My first container garden

So what’s a girl to do if she decides to homestead, but can’t move just yet.  Baby steps…

If I want to be a homesteader, I better learn how to grow my own food.  Since at the moment I’m without a yard, a container garden was the next best option.  My condo is a ground floor unit so I can spread my plants out beyond just the patio where the real sunlight can reach them.

To get started I went by my local nursery and picked up some basics. Included here are a tomato plant, basil, cilantro, dill, rosemary, and bell pepper.

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Then I checked out a nearby plant sale hosted by a local park, Green Springs Garden. So many options! I can’t wait to have a full yard to landscape.

Brought home a couple more additions to the garden: arugula, zucchini, cucumber, rhubarb, tomato, and some grocery store basil.

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Got them planted and happy in their new soil.

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And here’s what it looks like two months in:

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Two causalities so far, both the cilantro and bell pepper plants drowned in some May thunderstorms.

I’m hoping to start harvesting jalapenos and tomatoes very soon!!

I have a habit of letting my plants get to dry, so learning to gauge how much water they need has been a challenge.  I’m starting to see some yellow leaves and will let you know how my experiment with organic fertilizers goes. Fingers crossed!

Who else is working on a garden for summer??

Sarah

 

 

 

Oh Hey Blog, what’s up?

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I never intend to take a break from blogging, life just gets in the way and before you know it, it’s March!!

So what have I been up to lately? Working my Posh business of course! Checkout my latest newsletter, exploring the miracle that is Argan Oil.

Watching all the Profit episodes I can get my hand on…

I’ve become obsessed with the idea of becoming a “homesteader” and found this adorable tv show from Tazmania (I know, so random):

And working on my own youtube videos, scary and fun at the same time:

I’m excited to re-focus on the blog and spend the next couple months exploring more of the Homesteading lifestyle, some easy condo updates, and lessons learned from my new small business.  Please stick around, I’ll be back!!

 

 

 

Hello there – Life lately

Time flies when you are running around like a crazy person 😉  It’s also tough to post updates on home projects when your place looks like a wreck. Here’s a rundown of what I’ve been up to, looking forward to getting back into project mode on the blog.

Took a trip to Texas to visit my sister in her new city of Houston, favorite part was visiting a goat farm and learning how to milk a goat!

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Then back to reality, the floor project is still at 95% complete, need to rip the carpet out of the closets.  Happy with results and hope it’s a long time before I attempt it again! Here’s a shot of the guest room mid-install and after.

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My project focus has been a little side tracked by starting a new relationship, luckily the boyfriend is in to home improvements and isn’t scared of a concrete counter top project.  For Halloween I convinced him to take part in a scavenger hunt that involved dressing up as bakers and forcing the dogs into cupcake costumes.

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Since wrapping up the flooring I also replaced some appliances in my kitchen.  When I first moved in three and a half years ago I had mismatched appliances with both the fridge and the dishwasher being a yellow “bisque” color.

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I was well aware that a mouse had been living in the back of the fridge, but didn’t realize it was also traveling to the dishwasher are on the other side of the kitchen.

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When I pulled out the dishwasher I found the evidence. Yep, that’s mouse poop.

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I guess at least I know its clean now…………

Sears had some Veteran’s Day weekend deals that I grabbed up to upgrade to all matching white appliances. I got this Kenmore fridge for $427.79 with free delivery, $78 in shop your way coupon points, and used ebates to earn an additional $14 in cash back.

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I then used the $78 coupon points to purchase a Kenmore dishwasher, total price $298.72 and $7 in ebates cash back.

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Now the bright and shiny appliances are making it even more obvious how much I need to get rid of the beige cabinets.  I have a blueish gray paint just waiting for a long weekend to tackle.

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So that’s where I’ve been the past month, thanks for checking out my blog and looking forward to more projects to come!

Sarah

Pantry Cabinet 2.0

When I left off with the Pantry Cabinet project, I was successfully hiding my Trader Joe’s hoard. But there is obviously still a lot of wasted storage space. Even if I pile things like crazy…..

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Lucky for me, I have crafty parents, specifically a father with his own woodworking shop.  So while they were visiting a couple months ago they took measurements for shelves to add to the cabinet.  I returned from the Holiday break with my new freshly cut oak plywood shelves in need of a paint job.

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They may not be flashy, but they will add the storage without having to drill or damage the outer walls of the pantry.  I looked at options at Home Depot and Ikea, but everything needed to be drilled, anchored, or affixed.  So thanks to my dad’s skills, I had some sturdy shelves perfectly measured for my pantry with no other hardware needed.

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I used the same white paint and primer as on the outside of the cabinet.

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After one coat of primer and two coats of semi-gloss, and a few paw prints………I had shiny happy shelves ready to go!

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I then let them dry a full 24 hours before throwing them in the pantry.

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Here’s the first “leg” going in on the left side of the pantry. Once they other one is in place I just slide in the top of the shelf.  I lucked out in that everything fit perfectly, if it hadn’t, I would have sanded the edges until I had a good fit.

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Look at that organizing magic!!! Here’s a closeup of the back corner of the new shelf, to show how snug it fits into the inside of the cabinet.

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So pretty, so much more room for hoarding………I should have hid the junk food, only put the healthy snacks in front….. next time.

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Now the pantry has gone from sad sad cabinet sitting in the rain, to a four shelf kitchen pantry with tons of storage hidden by cute craftsmanship.

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Are you a fellow Trader Joe’s hoarder? Any creative solutions for limited kitchen storage?

Call Me a Hippie – Homemade Laundry Detergent

That’s right, and now it costs me about $.15 a load to run laundry.

I hadn’t really considered making my own detergent until I came across a really easy recipe via Buzzfeed DIY.

Which led me to the Wellness Mama blog and her step-by-step instructions. I went for the liquid detergent and picked up the borax and Dr. Bronner’s lavender soap at Target, and the washing soda at Giant.

To make liquid Laundry Soap:

  1. Grate one bar of soap with cheese grater or food processor.
  2. Put grated soap in pan with 2 quarts water and gradually heat, stirring constantly until soap is completely dissolved.
  3. Put 4.5 gallons of really hot tap water in a 5-gallon bucket (available for free in bakeries at grocery stores, just ask them) and stir in 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of Washing Soda until completely dissolved.
  4. Pour soap mixture from pan into 5-gallon bucket. Stir well.
  5. Cover and leave overnight.
  6. Shake or stir until smooth and pour into gallon jugs or other containers.
  7. Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load. (Source)

End result = 3-4 month supply of laundry detergent 🙂 For someone with a lot of clothes, it’s very reassuring.

IMG_0275I did find the consistency to be a little watery, next time I’ll try using 1/2 gallon less water and see how it works out.

Save up at least 5-6 detergent containers for storage, and make sure you have a large funnel.

I have no plans to try to make homemade versions of every product I use, but the future doomsday prepper in me is excited to have clean clothes during the zombie apocalypse.

Cheers,

Sarah