Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Favorites #12 // Garden


Our summer garden is ripe for the picking, we just sowed in the fall seeds last week. I love gardening, its so rewarding. I say its therapeutic, saves you money and its a good skill to learn. In honor of all you gardeners out there today's Friday favorites are dedicated to GARDENS. Enjoy










Friday, August 21, 2015

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo



I never knew a zoo like this could exists, I was in awe the entire time. Its not just a normal zoo, its in the mountains. Its spread with high heights and inclines you have to climb the entire time. Its freakin' awesome!! The best part? You can feed the giraffes! Score. That was super cool to do and Caleb has one let it pet him. We truly enjoyed everything about this place, the view was amazing too. 

if you ever come to Colorado, you gotta make it a point to go visit this place!

This kid was cheesing ear to ear, one of the giraffes licked his hand with much slime as it was eating the lettus out of Caleb's hand. 

There were tears of joy in this kids eyes. 




This guy here I have never seen a animal react to its surroundings, kinda creepy 


Bear stared right at Caleb

yummy huge snow cones


Friday, August 14, 2015

x2 Mason Jar Keychain Giveaways


Its been a while since I did a give away from my shop, so today's featured giveaways are two handmade hand stamped aluminum mason jar key chains. There will be TWO separate winner, one for each.

Open to USA only
You have 3 days to respond to my email, then moves to the next person

Take a look at my shop for more handmade hand stamped goodies, over 500+ items to choose from.
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Enjoy & good luck!


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Monday, August 10, 2015

Planting a garden + what I learned



I knew I wanted to garden, but never had the space to do it. Condo living, doesn't allow for a backyard, so I found a local community garden that I could purchase a plot for a low fee. It was all new, never gardened in soil and tons of work. I had to build my own plot, with wood with no help and hand till the ground up. I put in tons of time, but eventually got everything planted.

this is how we started

Tip for soil, ours had a a lot of clay so I mixed in several bags of peat moss and organic compost. There are certain plants that prefer certain climates/temperatures and the best way to find out is to do a Internet search. We planted our garden a little late, next year we will plant soon after the last expected snow fall.

This year we planted:
Kale, this plant is a machine! You start snipping the ready leaves at the bottom and new ones will start popping up on top. 
Carrots, are a little tricky to know when they are ready. Hint: They take a really really long time. Like almost all summer, we harvest our first batch a few weeks ago and the new row won't be ready till fall.
Cauliflower, another very very slow growing plant. Its been in since early Spring and still has no vegetable on it. Hoping in a few more months
Butter lettus, is so good. Grows fast and can keep planting till fall
Radishes, one of the fastest growing plants. We have planted and harvested three times this Summer
Chives, easy to grow and good on baked potatoes
Parsley, is another machine. You trim the outside only and leave a nice health thick middle. I have been harvesting tons all summer and drying them out for herbs in bottles.
Cilantro, didn't work for me. They went to flowering the same month I planted them. Not good for full sun gardens. They need shade. 
Tomato plants, we have large ones and cherry tomatoes. They are slow growers as well, these I like to keep trimmed and keep the suckers off of. Kinda like you have to keep giving them haircuts. They need cages and stakes to hold the produce off the ground. If you don't they will get rot.
Squash, we just planted our winter squash and these little buggers grow fast! Ours has blooms already and we just planted a few weeks ago.
Bell Peppers, these are the funnest plants in my opinion. I never would have guessed that this little plant knee high can hold 10+ green huge bell peppers! We love looking for them hidden under the leaves.

I also planted borders with Yellow marigold flowers to try and keep some bugs away and bring in the bees for pollination of my tomatoes and peppers. At one point this summer, I had a ton of flowers on the plants but no vegetables. So I hand pollinated the blooms with a vibrating toothbrush, next week tons of tiny tomatoes everywhere! 

Our garden is 100% organic, no pesticides are used. I used a clay mixed with water and drop of organic vegetable based soap in a spray bottle to keep the bugs at bay. I also used 100% organic fertilizer, worm castings. 

This has been so fun and rewarding and a lesson about how food is grown for my son Caleb who is 8. We both like being active in a our community garden and to be part of like minded group who appreciates growing your own food. I have saved over 200$+ dollars in growing my own food this year. Seeds are only 1-2$ a pack and it yields tons of fresh food. Next year we have decided to expand and purchase a second lot for corn and beans, can't wait!

my son helping the community garden plant 

our garden a month ago


My son has loved this entire process so much, he finds so many bugs to play with and to actually get his hands wet and dirty is awesome