Thursday, July 22, 2021

Planting Grapes in Whiskey Barrels #Gardening

There has been an extreme heatwave in Southern California since late May. However, I have been diligently working on my first-year garden. In March of this year I planted grapevines I purchased as transplants from Tractor Supply and I am happy to report that they are doing very well. The varieties I planted appear to like the heat and grow more when it's warmer. I chose to plant Niagara, Suffolk, and Himrod. Currently, they all have plenty of foliage and they are making their way up the trellises I built for them. Although the Niagara grapevines are not first-year plants, I do believe that I will have production next year. These were very easy to get started and I will have to keep you posted on their growth. The heatwave is still present in the weather forecast, but hopefully, within this next week, we will get a break. I know my fruit and vegetable crops will appreciate it. 

I created a video showing you how I planted them and the soil and fertilizer I used to establish the grapevines. It's never too late to start a garden. Grab some seeds and start growing.

Helpful Resources for Growing Grapes and Other Fruit Trees

Grape Growers Handbook: A Guide To Viticulture for Wine Production


Saturday, June 26, 2021

Resources for Finding Rest and Renewal This #Summer

 Everything heats up when the summer season arrives. People are spending more time at the beach, in their shady backyards, or staycationing in the air conditioning. While settling into one of those perfectly fine places, take along a "Soul Care Resource" from Candace Cameron Bure's collection of summer favorites on DaySpring. Shop Now

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Friday, April 2, 2021

Planting Blueberries in a Whiskey Barrel Planter #Gardening

I hope you have been well. During my weekends, I have been arranging my backyard garden and it's finally a good temperature to plant my blueberries that I purchased. I have two different varieties, the Aronia and Sunshine Blue. The Sunshine Blue blueberry is one years old and had indications of blueberries on it so I'm hoping that I can get more this year as well. I have been watching out for critters and checking the soil to keep it moist with my fingers. Blueberries like well-drained soil and they are acidic like Indian Hawthorne plants and Azaleas. In the video below, I show you what I decided to use after doing my research and watching others' recommendations. So far this combination of ingredients have been working like a charm. My blueberries are beginning to make new stems and green leaves. They enjoy the full sun too. 

Are you planting blueberries this year and have any tips? Please share them in the comments below.

Gardening Book I'm Reading and Recommend

All New Square Foot Gardening, 3rd Edition, Fully Updated: MORE Projects - NEW Solutions - GROW Vegetables Anywhere (All New Square Foot Gardening, 9)


Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Setting Up Whiskey Barrels for Planting in my First Backyard Garden #Gardening

I hope all has been well. It's a couple days from Spring and I have decided to move forward with preparing my first backyard garden for planting fruits and vegetables. Although, I am a novice gardener, I hope to learn a lot this year and share my ups and minimal downs (crossing my fingers) with you. To start, I decided to use whiskey barrels to plant my grape vines and blueberry plants. I learned that they like a lot of space and full sun so they are being set up first in the garden. The backyard is uneven so I will level it out as much as possible and use pavers for each whiskey barrel. In this video, I show you how I did this part of the project. I will be uploading my progress in the videos to come. I have been studying, reading, and trying various things with regards to gardening so hopefully I will have success this year and the videos help you too. If you're starting a garden this year, share your plans and ideas in the comments below. I look forward to reading all about them and if you have any tips I am all ears for those as well. Most of all, please stay safe and be well.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Andrews Seed Company Seeds Review for My First Fruit and Vegetable Garden

I recently purchased a plethora of vegetable seeds from Andrews Seed Company for my first backyard fruit and vegetable garden. I have realized over the past year that I should start living a self-sustaining lifestyle when it comes to my food. I am a vegan and normally purchase lots of fruits and vegetables, a week, from the grocery story so why not learn to grow them instead. Over the past couple of weeks, I have been learning a lot about raised beds, container gardening, and starting seeds indoors from some YouTube channels. CaliKim and Garden Answer's YouTube channels are very insightful if you're looking to get started, just to name a few. CaliKim also has a gardening book for anyone looking to start their own organic garden with no experience.

Organic Gardening for Everyone: Homegrown Vegetables Made Easy - No Experience Required!

I like supporting family-owned, small business and if you're looking for seeds, Andrews Seed Company may be a good place to purchase some. In the video below, I show you the seeds 7 day and 14 day germination. They are growing even more now in their third week. It's still chilly outdoors in Southern California, too cool for them now, so they are cozy in a light box staying warm. 

I used large peat pellets to start my seeds and they have been a huge success. You can find them on Amazon.  

Let me know in the comments, below, if you're growing your own fruits and vegetable and share any pointers you may have. 

Monday, February 22, 2021

Wagner Control Stainer 350 #Review

I purchased a Wagner Control Stainer 350 to finally stain the fence panels that I built for the backyard. It's important to stain and seal them from the intense weather. I wanted a stainer that would be easy to use, easy to clean, and did the job efficiently and effectively. I hope the video review, below, helps you learn more about this Wagner product. In the video, I was able to stain one side of each fence panel. I will do the other side once they are all installed for less mess from the stain. If you have used this stainer in the past, let me know where you purchased your air filters from because that's the only con I would say I have for this model. I couldn't easily find it at my local hardware store, but I know the Wagner website should have it to purchase. However, overall I was satisfied.