Garden is growing amazing. I’ve already given so much to friends. I love growing a garden but I need to get better at keeping up on the harvesting so it can stay healthy and grow more.
SWEET POTATO SLIPS PLANTED:
This is the first time I’ve grown my own sweet potato slips to plant in the garden. Actually I’ve never tried to grow sweet potatoes before. I think I may have planted them to close together. We will see how they turn out.
On the sides of the bed I planted herbs and marigolds.
MILK CRATES AS PLANTERS
I love milk crates. I make so many things with them; shoe racks, veggie baskets, storage bins and now I made them into planters.
The girls finally showed some interest in growing plants. I used all my growing space in the garden and I didn’t have space for another raised bed so I had the idea of making my milk crates into planters.
I lined the inside of the crates with landscaping fabric (that water can drain through nicely) and had the girls mix up some soil and fill the crates.
Since it was a little too late to plant seeds we drove to our local greenhouses and the girls picked out some plants. They ended up planting 8 crates with veggies and flowers and 2 wooden planters that were empty and begging to be used.
Yesterday I used a crate to plant peppermint, spearmint and mojito mint.
STRAW BALE GARDEN
It seems that I must of done this right because everything is growing nicely.
It’s been a crazy adventure so far. Today and tomorrow I build the soaker hose irrigation system. Wish me luck!
Here is an easy tip for composting egg shells. Egg shells compost better if they are broken up. Place your egg shells in a bag and then crush them. You might want to use a small plate to crush the shells. If using your hands and fingers be careful, you might get poked! Once crushed up transfer egg shells into the compost pile.
Got all these tomatoes yesterday at a reduced price of $3.99! This is what I did with them today…
9 trays of sliced tomatoes for sun dried tomatoes! 3 half gallon jars of tomato pulp ready to use for salsa or sauces. Before I jarred the tomato pulp I let drain for about 30 minutes or so to get tomato water.
Got about 10 cups of tomato water. Great to use as water substitute for savory dishes, broth or just spice up and drink!
Dinner was great! Now what to do with the leftovers?
I could put them all into individual containers then crowd my fridge or make easy to grab meals for later…
My favorite size mason jar is the pint size (2 cups). This size is a perfect meal portion! No matter what I make for a meal, leftovers go into these babies for quick, healthy meals for later. I freeze most of them but a few remain In the fridge for lunches or snacks.