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The Dance Of The Garden & Gardening Tips

Do you love to garden? Do you love to be right smack in the middle of nature?
Well if you do and if you are looking for some gardening tips and have some to share, I'd love for you to stick around !
By now I am sure you know that I am most content being in the middle of nature.
That includes my garden, the mountains, the forest, the valleys.
These are perfect spots where I can I plop right down in the middle of it all, burrow my hands into the soil, hike a mountain, picnic among the trees or simply sit in a quiet valley and just hear the silence.
It is here in these intricately designed elements, which far surpass anything that man could make, that I find my happy place.
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Among the glory of nature I just enjoy watching the dance of it all, you know nature has it's own rhythms just like the tides of the sea and one of my favorites dances to be part of is that of the Garden.

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Have you ever watched a seed sprout and unfurl it's newly discovered leaves?
(This is a green bean.)
How about seeing the wind skip along the tips of pink cosmos petals.
We know that it is amazing, don't we...

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While to some this photo may not look like much, but just wait, in a few short months the delicate dance of this garden will have begun and waltzed, tangoed and produced beauty and food.

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Did you know that people that surround themselves with nature are less stressed?
It's been reported that women who include the joy of nature in their lives actually live longer.

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Today I am sharing with you some nifty gardening tips that have worked well for me, so they just might for you too.

Today I planted my second crop of radish, zinnia and sunflower.

Gardening Tip One:


Plant your garden in intervals of anywhere from 2-3 weeks.

Benefit:
Increases the longevity of the crop. When one planting is finishing up producing your second crop and subsequent crops will begin.

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Gardening Tip Two:

Organic Gardening

One of my primary goals is organic gardening and to become organically certified in order to sell my produce to local organic markets/restaurants.

I have worked with all three of these organic products and I know that they work and here is why.

1. Llama Manure
2. Fish Emulsion
3. Seaweed Fertilizer

Benefit:

1. Use " llama beans" for a natural and organic fertilizer. They are a rich organic fertilizer with potassium, nitrogen and phosphorous. They are earth friendly and reduce your carbon footprint by recycling part of nature.
  • "According to High Desert Organic Gardeners, you should use 13 times the amount of llama manure as you would chemical fertilizer to get the same amount of nitrogen as 20-10-5 mixes."
  • Reference from SF Homeguides

2. Fish Emulsion is a natural and burn free nitrogen and organic fertilizer, and stimulates microorganisms that live in the soil.

3. Liquid Seaweed Fertilizer boosts plant health and helps with environmental stress.
Can even help discourage spider mites.
 

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This is our second season for a vegetable garden in our new home.
My first post of the gardening season from last year was 5 Tips For Growing A Garden, which includes some basic tips on location, soil, water, fertilizers and commitment.

Here is my recommendation for 5 Fabulous Plants.

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For more gardening inspiration you might enjoy reading My Old Fashioned Garden.

Wishing you all much gardening happiness!
XO

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Distressed Modge Podge Fabric Jar

Happy Monday and welcome to our Spring Challenge! Today a group of 8 bloggers will be sharing their DIY projects. We were given the challenge of using fabric, Modge Podge and recycling something in our homes for this Spring activity. I will tell you my creativity was certainly challenged. However, once we ate two jars of Homestyle Ragu, I had just the jars that I needed to complete this Spring project! Please follow along for my inspired Spring journey and those of 7  Lovely bloggers.
All links are at the end of this post.

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I am a jar saver, I think it all began with the multitude of mason jars that Mother had in her basement. Those jars were used for canning, picking berries, flower vases, water jugs, craft jars and more.
So when I find a jar that strikes my fancy the first I thing I do is soak off the label and wash it up real good.
I liked these Ragu jars from the beginning because to me they had an old time feel.
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So here we go with our Blogger Spring Challenge of Recycling and then using Fabric and Modge Podge.
I have included a step by step look on how to paint, distress, then apply modge podge and fabric to a jar.
This project takes one day to complete because of drying time in-between applying chalk paint, sanding and then the process of modge podge.

Chalk Paint & Distressing a Jar
The Supplies

*Glass Jars
*Acrylic Chalk Paint
*Paint Brush
*Paper to cover work area
*Paper Plate
*Paper Towels for clean up
*Sand Paper

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The Project

*Cover your work area with paper.
*Pour small amount of chalk paint onto paper plate.
*Using a paint brush apply one to coats of chalk paint to jar, allowing to dry in-  between applications.
*Dry thoroughly before sanding.
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This project was a trial and error journey, but I believe that I have it figured out now, so I am quite thrilled to be sharing it with you!
First I sanded the jar on the left lightly, then I discovered that I needed to be a little more aggressive to give them the distressed look that I wanted. I went heavier in different areas to give them an aged appearance.
These jars are all ready now for Modge Podge using fabric.
I chose to go with a Spring theme by using blue chalk paint, floral vintage fabric and multi-color ric-rac trim for my Easter table in our Breakfast nook.
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Fabric Modge Podge The Jar

The Supplies

*Modge Podge
*Paint Brushes
*Paper Plate
*Fabric
*Ric-Rac Trim
*Pinking Shears
*Distressed Jars
*Fabric measured and cut

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The Project
*Cover your work area.
*Measure your jars to determine the amount of fabric you will need.
*Cut Fabric with pinking shears to avoid fraying.
*Measure ric-rac and cut to desired to length.
*Pour modge-podge onto paper plate.
*Brush modge-podge onto jar, place fabric on top of jar and brush on more modge-podge.
*Repeat until jar/jars are covered with fabric.
*Brush modge-podge on ric-rac and on jar.
*Let dry for several hours before using.

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Thank you so much for joining us all today, we appreciate you taking the time out of your busy days to share that time with us!
Spring Blogger Challenge. Mod Podge and fabric

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Bunny Rabbit Giclee Print Giveaway & Easter Trivia


It's been such an early Spring for us in Texas, already many of the trees are turning a lemonade green.
You know that fresh green hue of newborn leaves so unlike the deep forest green of mid-Summer.
So with the longer days of sunlight, the chirping of happy birds, hopping cottontail bunnies it seems to me to be the perfect time to celebrate Spring with some precious art and Easter Trivia.
Please join me for this giveaway and for some interesting facts about the season of rebirth!
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Today Darren Gygi and I are happily offering you our final giveaway on my blog, and just in time for your Easter and Spring decorating too!
Please leave us a comment on what your favorite Spring flower is and you are automatically entered.
Winner will be notified by email one week from today.
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This concludes my year-long contract with them, it's been a congenial and pleasant journey and I have only the best of the best of things to say about them.
Many of you, including myself have their charming pieces in our homes.
I have a few new adventures left in me to embark upon and as the months unfold I will be sharing them with you.
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You can shop 24/7 for festive, seasonal and various themes of  art pieces online at Darren Gygi.
Now on to the Easter Trivia.

Easter Trivia

*More than 90 million chocolate Easter Bunnies are manufactured each year.
*Easter always occurs between March 22 and April 25th.
*In the United States, traditional Easter foods include ham, chicken and lamb.
*Americans consume over 16 million jellybeans on Easter, enough to circle the globe more than 3 times.
*The Easter egg is said to symbolize joy, celebration and new life.
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*Americans buy more than 700 million marshmallow Peeps during Easter.
*"The White House Easter Egg Roll" event has been celebrated by the President of the United States and their families since 1878.
*Chocolate sales in the UK account for 10% of the annual total.
*According to a recent UK survey the average child in the UK receives 8.8 Easter eggs every year.
*Eggs have long be associated with the Spring Equinox, having been seen as a symbol of  life since  the ancient Egyptians and Persians. 

Bunny Rabbit Giclee Print Giveaway
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Thank you for joining me today and be sure to leave a comment on your favorite Spring flower to be entered in the art giveaway.



Wishing you a beautiful weekend!
XO


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Buttermilk Cake & Rambling & Reminiscing

It was a typical 1960's vegetable garden plotted out between the slough and our red brick house. Symmetrically framed by asparagus on the North side and Raspberries bushes on the South side.
In between all of this is where the soil was plowed over in early Spring and the garden was planted.
My Mother and Father were natural Farmers and ran a lucrative farming operation.
Summers were spent working side by side digging ditches and hauling in hay. 
They were at their best when they were working in the endless Summer Sun in the soil that they loved. It seems as though they never sat still and their Winter weight of 10 pounds melted off as soon as the signs of early Spring set in, where they grew pencil thin and were at their very happiest.
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Time...where did they find the time to run 150 acres?
Mom and Dad, a tumultuous team at times, that managed the books and plowed the fields while tending to me and my sister.
Dad always repairing farm equipment and Mom handing him the tools.
"Marge hand me that wrench, no that's the wrong one."
 Mom rolling her eyes and searching for the right one, and muttering under breath.
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My Parents, fragmented beautiful souls who left me with a small farm, but more than that they left me with a clear vision of who they were.
I love knowing this so much and even more so than ever before, they framed their dreams and were never afraid to go after them.
In one word they were AUTHENTIC-always authentic.
You may not have liked what they said or how they said it but they were who they were right up until their final breath.
In my youth there were times this frustrated me. Now, it seems to me to be the only way to live one's life and I wish I'd have figured this out sooner.
They say they you are always learning in this life and I guess this is another lesson for me to learn.
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I suppose I got to thinking about all of this as I have been in the garden planting and thinking.
I do some of my best thinking in my garden and I can talk to myself without anyone giving me suspicious looks!
There are no distractions, no noise, no talking.
It is just me and nature and this is where I find such joy. 
I suppose one could say, I solve alot of my own worries and problems as well as the entire worlds.
 
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I've rambled and reminisced enough for today so now it's time to get baking.
This is a tender cake with a nice sugary crunch. I used Raspberries but you could use any sweet juicy berry and it would do just right.
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Fun Fact about buttermilk it is sort of the unsung hero of cakes and cupcakes.It's like the secret ingredient to a wonderful moist and tender cake.
Sharing this fabulous recipe found at Epicurious.
I was just thinking how great of dessert this would be for any Spring or Summer gathering and just maybe for one of your Easter desserts too.
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Thanks for joining me today!
Hope to see you back on Friday for a bunny rabbit print giveaway!
XO

 
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Easy Spring Planter Tips & LoveFeast Shop Giveaway

Hi everyone, seems as though I have been away for quite awhile and now that I am back this post is jam-packed with goodies.
I have recently returned from a special and sweet week in Oklahoma with two of our Grandbabies and came back home to Spring weather.
Naturally the gardening bug hit me hard and I got to work on some Spring projects while also partnering with a great shop which many of you may already be familiar with LoveFeast Shop.
On top of all of this, today is Ten on The Tenth. Where ten "masterminds," just teasing a bit here.
Share creative and thrifty projects or finds for just around $10.  Links at the end of the post.
So in honor of Spring joy, gardening and decorating I am here to share with you some simple tips for creating your own Spring planter that will cost just a few cents over $10 and a perfectly lovely LoveFeast Shop Giveaway too.
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Let's begin with the giveaway, because it is just too good to wait for!
LoveFeast is sweetly offering this "Come In The Evening Sign," for their giveaway.
A retail value of $60 you can follow the link below to check it out on their shop.
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Shipping is for U.S residents only.


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LoveFeast Shop is also generously offering 15 percent off of anything online now through the end of March using JemmaSpring15. 

Let me tell you their shop is brimming with wonderful decor and tons of inspiration that you won't want to miss out on and just in time for Spring too!

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You can find LoveFeast on Face BookPinterestInstagram and their online store.
Just leave us a comment below and you are entered in the LoveFeast Shop giveaway!!
Winner will be announced in one week from today by email, good luck and thanks for joining in!

The winner is Cecilia Lynne, chosen by random.org.


How To Make A DIY Spring Planter

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About this time of the year the garden centers begin to put our their pretty pots and planters.
I am always taken aback at the hefty price tag of their planters.
So, I want to share with you how to easy it is to make your own Spring Planter for just around $10.
You won't have instant fullness, but if you can just practice patience you will be rewarded with a sweet savings and in a few weeks a full and glorious Spring planter.


Supplies For DIY Spring Planter.
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1. Lodge Round Pot Planter $4.52 ( or use a planter you already have!)
2. 14 Qt.  All Purpose Potting Soil $2.44.
3. Three Assorted 6-pack of plants @$1.25 each is a total of $3.75.
4. I used Dusty Miller, Dianthus and Petunias.

Directions For Assembling Easy Spring Planter.


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For this Spring Planter I used 2 Dusty Miller, 5 Dianthus, 5 petunias.

1. Add potting soil to just about 1 inch below the edge of the planter.
2. Dig a small hole in the center of the container and add tallest plant/plants first depending on the size of your planter.
3. Repeat step one using medium height plants.
4. Repeat steps one using shortest plants.
5. Water well.
6. Fertilize.

For More Inspiration of 10 on the Tenth stop by these lovely blogs!

                      To Work With My Hands/Bluesky Kitchen/
                    Cottage at the Crossroads/ Garden Up Green/
                          Patina and Paint/Poofing the Pillows/
                 The Purple Hydrangea/ The Queen in Between/
                                   At Home With Jemma

Don't Forget to enter the LoveFeast Shop giveaway by leaving a comment!