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Home Decor: Turn a ginger jar into a herb garden

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Did you know that you can turn a ginger jar into an aromatic and oh-so-convenient herb garden?

If you love the smell of fresh basil, mint, rosemary and other herbs that smell divine when they are fresh then you are going to love what I have in store for you.

Ginger Jar Herb Garden

Make ginger jars a staple in your kitchen 

Forget terracotta and ordinary plastic pots! To make your herb garden look amazing, smell heavenly and last for as long as possible, get a couple of blue and white porcelain ginger jars. Besides providing the ideal moist environment that can entice growth, these simple but classic jars will look amazing standing front and center on your kitchen windowsill or pantry.

Don’t be fooled by the name. Even though ginger jars used to store ginger back in the past, they are used for way more now. Growing herbs in them is a breeze which you will appreciate if you prefer to use au natural ingredients to make sure your food titillates the palate.

Want fresh mint to give that cocktail some zing? Just snip a few leaves from your ginger jar garden and viola! Instant bar drink. Want basil on short notice for that pasta dish? Just remove some fresh from the stalk and rub it in there for instant flavor.

Or better yet, if you have an upset stomach, did you know that some fresh parsley is all you need to soothe that upset stomach? Now imagine all of these herbs growing fresh in a row on your windowsill with the sun shining down on them. Makes a pretty picture, right?

With the right conditions such as proper drainage and light, you will be seeing those buds peep out from the soil in no time. You can either go full farmer mode and grow them from seeds or plant some stalks and watch them grow. The power is yours!

Make those jars pop with herbs 

Contrary to popular belief, most herbs are extremely easy to grow so yours will have no trouble struggling out of the soil. As a newbie, try out seeds first and try transplanting when you have harvested a few of those mini-crops.

Here’s how you should get this garden started:

First things first; you cannot have herbs if you don’t have ginger jars to grow them in, here are a few staples you will need:

  • A few ginger jars (depending on the number of herbs you want to grow).
  • Herb plants (if you want to transplant) or seeds.
  • Potting mixture
  • Labels (to ensure you don’t add mint when you should add basil)
  • Gravel or small rocks for support.

Add Rocks to Ginger Jar

Step 1 – Create a foundation

Remember those rocks I recommended? Start your ginger jar herb garden by filling those up till 2 inches below the rim of the jar. You can also use marbles if you wish. This will protect the roots of those delicate herbs from getting waterlogged and sip just enough to remain healthy. 

Add soil to your pot

Step 2 – Soil it

Not just any soil will do though. Potting soil is different from the regular variety because it is chock full of organic material that can make your herbs big and strong. This includes material such as compost, perlite and peat which can ensure your herbs remain nourished and moisturized. You can find this mixture easily enough in your local farmer’s market or in stores. 

Step 3 – Add seeds or transplant herbs 

 A ginger jar herb garden can only be called a utopia for herbs if you introduce more than one type in it. Make your garden inclusive and kitchen-friendly at the same time by growing all of the herbs you will ever need. All you need to do is sow the seeds right on top of the potting mix, add a layer more, add water, sit back and watch the magic happen – with frequent (light) watering of course. 

You can also transplant herbs directly into the jars if you wish but make sure the roots are exposed slightly. This will promote growth and the packed earth will ensure they remain in place. If you use plants with stronger roots, remove some of the potting mix from the jar before planting so that they have direct access to air and water. 

Ginger Jar Herb Garden

To the untrained eye, there is no difference between mint and parsley leaves. So if you are a bit unpracticed at recognizing the differences, label all of the jars! Once that’s done, line all of them in a row on your kitchen sill and wait. With some tender loving care and slight watering, you should see a fragrant garden bloom there in no time.

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Home Decor: Turn a ginger jar into a herb garden

Posted by Shelby Dillon on

Did you know that you can turn a ginger jar into an aromatic and oh-so-convenient herb garden?

If you love the smell of fresh basil, mint, rosemary and other herbs that smell divine when they are fresh then you are going to love what I have in store for you.

Ginger Jar Herb Garden

Make ginger jars a staple in your kitchen 

Forget terracotta and ordinary plastic pots! To make your herb garden look amazing, smell heavenly and last for as long as possible, get a couple of blue and white porcelain ginger jars. Besides providing the ideal moist environment that can entice growth, these simple but classic jars will look amazing standing front and center on your kitchen windowsill or pantry.

Don’t be fooled by the name. Even though ginger jars used to store ginger back in the past, they are used for way more now. Growing herbs in them is a breeze which you will appreciate if you prefer to use au natural ingredients to make sure your food titillates the palate.

Want fresh mint to give that cocktail some zing? Just snip a few leaves from your ginger jar garden and viola! Instant bar drink. Want basil on short notice for that pasta dish? Just remove some fresh from the stalk and rub it in there for instant flavor.

Or better yet, if you have an upset stomach, did you know that some fresh parsley is all you need to soothe that upset stomach? Now imagine all of these herbs growing fresh in a row on your windowsill with the sun shining down on them. Makes a pretty picture, right?

With the right conditions such as proper drainage and light, you will be seeing those buds peep out from the soil in no time. You can either go full farmer mode and grow them from seeds or plant some stalks and watch them grow. The power is yours!

Make those jars pop with herbs 

Contrary to popular belief, most herbs are extremely easy to grow so yours will have no trouble struggling out of the soil. As a newbie, try out seeds first and try transplanting when you have harvested a few of those mini-crops.

Here’s how you should get this garden started:

First things first; you cannot have herbs if you don’t have ginger jars to grow them in, here are a few staples you will need:

  • A few ginger jars (depending on the number of herbs you want to grow).
  • Herb plants (if you want to transplant) or seeds.
  • Potting mixture
  • Labels (to ensure you don’t add mint when you should add basil)
  • Gravel or small rocks for support.

Add Rocks to Ginger Jar

Step 1 – Create a foundation

Remember those rocks I recommended? Start your ginger jar herb garden by filling those up till 2 inches below the rim of the jar. You can also use marbles if you wish. This will protect the roots of those delicate herbs from getting waterlogged and sip just enough to remain healthy. 

Add soil to your pot

Step 2 – Soil it

Not just any soil will do though. Potting soil is different from the regular variety because it is chock full of organic material that can make your herbs big and strong. This includes material such as compost, perlite and peat which can ensure your herbs remain nourished and moisturized. You can find this mixture easily enough in your local farmer’s market or in stores. 

Step 3 – Add seeds or transplant herbs 

 A ginger jar herb garden can only be called a utopia for herbs if you introduce more than one type in it. Make your garden inclusive and kitchen-friendly at the same time by growing all of the herbs you will ever need. All you need to do is sow the seeds right on top of the potting mix, add a layer more, add water, sit back and watch the magic happen – with frequent (light) watering of course. 

You can also transplant herbs directly into the jars if you wish but make sure the roots are exposed slightly. This will promote growth and the packed earth will ensure they remain in place. If you use plants with stronger roots, remove some of the potting mix from the jar before planting so that they have direct access to air and water. 

Ginger Jar Herb Garden

To the untrained eye, there is no difference between mint and parsley leaves. So if you are a bit unpracticed at recognizing the differences, label all of the jars! Once that’s done, line all of them in a row on your kitchen sill and wait. With some tender loving care and slight watering, you should see a fragrant garden bloom there in no time.

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Sideboard Goes from Drab to Fab Part I

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We have spent the last couple of months trying to gather up all of our worldly possessions. This includes a 3,600 mile road trip to empty out a storage unit in Houston, TX that we really hadn't opened since we moved overseas about 8 years ago. And most of the furniture inside of it were hand-me-downs or starter pieces for newlyweds. Not exactly the stuff you want to showcase a brand new home and life, right?

One of the items inside was this cherry sideboard from my grandmother:

Before Dresser Image

Now as far as a functional piece of furniture, it's great. It has good lines, great storage space, it's not too big or too small. But it had been damaged long before it ever got to me. Furthermore, the finish is kind of blah, and the hardware wasn't exactly anything to write home about.

Tools to Paint Furniture

Alright, so here are the tools you need:

  1. Rotary sander
  2. Protective eyeglasses
  3. Painters tape
  4. Gold spray paint for the hardware
  5. Water-based polyurethane
  6. Semi-gloss latex based paint
  7. Black sponge brushes
  8. Trim roller brush
  9. 150, 220 and 320 grit sandpaper. Get the 150 pads for the rotary sander.

Tape Top of Sideboard

So I first had the Mister do all the prep work ;). He was excited to bust out some tools that we hadn't been able to use in about a decade, so that made me happy! Before sanding, remove all the hardware, and the doors (we didn't remove the doors and paid for it later)...

We also had to tape up the top of the sideboard because it had an inset top made of some kind of laminate. Being black, we thought it would look good with the green and didn't want to scratch it up with the sander. 

Partly Sanded Dresser

Go over the entire surface of the sideboard with the 150 grit sandpaper until you have taken off the previous finish and are down to the bare wood. It is SO much easier to do this if you take the doors off the hinges and take the hinges off. (hint, hint). 

Partly sanded sideboard 2

You can't get the little nooks and crannies with the orbital sander, so take your sheet of 150 sandpaper and make sure to get the trim. This will help the paint stick better.

Once you have finished sanding the piece, make sure to wipe down with a damp cloth and remove all the sawdust. Check out Part II next week to see how to get it painted!

 

 

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Sideboard Goes from Drab to Fab Part I

Posted by Shelby Dillon on

We have spent the last couple of months trying to gather up all of our worldly possessions. This includes a 3,600 mile road trip to empty out a storage unit in Houston, TX that we really hadn't opened since we moved overseas about 8 years ago. And most of the furniture inside of it were hand-me-downs or starter pieces for newlyweds. Not exactly the stuff you want to showcase a brand new home and life, right?

One of the items inside was this cherry sideboard from my grandmother:

Before Dresser Image

Now as far as a functional piece of furniture, it's great. It has good lines, great storage space, it's not too big or too small. But it had been damaged long before it ever got to me. Furthermore, the finish is kind of blah, and the hardware wasn't exactly anything to write home about.

Tools to Paint Furniture

Alright, so here are the tools you need:

  1. Rotary sander
  2. Protective eyeglasses
  3. Painters tape
  4. Gold spray paint for the hardware
  5. Water-based polyurethane
  6. Semi-gloss latex based paint
  7. Black sponge brushes
  8. Trim roller brush
  9. 150, 220 and 320 grit sandpaper. Get the 150 pads for the rotary sander.

Tape Top of Sideboard

So I first had the Mister do all the prep work ;). He was excited to bust out some tools that we hadn't been able to use in about a decade, so that made me happy! Before sanding, remove all the hardware, and the doors (we didn't remove the doors and paid for it later)...

We also had to tape up the top of the sideboard because it had an inset top made of some kind of laminate. Being black, we thought it would look good with the green and didn't want to scratch it up with the sander. 

Partly Sanded Dresser

Go over the entire surface of the sideboard with the 150 grit sandpaper until you have taken off the previous finish and are down to the bare wood. It is SO much easier to do this if you take the doors off the hinges and take the hinges off. (hint, hint). 

Partly sanded sideboard 2

You can't get the little nooks and crannies with the orbital sander, so take your sheet of 150 sandpaper and make sure to get the trim. This will help the paint stick better.

Once you have finished sanding the piece, make sure to wipe down with a damp cloth and remove all the sawdust. Check out Part II next week to see how to get it painted!

 

 

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Easy, No-Cut DIY Pumpkin Topiary for Halloween

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DIY Pumpkin Topiary

Do you want a Halloween display so easy that a 3-year-old could do it? 

Seriously. That easy. Here's the proof:

Painting Pumpkins for Halloween

My daughter Rory decided she wanted Pink and Green pumpkins for Halloween. Me, wanting to have a beautiful display for the house, felt torn. Do I have a beautifully painted display that nobody can touch and takes a million hours to produce? Nah. Let's have a lot of fun with some paint and make something everyone can enjoy. And enjoy it we did - Rory painted her three pumpkins over the course of several days while mom made dinner. She was entertained and I got to get things done - brilliant!

Here's what you need:

  1. At least six pumpkins - try to get wide, squat ones that will stack better
  2. A plastic planter from Home Depot
  3. Leaves, spanish moss, or some other "extra" to add a little touch of langiappe 
  4. Sand
  5. Crafting paint

So, first, wash your pumpkins and pat dry.

Then, paint your pumpkins:

Applying Paint to Pumpkins

I wasn't going for anything particularly perfect. I wanted big, fun polka dots for my pink and green. And white pumpkins do show scars and marks, so I made sure to have the dots cover those parts as much as possible. The part that is always dirty because the pumpkin sits on the ground I had turned towards the house so nobody would see. ;) You can do stripes, spots, chevron, whatever your heart desires.

Once the pumpkins are all painted and dry - this took several days because the paint was pretty thin, take them outside and get your plastic planter and fill it with sand.

Plastic Planter with Sand

Place some of your spanish moss, leaves, or other langiappe around the edges of the sand:

Spanish Moss in Planter with Sand

Then smoosh the pumpkin really well down into the sand. The sand will help stabilize the pumpkin so that it doesn't shift or fall and can help balance the other pumpkins on top.

Then, place some spanish moss in between each of the layers as you stack the pumpkins:

Easy No-Cut Pumpkin Topiary for Halloween

Easy peasy!

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Easy, No-Cut DIY Pumpkin Topiary for Halloween

Posted by Shelby Dillon on

DIY Pumpkin Topiary

Do you want a Halloween display so easy that a 3-year-old could do it? 

Seriously. That easy. Here's the proof:

Painting Pumpkins for Halloween

My daughter Rory decided she wanted Pink and Green pumpkins for Halloween. Me, wanting to have a beautiful display for the house, felt torn. Do I have a beautifully painted display that nobody can touch and takes a million hours to produce? Nah. Let's have a lot of fun with some paint and make something everyone can enjoy. And enjoy it we did - Rory painted her three pumpkins over the course of several days while mom made dinner. She was entertained and I got to get things done - brilliant!

Here's what you need:

  1. At least six pumpkins - try to get wide, squat ones that will stack better
  2. A plastic planter from Home Depot
  3. Leaves, spanish moss, or some other "extra" to add a little touch of langiappe 
  4. Sand
  5. Crafting paint

So, first, wash your pumpkins and pat dry.

Then, paint your pumpkins:

Applying Paint to Pumpkins

I wasn't going for anything particularly perfect. I wanted big, fun polka dots for my pink and green. And white pumpkins do show scars and marks, so I made sure to have the dots cover those parts as much as possible. The part that is always dirty because the pumpkin sits on the ground I had turned towards the house so nobody would see. ;) You can do stripes, spots, chevron, whatever your heart desires.

Once the pumpkins are all painted and dry - this took several days because the paint was pretty thin, take them outside and get your plastic planter and fill it with sand.

Plastic Planter with Sand

Place some of your spanish moss, leaves, or other langiappe around the edges of the sand:

Spanish Moss in Planter with Sand

Then smoosh the pumpkin really well down into the sand. The sand will help stabilize the pumpkin so that it doesn't shift or fall and can help balance the other pumpkins on top.

Then, place some spanish moss in between each of the layers as you stack the pumpkins:

Easy No-Cut Pumpkin Topiary for Halloween

Easy peasy!

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