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February 10, 2020

Cultivating a New Hobby

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The start of the year seems to be a trendy time to talk about hobbies. I think majority of people would agree that hobbies are a positive thing. They help round you out as a person and broaden your horizons. You have the chance to connect with a wider variety of people and improve your outlook on the world.

I’ve always been a plant person and over the years have successfully grown and created a sort of an indoor jungle, but this year I’m turning my attention to the outdoor plants to hopefully create and maintain a much nicer landscape in our own yard.

My Google history recently has been filled with searches about garden hoses, growing techniques, and pruning tips – and I couldn’t be happier.

When we bought our little Riverwood Cape Home it came with a peach tree out front, beautiful jasmine bushes, three blueberry bushes and a pre-made raised bed.

Because we bought our house in April and two days later started ripping out walls we didn’t have too much time to focus on our current plants or adding anything to the landscape before the heat of the summer set in. This year, I’m planning out a larger garden area, focusing on propagating the jasmine, and adding to our general landscaping.

While I’m still in the process of finalizing a plan for our outdoors that I’ll share soon, I wanted to share a few tools and items I have stocked up on in preparation for the season of outdoor living.

Waterproof Chelsea Boots

I took months to find the right waterproof boots. Here’s the thing: I know people swear by their Hunter boots. I’ve tried them on. They’re great.

But I don’t love tall, rubber boots. Even the touring style was too heavy and clunky for my liking so my compromise was a pair of Chelsea boots from J.Crew that are just perfect.

They’re inexpensive, lightweight, comfortable, and 100% waterproof.

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Seeds

While I haven’t fully nailed down what I want to plant yet, I knew I wanted to try out a couple varieties of veggies from Row 7.

They’re an organic seed company that specializes in creating plants that burst with flavor. I bought the snow pea and cucumber seeds and am excited to see how they turn out.

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Terra Cotta Pots

I don’t have a great place to plant an herb garden so this year I’m going to try planting all my herb plants in lovely terra cotta pots.

The thing with terra cotta is it can dry out your plants pretty fast, but I’ve had great success with potting indoor plants in terra cotta and am pretty confident with a bit of babysitting I’ll be able to successfully make herbs like Rosemary, Mint, Parsley, and Sage thrive.

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