Thursday, February 7, 2013
Friday, February 1, 2013
This past Saturday, the hunky handyman husband and I took our fresh from the mailbox seed packets out to his “office” and got a head start on planting our spring/summer vegetable crop. One thing in my favor is that I am the lucky wife of a Horticulturist, who comes with access to a state of the art germination chamber—are you jealous? I must admit, it really is pretty cool to be able to sow seeds in mid-January! I always enjoy heading out to the greenhouse range and pretending it's a sultry summer day, whatever the blustery weather is like out in the "real world." I also love seeing Rob in his natural habitat. Playing in the dirt is quite therapeutic, and highly under-rated if you ask me.
Anyhow, there has been one unexpected turn of events. Due to the high tech growing conditions, our lettuce germinated in only three days--YIKES!
We purchased our seeds purchased from Johnny’s Selected Seeds last year, and had really good luck with everything except the peas. So, we stuck with Johnny's for most of our seed needs. Although, this year I am adding a highly recommended snap pea called "Maestro." It's from Burpee Seeds and I’m pretty excited about it —you can find it here.
Santa Barbara County is in Zone 9, making these the perfect peas for my climate. If you’re not sure what garden varieties do best in your area—head on down to your local nursery and ask them what they recommend. PLEASE NOTE: While I have nothing personal against the big box store garden centers—I can say with confidence that they are not nearly as knowledgeable, experienced, or invested in your success as your local nurserymen and women. When it comes to veggie growing tips and tricks--always shop local :)
The thing I’m most looking forward to these f-f-f-frosty California days is our upcoming fun and flavorful tomato selection. We're growing these varieties this year: Celebrity--our go-to basic tomato, Roma Amish Paste for sauces and Caprese salads, Yellow Pear--such cute tasty little gems, and the Five Star Grape—your basic garden candy.
I can almost taste the basil and tomato-y goodness now!
If you only had room for one thing in your summer garden--what would it be? I'd have to go with tomatoes--and cheat of course, by sneaking in a bunch of basil around the base of the plants.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Here are a few (well, more than a few) of the fonts that I am in love with lately! I'm just in awe of all the creative typographers out there. This goes under the label "talents that I don't have, but appreciate in others :)
Friday, December 21, 2012
Friday, November 23, 2012
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
I've been working on a this new pattern for a while now. I am personally a big fan of flat front chef aprons..BUT they can be so boring. So, I've designed both a full and half chef pattern that add a little more color and femininity to the traditional chef apron. Probably my favorite aspect of the new style is the more universal fit. This apron fits all gals from the very slim to the more substantial figure with ease.
In other news, I was out picking tomatoes and stray pumpkins in the garden today and I happened onto a truly creepy crawly scene. I'm not usually a fan of arachnids, but this garden spider sure is a beauty. He/She has been working overtime keeping all the flying pests at bay. Thanks to the frog I introduced at the beginning of summer and this bug eating machine, our harvest has been totally organic this year--yay for us !
Have a wonderfully spooky Halloween...and stay safe!