Our Outdoor Garden

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When renting a home, finding your own outdoor space is pretty rare, so we were so happy to discover the private deck off of our new apartment. We’re so proud of the how we’ve transformed the area and made it our own space. We began completely plantless, but after finding an awesome deal for a variety of vegetable and flower seeds and a set of ten pots for $30 at a tag sale, our growing adventures began. A few weeks and a couple of additions later, we’ve managed to create a relaxing and appealing outdoor oasis that we absolutely love! Our latest purchase is a lemon tree. It has yet to produce any fruit, but {hopefully} that will come with time.

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Other than a beautiful array of many types of flowers, we are also growing cantelope, eggplant, lettuce, green beans, spinach, peppers, basil, cilantro, lemongrass, lemons.

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Our plants are still in the baby stages. One smart step slipped our minds when planting seeds: labeling the pots. Once they mature and we figure out what we’re growing, I’d love to get crafty and make labels like these using vintage forks.

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Another feature I love about our little garden is the variety of pot styles. We decided to use what we could find. Two of my favorites are these wood crates we found laying around H’s parent’s house. I love the rustic, natural look they give.

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Wish us luck on our growing adventures! And remember, we did all of that on a seven by ten foot deck, with room for a grill and patio set! Proof you don’t need to own a piece of land to grow an abundant garden.

Homemade… Laundry Detergent

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I’ve been researching making my own laundry detergent for a while now. I’m big into authentic and homemade.  Rather than purchasing Tide detergent for outstanding prices and having no certainty what mixture of chemicals are being used to wash my clothing, I fell into this little trend of homemade detergent.

So many of the recipes that I have stumbled across involve grating three bars of soap. I’m not sure why, maybe it’s the lazy side of me, but I would rather not spend my free time grating soap. I have done it once before when making homemade hand soap, and boy, was it tedious. So I turned to Etsy and came across the shop HomeGrownCreations89. Her laundry detergent is awesome. Well worth waiting the couple days shipping. Best part: clothes smell so much better than standard Tide… and you get a cute mason jar to get creative with when the detergent is all gone.

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