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.
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.
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.
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 via the fox & the spoon
No dress could be more perfect for a picnic with the beau than this vintage vegetable print dress from Thrush.
Plaid picnic blanket from epoch co.
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 Tutorial from Life on the Balcony
Mason Jar Wall Planter from Not Just a Housewife
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.