Trying To Grow A Green Thumb…

20180611_145623.jpgThis year is only my second year of having any outdoor space to call my own, and thus my second year of doing any “gardening”.  I use the term “gardening” loosely, as it’s just a few pots with some plants in them.  But gosh darn it, I love those pots and those plants!

When deciding what to plant, it was a pretty easy decision to make.  The only thing we both like that would grow well in a pot {that I’m aware of!} is peppers.  So we got 2 bell pepper plants, one of which is a Yellow Belle, and the other one is a California something or other.  We picked both of them up at the local farmer’s market and brought them home to transfer into the pots we had a Yellow Belle pepper and a grape tomato plant in last year.  The grape tomato plant didn’t do well, and Hubs hates tomatoes anyway, so we decided we’d come much closer to getting our money’s worth with bell pepper plants, as it was successful last year and there are 2398457394857394 things we can do with peppers that are all delicious.

20180611_145648.jpg In this photo is a tropical flower that was given to me as a gift by a dear friend, that’s growing just lovely, and the other thing that throws well in pots… herbs!  They’ve gotten a little out of control on me already though!  I have Thai basil, Italian oregano, English thyme, chamomile, lemon verbena and peppermint.  They’re growing like crazy and I need to try to figure out how to cut them back or something.  Especially the basil and oregano.  If anyone has any advice, please, I’m all ears!  {Or eyes…}  The mint I got largely because I love the smell, and because I read that it’s supposed to help deter insects.  And the fewer insects that inhabit my world, the happier I am!  They told me it was grow fast, and boy has it!  I need to look into how to turn it into peppermint tea.  Dry it, I assume?

20180611_171723.jpgOur money saving activity of the day today was going to Dollar Tree for greeting cards.  We have lots of June birthdays, plus Father’s Day, and I have a hard time choking down the price of greeting cards at regular stores when I know you can get nice ones at Dollar Tree for a dollar, or possibly 2/$1.  While we were there I picked up some votive candles to go in my thrifted wall art, which I think made it look much nicer.

Our second frugal move of the day was knocking out a craving for Mexican by making taco salad at home.  I sat in the dining room and helped Hubs with making the taco meat and then I put mine on some lettuce and had a taco salad while he ate his as tacos.  We used 99% fat free ground turkey, so it was much healthier than a taco salad at a Mexican restaurant, and considerably more cost friendly as well.  I really need to make up my own taco seasoning, though.  I think we could save more money on at-home taco night if I did.  Perhaps tomorrow I will scour Pinterest for recipes and see if I have everything to give it a try.

And to close this post, Ginger doing exactly what I hope to be doing soon… curled up snug as a bug in a rug, ready for bed.  Hope everyone’s week got off to a great start!



1 Comment

  1. You can clip basil, thyme, and oregano and then chop it up and freeze it with a bit of olive oil in workable servings to put on to chicken breasts or veggies that are baked in the oven. For peppermint, clip larger amounts and hang them upside down to dry. Then when dry, you can break them up and put them in a airlock container for storing. Alternatively, all of them can be dried in the oven at a very very low temp for a while. I’d look up how long on pinterest. 🙂


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