First order on Wish

I don’t know if anyone uses this site but I just put in my first order on Wish.com.  It is basically a sales sight that sells lots of miscellaneous items such as makeup, tools, clothing, kitchen gadgets and more.  It’s similar to a dollar store and I am guessing the quality is pretty similar.  Anyway, I just put in my first order for some simple things like lip gloss, paint brushes, a small travel bag and a couple other odds and ends.  The shipping is extremely slow so it will be quite some time before I’m able to update on my tiny “haul” but I’m excited to try something new.

Also, I finally decided on a greenhouse and got it ordered.  It is a simple 15x7x7 model with steel hoop frame and a poly cover.  It was very inexpensive and I figured a good option for my first year of greenhouse growing.  Should be here within a couple days.

Ohhhh – and, the hubby and I placed an Arbor Day Foundation plant order.  Lots of lovely fruit trees!  I’m so excited!!!

 

Anyway, if anyone has any experience with either Wish.com or Arbor Day products, I’d love to hear from you.  Good, bad or indifferent experiences are welcome.  Have a wonderful weekend!!

 

 

So – greenhouse shopping.

So, I am looking for a very simple greenhouse.  More of a hoop-house / cold frame or whatever you want to call it.  I’m going to call it a greenhouse.

I don’t have much experience with greenhouse growing.  A few years ago I constructed a make-shift greenhouse out of an old metal swing-set and some plastic sheeting.  It served it’s purpose at the time to transition plants to the outdoors from indoors, under lights.  Now, I would like to start plants in a greenhouse but honestly do not want to invest thousands of dollars until I gain a little more experience.

Greenhouse shopping online, I found a “deal” at a big-box store.  It’s probably not the best construction but I’m hoping it would be a good learning tool.  If anyone has had any experience with similar greenhouses, please share your thoughts.

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Busy days of Spring

The busy days of spring have arrived.  Seems like it took forever for winter to leave us this year.  The snow is gone and the temperatures are finally above freezing.  Tulips are getting ready to bloom, the lilacs are full of buds and there are hints of green scattered throughout the woods.

It has been a rough start for us this spring also.  Hubby recently spent almost a week in the hospital after feeling very ill for many weeks. It took some time and he had to see a specialist but he’s been diagnosed with a very rare autoimmune disease call anti-synthetase. syndrome.  He is doing better now and has an amazing positive attitude and a whole new appreciation for so many things in life.  I’ll admit it’s been extremely hard on me as far as acceptance goes but I am working really hard to be the positive person that hubby needs me to be right now.  🙂  

Recently we decided to re-do and expand the gardens in front of the house.  Rain streaming down the driveway during storms and spring melt has been an issue for us since we moved in so we have been creating a dry stream bed to divert the water away from the garage and chicken coop.  Here’s the progress as of this past Monday.

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We’ve been adding more stones and it’s still a work in progress but even without a lot of rocks… it does work.  Today we went foraging for rocks at a property where a very old farmhouse was recently demolished and not only did we find lots of rocks… we scored on plants also!  We’re figuring that the plants are pretty old based on the age of the former house but we found peonies, iris, daylilies and asparagus!  Amazing what you can scrounge up for free with just a little hard work.

Got the veggie garden started also. So far we’ve planted red and white potatoes, peas, onions, carrots and lettuce.  Hopefully I can get back out there to get more in the ground before we get more rain, but we’ll see.  Being back in the dirt these past couple of days has been amazing therapeutic for me and it’s been a God-send considering all the rough stuff we’ve gone through already this spring.  It’s good for hubby too….

I’ve also got to mention this amazing greenhouse that we recently visited and the new additions to our little flock.  Tuesday after picking up these little adorable fluffies…

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we stopped by Cypress Avenue Greenhouse to pick up some new plants for the garden.  Most of the plants are grown right there from seed…  a true local gardening source.  And, super friendly too!  We will definitely be visiting them again.