Spring ’13 Veggie Garden Update #3

Finally a garden update!! I’ve been meaning to share this for two weeks, I just hadn’t had time to get photos to share. I got inspired today to finally get it up by my friend Cindy! Here is her garden photos she posted today!! I’m so excited to see her garden grow.

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My friend Darla has been inspiring me with her garden as well! I cannot believe how fast her artichoke is growing.

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Here’s where all my garden beauties are at:

Tomato
(You can see how much it’s already grown)
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Strawberries

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Artichoke

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Lettuce

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Purple carrots

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Eggplant

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Leek

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Zucchini squash

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Celery

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More tomatoes:
(The chickens got to the bottom one)

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Basil
(Can you tell how much I love basil?)

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Bell Pepper

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Pumpkin
(Reseeded from last year)

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Yellow squash

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Cucumber

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Watermelon

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Raspberry

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Barrel o’ Potatoes

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Also check out:

Echo’s Friends’ Cookies Website and Facebook Page!

Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Chicken proofing the garden

Recently my girls decided to eat my potato plant growing in the backyard. I have read that chickens tend to avoid plants that are poisonous to them, apparently mine are not that smart. The leaves and stems on potatoes are poisonous to us and them. Luckily they survived their consumption of the plant. Here it is after it bounced back from them. 20130508-193425.jpg

After this and planting more of my spring garden I decided fencing was desperately needed. So Lindsey and I set out on this mission! 20130508-194454.jpg

You can see the old fencing on the right that I was using, the chickens went right through it. 20130508-193946.jpg20130508-194717.jpg

We used 2×4’s as posts. We built every other section into a 3ft x 3ft frame of 2×2 wood so it will open. Then we chicken wired everything.
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The next day we built the smaller one where my lettuce is now for them summer. 20130508-195433.jpg20130508-195446.jpg

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After both areas were done I decided to add 1×2 to the top of all the sections that don’t open to add stability. ( since we didn’t cement the posts in)

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Also check out:

Echo’s Friends’ Cookies Website and Facebook Page!

Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

New veggie garden plants! Yay spring!!

Yesterday after work I got a wild hair to go to Armstrong garden center and get some new plants for my veggie garden. My seeds I started probably… a month ago got very beat up by unusually strong Southern California winds last week, the green house tumbled twice, (my bad for not securing it better from the wind) and my poor seedlings the ones I tried to salvage are barely surviving. I will still plant them and hope they make it but I also wait some new ones today!

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Armstrongs is my only local place I knew should have some organic veggies and oh boy did they! I got way more than I planned.

I got:
3 kinds of tomatoes
Cilantro
Mint
2 bell peppers
Artichoke
Celery
4 kinds of lettuce (the chickens will love this)
Cucumber
Yellow squash
Purple carrots (I’m so excited about these)
Basil
Snap beans
Watermelon
And
3 kinds of strawberries!

I got part of them in the ground last night and hopefully the rest in the next day or two.

Last week I also got some organic red potatoes and planted them in this awesome faux whiskey barrel!

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Now I can use this amazing garden marker rocks Lindsey made for me!!

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She even made me three new ones last night when she saw what I bought, hehe I’m a happy girl.

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I still cannot get over the detail in them! Especially the bell pepper, wow. Thanks Lindsey!!

Also check out:

Echo’s Friends’ Cookies Website and Facebook Page!

Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Veggie garden update

I really need to get some of these in to beds this weekend! But here’s a photo update on the seedlings for my Spring ’13 veggie gar

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Also check out:

Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Catching Up and Raised Bed Covers

Sorry everyone for disappearing the last couple days been pretty crazy!

Saturday I worked on this awesome new AT&T commercial that you all are going to love, I’ll post photos once it’s airing in a couple weeks!

Sunday was spent catching up on everything and getting ready for the week. Lindsey and I also had some fun. We tried this bakery in our area that we had never been to!

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Went to Crafted, which is always awesome! Check them out if you are ever in San Pedro (they are only open Fri-Sun)

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Then to Honey Boba! Oh my goodness I’m now in love with this place! It’s the best boba I have ever had. Seriously

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Monday I got to work at Entertainment Tonight which is awesome I haven’t been there in a little while.

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Then Tuesday I got rush called into Entertainment Tonight Because someone was sick and Lindsey had to go with me! Lindsay had spent the night here because Tuesday we were going to go out to my mom’s house and work on her raised beds some more. So after i got off Entertainment Tonight Lindsey and I went out to Mom’s, here’s what we did.
We finished building the covers for her raised beds and helped plant her tomatoes! Very fun. Sorry there aren’t more photos it was already dark when we started doing this. 20130320-222535.jpg It was a pretty long day, but fun. Plus I got to see Mom and one of my awesome Sisters πŸ™‚

Wednesday was spent catching up on everything again, you know doing laundry and all that stuff, like oil changes and errands. Oh and more Honey boba, I actually had that instead of coffee this morning, which is completely unheard of for me!
Also Wedn I did make my Easter Wreath Wednesday, I will post that tomorrow!

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That’s all for now! Tomorrow I will post the wreath and Saturday my morning egg muffins!

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Also check out:

Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Visiting Mom and the family

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Yesterday I went out to my Mom’s house, to see her and the family! Also to help with her raised beds. I didn’t get quite as far as I hoped but we got most of it done.

A couple years ago my family bought 5 acres in a equestrian neighborhood in southern California about an hour from where I live. I love her area, so pretty. These are all from the drive in.

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You can see a little of the damage from a brush fire that moved thought the area last fall.

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These are from her property.

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And these are the neighbors horses.

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When I got there my sister and I got to work on the beds my dad started over the weekend.

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We added chicken wire to the bottom of the second one (Dad had done the first)

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After that we stapled a weed blocking fabric over the wire. (Sorry I didn’t get pics, but I will when I go back) after that I started trying cover Ideas (which I will cover in another post).

It was a gorgeous day to get some sun and work in the fresh air. Plus I got to spend time with the fam! And so did Echo!!

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Also check out:

Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Fertilizing seedlings and planting more!

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While we were sitting outside Sunday afternoon my roommate decided to fertilize the seedlings. The products we use are by General Organics.

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He mixed the concoction up in the watering can and feed the seedlings.

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Then we decided to plant some more, he wanted to try some in coco dirt, and I wanted to try some with a little granular fertilizer mixed in.

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After we finished planting we moved the greenhouse to a sunnier spot and added out new pots.
Here’s mine:

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And his:

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Now our greenhouse is getting a bit full!!

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Also check out:

Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Keeping a Lawn with Chickens

We moved the chicken coop a bit ago and ever since I have been fighting to get my grass back where the coop used to be. Here it is right when we moved it: 20130302-195013.jpg

And this is now, not much has changed aside from some leveling.

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I can see the little bits of grass coming up through the dirt and mess but between the dog and the chickens the poor little blades of grass have no hope! I has seen a solution about a year ago but i had completely forgotten about it until The Homestead Survival posted them on their site today!

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These grazing frames are awesome! They let the chickens graze on all the green grass they love so much without tearing the roots up. Definitely a good solution.

In the next week I will find time to get 10 ft of 2in. X 2in. untreated wood to build the frames. Luckily I already have tons of the 1/2in hardware mesh to screen it with. Lindsey found a big bundle recently and gave it to me, she rocks!

Have any of you ever tried this solution? What other solutions have you used or would you recommend?

Also check out:

Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Spring ’13 Veggie Garden Update #2

Here’s a quick update on the seedlings!

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Pumpkins

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Peas

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Green Cabbage

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Corn

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Lettuce (Love making garden fresh salads plus I feed this to the girls all the time.)

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Lettuce

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Romaine lettuce

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Buckwheat (Cover crop)

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Cucumber (sorry about the Echo nose in the way!)

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Then, of course, Echo and the girls!

Also check out:

Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

This week in photos… New Instagram addiction

Yesterday was crazy busy! I finally started my book I have been wanting to write for a year, it’s non fiction but I cannot say much more than that. My friend is working with me and wow is it an endeavor!

Today I want to share my week in pictures and (as you can see below, in some) my new addiction to Instagram. I guess I could only resist it so long…

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Writing a book is not an easy endeavor.

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My office for the day.

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Adorable pups

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The girls mad I won’t let them in the planter

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Echo trying to get Starla again, caught in the act!

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Hey there little buddy, where ya going?

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It’s so nice getting lettuce from the garden for my girls.

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Catch of the day

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Cutest egg so far!

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Nom nom nom

20130223-005036.jpg I guess I actually have two new addictions! I love this show at the moment.

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Also check out:

Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site