Succulents don’t suck

A couple of weeks ago I got a little creative.

Don’t worry—it was under direct professional supervision. My friend and I recently attended a workshop on succulents at Griffin’s Greenhouse in Lakefield. We learned a little and were able to get our hands messy as we potted up several displays of succulents, rocks and moss.

The most creative I get

This nifty concrete planter is on the dining room table right now but will soon grace our balcony as a heat hardy summer display.

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There were some very original containers for us to use. It makes you think about the different types of things we can use to display our plants. I’m curious to see what else I might do this year!

 

Condo gardening is moving on up

Well I wasn’t going to do much balcony gardening this year but after Canada Blooms I found something to re-inspire my green balcony thumb.

This vertical garden is a cost-effective space saver by the looks of it. It gets shipped to you and with a little assembly, some soil and some plants you are on your way!

Vertical garden

I think this is a good alternative to the many pots and containers that usually fill our balcony. They have a chicken coop too but that may be a bit over the top…

HOW TO: Grow an Avocado Tree from an Avocado Pit

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Trying this now! Growing an avocado from the seed.

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STEP 1 – REMOVE & CLEAN PIT

You’ll need to start by removing the pit from the avocado carefully (without cutting it), and then washing it clean of all the avocado fruit (often it helps to soak the pit in some water for a few minutes and then scrub all the remaining fruit…

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Spring is fighting back I think

It’s been a long, cold winter and most of us are sick of it.

For awhile there was no way in.

For awhile there was no way in.

I won’t complain though. As a work-from-home kind of gal I don’t have to face it as much as others.

We’ve not been able to get to the schoolhouse as much as we would like but when we did get up there wasn’t much to do but shovel.

Once you got in, there was no way out!

Once you got in, there was no way out!

However I am beginning to think there is light at the end of this snowy tunnel. The sun is starting to show itself a little more and I think we  may be over the worst.

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I think our plants are trying to tell us something. My ivy geranium that was the sole survivor of our balcony planters last fall has made it through the winter and is now showing off its petals once again.

I take this as a sign

I take this as a sign

We also totally forgot about Pat’s Amaryllis last year so it’s been dormant and in the dark for some time. This is only about 10 days growth out of darkness. It may not be Christmas but I’ll go with a resurrection theme and say it will be ready for Easter.

Hey it's not Christmas but I don't care!

Hey it’s not Christmas but I don’t care!

There is also some catnip we rescued from our feline roommates last year. It looked pretty sad last fall but in our greenhouse of a spare room it has come back with a green vengeance. I am beginning to think we might make it out of this winter.

How to build a luxury bomb shelter: An infographic

Well I don’t know if I will ever need one but hey you never know. War, zombie apocalypse, hipsters take over the world are just a few of the reasons to hit the backyard bomb shelter for a year or 10.

How to build a luxury bomb shelter

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Brighten up your home: An infographic

Looking for some new lighting ideas?

Anyone who has been to our condo has likely bumped their heads on our dining room overhead lamp that lights a little too low. We are looking at our options to re-light soon. In the meantime here is an infographic to give you a few ideas.
Brighten up your home this Spring

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My accent pillows are accented with fur

I’ve been meaning to shop for new throw pillows for the living room but my current ones are generally occupied.

I guess there doesn’t make a lot of sense to buy anything too expensive, hard to care for or anything I won’t mind getting furry.

It's important not to wear black at our house...

It’s important not to wear black at our house…

Last of the larder: Time to can, man!

Dill pickles, pickled garlic and some lentil soup in a jar I made for Christmas and never gave away.

Dill pickles, pickled garlic and some lentil soup in a jar I made for Christmas and never gave away.

I’ve cleaned out the cupboard and I’m down to my last bits of preserves from the last year. I’ve got dill pickles, pickled garlic and some lentil soup in a jar I made for Christmas and never gave away.

Somewhere in the deepest, darkest recesses of our storage I must also have some of last fall’s chili sauce because I can’t have given it all away or eaten it.

Or did I?