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You guys, it only took me until I was 27, but I finally bought my first home with my husband! We have always rented which is all well and good, until you want to move and you find out that it’s hundreds of dollars a month cheaper to buy a house rather than rent one. And I really do mean hundreds. I don’t understand it, but it is what it is. It was time for us to stop playing house and actually make a home. So we set out on a search for *the* house. We downloaded all the apps, we even went a little old school and grabbed a newspaper. And after a few months of searching it happened….we found our home! Awesome right? Little fireworks shot off and rainbows appeared above our head, all the way until we signed the paper for closing. Then suddenly the rainbows faded away and we were left with a cloud of Moving stress. Continue reading
Every year, we seek sponsors to support us in our efforts to supply as many back packs full of school supplies to needy children as we can. I am happy that we have several great sponsors this year! Wonderful Pistachios and Aldi are returning sponsors this year! We are also grateful for our newest sponsor, Classroom Direct.
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Real Advice Gal, Amee, shares her wisdom about BUILDING SELF ESTEEM AS A TEACHER OF SPECIAL EDUCATION
Check out this delicious Salted Almond and Pistachio Bark Recipe that I made using Wonderful Pistachios
With a family of 5 in 900 square feet and sharing 1 bathroom, it is no surprise that the bathroom is the room that gets dirtiest the fastest. This makes it a never ending battle to keep the bathroom in “Company Worthy” appearance. I have begged, pleaded and even nagged to get everyone on the same page but no one can see the things I see (or at least that is what they tell me. ) I decided that I would just take matters into my own hands and take a few minutes every day to make sure it was ready for whatever the day held. In order to save me time, I follow these Quick Bathroom Clean Up Tips. Even when an unexpected visitor drops by, I can have it cleaned up before they even notice I have left the room.
What is table gardening? That is the question you may be asking right now. Well it is exactly what it sounds, you have a wooden table that is designed to be able to plant a small garden in it. It stands a little taller than waist high so it is easy to tend. There is a large basin that holds all of the soil. A table garden should come with a liner and dividers so you can plant several different vegetables.
This is the Garden Table we purchased. It was so easy to put together (I did it all by myself). The kids loved filling it with soil and mixing in our worm compost. This is our second year and the table is still in great shape. The liner is still in great shape. We simply stirred up the soil in each section and we were ready to plant as soon as the temperature permitted. You can either sow seeds directly or buy plants at your local home improvement store or nursery. We do a combination of both. I am an impatient gardener and like to see things growing.
1) Great for small spaces – A table garden takes up very little space. Our table garden fits nicely in one corner of our deck. If you want to be able to walk all the way around your table garden then I would say a minimum area you need is 8′ x 12′.
2) Great for Kids – Kids can easily plant and watch their fruits and vegetables grow. They can participate every step of the way from planting seeds or starter plants to watering, to harvesting. I can tell my kids to go get a salad for dinner from the garden.
3. Great for beginner gardeners – Have a black thumb? Me too! No clue where to begin to have a garden? Then you should start with a table garden. You can try lots of things and the effort is minimal so you won’t have wasted all the time and energy if you don’t get the result you were expecting.
4) Very easy maintenance – Very little weeding. Watering is quick, you can use a watering can or the hose. There is no tilling to be done or raking.
Well personally we have planted everything listed below. Some we are trying for the first time this year. We have had success with everything we have planted so far. Our fist year we turned our table garden into a science experiment and planted six varieties of strawberries. The children tracked on a chart which variety produced the most fruit. They also tasted and rated the strawberries on a scale of 1-10 to determine which produced the best tasting strawberries.
1. Lettuce (all varieties) – plant early to get the longest season. My kids love taking a pair of scissors out to the table garden and collecting a salad for dinner.
2. Spinach – first time this year but I can’t imagine it would not do well.
3. Carrots – plan on baby carrots. We were to impatient to wait so we picked them early.
4. Strawberries- Table gardening is perfect for strawberries. We picked off the runners so the plants would produce more fruit. If you get ever bearing varieties they will come back year after year.
5. Green peppers – we planted green, yellow, and red peppers last year.
6. Broccoli -new this year
7. Cailiflower – new this year
8. Green Onions – new this year but already 2 inches tall from seed.
9. Herbs – I have not tried but I am tempted to buy a second table just to have my own little herb garden.
10. Basically anything that doesn’t require a ton of space. We plan on trying new things every year.
Anything that needs lots of space, vines, or climbs. Obviously you can’t grow things like corn, watermelon, or pumpkins in a garden table. Beans, peas, and varieties of squash would not do well either. We grow beans and peas in boxes that we built as part of our creative raised garden beds.
Table gardening is perfect for beginners, small spaces, and those who are short on time. Growing your own fruits and vegetables is such a rewarding and fun experience.
Disclosure: I was provided paint from the wonderful people at Behr Paint to facilitate this review, no other type of compensation was offered, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own 🙂
Do I have any Game of Thrones fans out there!? I for one am a HUGE fan, and when I had the opportunity to work with Behr Paint I knew exactly what I wanted to do. As some of you have seen, I recently did a Butterfly Room Redo Featuring Behr Paint for my daughter, so I was super excited to team up with them again for this Game of Thrones Bathroom Redo! Continue reading