DIY Verticle Herb Garden

Verticle gardens are amazing and a verticle herb garden is just perfect.

This would also work great for flowers if someone wanted an accent wall.

I started out wanting to use a pallet but they are too heavy to hang on a wooden fence.

My husband decided he could build me something much lighter but the same sort of concept.

I ordered the fence clips, bought the pots, painted the wood and personalized it for my sister her birthday is today.

My husband came up with the idea of staggering the clips on each row so the water did not flood out the next ones down.

Supply List:

1 x 3 x 6 – 3 pieces

2 x 2 x 8 – 1 piece

Pots clips will work on 4″ -8″ pots – 12 packs on Amazon

Pots – we used 6″ pots for this one  x 11

Accent stones if you want.

We ended up adding two more rows of clips after I took the pictures now it can hold a total of 18 pots.

I ordered more clips because now I want one or two lol.

Having the herbs on a nearby wall outside is so much more convenient.

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Heirloom Tomatoes

We love gardening and trying new things but we only stick to Heirloom varieties for vegetables.

These yellow/orange tomatoes are called Persimmon and they are a meaty tomato. The taste is wonderful and it will wake up your taste buds.

The big ones average about 1.25#s each. They are huge.

We have them in the greenhouse in dutch buckets using gravel no dirt, the no-till garden and in pots.  We were experimenting to see what works out best and produces the biggest and most fruit.

The largest tomatoes were grown in the no-till garden. The temperatures have gotten so hot we have added 40% shade cloth over the outside vegetables.

Our greenhouse is getting up to 97 degrees and the plants are paying for it. Even with fans, shade cloth at 40% the sides rolled up and the front and back doors opened we can not seem to get the temperatures down below 90 degrees. The auto drip system for watering is set for 5 x a day.

The joys of gardening are figuring out what works best and enjoying what you have grown.

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Fitbit Versa

I love the Fitbit Versa it has everything I need and want in a fitness watch.

This was a gift I bought for myself for completing my cancer treatment.

In the past, I have had the Fitbit Charge and the band messed up so Fitbit replaced it with the Fitbit Alta. The Alta was a little smaller than the charge and I never liked it quite as much. It was harder for me to see and seemed more difficult to use.

The Versa has big numbers and everything is set up very conveniently.  It does so many things.

If you want to exercise there are 15 different modes. For walking, you just get to that apps for exercise and pick walk and hit start.  In the past they have not included bike riding but the Versa includes that and swimming now.

I did see it can store up to 300 songs but I have not gotten into that part yet.

On the main screen, there is the clock, date, heart rate, steps and calorie burn. That is quite convenient if you’re like me and trying to get in those steps each day. The battery seems to last a good 4 days.

The Fitbit Versa is great if you’re looking for a fitness watch that does it all.

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Spider webs and dew

Spider webs have always intrigued me.

Amazingly it only takes a spider about one hour to create their masterpiece of this silk thread.

This type of spider web is called an orb web and they are quite noticeable in the early morning with the dew on them.

Last week we had spider webs all in the grass and the trees in the backyard.

Just think if a spider can accomplish this beauty in one hour what we can accomplish in a day if we really try.

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Baby Hawk update

I was able to get some better pictures of the baby hawks this time.

Our son in law David said he saw one of the three fly away earlier in the week.

One leaves the nest and goes to the tree limb edges but we never saw him fly.

On Saturday night we had bad storms the nest blew out of the tree both of these babies were on the ground. The one in the nest was hurt. They put them in a large dog kennel until Sunday morning.

They wanted to see if the one that had been flying could fly and he flew away.

They think the one in the nest is the weakest one he is much smaller than the others and does not have all the feathers just yet. Since he is injured they are going to try and get a hold of a wildlife rehab.

A neighbor told our daughter what to do so, for now, she is trying to rehab it. She is thinking it is more scared than injured.

The parents found the one that flew they kept calling out for the babies and that one answered. Right now they are rebuilding a new nest.

Sometimes wildlife needs our help to survive. I have truly enjoyed taking these little ones pictures I hope the injured one makes it.

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Cadilac at 11 months old

Cadilac has grown a lot since our daughter and her husband bought her. She losing her baby face.

She will be 1 – year old next month. She seems so small standing next to Scamper the other Minature Hereford but Scamper is almost 2.

I have a soft spot in my heart for cows they are my favorite farm animal. I love to talk to the cows, pet them and feed them clover.

Daisy likes to charge the cows next door to us when they are the fence then she kisses them on their noses lol. They just stand there they are not scared of her.

On Wednesday I was over at the little farm and decided to try and get a few pictures. That was when Cadilac gave me this look. She was thinking ” I was just chewing my cud and minding my own business and here you come to take more pictures. ”

Have a great Memorial weekend everyone do a few projects and a lot of relaxing.

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Good Deeds

Have you ever been surprised by a strangers kindness when they have done a good deed?

This week several days apart I was blessed with this happening to me two times.

Many years ago we had turned in photo albums with pictures to an attorney that represented our son in a child custody case. Our son and his wife turned in another album. We honestly both forgot about getting back the albums and like I said years have passed by.

Somehow the albums ended up in a dumpster nearby where this man named Frank worked. Frank a former photographer himself knew the value of family photos and he picked up the albums. My business card just happened to be inside the album I had turned in. The only problem was it had our home phone number on it we no longer have. That is when he searched the internet for a new number and called me. Today I picked up those two photo albums that would have been lost forever had it not been for Frank.  Thank you so much, Frank, for taking the time to do this good deed.

Today I had gone to a smaller grocery store chain to pick up some pickling spices for our daughter. Her cucumbers are making so many that her kids are eating them for snacks, she’s giving them away and she decided to make some pickles. While standing in line at the checkout this older gentlemen probably in his 80s told the checker he wanted to pay for my stuff with his. I said, “Sir you honestly do not have to do that but thank you so much for offering.” He said no I want to. I said, “so today you’re doing a good deed he said that is exactly it.” I told him “Thank you very much and to have a great day.”

There are still good people in this world who do good things out of the kindness of their heart and expect nothing in return. Complete strangers who take the time to do something nice. I would like to thank you both for crossing my path this week.

Now it’s my turn to pay it forward two times.