraucana}

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{Light Sussex}

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{Lavender Orpington}

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I’m thinking about my order next spring…maybe some Jubilee Orpingtons {ouch $, but WOW}, a Black Orpington, or French Black Copper Marans??? I will definitely be checking out the county fairs for some varieties I can’t live without. Who knows maybe I will even get a duck or two. {They had some adorable ones at the Boone County Fair last year!}

My beautiful chickens came from Chicken Scratch Poultry ...{they also have a blog} go check them out!

Garden to Feed

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Look at those brand spanking new gloves…they look way too clean!

So honest to God I am not a veggie person…but that doesn’t stop me from gardening for food. Last year I had a late start on everything…this year is different. This year I have a huge purpose, growth enough veggies for real dog food through out the winter. I broke out my new gloves a couple of days ago and started on the job.

First we yanked out all the dead veggie plants from last year…the green to the right in the picture is the rhubarb {I don’t eat it but we planted it for my grandpa}.

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Then we put horse manure on the asparagus…note to self don’t let hubby get manure, he didn’t get aged. Supposedly you can put fresh manure as a topper but you can’t mix it in the soil. If the asparagus dies he gets to buy me a new one. {Lucky for me my neighbor has aged manure…I will definitely be taking some 5 gallon buckets up to here house!}

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After a long lunch with daddy…4 hours, don’t ask. We started prepping the other side of the veggie garden. All tilled up. Now I don’t use a rototiller, I use this yard tool thingy that you can get probably any hardware store/garden center. I got mine at Menards for about $20. You can get them on sale but every time I tried last year it was sold out.

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Then we headed to our local {okay we are nowhere, but they locally owned, close-ish, and have awesome quality} green house…Red Barn Nursery. Love them, I will be going back in a few weeks to get my peppers & tomatoes. As well as some herbs. We managed to get our broccoli, cauliflower, and onions planted.

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Our Broccoli plants are…

  • Packman
  • Aspabroc {F1 Hybrid} Baby Broccoli

…Cauliflower…

  • Cheddar {Orange head}
  • Snowball

I don’t remember what variety onions we bought, but they are yellow and red. I also have potatoes but need to let them sit in the warm sun for awhile before cutting and planting. I bought 5lbs German Butterball from Seedsavers and 5lbs red potatoes from Red Barn Nursery {facebook}.

After all the excitement of veggies and manure…we had another project to tackle. Planting 20 bare root oak trees! Thankfully the helpers were motivated by pizza, candy, and ice cream!

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I can safely say that I broke in the gloves! No longer are they a smidge tight and they are filthy!

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Seeds of Growth

I just love plants!!! I literally have been gardening since I could sit up {I have photographic evidence}. This year I am starting my veggies from seed. I started with organic{non-gmo} seeds, peat pots and tray, organic seed/cutting mix.
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It is so simple! When using a seed tray, first put the soil/starter in, plants seeds at depth specified on directions, gently cover with more soil/starter, sprinkle with water {until saturated} and put the cover on. Lastly find a nice sunny window and put your seeds there. See? So simple! This is what mine look like…
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Yes I know a little unorthodox with the bread pans, but it works! I am off to plant a lilac…and maybe an azalea.