Zinnias…. and a confession…. benign tremors….

red zinnia

At the beginning of Spring 2017, I received a free packet of zinnia seeds with something I purchased.  I can’t even remember what it was.  At any rate, I don’t like clutter so I didn’t want the seed packet sitting around, so I put the seeds in some little expanding…

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Creative and Inexpensive Garden

garden boxes for deck

I love to upcycle or repurpose. I’ve been wanting some containers to grow some lettuce and small carrots near the house.  I noticed when I had my gourmet lettuces growing in the garden, I would forget about them and not use them until they got too big and bitter.   I’m…

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Harvesting Again – Perennial Seeds

seed harvest

So adding to the typical busy season, it’s busy at home as well!  Perennial Seeds!  So much to do for the end of the growing season.  I am just about finished harvesting some flower seeds.  While I am all about perennials, I have some areas  I would like to expand…

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Canning Tomatoes

canned seasoned diced tomatoes

Welcome to my kitchen! What do I do with all those tomatoes! When I was growing up, my mother canned everything – every kind of pickle (we even had a dog named Pickles that had puppies and they named the runt Gerkins…) you can imagine, peaches, pears, jellies, jams, tomatoes…

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Lavender

lavender garden

For many years, I have used lavender scents for everything. If there is a detergent, air freshener, oil, you name it, I will immediately choose lavender.  If you have never tried lavender citrus incense, you must!  It definitely rivals a good dragon’s blood or patchouli (I know not everyone likes…

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Old Windows…DIY Greenhouse!

how to build small greenhouse

Building a Greenhouse I’m not sure what possessed me to do this.  I have been enjoying gardening so much this year that I wanted to extend my growing season.  I also wanted to plan ahead for germinating seeds very early.  My biggest mistakes this year while gardening was not getting…

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Birdhouses…. in Your Soul

unique birdhouse

Birdhouses – Designs Birdhouses – who knew?  Well, after building custom designed rabbit hutches, I started to look around and realize I had so much leftover material.  I didn’t want to throw it all out or burn it (especially when I have nasty neighbors who called the police stating we…

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Growing Hops on a Garden Obelisk

Building a Garden Obelisk I’ve always liked garden obelisks.  I purchased a metal one a few years ago and loved it – in fact, this is the one I purchased.  It was perfect for my clematis near the front porch – a nice focal point to the entryway. I’ve recently…

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Backyard Chickens and Gardening – Part Two

how to grow mushrooms

If you just got here, don’t forget to read part one – backyard chickens – revisited. As I mentioned, I re-purposed wood from an old deck into raised bed gardens for gardening in our chicken run and then decided to purchase chickens.  Gardening and chickens do not go together, but…

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Backyard Chickens and Gardens – Part One

yellow sex link chicken

Backyard Chickens Again Life has a funny way of changing or “circling back”….. When I was growing up, gardening was a normal part of life.  My father had a huge garden sitting in the middle of an acre in the suburbs of Baltimore County.   I remember spending hours picking…

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Barn Doors and Closets – DIY

window seat and barn doors

Hanging Barn Doors, Closets, and Window Seat DIY Project If you follow my Instagram www.instagram.com/jodieotte/, you already saw this hanging barn door and closet/window seat project; however, I was refraining from posting it to the blog until I finished, and I didn’t think I would be finished until I put…

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