Lavender Garden Inspiration

Although it still feels like winter, March is finally here. With it comes the relief of longer and warmer days and the transition from winter’s stillness to excitement of the spring and summer seasons. We have so many outdoor projects to do once the weather breaks, starting in our new kitchen garden. Lavender will play a huge part in the design of this new outdoor playground. I can’t wait to get started, but tonight we have more snow. For now, please enjoy our lavender inspiration board and hope for warm weather soon!

Late Winter Plans

As the latter part of our crazy home renovation journey unfolds, I am starting to do the design for my dream closet and our kitchen garden. With the “stressful” part of the renovation now over we can begin to share some of the before and afters and bring you along for the rest of the journey through the more fun projects we have planned. Stay tuned for new design posts coming in 2019 as these projects begin!

For now, enjoy my mood board for the garden projects that we are going to start once the weather breaks.

Thinking Ahead To Spring

Now that the holidays are over and January is already halfway gone, we are thinking ahead to spring and warmer weather. Our first task outdoors now that the exterior construction is complete will be our kitchen garden. We are STILL under construction indoors, but I can see a dim light at the end of the tunnel. Plans for Liskabora’s reopening are underway and I have a lot to share very soon! For now I will leave you with my inspiration board for coastal garden design. I will do a step by step of our actual garden as it begins to unfold.

Planting Update Early June

We are not as far along as I would hope for with our planting this year, but we have managed to get most of our containers planted and going. I plan to keep adding to the garden over the next few weeks with plants that do well late in the season. We also lost a hydrangea bed that was on the north side of the house – not sure what happened to the plants, but we are going to transplant the survivors to other areas and transform that bed to a salad/shade herb garden. It will be an interesting shade garden experiment and I will post back with what does well.  Meanwhile, our tomatoes that were planted from seedlings are doing excellent.  We lost most everything else we tried to start from seed, I think next year I will try to plant them in the pots they will eventually be in.  Sneak peek of our deck renovation is also included – more pictures of the finished product to come soon!

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Organic Oyster Mushroom Kit

Mushroom KitI picked up an organic mushroom growing kit from the people at Back to the Roots to see if we could grow our own oyster mushrooms at home. Guess what, it worked! It will be interesting to see how many harvests we can get.

 

 

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Re-using food containers and toilet paper / paper towel rolls for growing seedlings is a great way to save money and the environment. In my opinion, any of these will work much better than most seed starters you can buy in the store (seed starters are just too small).

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I love the idea of deep mulching – this seems to be a great way to both fertilize the soil naturally and keep down weeds at the same time. When we have our “big garden” this is something we are definitely going to try!

Watering Plants With Ollas


Using ollas looks like a promising idea for saving water in the garden. I also like the idea that these would allow you to water less frequently (saving time) and weeding much less (also saving time). At this point in life, anything that saves time and money is a definite plus in my book!

I would use a real olla though, since I don’t like the idea of the silicone in my soil. Either that, or I will need to come up with a more natural alternative to it.