ah… bedtime. Seems to be an all-encompassing endeavor over here! But this time it’s the garden’s turn. I’ve been busy tucking in the garden for winter! Since baby boy, getting outside has felt like much needed therapy. I can only sit still inside for so long before I feel like jumping out of my skin!
Which is why I am cherishing every tiny bit of time I get to spend out there. Even if it’s just to pull the weeds that are multiplying even faster then our family seems to be.
Do you garden? This year I decided I want to learn how to save my own seeds for next year. My favorite…. sunny lemon yellow sunflowers. They were so easy and such a fun project to do with my preschoolers!
All you do is cut some of the stalks that are dried out. (slightly brown on the back). Put the dried stalk in a paper bag and keep it in a cool dry spot until the seeds start to fall out. (You could just leave them in nature too…. but the birds might eat them all before you get a chance to save a few.)
I tied mine to my porch swing. If the bag gets wet make sure you put a fresh one on or your seeds may spoil with mold. Next year I’m going to plant a long row of these on the other side of my veggie garden with pumpkins below spilling down the hillside. I can’t wait!! I just need to transfer a bunch of the pig *** over there and dig up a bit. I think this would work for many flowers….. next year I am going to try this with some of my perennials and try to grow my ‘lil garden on the cheap.
Phew…. fall is such a busy time of year. Today we are saying goodbye to Pig-Liggies. The chuck full freezer will be nice but I can’t decide how to best avoid the chore……. go bumming with the kids or work on the 265th batch of tomato ______. (fill in the blank with either soup or salsa….. check those links out to see my favorite canning recipes this season.)
If you have stuck with me this long you deserve a reward!! How about a big fat gardening book giveaway reward?? Because gardening season is coming to a close, I am stocking my library and library card with a bunch of juicy gardening books. I love learning. Especially garden learning. And especially in the dead of winter when there is five feet of snow on the ground and all I can think is the possibilities of what might be. (With gardening, I really do think the dreaming is half of the fun.)
The Layered Garden is an awesome book. It is so inspiring wether you are an advanced Gardener or someone who just wants to get started. I love that it tackles more of the design aspect and that the pictures are a-MAZING! It is all about designing your cottage garden so you will have continual interest and color year round.
When Timber press Publishing contacted me to see if I’d like to giveaway a copy to one of you I was all over that!! Someone is going to be one lucky reader!!!
To enter… please leave me a comment letting me know what you’d love to learn about or be inspired by to apply to your yard + garden
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The winner is also going to be gifted with NEW PRV handmade soap!!! (not yet released but will be out oh-so-soon!!)
Have fun!! Good luck