Starting slow with Herbs

I’m starting slow with herbs, since I’m not familiar with planting anything!  I figured I could turn it into a decorative piece for my deck.  I have this cute little bicycle planter that I used to actually keep fake flowers in.  Anyhow, I grabbed cilantro and basil to start with because they are my favorite. I basically add them to everything!  I’ve got some other ideas I’m planning on trying.  I like the idea of using decorative planters rather than an actual herb garden.  

  • What do you prefer planters or a garden?
  • What are your favorite herbs?

Curbside Treasures

On my way home from running errands yesterday morning, I stumbled upon an array of items left in front of a house that was just sold.  So, naturally, I had to stop and take a look.  I can’t believe the items I found!  I can’t wait to post before and after photos!  The items are a solid cherry wood dresser (heavy and in tact), an old and sturdy sewing table (that’s what I think it is?), a small wooden book shelf and an old wooden step-ladder in excellent condition. Seriously, there are so many possibilities when it comes to giving furniture a face lift and making them one of a kind items!  You can do it!  A big thank you to my neighbor Erika and her dog Vega for helping me get the dresser out of my van!  It’s amazing  how I managed to get it in the van to begin with! Anything’s possible when you really want it! 

Do you have items at home that you just don’t know what to do with?  What curbside treasures have you found and transformed  to fit your personal style?  

Gardening goal

I’m all about approaching things outside your comfort zone.  That’s how we set goals and hopefully accomplish them, right?  Anyhow, my goal this spring, summer is to experiment with gardening.  I really don’t know what I’m doing!  My grandfather and father had green thumbs.  I certainly did not inherit such a talent.  Anyhow, there was nothing better than fresh veggies from our garden.  I really want that for my family.  I love the farmers markets and local farm stands, but I would love to go to my backyard and pick my own tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, herbs etc…  I’m going to start with herbs like, basil, cilantro, parsley… Supposedly, deer and rabbits stay away from them.  The actual vegetable garden is going to be tricky and I’m guessing a lot of trial and error will take place.  The biggest concern is, how to keep the deer away!  I don’t want to use chemicals and I’m going to have to build a fence.  

For all the gardeners out there, any suggestions on how to naturally “deer proof” a  garden?  I need all the help I can get!  Also, I need to rabbit proof too, suggestions please….