Hello friends, I hope you all had a nice “first weekend of summer” last week! It was actually pretty nice here for the first time that I can remember in a while. I see on social media where so many families are already spending time at the pool, but Memorial Day weekend is never the start of summer for us here in the maritime northwest like that. We just think it’s a win if we don’t have to grill in the rain (‘mist’ whatever). So this year = win!
On to this week’s three things – and the links I think you’ll love! (Some of the links I provide are affiliate links.)
How our painted porch railing held up through the winter. Do you remember when we painted our peeling front porch railing last fall? At the time I mentioned that we had painted it a lot and it always seemed to peel after the winter, but this time we were using some serious primer (this one) and paint. Guess what? It came through the last 8 months of rain and cold beautifully!
There are absolutely no peeling parts and I even shot a closeup of the lower rail (the part that always peels first, since water tends to sit on it longest) for you to see. It’s a bit dirty (well, it is outside…), but the paint has held up fabulously. Love it.
Our minimal vegetable garden. Things are a lot different in the vegetable garden this year. You can click here to see what this area has looked like every year since we installed the beds. With the goal to sell, there wasn’t time to plant all I normally do – plus we (hopefully) won’t be here to harvest most of it – so I decided to leave the larger beds empty and plant just a bit of things in the taller raised beds to make them look good and provide a few things for the potential new owners.
I also bought most of the plants (gasp) and sowed just a few seeds outdoors (some lettuce, beans, and zucchini). There’s lots of potential here and I think it’s looking good, though not nearly as lush as it normally does at this time of the year. And to be honest? It’s been a relief not to feel like I have to plant all that – it’s too much for us now and one of the reasons we’re looking to downsize.
A tool I grab over and over: a dibber/bulb planter. Do you guys use a dibber? I always saw these when I started gardening, but thought a trowel was the same so didn’t try one until a few years ago.
Now I find myself using it all the time – it makes smaller trenches when I pull it through the soil for planting small seeds like carrots and beets, and it’s really easy to make holes – just stab the ground, pull it out and plant. I just move it in around a bit when I want a larger hole. I find I use it about the same amount of time now as my trowel.
Links To Check Out:
Decorative ideas for creating a summer container garden.
Strawberry-vanilla jam sweetened with honey.
I would LOVE this for our patio!
This might be titled To Servants of Jesus in your 30s & 40s, but feels like it was written right for me. Such encouragement.
Get some summer home tour inspiration.
I need this miracle laundry whitening solution desperately!
How about some summer slow cooker recipes?
Like these links? I’m always pinning these and lots more – follow me on Pinterest for more inspiration and ideas!
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