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Under Construction

As you can see, this site is under a little bit of construction. Pardon the mess while we move things around and improve our online presence. We’ve been prepping for the Spring of 2019 and lots of things will be happening! Please bare with! Later on in the year we’ll reveal some of our summer plans!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pigeon Wars

About 3 weeks ago I moved into a 3rd story apartment across town. Before, I lived in a basement apartment and my plants sat on the steps that lead to the upper level. Now they sit on my patio, and it’s perfect.

Except I now deal with pigeons.

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And they are the worst! 

Within a day of living here the pigeons decided that my pot of radishes was theirs and made a nest of it. Within a week there were birds droppings and feathers everywhere. 

I looked online and asked around and what I found was that they don’t like the taste of cinnamon or spices such as Cayenne or red pepper. I spread cinnamon all over my porch and they’ve been gone for weeks.

However, the cinnamon is now gone and the pigeons are back. I’ve been finding pots tipped over and more droppings. I spread cinnamon over my porch again last night, but they were here this morning. 

I don’t want to spend a fortune on keeping the pigeons away, but I hear they’re impossible to get rid of! 

Does anyone have advise on cheap methods of keeping the birds away? If you do, feel free to pigeon!

-Erica

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You Grow Girl

Eek! I have some exciting news! 

Ok, so I went on vacation for 9 days. Much needed, left the state, didn’t do much planning, went and saw my family, it was great, etc.

BUT, I didn’t ask anyone to drop by and water my plants for me. I was either to lazy or too stubborn to ask. Plus, I didn’t want to give someone my spare key.

Anywho, I’ve been nervous all week about potentially coming home to dead plants. I mean, this isn’t a child or a dog we’re talking about, so the stakes weren’t that high, but still. I’ve invested some time and money, you know? I didn’t want to start from scratch. 

Well, the good news is this:

Zucchini is back! Happy birthday, Zucchini!

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All of the plants, the ones I left outside and the ones I left inside, are all ok. Except the radishes…I can live with that.

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And! The worms are doing well too! See all those white squiggly lines in the photo below? Those are little baby worms.

254FA8B5-7C01-46B3-912E-3B654C71D01CThat means the environment they’re in is healthy enough that the wormies can reproduce. And reproduce they have! <wink wink>. (I’m mature.) The best part is there is no trashy smell in the bin, but instead the earthy smell of soil after it rains. It’s the best!

All in all, I got lucky! Probably still best to have a friend look after things when you leave town. But for me, I can keep on blogging! 

-Erica

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Growing Sprouts

Happy late Mother’s Day everyone. It warms my heart to see little sprouts on a sunny Sunday. The corn came up almost right away, but the heat burned some of the shoots. We thought we had lost the whole lot, but we kept watering daily and the weather cooperated and cooled down. And some of the corn pulled through. We also have watermelons, yellow squash, and zucchini sprouts. This mama couldn’t be any happier!

-Lexi

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To the windooow. To the waaall.

The green house is done! With the blustery weather we’ve been having, a panel has been lost on top of the green house. But we are not too worried, only clear skies ahead. 

6704F589-75AE-49E7-817C-9CBD24748EBFFor James’ birthday all those years ago he got a green house. For my birthday this year I got shelves in my greenhouse. Build by James out of pallets. Pretty cool. 

7AC1231D-80CC-4FD8-AC83-E74ABA51A4B0And we finally got some seeds in dirt. I’m really looking forward to see how our zucchini will do. Now it’s just time to wait 95-100 days for harvest. Fingers crossed. 

~Lexi

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“ If it’s”

In high school, if Mom told us that “if-it’s” were for dinner, we knew that “if it’s’ in the fridge, we could have it.”

“If it’s” came to mind while staring at a bare fridge this morning.  Half empty gallon of milk, Tupperware of quinoa, four jars of jam, couple eggs, a block of cheese, half a white onion.

And….a zucchini. 790A3B2A-7034-47D5-A753-31F1ACBE46B3

I’m no chef or foodie, but I figured if I had enough of the right somethings to mix together, I could make something, well, edible.

I shuffled to my spice rack. Garlic powder, Grill Mates chicken seasoning, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, lemon pepper, and red pepper flakes.

That was something, right?

I chopped up a bit of the onion and zucchini. Threw it in the frying pan with butter. Sprinkled it with garlic powder, red pepper flakes, paprika, salt, and pepper. Tossed in the quinoa with some soy sauce.  Heated it all up and…..voila! 

Honest. I surprised myself. It was delicious!

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Sign me up for Chopped!

After work I came home and wanted to fry up the same something. No quinoa, though, so I scrambled a few eggs.

But my Chopped Champion status didn’t translate into my evening meal.

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It was edible.

Culinary roulette.

Until next time, fridge. Until next time.

To my readers:

What thrown together “If it’s in the fridge” concoctions have you come up with? Did it work? Now a meal-time staple? Or did it flop? Just barely edible? Tell me your stories in the comments section!

-Erica

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Global Worming

I can’t think of a way to make a post about worms interesting. This is post #2 about worms though, so I think that’s something.

My worms arrived on Wednesday! I was so excited and took a few pictures. Gorgeous, yes?

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Heres the company I bought them from.

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Warning. When I came home today my apartment smelt like a trash bin.  I had moistened the soil so the worms could rehydrate, and perhaps added too much water because all the smells of the decaying food were pretty pungent. I covered the worm/food heap with dry dirt to cover the smell in hopes that balances things out. I also swept, mopped, did the dishes, took out the trash, and threw in a load of laundry juuuust in case the smell was coming from somewhere else. I’m pretty sure it was the soggy compost bin, though. So a note, if you’re going to compost, make sure you live with people who are cool with the possibility that it could potentially smell from time to time.

-Erica

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Herbal-Dose

Ok, ok, ok. I really don’t have a green thumb at all! I’ve killed the basil and the cilantro and I think it’s because I’ve over watered them! Ugh!
According to this webpage:

https://bonnieplants.com/library/how-to-grow-herbs-indoors/

basil can be tricky and prefers temperatures around 70 degrees and likes lots of sunlight. I dont think my herbs are getting enough natural lighting and I’m keeping them around 65 degrees.
I’m going to up the temp to 70 and I don’t know quite what to do about the sunlight. I also read that indoor herbs tend to be spindlier than outdoor herbs, which I’m finding is true, and that dry air from heating mechanisms is hard on herbs, which I’m finding is also true since I keep them by a space heater.

This is almost hilarious how I don’t know what to do…so, um, I did this..???…Any tips?

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-Erica