Growing Mint

For Valentine’s Day, Michael got me a self-watering indoor garden jar from Modern Sprout.  If you have read either my January Favorites Post or the one from February, you know that I love mint.  So, this particular jar came with mint seeds.  Since I probably won’t be able to garden much this Spring, I’m considering this to be my alternative form of gardening this year.


All of the ingredients were well labeled and the instructions were mostly easy to follow.  I think I had a hard time trying to figure out when the net pot (the pot inside the jar) was to be added, but I don’t think I hurt anything in the way that I did it.


Basically, you fill the mason jar with two cups of water, and then place the net pot inside, making sure the wick is protruding up enough to be able to water the plant.


My favorite part was taking the coco pith disc (that brown circular disc) and placing it on top of the gravel-like grow medium, then slowly wetting it so that it would expand and cover the medium.20180227_102847.jpg


After the coco pith was spread, it was time to add the activated carbon and the mint seeds.  Apparently, the mint seeds were the only herb that you don’t bury in the dirt.


Then, you place the whole thing by the window.  It says I should expect to see sprouts in at least 5 days, but it could take a couple of weeks.  With the crazy weather we have been experiencing, I’m hoping we will be granted a few days of sunshine to really let the seeds sprout.  I will let you know if this ends up being fabulous or an epic fail!



My Birthday Present

I wanted to share one last thing from my birthday celebration this month.  If you have been on this blog very long, you might have seen my vegetable garden over the years. We started this garden back in 2012, and it has evolved through the years as different needs arise.


We put green mesh around it to try to keep out the wild rabbits in our neighborhood.


The rabbits got through that mesh, so we moved on to chicken wire.


I have grown a variety of plants, okra being my favorite to grow, but we have also planted tomatoes, corn, peppers, squash, even lettuce.  And we always manage to grow a few herbs here and there, mainly basil.

But this year, I wanted a bigger garden, one that not only kept out the rabbits, but also our loveable dogs and possibly even the birds (cause they always get our tomatoes.  So Michael started to build.


Notice the heap of grass that used to be our vegetable garden.  Last year, we just let it grow out because I wanted to do something different this year.

And here’s where we are so far.


Michael spent an entire weekend building these cedar raised beds.  Soon we will fill them with dirt, and maybe plant a couple of hearty herbs.  I look forward to growing more vegetables in the garden next year.

Do you like to garden?


Growing our Garden

Last weekend, we did the finishing touches on our garden beds in the back.  It’s taken a couple more weekends than intended due to my husband’s crazy accountant schedule and the unpredictable weather lately.  No matter.  It is completed and it is beautiful. 🙂 Continue reading


Vet Visit/Garden aka what we did last weekend

Just a little update in our neck of the woods.  We have two wonderful dogs, and an excellent vet.  This time, it was Loco’s turn for the annual visit.  Our vet was so sweet, and he has a lot of energy.  He absolutely loves Loco, even saying that he would have taken him in as well.  I love how much our vet loves animals.  🙂

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