Raised Garden Bed

Mary and I finished building a raised garden bed in our yard and planted some vegetable seeds. Some of them are just starting to sprout.

garden bed - before

garden bed - after


garden buds



Eastern Market

I work so often on Saturdays that even when I do get a Saturday off, I’ve been forgetting to go to the farmer’s market at Eastern Market in Detroit. I finally remembered to go this past weekend, and while it was a little bit of a gloomy morning, it only made it feel more fall-like for my bike ride down.

I picked up some blueberries, bananas, and white corn for home, and had a few pierogies ¬†for a snack while there. I can’t wait to go back in the fall for squash and cider.

eastern market

farmer's market




Weekend Project: Stamped Garden Markers

This holiday weekend I picked up a few plants for our back porch. I didn’t want to leave the plastic garden markers in the pots because they are quite an eyesore. However, I wanted to be able to identify which plant was which for watering purposes. I decided to make hand stamped garden markers out of popsicle sticks and the stamp we used to make our business cards.

I’m quite pleased with the results.

herb markers on wood background

vegetable markers on wood background

red pepper marker

banana pepper marker


Picnicking: Mad Men Style

It’s nearly May and it’s been terribly cold here in the Midwest. I have been curled up in a blanket inside dreaming of warm weather and spring picnics. Whenever I think of picnicking, a scene from an early Mad Men episode always comes to mind. I think it was the first glimpse of the show I ever caught.

Here are a few Etsy picks for a Mad Men-esque picnic of your own (minus the littering).

vintage picnic in a suitcase
Vintage picnic in a suitcase via the fox & the spoon

1950s garden dress
No dress could be more perfect for a picnic with the beau than this vintage vegetable print dress from Thrush.

plaid picnic blanket
Plaid picnic blanket from epoch co.


Urban Gardening

Spring is just around the corner. I bought some oregano and rosemary plants at Whole Foods yesterday and repotted them this morning. Each year I start an herb garden and it’s never a great success, but I do hope one day to be able to grow some of my own food. I found a few neat DIY apartment gardening projects from around the web. You never know, maybe I’ll be so inspired that I become a master gardener. One can dream.

pallet garden
Pallet Garden Tutorial from Life on the Balcony

mason jar wall planter
Mason Jar Wall Planter from Not Just a Housewife

verticle vegetables
A shoe organizer upcycled into a vertical vegetable garden from Instructables

Maybe I just need to read up on my Backyard Skills. I love the clean, high graphic design of this DIY handbook from The Ecology Center.

backyard skills book

backyard skills table of contents