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Spring Check List

Spring Check List

With spring here it’s finally time to get outside!!! But that’s not all; its time to get to all those projects you have had in your mind all winter long. When I start to think about these task I start to get overwhelmed, because I had so many fun and impactful projects on my mind all winter, so what I do every spring is sit down and start jotting them all down. When starting I always just list everything on one big list then I start to prioritize as well as break them out into different categories. Below is an example of how I tend to keep myself organized and busy now that I can get outside and really enjoy the weather.

  1. You want to make sure when you are planning your projects they aren’t just all things that you need to be outside to do. As much as we would for every day to be beautiful and sunny, what I like to save for these days are things that I can either do in the garage like re painting or staining a piece of furniture or re thinking storage space in a closet. (Specially one with all the big winter coats, gloves and hats).
  2. I like to break out yard projects, things like mulching the beds, weeding which unfortunately needs to be done more than once a year… and planting new annuals and other plants/trees. One thing I do each year is I pick a specific flower bed in my yard or spot I want to make into an herb garden and really focus and setting it up so that when next year comes I will still need to mulch and weed but it should already be good to go and start blooming as soon as spring comes back!
  3. Lastly are over all events and projects can do with the kids. I like to set up a scavenger hunts, or find other little DIY/Gardening projects that they can do with me.

You want to prioritize the projects in the categories each to fit what’s most important to get done before the summer as well as what you think will be the most fun! One of my favorite times of the years is spring and because you finally get to get back out side and just attack all those projects that you haven’t gotten to do this winter. If you have any questions let us know!

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Winter Herb Gardening

Fresh herbs are great but somewhat hard to come by in the winter. Not being able to have the whole herb garden indoors you will need to prioritize what you want to grow indoors. Some of my favorites are Basil because of how many different dishes you can use it in as well as Parsley and Thyme, I also like to add some Mint when I grow indoors in the winter to add some extra flavor to drinks like Hot Coco.

There are a few ways you can grow indoors during the winter.

  1. Transplanting a few cuttings from your outside garden into pots for inside is a great way to start, this allows you to start one step ahead of just new potting’s, you will want to make sure you water them often as well as give them plenty of natural light.
  2. Hydroponics, are great for small spaces and don’t need natural light with some of the ones available online you can also get different sized ones depending on how much room you want to allocate.
  3. If you have a lot of room you can make your own potting area and use grow lights to allow you to maintain so great herbs during the winter.

Fresh herbs make all the difference in cooking and its always a struggle in the winter but the best thing to do is just try something till you find what works best for your home and conditions.

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Outdoor Living

Make the outdoors your home

Home is how you make it, and part of home is that wonderful outdoor space that makes home even better. Make it pretty with comfortable weather friendly furniture, pretty pillows, mood setting lanterns and fresh flowers.  A bench that is nice enough to be a local point but practical enough to use all summer long. Make it yummy with one pot herbs to grow right on your outdoor table for fresh picking all summer long.  Make it warm it seating surrounding a fire pit for cool evenings or for roasting s’mores. Make it light and romantic with bevy of lanterns hanging from trees to sparkle and light the evening breeze.  Make it open and airy with patio doors that fold back. Make it cool and refreshing with water features that relax the body, mind and soul. Make it feel spacious with a perfectly placed mirror. It can make the space feel twice the size and reflect twice the foliage, flowers and fun. Outdoor drapery adds shade or privacy.  Make it feel comfy and cozy with beach towel throws, pretty pillows, and outdoor furnishings. Make over a porch with a few items (day bed, potted plants, and Chinese lanterns) that will make the space comfortable and stylish. Thinking creatively can also help you stick to a budget. There’s no reason why a trunk from inside can’t step in as your outdoor coffee table. Besides, it’s only for a season. When it comes to outdoor dining, anything goes. But to capture an easygoing escape to the weekend home feeling, make an attempt to separate yourself from your daily routine. Start by setting the table and chairs on the lawn and away from your home, which will create a dining experience that is unique and unexpected.

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Plants and Garden Cleaning

Plants and Garden Cleaning

 

April showers, bring May flowers is a popular saying, and Springtime is the best time to bring your garden and plants to life! Follow these simple steps to freshen up your lawn and flowers, and truly make a statement.

 

You can start off with cleaning up your lawn and garden.  Get rid of the unwanted weeds, wild flowers, mow the lawn, and use a good fertilizer to keep the grass healthy and beautiful .  Then plant some new flowers to add some of those beautiful colours to your garden.  These days, garden centres are available everywhere, and it is easy to get what you want, and some good advice from those centres about how to maintain your plants properly.  If you do not have a deck, and want to put patio furniture outside, consider laying out some patio stones to put the furniture on.  These bring a classy elegance to the backyard for you and your guests to enjoy.

 

As for inside your home, start off by trimming the plants and flowers. Then you can start fresh by replacing old clay pots with pretty pastel coloured ones for a bright and playful Spring look.  Also consider going to your local florist and picking out some nice cherry blossom branches, and putting them in clear glass vases.  A few flowers by your windows, or on your coffee table, will liven up the space and bring a fresh feel to any room.  If you prefer having guests over at night, you can purchase a remote control underwater LCD light, to put in your vases, and turn them on to create a very unique look.

 

There are so many things to take advantage of during this beautiful season, and the sooner you get your garden and plants in shape, the sooner you can enjoy Springtime!
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