Breastfeeding twins is like breastfeeding “boot camp”–and I’m so glad I had some knowledge and experience beforehand! For many moms, breastfeeding is a unique, incredible, and worthwhile experience–but that does not mean it is without its challenges. Preparing ahead of time is the best way to face those challenges and make them so much more manageable, though!
There are so many little lessons, often learned only by experience, that will make breastfeeding much easier and more enjoyable.
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Would you love to have a garden, but the thought of digging, weeding, bending, and working a plot sounds like a bit too much? A raised bed might be your perfect solution.
Here are 10 reasons to give raised bed gardening a try.
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Surely I’m not the only one who has wasted my time Google searching something like “natural bug control.”
I don’t know about you, but what I usually found were long lists (mostly on sites with very little to back up their information) of just about anything that the writer thought might repel a bug or two. Harsh, maybe, but if I had a dollar for every questionable idea I tried…. Well, I guess it would pay for all the cinnamon, baby powder, garlic, corn meal, borax, etc. I have wasted!
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Would you like a monthly email roundup of tips and previously published posts all about what your garden is facing that month? Subscribe to our new “Very Easy Veggie Garden Monthly Digest!”
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Have you ever tried limeade made with fresh mint leaves? I really can’t say enough about how yummy it is! Of course limeade is delicious already–like lemonade’s quirkier, sweeter, and more flavorful cousin. But adding some fresh mint makes it irresistibly smooth, mellow, and refreshing…. Whenever I drink it, I just can’t put it down!
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Ever felt the excitement of watching your first squash start to develop, only to be disappointed when it quickly becomes wrinkled or starts rotting on the vine? The good news is that the problem may be easier to fix than you think.
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So maybe you don’t have a good spot for a garden bed, or you’d just prefer to start small. But do know that container gardening has added challenges.
Previous failure at growing plants in pots does not necessarily mean you are bad at gardening, or that you wouldn’t be successful with a different, more fool-proof method like raised beds. In fact, much of the information in this post comes from my own trials, failures, and lessons with containers on the balcony of my first apartment. So don’t be afraid to try again or try a new method!
Here at my best tips to help your container garden succeed.
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My twins were born in winter.
I don’t think you’ll ever hear anyone use the word “easy” to describe life with twins, especially the first couple years. (Well, except maybe my husband‘s grandmother, but I suspect she either has a selective memory or was way better at life than I am).
Either way, I suppose most of the smart people in my life figured I would take the spring and summer off from gardening that year. Maybe I should have. But gardening is like a breath of fresh air to me, something that turned out to be invaluable when it felt like we were barely keeping our heads above water.
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So you’ve got a veggie plant or two (or ten). Who could blame you? That springtime planting fever is hard to resist.
But now what? If you want to know how to start a garden, let me be your guide.
In short, your plant will need three (maybe four) things:
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Have you ever had a little seedling plant that looked so beautiful, until you transplanted it in the garden–only to find it dead the next day?? You don’t just have an unlucky brown thumb–there’s a reason it happened, and ways to prevent it!
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This site is for everyone who has ever said, “I’d like to have a vegetable garden, but…”
Whether your schedule is too busy, your thumb is too brown, or your spot is too small, my goal is to help you find simple solutions to make a garden work for you.
You’ll also find my favorite recipes, tips, and ways to use your vegetables. Looking forward to growing with you!
Not sure where to start?
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With our new house comes new adventures and plenty of room for new experiments. High on that list is new garden beds, and testing out different soil mixes! These cedar garden bed looks very promising so far, especially for the low price.
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On the day we bought our first house, the realtor said, “I just have to ask–why? Why this one?”
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One of the first steps to planning your garden is to decide what type of garden you will have, where to put it, and what you will plant. But once you’ve decided, here’s what to consider when planning your vegetable garden layout.
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For a gardener, there are few things as exciting as looking ahead to spring and planning a vegetable garden! This garden planning series will guide you in all you need to know to plan your vegetable garden.
Especially for a beginner, planning in advance will help you succeed and get the most out of your garden. When planning your first vegetable garden, here are five essential questions you should ask yourself.
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Do all the lists of planting dates you see just leave you more confused about when to start a vegetable garden?
Maybe I’ve got a unique perspective writing this post… I don’t know about you, but when I see lists on Pinterest of suggested planting dates–exact, actual dates–I shake my head… because where I come from, it’s not that simple!
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