Who says you can’t make your outside living as colorful and decorative as your indoor spaces? I just got back from a trip to Hobby Lobby and was inspired by all of the garden decor. I’m not talking gnomes and mushrooms that in my opinion are a bit on the tacky side, I’m talking beautiful pillows, table runners, rugs and other textiles that are made for the outdoors. I even saw a number of outdoor artwork, painted canvases designed to withstand the elements of moisture, direct sun and varied temperatures.
It got me thinking how I’d love to create a museum like feel in my backyard, complete with focal point art pieces, beautiful canvases of flowers along side beds of real flowers, colorful and bright pillows to spark up my pretty neutral outdoor furniture.
Next, I will add a few place settings, candles and colorful napkins and my backyard will be all set for my next garden party, book club reading or dinner al fresca!
Have you thought about growing your own vegetables and fruits but not sure how to get started? Or have you tried in past seasons only to have a ton of one kind of vegetable that you ran out of ideas and interest eating? How do you go about growing a vibrant and diverse garden that will produce a variety of fruits and vegetables that will last you all season long?
Here’s some tips to start a quick and easy food garden. You can check here for more tips.
Midspring plant onions, lettuce and other root vegetables. Make sure to mulch and check on seedlings for spacing, you don’t want too many too close together.
Late spring you can plant peppers, tomatoes and beans. Make sure the ground is warm to the touch before planting.
Plant summer squashes, kale, chard and spinach and other greens in the early to mid summer and then follow up with winter squashes in the late summer to prepare for the fall season.
Designing your own garden can be done no matter how big or small a yard you have. The benefits to having your own garden are many, but the most important is the health factor of knowing that you and your family can eat home grown produce without pesticides or other toxins.
If you don’t have a lot of room, you can take advantage of pre fabricated kits that make the design process a piece of cake. All the pieces come together and the planning and design portion of the project is kept to a minimum.
I found a great garden kit at Target, you can even buy it online and have it shipped to you if you can’t find it at your local store. With this kit, you can customize your garden shape or make a larger garden by combining multiple kits. The kit is super easy to setup and makes it simple to start your garden. The construction is solid and very low maintenance is required to make the most of your garden.
So, don’t delay another day, get your family’s health in order by starting your garden today.
Some people have the knack for keeping gardens not only alive, but blooming beatifully all year long. I have to admit that this has taken me many years to get to a point where I can actually make something last beyond a week or two after purchasing and planting. The are some key steps to making your gardening experience more enjoyable.
First, do your homework. It always pays off to know what soil you have to work with. You can take a sample down to your local nursery like Armstrong nd often times they will do an assessment for you and advise you on how to make the most of your soil. Second, make sure to provide the proper lighting for your garden features. If there’s too much sun, you will be sure to kill off most plants unless they are full sun plants. Watering is key too. Most people don’t know that you can over water plants just as easy as under water them. Lastly, pick plants that are native to your area, this will require less watering and maintenance and ensure that your plants last longer.
Wedding season is in high gear. I have personally gone to three weddings so far this summer, each in their own right beautiful. One was casual and fun (by far the most fun), the second was outdoors and rustic but chic and everyone was from out of town so it had the most orchestrated timeline that really incorporated the guests into the flow of things which made it rather enjoyable. The third was the most ostentatious, it was stunning beyond stunning, it kind of put Kim Kardashian’s wedding to shame, and unlike hers, this one will last.
All three brides had custom engagement rings, but each was so different from the next. My favorite was the vineyard wedding bride, because it really fit her personality and you could tell the groom put a lot of thought into her ring. He didn’t just go for size or clarity, but he created his own design and had it made into her ring. It was so personal and thoughtful and everything that a symbolic gesture at a wedding should be.