Gardening In New Hampshire: Time to Plant!

We don’t have a green thumb. Not a one. We are not what you would call the gardening type. Every year, we try to plant a small garden, full of vegetables. And every year, we find our plants have wilted – despite all the love we give them. Last year, we even took a gardening class at the local library. We both took diligent notes, followed up with questions, and learned all the different ways potted plants need extra attention. It didn’t help.

So this year we took things a little more seriously. We went straight to Wentworth Greenhouses. The are the sweetest people with the most patience. I even overheard them trying to explain to a woman that yes, indeed, all plants need sunlight. Who knew?

After many, many laps of the greenhouse, a few extra circles through the exotic plants, we found a small plant for Ezra’s bedroom window and one for Andy’s office. They even repotted the plants for us. (A good thing, because, honestly, we probably would have killed them in the process.)

Feeling a little overconfident, we started our vegetable garden today as well. Every year we get a little bit closer to actually having plants that survive. Andy’s gardening app told us we had to plant our peppers and tomatoes today. So that’s what we did. I think Ezra might have put a few too many seeds in each tray. We think she was just trying to make sure at least one seed would grow. She’s a little optimist.

For now, the seeds are tucked under the windows in our living room. Andy might try to build an above ground garden box for us. If the plants make it out of stage one, then he’ll get the green light. Until then, please send positive gardening vibes our way.

Little Gardening Tips

DIY: Children’s Activity board

As most of you know, Ezra is becoming quite the active toddler. She’s now opening doors by herself, helping Roni turn on the light switches, and so much more. The other day I was browsing the Internet and I came across a board on Pinterest with activities for toddlers. There were so many activities! Naturally, I found the one that involved me building something; a latches and hooks activity board.

I instantly needed to make one for Ezra. This was a relatively easy project. So I grabbed my notebook and started jotting down what materials I needed. I have included a material list below. After I had my list, I stopped by the big box store and picked up what I needed. Once I arrived home, I was too excited to start building I didn’t even take the time to change out of my work clothes. I ran to the wood shop, grabbed the scrap wood and drill, and proceeded to layout Ezra’s new activity board.

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DIY Latches and Hooks Activity Board

Materials:
(1) 2x10x2 board (make sure it’s not pressure treated)
(1) Barrel lock
(1) Entry door spring stop
(1) Slide Bolt entry door chain
(2) Hook and eye latch
(1) 3.5″ Hinge
(1) Gate Hasp
(2) Eye bolts
(1) Gate handle
(1) 2′ section of chain
(6) 6 small s hooks for attaching the chain.
(1) Handle
All hooks should come with screws for installation

Make sure to sand all edges and surfaces of your board before starting. I used 120 grit sandpaper for this, then moved up to 220 for a smoother finish. At this point, you may choose to paint your board, however I preferred the unfinished look.

You can use any size board you’d like, I happened to have a good sized piece of scrap around. First lay out all of the pieces on the board before screwing anything in to make sure there is enough room for everything to freely sit. Once board the is prepped and you’ve decided where you’d like to put all the pieces, attach your hardware!

Secure hardware, making sure to align hooks before drilling screws. Once you complete yours, don’t forget to send us photos! We’d love to see your rendition!

Ezra’s Little Christmas Tree

Every year, we cut down our own Christmas Tree. Last year, our tree was just a little fuller than that of Good Old Charlie Brown, so when we went this year, we set our hopes somewhere in the range of the Griswolds. There’s this little farm near our house that my mom and I have been going to for years to cut down her tree, so this year we took Ezra to pick out a Christmas tree.

We found the perfect one, had it cut down, and hauled it back home. However, that wasn’t before the owners offered Ezra her own pint-sized tree, for FREE. You should have seen her face light up. She was so proud to show it off to everyone. Turns out at tree farms, there’s a lot of little trees that get cut because they are growing too close to another tree. They either get thrown out or burned. So we gave it its own home, Ezra even offered to drive it home on top of her car.

We got a kick out of strapping it to the roof of pink and purple car and letting her drive around with it. I think she enjoyed it a bit, too.
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Chirp… Chirp…

Feeder

Feeder

Ahh yes, spring! The snow is melting, the temperature is rising, seeds are growing, I love this time of year. Another reason I love it is for the birds. Growing up, I would love to go to my grandparents in the spring. I would love to go so I could see all their amazing birds that would come to my grandfather’s feeders.

Now it’s our turn to feed the birds. For Christmas last December, Moemoe bought Ezra window bird feeder. While it does serve its purpose of serving the birds, the squirrels seem to be enjoying it as well! We did set up a feeder for the squirrels but they have yet to notice the yummy corn we have put out for them.

It’s spring time…

It’s spring time! You know what that means? Time to plant. I haven’t ever planted my very own vegetable garden before. Growing up, we planted a few tomato plants and probably a few other things, however our primary source of veggies was either the store or my Grandfather. Two years ago, I started some seeds but never ended up planting them due to the move back to Rochester. Last year, I was on the go too much and didn’t feel I had the time to dedicate to taking care of them. This year however, I’m happy to say that with my job schedule and new house, I think I might just be able to pull it off!

A few weeks ago, I picked up some organic seeds from the store. Wasn’t really sure what I was going to plant or how much room I had to dedicate to planting my garden but I bought what I thought we would use. These included, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, green onion, squash, and more. I also picked up some herbs while I was at it. After I had my seeds, the research began.

I started out by planting the herbs first. Little did I know they actually needed semi-warm tempters to grow, so to Roni’s excitement, the heat was now set at 65, instead of 55. To my excitement, the herbs have started to pop up from the soil! That’s always an exciting feeling. So far so good. I’ve remembered to water them daily if they need it, and I keep turning them to rotate the sunlight.

I’m pretty optimistic about my veggie garden so far. That is, if Roni stays far far away from it. We all know how her carrots came out last year.

‘Tis the season

Normally this is the worst time of the year. I feel like November is the Thursday of the year. You’re waiting for December, but it will just never end! I’m excited this year though. I’ve officially opened my ETSY store and started to add my products in. I need to sit down and get better photos of the products I still have to put up. If you haven’t checked out the store yet, you can do so here! All the cars were designed by a local graphic artist, you can view her blog here! She does excellent work an I’m glad to have her on my team! If there is anything you see on the store that you need, or would like customized, let us know! Very simple and easy to do for you. All of our products are hand made and shipped with care!

Updated ETSY…

Coasters Everywhere!

I’m pretty excited, more than I probably should be about this. As you k now, I have opened my ETSY store recently. Well last night, and this morning, I made some new products to get better detail shots for the customers. I know, not very exciting. I’m hoping that with these better photos and a little better description will get me higher and more noticed. The products are great, though I may be a little biased. Anyway, check them out! https://www.etsy.com/listing/163724545/set-of-4-custom-printed-coaster-with

Apple Harvest Day!

Apple Harvest!

Apple HarvestLast year was the first time I’ve ever heard of “Apple Harvest day.” Apple Harvest is a day long celebration held in Dover, NH. They have activities for the entire family from pony rides, to face painting, bouncy houses, food, and more! Last year, I worked from 9-12 at Photosmith while Steve went down to judge the Apple Pie contest. I didn’t get down to see any of the festivities last year because I wasn’t aware of the magnitude of it.

Crushed LeavesI will say this though. The crowds were crazy! I’m still trying to figure out where everyone was able to park. People must have been parking in Somersworth and walking over. It was crazy. The estimates were in the “Tens of thousands” for the number of people who showed up. I mean, look at this photo of the leaves. These leaves were whole at the beginning of the day. At noon when I was down there, they were just pulverized.

Apple HarvestI will say, I’m a little disappointed in myself. I didn’t have one “Apple” product while I was out and about. Not cider or apple pie, which are two of my favorite things in the entire world. I think the size of the crowds were overpowering my sense of wanting that sweet apple goodness. That being said, I didn’t have anything to eat or drink, so It wasn’t just the apples I was giving up on.

I plan to do a follow up post once I develop the film photos from the day, so stay tuned for that!