Natural and re-purposed decor’

One very easy way to bring in outdoors inside is to use naturally harvested materials like these inside your home or close to your living space in your garden areas. Anyone living in North Idaho is blessed with abundance and the wooded areas around us are full of beautiful brush that can be harvested and made into almost anything! We recently collected twigs and branches of all sorts and wired them into frames and made panels to hang in the cieling of the gift shoppe at Westwood Gardens. We are renovating that area with all natural and re-purposed items.  The panels were hung yesterday and they look fabulous and add an organic element to the space.

Our intention is to create an Urban/Natural look in our gift shoppe. The panels have definately done their part! As for the “urban”, we visited the Habitat for Humanity Surplus Store and found some galvanized metal pieces that were 12 feet long and are attaching them to the cieling as well to contrast with the branches. We already had a strand of outdoor lights that had circular galvanized metal tops above the bulbs. The look we wanted is really coming together and for very little money! It has been fun re-purposing and creating. It has reminded me of the abundance of resources all around us! I will certainly post photos when we are finished!

New LIFE emerging in the dead of Winter!

Newly emerging little sprouts give warmth to the dreary days of Winter! I had doubts about the ability to grow indoors and these precious little signs of hope are proving me wrong!

Experiment NOTES:

There has been some signs of mold wanting to start to ruin my little project. I knocked it down with my hand and added a fan to circulate the air.

I think I might need to find a sunnier window on the south side or add a grow light as these get bigger…?

Peas were fast to sprout and are supposed to be good as micro greens so I may want to start some and try them.

This would be a good project for kids! I bought my Grand kids a sprouting jar for them to try. I can’t wait to have them report on their progress!

Growing Vegetables Indoors…Can we get to a Harvest?

It is a fresh new year full of possibilities, so why am I doubting myself? I have never been very successful growing indoors, and now I have a plan to actually get my newly planted seeds to do their thing and actually live and produce something edible before my very eyes on our kitchen table. This may be wishful thinking, or it just seems wishful because I have never done it yet.

I pulled the Earthboxes out of storage yesterday. Unburied 3 bags of Organic potting Soil from the snow and brought them inside to thaw out. Today was the big day to plant! After soaking the seeds overnight, I seeded directly into the soil in the boxes. I saved some of the seeds in case these flop and I need to start them in mini greenhouse trays and then transplant them when they are bigger. I know some plants do not like to be transplanted so I figured I would try direct sowing first.

I planted quick-growing “Bloomsdale” Spinach(39 days), “Red Russian” Kale(60 days), “Bulls Blood” beets(60 days), and “Oregon Sugar Pod II” peas(62 days). The way I figure it we should be able to eat some spinach by Valentine’s Day and then be harvesting the rest by March 1st. I intend to juice any beet greens or Kale starts that I end up thinning out. I am sure I planted too thick to be sure I had enough seedings pop up to choose from.  Cross your fingers for me and I will keep you posted on this challenge weekly.