Monday, April 15, 2013

Spring has sprung!

We've been plotting our garden for this summer, and started our lettuce, jalapeno and sweet red pepper seedlings today. We used empty yogurt, milk and sour cream containers that were headed for the recycling bin, poking holes in the bottoms. I found a short cardboard box that looks like it was maybe from a beverage case of sorts, lined the bottom with foil, and filled it with the seed cups.
My husband wasn't thrilled last year when I took over a specific patch of yard for part of our garden. We have a pretty small yard, and are limited by a black walnut tree in the center. If you don't know already, black walnut trees have toxic roots that go out about 80 feet from the trunk, which can poison any food you may grow, thus, poisoning you. Said patch of yard is pretty far away, but in a high traffic area of the yard. I was surprised when he offered to build me a container or two. I found this idea below, but I forget which site it came from.
But then while searching for said site, I stumbled across using a kid pool. They're cheap and easy to obtain, no construction required. So that's the route we're headed. We're planting so many other seeds this year too- gourds, mini pumpkins, white pumpkins, carrots, corn, red onions, cosmos, sunflowers, cilantro and catnip. The boys help out with us too. I had them make me some plant markers with craft sticks and clean and fill the dirt cups.

I also purchased a small ivy plant to satisfy my need for spring. I thought it would be cool to make a macrame hanger, it seemed easy enough. Check out this tutorial - http://skinnylaminx.com/2011/01/18/hanging-succulent-garden/


Macrame has been a bit of a theme. I've been making hemp bracelets, and purchased some beads. The boys picked out some skull beads, and I made them each a bracelet. This is the tutorial I've been using - http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Hemp-Necklace. I've made 5 so far, one being the most comfortable bracelet I own, perfect for daily wear.


Keep posted for a cheap, easy compost bin, the Hands-on Mom way.