An Update on the Fall/Winter Garden Box

Fall & Winter Garden Box | PepperDesignBlog.com

We pruned the summer garden box WAY back and have added a few new veggies for the fall/winter season. It’s hard to believe that six months ago this same box looked like this:

 Summer Garden Box | PepperDesignBlog.com

Many of our veggies have stopped producing altogether or have died on us after a plentiful season. We did have a few summer plants that stayed small and dormant through the warm weather and for whatever reason have now just started to show of their goods. But they’re in mini form! This purple bell pepper plant has started to expand and grow like crazy now that his larger, more dominating cucumber companion is out of the way.

Fall & Winter Garden Box | PepperDesignBlog.com

Still tasty, just so darn cute and little.

Fall & Winter Garden Box | PepperDesignBlog.com

A shot from the other side of the garden:

Fall & Winter Garden Box | PepperDesignBlog.com

Liv helped to trim back the existing plants to almost nothing in hopes that they might bloom again. She is really a big helper with this garden (often remembering to water when I don’t) and it’s fun to watch her take such good care of her plants.

Fall & Winter Garden Box | PepperDesignBlog.com

More likely than not though, if plants like this yellow squash stay they’ll just keep producing bite-sized veggies. I think these guys are all tuckered out.

Fall & Winter Garden Box | PepperDesignBlog.com

I want so badly to save our cherry tomato plants! These once thriving beauties produced a boatload of deliciously sweet tomatoes all summer.

Summer Harvest Recipes | PepperDesignBlog.com

But now they’re hanging in there like this:

Fall & Winter Garden Box | PepperDesignBlog.com

They’re not taking up much space (I might grow beans up their cages in the meanwhile) so I’m not planning on pulling them until the spring. If they happen to come back (we don’t get much frost here in San Diego) then that would be awesome, but if we have to plant again that’s okay too.

New to the fall/winter garden box? Brussel sprouts and broccoli. Beans hopefully in the near future!

Fall & Winter Garden Box | PepperDesignBlog.com

While playing around in the garden we’ve discovered the FATTEST grub worms I’ve ever seen. Literally we are feeding an army under the soil. A skunk or raccoon has found out our secret and is leaving nice little holes all over on most mornings. The hunting of grub worms doesn’t bother me, but the pulling up of tender broccoli plants to get access to those worms is a pain. We’ve been resetting the plants every few days lately.

Fall & Winter Garden Box | PepperDesignBlog.com

The marigold root systems are not loving it either.

Fall & Winter Garden Box | PepperDesignBlog.com

This is my first year with a fall garden box! Depending on what lives and thrives we might have to expand into the squash arena next winter. Oh yum.

PS remember the series on keeping up with the summer harvest? Those yummy recipes can be found here, here and here.

Summer Harvest Recipes | PepperDesignBlog.com

Hope to be back in a month or two with a roundup of how we are using our fall/winter harvest. Fingers crossed we’re successful over here!

More good eats. mmmmm. More on the progress of this garden box project. The (beginner’s) gardening archives.

Handmade Gifts: Painted Wooden Bead & Clay Statement Necklaces

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

I have two handmade projects that Liv and I created together to share with you today. Much of my focus for handmade gifts this year had included involving Liv in a special way so that they are kid-friendly and something that we can tackle together, and this was definitely one of those projects! I had a few pictures of this necklace on a friend so that you could see the drop and color of leather cording more clearly but I seem to have overwritten the files!

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

Liv and I spread out our paint supplies one weekend afternoon and carefully covered several dozen small wooden beads (much like these – mine are all about 1/2″) with paint.

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

She painted hers to match the sunset (love that) and I went more of a gradient in all pinks.

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

We let them air dry for a few hours and then carefully strung them on leather cording with flat gold washers.

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to create a double slip knot so that your necklace can hang at any length (I love them long, but they’d also be pretty higher up on the neck).

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

Here’s a shot of one of Liv’s, she styled it herself when she saw what I was up to :).

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

Handmade Gift: Gradient Wooden Bead Statement Necklace | PepperDesignBlog.com

Yay for handmade gifts! I’ve been on a bit of a necklace kick because of a sudden urge to diy these. Here’s my first stab at two different similar handmade versions and here’s another giant bauble tutorial with clay that is equally kid-friendly. …

Read More »

Favorite Kid’s Clothing Stores

I love to shop for clothes for the girls. I have to be really considerate about what I add to their wardrobes because we don’t have a closet in their room (just a couple of small, narrow drawers each) so I try to find classic pieces that will last through multiple kids and that work well together when mixed and matched. Usually I aim for favorite consignment stores, online 2nd’s shops (like Swap, Kidizen or eBay) or I wait for SUPER online deals, but I always keep these following favorite brands in mind! I thought that today would be the perfect time to share since it’s also Cyber Monday.

Favorite Kid's Clothing Stores + Cyber Monday Deals | PepperDesignBlog.com

Now for the awesome deals that are happening today:

1. Old Navygreat staples, regular discounts. 40% off with CYBER
2. Tea Collectionmy favorite leggings and always love the dress patterns. 30% off with MONDAY
3. Zaraadorable knits and classic designs. 50% off select styles and free shipping.
4. Little Hip Squeakscute leggings, headbands and basics. Up to 70% off select items.
5. GapI lean towards their more classic pieces. 40% off with CYBER
6. Mini Bodenmy go-to for adorable tights. 40% off with 3K3G
7. H&M: bold patterns, inexpensive cardigans. 25-40% off + free shipping with code 9Y6E

Plus, adorable handmade clothes by Pirapir (follow psflashsale on Instagram for her big discounts), Positively Oakes for their adorable sailor knot headbands, TOMS for shoes (25% off with CHEER) as well as See Kai Run (my favorite source is Zulily), Saltwater Sandals (I check Amazon and eBay) and Freshly Picked (20% off with CYBERMONDAY).

And for the mommas and the daddies: J.Crew (30-40% off all items + free shipping), Banana Republic (40% off with CYBER), Nordstrom (up to 40% off), Piperlime (30-40% off with CYBERSALE), Madewell (25% site wide) Theory (40% off site wide), MYHABIT (discounts across the board + extra 20% off with HOLIDAYS), Anthropologie (up to 20% off + free shipping with EXTRAJOLLY), Topshop (30% off select product, and 2 for 1 on mid-season sale items), West Elm (up to 25% off + free shipping), Pottery Barn (up to 30% off + free shipping), Serena & Lily (25% off site wide with HAPPYMONDAY). If you’re a Cyber Monday gift buyer, happy shopping :).

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...