An organized kitchen: My time, my money, my happiness

By: Katrina A Kitchen Is A Time And Money Saving Tool Having an organized kitchen is a great way to spark enthusiasm to cook in the kitchen but also to create meals that you might not have done if your kitchen was upside down, like mine used to be. In my last post ‘Happiness is everything;  Saving Money, Buying Time’ I talked about my quest to de-clutter my kitchen to spend less time trying to keep it clean and organized so I can spend more quality time with my kids. A bigger kitchen Many times over the last 5 years I wished I had a bigger kitchen, nothing glamorous mainly just a little more counter space. I shared the post with a few of my friends, one being my awesome neighbour. She shared some of her time and kitchen organizing tips with me and we spent a couple of hours tearing my kitchen apart and now I have an organized kitchen. Having an outside point of view really made me realize I don’t need a bigger kitchen, I need to make better use of the space I have and just have less stuff! Make your kitchen make sense Step back and […]

Organic: How to grow your own pot potatoes

Potatoes In A Nutshell And A Recycling Bin! It’s easy to grow your own pot potatoes and you don’t have to use a traditional barrel, pot or pail you can do what I did. Pot growing potatoes is a great way to still have home-grown organic potatoes even if you are short on space to garden. Growing my own potatoes in a blue recycle bin this year was a new and fun experience for me. Having a horticulture background, potato plants are nothing new to me but finally having some time to dedicate to my garden, I want to grow as much as I can in as little space possible. As my property does not have a traditional in ground garden and is nowhere near ready for one, I used as many containers as I could, even for potatoes this summer. How to grow potatoes in a pot or container Propagation of potatoes can be done either by true seeds, planting a piece of an actual potato (also referred to as planting by seed)  or by rooting a cutting from a potato plant. All of these methods can be done at home using little space, while saving you some money in your […]

Backyard to your kitchen: Tips for growing a Fall garden

Don’t Fall Behind With Your Fall Garden   As the summer progresses and our gardens flourish, it’s time to starting planning what to plant if you would like a Fall garden. Many plants such as lettuce, carrots and onions can be grown in a spring garden but truly thrive as cool weather crops, particularly in the flavour department. Preparing for your Fall garden is much the same as what you would do in the spring, with a few other things to consider.   Planting time   A Fall garden typically planted in July and August. In the spring when we plant our gardens we are worried about planting to early and losing our precious plants to the last frost. With a Fall garden you need to make sure you do not plant too late. You now need to factor in when you can expect the first killer frost. Across various regions in Canada, the average first killer frost is anywhere from mid-August to early November. This date is important when you are deciding when you should be planting your fall gardens. The number of days until maturity (ready to harvest) is on the back of most seed packs and plant identification […]

Green landscaping with optional goat rental

By: Katrina Boost Curb Appeal The Smart Way I was recently asked by a Canadian Budget Binder fan to help give her property a bit of a face lift by landscaping her property. First thing we looked at were some ways to save money by reclaiming items for her property that wasn’t going to cost her a fortune. After getting to know a little about her and her life, I was determined to do the best job I could and to try and save as much money as we could. I’ll get to the goat part….. at the end. This story has a happy ending for the homeowner and for me as landscaping is a passion of mine. Use existing materials A common mistake made by many is having too many plants in a single garden, and/or not planted in the most desirable locations. I have lost count of how many plants we moved from poor locations to use in a newly created garden. Take a look around your property and see what supplies you may already have. Throughout the front and back of the property were a good pile of rocks. We brought them all to the front of […]

Free Plants And Easy Ways To Save Money On Gardening

By: Katrina Are there easy ways to save money on gardening? Yes! While I am not saying to stay away from garden centres  as they give you a large selection of plants to choose from,  there are a few easy ways to save money on buying plants. It is possible to get free plants or at a fraction of the cost but you have to get creative and maybe get your hands dirty but it’s always worth it since the cost of plants can get pricey. Why would people give away free plants? Unless someone grew annuals from seed and have more than they need you are more likely to find a great deal on perennials. Growing from seed is a far more cost effective way to save money in the garden but not everyone has a green thumb like I would for example. I love growing plants and seeds are fairly inexpensive if you compare them to the ready-made plants at the nursery or garden centres in town. If you take a look around your neighbourhood I bet you will see many plants that come up year after year and seem to sprout up in different spots as well as they multiply. If you are an […]

Protect Your Investment: Planting Tips For Your Vegetable Garden

Growing your own plants or buying them from a garden centre is an investment of your time and money which you certainly don’t want to see wasted. By protecting your investment and taking proper steps towards keeping your plants healthy and strong you can ensure that your hard work will bring you the vegetable garden you deserve! It’s seems like spring is finally here to stay and I have some planting tips for your garden to help keep your vegetables and herbs on track, healthy and happy! Waking up and seeing green grass makes me very happy and very eager to want to get working outside! Just a couple more weeks and I’m going to be ready to start planting my garden. When we started this series we began with my garden growing guide sharing tips about how to start a garden and preparing the soil. Now it’s time to take it to the next level and that’s making sure you take the proper care of your vegetable garden. Whether you are growing a garden bed or a container garden there are a few things to  keep in mind when planting your garden that will contribute to the overall success of your […]

Garden Growing Guide: How To Prepare Your Garden

If you are a newbie to gardening and hesitant about how to prepare your garden, then worry no more. I’m here to ease a bit of the worry you may have and build your gardening confidence through practice so you too can join the masses who get out and grow each season. This garden growing guide comes from years of experience and my passion for the outdoors which should help guide you in the right direction. If you have an inherent green thumb or simply want to experiment the time is here to put your gardening plans in motion. Begin the process by figuring out how and where you will plant your vegetable garden this spring. If you are planting a garden to grow your own food for the first time I’d recommend starting off small, get your feet wet before you jump right in. Building up gardening experience over time will lead to a more rewarding experience. How To Start A Garden The first step before even deciding what you are going to grow in the garden should be picking a good location. In an earlier post I talked about growing a garden in a small space if you didn’t have […]

Growing A Garden In A Small Space

This is the year that I am finally going to grow my own garden and you can too, even if you have a small space to work with! My kids are at the ages now where I can spend more time working outside which is a passion of mine. Unfortunately, my property is not quite ready for my garden, so most of my gardening will have to be based around containers and hanging baskets. While thinking about what I’m going to grow, I also have to consider where I am going to grow them! Over the years, I have seen many innovative and creative ways that you can grow a flourishing garden without digging a hole in the ground. These ideas got me thinking about how they could be used to grow a garden in a small space. I’ve lost count a long time ago how many times I’ve heard, ‘I don’t have the space for a garden’, or ‘I live in an apartment, I can’t grow a garden’. With the exception of individuals who have balconies that get absolutely no sunlight, this is not true! Adopting the ideas of going vertical, and hanging plants such as tomatoes and strawberries can turn that […]

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