Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Gardening Update: 4/18/2018

Things are happening in our garden and greenhouse!  


I made these plant markers out of ....


... these old discarded window blinds that I saved for this purpose.


In the greenhouse the Aramian cucumbers are doing really well.  The bottom 2 right containers have cayenne pepper seeds in them and Jalapeno seeds.  You can't see them but they are beginning to push through the ground.  On the left side, all 6 containers have heirloom tomato seeds that my mom gave me a start for many years ago.  I grow them every year and save the seeds for the following year.  The seeds I planted in these 6 containers are from 2012 and they are coming up!!!!  I wasn't sure they would, but they are!!!


I snipped some honey suckle starts and set them to root ...


My lemon trees are doing well.  One more has come up and another has just broken through the soil.


Our raspberries are blooming ...


Here's what I used the above mentioned plant markers for.  In this tray are soap nuts on the right, Roma tomatoes, baby Roma tomatoes and cocks cone flowers.  


The potatoes are really growing well!  I think they like their raised tire beds!

I also planted some pickling cucumbers; I was in a hurry when I planted them and didn't snap a picture.

This is a portion of what's going on in our greenhouse and around our home!  What about you, what do you have growing?

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She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Branching Out!

Branching out, that's what I feel like I'm doing!  As you know one of my goals for 2018 is to develop secondary sources of income using what I can do and what is at my disposal. This has entailed several new things for me!

Thus far ...

I've set some financial goals ...

I've started my little cottage industry:  Pillowcases by Patsi ...

I'm in the process of writing an e-book that will be available for purchase soon ...

I've branched out into Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and now Twitter.

As of today, with encouragement and help from Vickie over at Vickie's Kitchen and Garden, A Working Pantry now has a presence on Twitter.  Thank you Vickie!

All of these things are tools that will help me reach my goal of developing secondary sources of income.

I'd like it if you'd consider following me over on Twitter and if you'd share with others about it too!

patsi
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She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27



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Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Ways of My Household: 4/15/2018


We worked on our shed a combined 20 hours this week.  At an average of $23 per hour we saved $460 by doing the work ourselves.   (We got the doors made and installed!)
I made a trip to JoAnn’s Fabric this week and by shopping sales and using coupons saved $107.85.
My husband has been saving his allowance for a tool he has been wanting, he found it this week … and it was on clearance!  He saved $125.00!!!
I saved $81.32 off two dresses I purchased. Yes, I shop sales and use coupons when shopping for clothing too!   I’ve really gotten to the place where I desperately need some new dresses so it was time to bite the bullet and just do it.   
I did a lot of weeding this week and gave the weeds to the chickens.  They loved them!
I gave everything growing a fertilizer feeding this week.  It should give everything a jump start and put the plants, trees, herbs, bushes, etc on their way to a good growing season. 
By far the most important thing that happened this week is that we became grandparents again!!!  Our little one was premature and we had some anxious moments off and on all week, but all seems to be going well now.
My Vicky Challenge savings this week come to ... $774.17.  Add that amount to the total of $1774.13 since March 21st, 2018 and our savings thus far are ... $2548.30.
We continue to cook from scratch, feed the compost bin and do all our normal money saving things that are second nature to us.
That's it for me this week, how have you built up your pantry or saved money this week?
FYI:  Tuesday, March 17th, 2018 is sale day at Pillowcases by Patsi!  That means that every pillow case will be $8 each from midnight Monday night until Tuesday night at midnight.  If you’ve been waiting for a sale, this is it and it only happens once a month!
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She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27



If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button. I would be very grateful! 
 
 Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay and it helps me keep my pantry well-stocked! 
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Gardening 2018: 4/12/2018

It's been a gardening kind of day ...


Dill is coming up ... (I see some stray weeds that I need to pull!!!)


Garden ready for planting ... yes, I know that I said we were switching completely over to raised bed gardening this year ... looks like we're going to have a small row garden too!  (We planted two rows of okra and one row of squash today.  There are still three rows left to plant.)


growing garlic in pots ...


growing lemon balm in a pot ...


my lemon seed trees are coming along ... I've been told by a very reliable source that they won't bear fruit but, I just don't have the heart to toss them!  


growing nettles in a pot ...


growing potatoes in our tractor tire 'raised beds' ...


can you see those wire cages in front of the chicken coop run ... tomatoes are going to be planted in those ...


and volunteer radishes.

This gardening season is shaping up to be a busy one!  This is just the beginnings of our 2018 gardening journey!

Have you started gardening for 2018 yet?

Want to see how I’m doing on my April’s to-do/goals list … go HERE
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You can also follow me ... on Pinterest!

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button. I would be very grateful! 
 
 Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay and it helps me keep my pantry well-stocked! 
Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.



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