Gardening Plans 2017 #GardenTalk

Let’s get our garden talk on!The weather here in the Chicagoland area has been amazing.We’re definitely aren’t out of the woods, but we certainly can’t complain.With the weather being so amazing this has giving us the opportunity to get some yard work done and begin making our garden plans for the year.

Check out the video below and let’s get our garden talk on!

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Gardening: Strawberry Shopping Cart

 

One of these days we’ll have enough strawberries to make at least one smoothie.  The past few years of growing one strawberry plant, we’ve come to realize that we need to grow more than one plant.  Took us long enough to realize it, right?   This year we have at least five plants growing in this thrifted shopping cart and this is only a drop in the bucket of what we need in order to reap a plentiful harvest.

Strawberry Shopping cart

 

We started off by transplanting our original strawberry plant to the shopping cart and we added a few more strawberry plants along with it.

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Personally I think strawberry plants are a bit expensive.  Starting at nearly $4 per plant and in order to have a bunch of fruit you’ll need a minimum of 10 plants or more.  So, what I’ve decided to do…  plant my runners in other portions of the shopping cart so they can take root.  Otherwise,  they’ll just trail down the cart with nothing to attach to.  The little fella in this picture has taken root.

 

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Like I said… one of these days we’ll have enough strawberries to make at least one smoothie.

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Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Amending the soil, but first coffee

The past couple weeks we’ve been getting the garden ready for this coming gardening season.  In between cold and warm days, that is. 

This morning hubby came up with a brilliant idea of holding on to our used k-cups. For what you ask? For the garden of course. Before switching to the Keurig we saved coffee  grounds from the coffee maker and totally didn’t think about holding on to the k-cups until now. 

One thing you must make sure of when saving coffee grounds.  Allow them to dry out if you’re not using them right away.  If not, your coffee grounds will grow mold.  In the case of the k-cup, if I’m not using them right away I’ll punch a large hole in the lid. This gives it air to breathe and they’ll dry.  Otherwise,  if I’m going to use them right away… I’ll punch a hole in the lid and use it.

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The benefits of coffee grounds in your soil? It ammends the soil and a great cost effective fertilizer. The grounds provide phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and copper.  Sprinkle on the grounds and mix them into the soil.

Last year we heard that Starbucks will give free coffee grounds. Well, we went to Starbucks to check it out. Sure enough they handed over a bag of coffee grounds.   Great for those of you that may not drink coffee. 

So, if  you’ve switched from a traditional coffee maker, don’t fear! Put those used k-cups to use.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Taking Our Gardening Skills To The Next Level-Companion Gardening

It’s absolutely gorgeous outside!  We’ve finally taken off the plastic and allowed the garden to get some fresh air.

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This year we’re learning to step up our gardening game with companion gardening.  We did a little bit of this last year,  but this year we’re taking it serious.  Companion gardening is like those symbiotic relationships we talked about.  Pretty much like those relationships we have with one another.  In some relationships one person benefits and in others, both parties get something put of the deal.

With gardening this is beneficial to us (the gardener) because it helps eliminate buying or using pest or disease control products.  It also helps us insure we have a successful gardening season.

Since we decided to do this,  we have to make sure before we plant in a gardening bed we find out which plants are beneficial.  Before we were willy nilly with planting as we were with our gardening budget.

In this raised bed below we planted lettuce & spinach. These are companion plants so they will do well together. We still have a few empty spots which we plan to balance out with more spinach and lettuce. 

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On an average I buy 2-3 bags of lettuce per week from Aldi. When I pick it up at Costco it’ll last us approximately 2-3 weeks.  I’ll separate the spinach into freezer bags and freeze it in order to preserve it.  So, dedicating an entire bed to lettuce and spinach will definitely save us. 

Yesterday I picked up some French Marigolds to plant next to all of our tomatoes.

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In four of our raised beds we planted 2 tomato plants and 1 pepper plant.  These are also companions hence our reason for putting them together.  Last year we had the tomatoes all in one bed.  It was very hard to get to the tomatoes to pick. We decided to spread them out and also keep the same pattern in each bed.  So if the tomatoes are in square 2 of box 3, they are in the same place in box 5. 

Daily we’ve been adding more veggies to the mix and excited to see the progress of our garden and our gardening skills.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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