Garden & Weight Update – Life is Thriving

Garden Update

Good evening everyone! I am so excited with our gardens progress. We have been putting Garden Update 3so much work into it and it has sometimes been tiring. We have to carry them inside and outside every day since we don’t have a greenhouse. In the short time we have been gardening we have never seen so much success starting from seeds. I know that some of our plants are ready for their containers but we don’t have the rest of our supplies to transfer them over yet. We are hoping they can handle their little pots a little while longer.  Continue reading


3 Tips to Reduce Food Waste

I’ve been thinking a lot about food waste in our house and I am very driven to reduce the amount of food we waste on a daily basis. In a previous post I mentioned that the amount of food waste that currently exists is 53%. That is more food going to waste than there is being eaten. That baffles me.  I have been trying to come up with ways to establish waste free eating and here is what I have come up with: Continue reading

Gardening on a Budget – Save $200 a Month on Groceries

Yesterday my husband and I put a great deal of work into creating a space where we can grow some vegetables. Our reasoning for having a garden is two-fold, having vegetables that we grow and to save money. Since starting Weight Watchers I am realizing we spent a lot of money each week on vegetables and fruit. We specifically go through a lot of salad, spinach, and tomatoes and by starting a garden, I am hoping to offset that cost.

GardenWhen we approached the area we wanted to work with there was a lot of broken glass, trash, and buried bricks. We just moved into this place and do not own it and the previous tenets left a lot of “buried treasure”. It took us a couple hours digging and filtering everything. The left side of the picture (darker soil) is where all of the bricks were buried. We took the bricks and created a border and laid down gardening fabric. The far wall (lighter soil) wasn’t in terrible shape. It just needed to be broken up, fertilized, and filtered to remove any trash or debris we don’t want in our garden. This entire space is now filled with spinach and lettuce. The slate in front of the beds was also found buried in this area so we just lined it up to make it easier for us to kneel down when we are working in the garden. I hope the grass in this area grows back quickly. It looks a little sad right now but hopefully that won’t be the case in a few weeks. Continue reading

Day #2 Spring Cleaning Challenge

Today was gorgeous and the first day all winter that I spent all day outside. The sun was shining and the birds were singing. It was in the high 70s all day. I thought it would be a great day to tackle an outdoor project.

My husband and I spent hours on the side of our house digging out bricks that were buried (no idea where they came from), creating two raised beds, and planting our seeds for a spring/summer garden. It was hard work but totally worth it!!

After we dug out the bricks we created a raised bed with them. I wanted to recycle the bricks somehow and figured this would be the best use for them (pics coming, ran out of day light). We laid down gardening fabric and then covered it in homemade compost and soil. This is where we are planting spring mix lettuce and spinach. We go through a great deal of this in our house so we planted a bunch of it. We also got some dill and basil going. I still have more herbs to pick up that I would like to try this year. Continue reading