Late to the pumpkin party

I bought some pumpkin seeds early this spring. Then I promptly forgot where I put them, and they never got planted. I found them a few weeks ago, and luckily I saw a chart on the Farmer’s Almanac that said pumpkins could still be planted and possibly come as a late fall crop.


With a bit of luck, we might have some pumpkins in time for Halloween or at least Thanksgiving! The seeds have sprouted, so cross your fingers for us.

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Sensational Succulents coloring book

What do you enjoy most about coloring? I love how relaxing it is to choose colors and just let things unfold. Sensational Succulents has become a new favorite of mine, and I am sure you can see why! Who doesn’t love succulents? The amazing natural patterns make the perfect coloring book!

Sensational Succulents coloring book page

The other thing that I like about the book is that each page is only one sided, so you could use markers if you wanted to without being worried about bleed through. I also love that each page tells you the names of the succulents you are coloring. The paper quality is great too, it’s a nice thicker paper that really colors well.

I love the variety of patterns as well, there are some that are simple, and some that are much more intricate. Just like their plant counterparts, each is unique!

Sensational Succulents is a great addition to your coloring book collection!

Big thanks to Timber Press for sending us this fun book, as always, my opinion is my own.


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Container potting mix

Lumina pumpkins in a planterIf you don’t have room for a traditional garden, a container garden is a great alternative. In fact, they make great additions to any type of garden. To be a success they need great soil, especially if you plan to grow food. Here are some tips for picking a great potting mix:

The best place to start is your local nursery. I don’t mean the big box stores, I mean an honest to goodness nursery. They will be able to point you in the right direction for your growing zone, and give you insight into which plants will work best in containers. They are a great wealth of knowledge if you are just starting out on your garden. Be sure to ask which potting mix they recommend.

Read the ingredient list. A good potting mix will contain some of the following; peat or coir to absorb water, organic matter such as compost, bat guano, manure, and/or worm castings (plus many others) for nutrients, and perlite or vermiculite to increase drainage. A good bag of soil will feel “just right” when you pick it up (not too heavy, not too light).

Don’t want to buy pre-made? You can always mix your own.

Basic Potting Soil

2 parts sieved compost
2 parts peat
1 part course builders sand grit, and/or perlite

Depending on what you plan to grow, you might need to add specific nutrition to your container. I have found it easiest to buy a good pre-made soil instead of trying to make our own. Normally we like to DIY things, but if you don’t have a lot to make, it’s much more convenient to buy pre-made.

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