Mini Homestead: Fall Garden Prep & Planning

The time has come... to daydream about our fall garden! Things got a little out of control out there towards the end of this summer (7-9 month pregnant throughout Florida summer = minimal weeds  & grass being pulled) but we have since cleaned it up and gotten it covered to kill any other weeds and keep them out too. Shelby from Dog Day Gardens has helped us plan the layout of our garden, soil mixtures, as well as provide excellent plants for us to add to our garden to nurture and enjoy throughout the growing season! We can't wait to get our hands on some tomatoes in September, and all the goodies that will be coming in October! The spring planting season is difficult as you have to get things just in time, but the gloriousness about the fall is that we have such a long window so can plant enough to continually harvest until early spring!

Our Datil plant!

Our Datil plant!

We still have a Datil Pepper plant (learn more about Datils here and here) growing as well as watermelon (which has taken over a third of the garden!!). I've enjoyed making the Datil peppers into sauces and relish, and Jon has done a great job monitoring those watermelons - we are just waiting for the stems to get all dried up and then we can pick them and eat! Or make watermelon purée ice cubes to put with tequila... thanks Geoffrey Zakarian and the Kitchen for the idea.

Close up of these hot hot hot peppers (that have a real sweetness as well!)

Close up of these hot hot hot peppers (that have a real sweetness as well!)


And here's our garden! We've added woodchips to the center and can have container plants there, and have covered the cleared portions of the garden to kill any weeds we missed and keep them out until we are ready to plant more. Once we are at that stage we will add more compost (that we make 'in house'). 

We're looking forward to getting tomatoes, mustard greens, cilantro, lettuces, and maybe even brussels sprouts planted along with other root veggies from seed. Can't wait to share this mini Florida 'homestead' with you!

New Website, New Projects


Jonathan and I are almost to ONE YEAR at our home, and it's taken me this long to get my art supplies in an area I can easily use them. Get ready for some (hopefully good!) new projects rolling out. 

To get things going again, I just wanted to post a few photos of the house from our first day there - the empty pallet just waiting for us to fill it with color, love, laughter, and an endless to-do list! After signing our contracts, we went straight over to the house. After signing our names that many times we deserved some champagne (in glasses we had been saving since the wedding, just for this day!) and to sit and look at what we had done. We had spent the last month waiting to hear about bank info, inspections, repairs, and sending so many files back and forth that we'd already sent several times before. But, in the end it all turned out, the keys were ours now.

After all that signing, we were hungry. So, off we went to get Archie, a change of cloths, a run to Home Depot (they need a frequent shoppers punch card - 9 trips and the 10th is free) and some lunch! First project was a mailbox - so we could mark that we were really there. Archie did come along to homedepot and was a very good boy! His first trip there and we couldn't have been prouder. Stopped by Ned's for some lunch, and let Archie explore the yard. He seemed comfortable right away and in between listing off all of the things we were hopeful for and couldn't wait to do we simply looked around and smile at the big step we had just taken.