3.18.2015

Our 2015 Garden + Meet Kristyn


When we first moved into our house, I couldn't wait to start a garden. Last year, we had some successes and failures with our new garden, but overall it was a great experience and I cannot wait to get started again this year. I'm also lucky I have a husband with a green thumb because I can kill even the easiest of plants.

Last year we planted zucchini, brussel sprouts, spinach, various herbs, tomatoes, peppers, and broccoli. The zucchini, spinach, herbs, and tomatoes did AWESOME. We had more than we knew what to do with and I still have some frozen zucchini and tomatoes in our fridge. The brussels, peppers, and broccoli did not do as well, sadly.

This year, we have planned our garden carefully and have a more clear idea of what will work and what will not. We have also decided to grow the herbs in pots in order to maximize the small area we have available. Here's what we are planting (don't hate on my super savvy collage):

garden plants


We plan to start preparing our soil in the next few weeks. We have a huge amount of compost ready to be added to the garden and then we will be able to start planting! Also, this year we will be getting chickens which means FRESH EGGS. I could not be more excited.

Also, a huge thanks goes out to Anne from Love the Here and Now for inspiring this post with her blogging prompts for the uninspired (aka ME).

Do you have a garden? What are you planting?

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I really love Wednesdays because I get to share my awesome sponsors with you all. Kristyn from Chits and Giggles is truly a gem. She is so gifted in the blogging arena and I have really loved being able to bounce ideas off of her as I have worked on growing my own blog. She also did an AWESOME blog consultation for me that was incredibly helpful- I would highly recommend her! Also- a fun fact: we were married on the same day! But you have heard enough from me today, so take it away Kristyn!  

Hello everyone! I am Kristyn, the author of Chits & Giggles. I strive to bring humor along with real life events and a few personal trials to Chits and Giggles. The name might sound like all fun and games, but I do touch on serious subjects as well. I write about blog tips, my crappy skin, wedding planning advice, and life as it happens.

1. What are you passionate about?
If I had to sum this up, I am passionate about life. I try to live life to the fullest each and every day and I want to be proud of how I lived each day. I am a huge supporter of trying new things - like watercoloring - and stepping out of your comfort zone.

2. If you could travel to one place in the entire world, where would it be and why?
Oh goodness, this is hard. I want to travel to so many places, so it's hard to choose just one. But, if I had to go somewhere else, it would be some place in the mountains, I think. I would love to travel to the Swiss Alps one day and see those majestic mountains. By the way, mountains hold a very special place in my heart.

3. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be and why?
I would love to learn my camera well enough to start a business. I don't feel confident enough trying to do that now (I need to learn Photoshop to even think about that), but I would really love to take photos for other people. I love landscape photography. Capturing the essence of a specific place sounds like heaven to me.

4. Would you like to know the day you’re going to die ahead of time? Why or why not?
I don't think I would. I want to live life to the fullest every day, regardless of the outcome. I don't want to have that added pressure of knowing what will happen to me that night. I would it just rather happen and I can be content with my life, instead of wishing I had done things differently.

5. What’s something you wish everyone knew about you?
That I had a blog? I want people to know about it, but I am also terrified if they go and check it out. It's scary to be so open and vulnerable on the internet because any person can find you.
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27 comments :

  1. My husband grew up on a farm/nursery where they ALWAYS have fresh vegetables. I've always wanted my own garden/flower bed, so I'm really jealous of your new venture this year.

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  2. That's so cool! This is actually our second year so hopefully we learn from the mistakes we made last year!

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  3. Oh this is so cool! My husband and I both have black thumbs so I don't know how we would manage a vegetable garden but it would be so neat to have one!

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  4. When I lived in Arizona they were so hard but I swear here you could drop some seeds on the ground and forget about them and they would be perfect

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  5. I really want to start a garden, but I think it might be a 2016 thing so I can start the soil and get some compost. We also have a chicken coop already built in the backyard. Josh thinks I'm kidding when I say I want chickens for the coop, but I'm totally serious. I don't want to have to buy my eggs anymore!!! let me know how it goes, please?

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  6. I so wish that I could have a garden. I feel like I instantly kill plants!! Haha! I love nothing more than homemade tomatoes! :) I couldn't agree with her more- sometimes it's hard to put yourself out there so much with a blog, but it usually proves to be so rewarding!!

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  7. You still have plenty of time to plant this year, and I will!

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  8. You would be surprised at how easy it is! And yeah, Kristyn summed up my feelings as well.

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  9. I love the idea of growing your own food. When we had our own home, we grew tomatoes and peppers and even had this cute little irrigation system. Now living in an apartment, I'd love to try and grow some fresh herbs :)

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  10. So happy to see one of the blogging prompts! Thanks for the shoutout! I love having a garden. Unfortunately the deer love my garden too. I need to figure out a way to get them to stop enjoying it before I do. As for Kristyn, well, what can I say? I think she's wonderful!

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  11. I had so much fun with it! Oh YES, it's SO hard to keep deer out- those sneaksters!

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  12. Oh my goodness, I want to have a garden SO BAD. I just need to move into our house first. I think I might stick with potted stuff this year because I have no idea when we'll get landscaping done. So tomatoes, and maybe some herbs? Basil would be super helpful to have fresh! I want to grow my own cucumbers next year because I'm a cucumber monster. What went wrong with your peppers? Do you mean bell peppers? I would love to try growing those!

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  13. I thought they were supposed to be bell peppers but they only go to a size of like a large Serrano, so I have NO idea. I think they were crowded and didn't get enough sun. The location of our garden is limited due to sunlight so we have to be careful! You should totally do tomatoes and herbs- they do really well in pots!

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  14. I cannot wait to see your garden this year!

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  15. I love the idea of having a garden. My dad has one, and he loves taking care of it so much! So interesting to see what you are planting!

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  16. I am so intimidated by gardens: we couldn't even keep simple plants alive last year. I am great with potted flowers, but I can't get it in the ground. sigh. Nothing is better than food fresh from the garden! Can't wait to see how it turns out!

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  17. I've planted Zucchini every year that we had a garden, because its productivity makes me feel good about myself as a gardener. :) We're probably not going to have a yard for the foreseeable future, but I still want to have some potted herbs and small but useful plants around the house.

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  18. Thanks! Gardens really are a blast

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  19. I'm the opposite. I kill all flowers but can do veggies! Haha

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  20. Yes! Zucchini plants are awesome. And herbs! They're so manageable!

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  21. I'd love to have a garden, but sadly I do not have a green thumb whatsoever. Neither does my husband. Can we just come and steal from yours?


    P.S. I love the smell of freshly watered Basil! My mom used to keep a pot of it by her front door and I could always remember smelling it before going inside.

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  22. Hahaha you're always welcome to come steal some!!! And YES I love basil yum yum

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  23. This really makes me want to get outside...the last few years I did our family's garden. There is nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishment you get from pouring into it. :) Due to moving this summer, I don't get to do one. :( Though I'm hoping to still do some potted herbs.

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  24. Doesn't it?! After I wrote this we spent the weekend planting! I did herbs when I couldn't have a garden and it was still great :)

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  25. So jealous! I really want a garden! I'm afraid the deer will eat ours unless we build a really tall fence. So do the herbs grow well in the pots?

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  26. Pesky deer. Herbs do really well in pots, almost better than in the ground I think!

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