Spring Container Vegetable Gardening

Spring Container Vegetable Gardening. Have a vegetable garden? Have you tried growing vegetables in pots? This year I went to all container vegetable gardening. This how I set-up my spring container vegetable garden in containers.


This year I switched over to all container gardening. I had dabbled in container gardening every since I purchased my earth boxes, but this year I had the herb island removed and sod laid down where it used to be.

Spring Container Vegetable Gardening

I had the thornless blackberry bushes removed, and dirt laid where they had grown for the last 7 years. I had them bucketed, and a friend took them to his land where he planted them near his raspberry brambles.

I decided to go to containers because the truth is I ain’t gettin’ any younger. I was tired of bending over, getting on my knees to weed, fighting slugs, etc.

This post has been a long time in coming. I planted the day after Mother’s day (perfect for my area). May was a simply glorious month after a (very) cool April. I took photos of when I started, a week later, a week after that… and ended up with so many photos I became overwhelmed. And in truth, my container gardens have become overwhelming too!! My backyard patio looks like a jungle. People cannot believe how my plants in the containers have taken off.

Container Garden Vegetables Planted:

• Green Beans (earth boxes and regular garden pots)
• Cucumbers (earth box and regular garden pots)
• Peppers (earth boxes)
• Roman Tomatoes (the city picker boxes)
• Cherry Tomatoes (regular garden container)
• Cabbage (regular garden containers)
• Brussels Sprouts (regular garden containers)
• Peas (regular containers, three different types)
• Lettuce (bags)
• Spinach (bags)
• Mustard Greens (bags)
• Herbs – 2 different basil, thyme, spearmint, and something else…

So, here’s a few photos of how things are coming along this week.

Spring Container Gardening. Experimenting with container gardening. Lettuce, spinach, mustard greens grown the same way.


This is a blend of lettuce. It is soft, soft, soft, and tastes great! Hubby and I have pulled off a few leaves to taste, but I have not yet cut to harvest.

Spring Container Gardening. Experimenting with container gardening. Cabbage in a single pot.


I am growing several different types of cabbage. It is interesting as two were planted as singles in smaller containers, and six, three per container were planted in very large containers (I “thought” one or two would die off per container… thought wrong). I plan on keeping a notebook with all the tags and notes on what went right, and what went wrong, in my move over to container gardening.

Spring Container Gardening. Experimenting with container gardening. Roma tomatoes in city pickers.


There are far, far, FAR too many tomatoes in these city pickers. Again, I expected some to die off. I am considering transplanting into the ground before it is too late, but the whole experiment was to see how many would grow successfully in a planter. I know the Romas grow well in these containers as they did last year, so even though it makes me twitchy, I am prepared to ride it out and see what happens.

Spring Container Gardening. Experimenting with container gardening. Various types of peas, each different type in a single pot.


My peas are climbing. This is a new vegetable for me to plant. I have not done it at this house, and we’ve owned it for 13 years now. I am excited to see how well they will produce.

Spring Container Gardening. Experimenting with container gardening. Banana Peppers growing in an earth box.


I am growing: banana peppers (shown above), red peppers, green peppers, and orange peppers. I planted 17 pepper plants (various types), lost 2, and am “down” to 15 plants. The banana peppers are already producing.

A real perk to this container gardening is the bunnies are not eating all my plants. Last year, the peppers didn’t survive to flower as the rabbits came through and simply ate the leaves before the plants could grow. This year? We have at least four rabbits hopping through the backyard every day, and {knock on wood} so far they have left hungry.

Spring Container Gardening. Experimenting with container gardening. Cabbage in a single pot.


These are my Brussels Sprouts. The pots are enormous. I planted six Brussels Sprouts plants altogether, 3 per pot. In this pot, one has already died off. In the other pot, all three plants have been attacked by bugs. I think this weekend I’ll be transplanting one of these two plants into the other container, remove those three bug-eaten plants, and stake these so they can grow.

Spring Container Gardening. Experimenting with container gardening. Garden tower of herbs.


When I decided to transition to (what was supposed to be exclusively) container gardening this year, I knew I’d need a few containers. I had all my earth boxes, the city pickers, and large containers I had saved from prior years that had held flowers. I purchased a few cool aqua and purple containers to add a pop of color. And, I purchased this garden tower.

Hubby and I started looking at for a garden tower two years ago. I simply didn’t want to pay the price (they were going for $500!!!) So this year when I found this garden tower (post) at gardener’s supply for under $200, I snatched it up.

IT. IS. AMAZING!!

I am so, so, soooooooooooooooo happy I bought this. I decided to grow all my herbs in it this year (well, except for some oregano that has been in the ground for the last five years). We chose not to install the irrigation system, and I water (nearly) every day. I plan on buying at least one more next year for flowers, possibly two more (I may try peppers in there). For the small footprint, it really packs a visual whallop (not to mention it grows herbs pretty darned well!)

Spring Container Gardening. Experimenting with container gardening. Green beans growing in an earth box.


I have green beans growing everywhere – earth boxes (above), single pots, in the ground (because I overbought and didn’t want to waste them) – in all I have 18 green bean plants growing and starting to flower. I have no idea what I was thinking. All I can say is if these all produce… I am glad we like green beans.

Spring Container Gardening. Experimenting with container gardening. Flowers.


Spring Container Gardening. Experimenting with container gardening. Flowers.


Spring Container Gardening. Experimenting with container gardening. Flowers.


I even managed a few flowers!

All-in-all this year’s container gardening is off to a good start.

If you are wondering how I planted the planters:

The earth boxes followed these directions: earth box set-up I have not really deviated from those instructions since I started using them in 2014.

The pots and city pickers were as follows:

• A scoop of drainage rocks not covering any drainage holes.
• A half full layer of Miracle Grow Potting Soil.
• A layer (yes, a layer) of Garden-tone vegetable food.
• Water (I use a sprinking water can for this).
• Fill the remainder of the pot with Miracle Grow Potting Soil.

Everything is an experiment this year outside the earth boxes. It should be interesting to see how much, or how little, the pots produce compared to the in-ground planting I have done for years.

Are you gardening this year? Containers, in-ground, or a mix of the two? How is your garden growing?


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How to Make a Flower Quilling Pendant Necklace

How to Make a Flower Quilling Pendant Necklace. Use these easy step by step instructions to make a beautiful flower pendant with quilling paper strips. This lovely pendant can be customized to any color to personalize your flower quilling pendant necklace to your exact taste. If you are interested in making quilling jewelry, start here!


Use these easy step by step instructions to make a beautiful flower pendant with quilling paper strips. This lovely pendant can be customized to any color to personalize your flower quilling pendant necklace to your exact taste. If you are interested in making quilling jewelry, start here!

How to Make a Flower Quilling Pendant Necklace

This is super pretty. I mean super duper pretty. When finished you can string it on a leather thong, a delicate chain, embellish with more dodads (like the yellow wooden balls shown) or leave “plain”. This Flower Quilling Pendant Necklace is lovely enough to not need additional embellishments.

This is listed out (with photos) as step-by-step. Follow the instructions to make your own lovely Flower Quilling Pendant Necklace.

How to Make a Flower Quilling Pendant Necklace. Use these easy step by step instructions to make a beautiful flower pendant with quilling paper strips. This lovely pendant can be customized to any color to personalize your flower quilling pendant necklace to your exact taste. If you are interested in making quilling jewelry, start here!


Flower Quilling Pendant Necklace Materials:

Quilling paper strips, 14cm, 7 cm
• Scissors
• Craft Glue
Slotted Quilling Tool
• Seed beads
Jump Ring

How to Make a Flower Quilling Pendant Necklace. Use these easy step by step instructions to make a beautiful flower pendant with quilling paper strips. This lovely pendant can be customized to any color to personalize your flower quilling pendant necklace to your exact taste. If you are interested in making quilling jewelry, start here!


Flower Quilling Pendant Necklace Directions:

• Step 1 – Select 2 different colored quilling strips; one long (14 cm) and one short (7 cm).

How to Make a Flower Quilling Pendant Necklace. Use these easy step by step instructions to make a beautiful flower pendant with quilling paper strips. This lovely pendant can be customized to any color to personalize your flower quilling pendant necklace to your exact taste. If you are interested in making quilling jewelry, start here!


• Step 2 – Hold both strips together by matching any one side of both strips.

How to Make a Flower Quilling Pendant Necklace. Use these easy step by step instructions to make a beautiful flower pendant with quilling paper strips. This lovely pendant can be customized to any color to personalize your flower quilling pendant necklace to your exact taste. If you are interested in making quilling jewelry, start here!


• Step 3 – Coil the strips together with the help of the slotted quilling tool.

How to Make a Flower Quilling Pendant Necklace. Use these easy step by step instructions to make a beautiful flower pendant with quilling paper strips. This lovely pendant can be customized to any color to personalize your flower quilling pendant necklace to your exact taste. If you are interested in making quilling jewelry, start here!


• Step 4 – Carefully take out the coil from the tool and allow the coil to loosen up a little.

How to Make a Flower Quilling Pendant Necklace. Use these easy step by step instructions to make a beautiful flower pendant with quilling paper strips. This lovely pendant can be customized to any color to personalize your flower quilling pendant necklace to your exact taste. If you are interested in making quilling jewelry, start here!


• Step 5 – Press any one side of the loose coil to form a teardrop shape. Glue the open end to secure the shape.

How to Make a Flower Quilling Pendant Necklace. Use these easy step by step instructions to make a beautiful flower pendant with quilling paper strips. This lovely pendant can be customized to any color to personalize your flower quilling pendant necklace to your exact taste. If you are interested in making quilling jewelry, start here!


• Step 6 – Now take another different colored strip of 3.5 cm length and form a tight coil with it. Glue the open end to secure the shape.

How to Make a Flower Quilling Pendant Necklace. Use these easy step by step instructions to make a beautiful flower pendant with quilling paper strips. This lovely pendant can be customized to any color to personalize your flower quilling pendant necklace to your exact taste. If you are interested in making quilling jewelry, start here!


• Step 7 – Take the teardrop shape prepared in step 5 and use the slotted quilling tool to increase the size of its center.

How to Make a Flower Quilling Pendant Necklace. Use these easy step by step instructions to make a beautiful flower pendant with quilling paper strips. This lovely pendant can be customized to any color to personalize your flower quilling pendant necklace to your exact taste. If you are interested in making quilling jewelry, start here!


• Step 8 – Apply a small amount of glue in the center and then place the tight coil prepared in step 6 inside the center.

How to Make a Flower Quilling Pendant Necklace. Use these easy step by step instructions to make a beautiful flower pendant with quilling paper strips. This lovely pendant can be customized to any color to personalize your flower quilling pendant necklace to your exact taste. If you are interested in making quilling jewelry, start here!


• Step 9 – Similarly create 5 more of these patterns as we’ll need 6 of them for the pendant.

How to Make a Flower Quilling Pendant Necklace. Use these easy step by step instructions to make a beautiful flower pendant with quilling paper strips. This lovely pendant can be customized to any color to personalize your flower quilling pendant necklace to your exact taste. If you are interested in making quilling jewelry, start here!


• Step 10 – Create 12 basic lens shape using 14 cm strips; of any color of your choice. Also create 6 basic lens shapes and 6 teardrop shapes using 7 cm strips. Create a tight coil pattern using a 14 cm strip; for the center of the flower (pendant).

How to Make a Flower Quilling Pendant Necklace. Use these easy step by step instructions to make a beautiful flower pendant with quilling paper strips. This lovely pendant can be customized to any color to personalize your flower quilling pendant necklace to your exact taste. If you are interested in making quilling jewelry, start here!


• Step 11 – Take a foam board and place the center (tight coil prepared in step 10). Glue the 6 teardrop shapes prepared in step 8 and 9 around it. The teardrop shapes are the petals of the flower.

How to Make a Flower Quilling Pendant Necklace. Use these easy step by step instructions to make a beautiful flower pendant with quilling paper strips. This lovely pendant can be customized to any color to personalize your flower quilling pendant necklace to your exact taste. If you are interested in making quilling jewelry, start here!


• Step 12 – Now glue the basic lens shapes (made from 14 cm strips) between the petals. Glue 2 lens shapes between 2 petals.

How to Make a Flower Quilling Pendant Necklace. Use these easy step by step instructions to make a beautiful flower pendant with quilling paper strips. This lovely pendant can be customized to any color to personalize your flower quilling pendant necklace to your exact taste. If you are interested in making quilling jewelry, start here!


• Step 13 – Now glue the 6 lens shape and the 6 teardrops (made from 7 cm strips) between the previous lens shapes and petals. You can follow the pattern I created or you can attach them however you want to.

How to Make a Flower Quilling Pendant Necklace. Use these easy step by step instructions to make a beautiful flower pendant with quilling paper strips. This lovely pendant can be customized to any color to personalize your flower quilling pendant necklace to your exact taste. If you are interested in making quilling jewelry, start here!


• Step 14 – Done forming the floral pattern? Create a tight coil pattern with a relatively larger hole in its center and attach it with the floral pattern. Also collect a jump ring.

How to Make a Flower Quilling Pendant Necklace. Use these easy step by step instructions to make a beautiful flower pendant with quilling paper strips. This lovely pendant can be customized to any color to personalize your flower quilling pendant necklace to your exact taste. If you are interested in making quilling jewelry, start here!


• Step 15 – Attach the jump ring with the floral pendant through the hole of the coil attached with it in previous step.

How to Make a Flower Quilling Pendant Necklace. Use these easy step by step instructions to make a beautiful flower pendant with quilling paper strips. This lovely pendant can be customized to any color to personalize your flower quilling pendant necklace to your exact taste. If you are interested in making quilling jewelry, start here!


• Step 16 – Select any colored seed beads you want and glue them on the floral pattern using craft glue. Allow the glue to dry entirely.

How to Make a Flower Quilling Pendant Necklace. Use these easy step by step instructions to make a beautiful flower pendant with quilling paper strips. This lovely pendant can be customized to any color to personalize your flower quilling pendant necklace to your exact taste. If you are interested in making quilling jewelry, start here!


• Step 17 – Once the glue dries you can wear the pendant with a necklace or a black string necklace.

How to Make a Flower Quilling Pendant Necklace. Use these easy step by step instructions to make a beautiful flower pendant with quilling paper strips. This lovely pendant can be customized to any color to personalize your flower quilling pendant necklace to your exact taste. If you are interested in making quilling jewelry, start here!


• To print the instructions for this How to Make a Flower Quilling Pendant Necklace tutorial, click here.

If you enjoy making your own jewelry, you may want to make one of these:

DIY Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelets – Make your own all day diffuser bracelet using this easy step by step instruction tutorial. The possibilities are endless for design and scent when you make your own essential oil diffuser bracelet. Enjoy your favorite scent all day long when you make your own DIY Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelets!

DIY Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace – Make your own all day diffuser necklace using this easy step by step instruction tutorial. The possibilities are endless for design and scent when you make your own essential oil diffuser necklace. Enjoy your favorite scent all day long when you make your own DIY Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace!


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Bacon Asparagus Tartlet Recipe

Bacon Asparagus Tartlet Recipe. Ready in no time flat, these simple to prepare Bacon Asparagus Tartlet appetizers are just what your next party needs! Whether you serve as a snack or hors d'oeuvre, this bacon asparagus tartlet recipe is a great addition to any gathering or celebration. From showers to wedding recipes to game day parties, these delicious little appetizers are sure to please your friends and family alike. Yum!


Ready in no time flat, these simple to prepare Bacon Asparagus Tartlet appetizers are just what your next party needs! Whether you serve as a snack or hors-d’oeuvre, this bacon asparagus tartlet recipe is a great addition to any gathering or celebration. From showers to wedding recipes to game day parties, these delicious little appetizers are sure to please your friends and family alike. Yum!

Bacon Asparagus Tartlet Recipe

Appetizers come in all shapes and sizes, from dips, to nibbles to individually served preportioned goodies on sticks, appetizers are great for parties, snacks, or to wet your appetite for the main course.

These Bacon Asparagus Tartlets are in the latter category. You can make them ahead of time and serve cold, you can bake them and hold in a warm oven, or you can serve hot (just allow to cool for a second or two so your guests do not burn their tongues on the hot cheese!).

These also make a great little breakfast bite – wonderful for a brunch or on your holiday breakfast menu.

Ready in about 30 minutes or so, this recipe is easily doubled, tripled, quadrupled … ok, I think you have the idea. You can multiply the recipe to serve more guests or to allow more than three (my serving suggestion) Bacon Asparagus Tartlet per guest.

Notes:

• The bacon needs to be precooked.
• The asparagus in this recipe is not precooked. If you like a softer asparagus and want to sauté the asparagus for a bit to make it softer, allow it to cool down before using so it doesn’t cook the egg. You may be able to temper it, but cooling down would be easier.
• If you choose to go with raw asparagus, it will be firmer in these tartlets.

So, on to the yummy recipe…

Bacon Asparagus Tartlet Recipe. Ready in no time flat, these simple to prepare Bacon Asparagus Tartlet appetizers are just what your next party needs! Whether you serve as a snack or hors d'oeuvre, this bacon asparagus tartlet recipe is a great addition to any gathering or celebration. From showers to wedding recipes to game day parties, these delicious little appetizers are sure to please your friends and family alike. Yum!


Bacon Asparagus Tartlet Ingredients:

• ½ cup Bacon
• 1/8 Onion
• ½ cup Asparagus, fresh
• ½ cup Cheddar, shredded
• 3 Eggs
• 1 tsp Italian Herb Seasoning
• 1 tsp Garlic, minced
• Salt, to taste
• Pepper, to taste
• 18 Mini Tartlet Shells

Bacon Asparagus Tartlet Mise en Place:

• Cutting Board
• Knife
Measuring Cup
• Bowl
• Spoon
Parchment Paper
Baking Sheet

Bacon Asparagus Tartlet Recipe. Ready in no time flat, these simple to prepare Bacon Asparagus Tartlet appetizers are just what your next party needs! Whether you serve as a snack or hors d'oeuvre, this bacon asparagus tartlet recipe is a great addition to any gathering or celebration. From showers to wedding recipes to game day parties, these delicious little appetizers are sure to please your friends and family alike. Yum!


Bacon Asparagus Tartlet Directions:

• Preheat oven to 350°.
• Precook your bacon if you have not purchased precooked.
• Drain grease from bacon, cool slightly, dice bacon into small pieces.
• Dice onion into small pieces.
• Dice asparagus into very small pieces.

Bacon Asparagus Tartlet Recipe. Ready in no time flat, these simple to prepare Bacon Asparagus Tartlet appetizers are just what your next party needs! Whether you serve as a snack or hors d'oeuvre, this bacon asparagus tartlet recipe is a great addition to any gathering or celebration. From showers to wedding recipes to game day parties, these delicious little appetizers are sure to please your friends and family alike. Yum!


Bacon Asparagus Tartlet Recipe. Ready in no time flat, these simple to prepare Bacon Asparagus Tartlet appetizers are just what your next party needs! Whether you serve as a snack or hors d'oeuvre, this bacon asparagus tartlet recipe is a great addition to any gathering or celebration. From showers to wedding recipes to game day parties, these delicious little appetizers are sure to please your friends and family alike. Yum!


• Combine the diced bacon, onion, asparagus and cheddar in a bowl. Combine well.
• Add the eggs, Italian herb seasoning, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix to combine.
• Arrange the tartlet shells on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Bacon Asparagus Tartlet Recipe. Ready in no time flat, these simple to prepare Bacon Asparagus Tartlet appetizers are just what your next party needs! Whether you serve as a snack or hors d'oeuvre, this bacon asparagus tartlet recipe is a great addition to any gathering or celebration. From showers to wedding recipes to game day parties, these delicious little appetizers are sure to please your friends and family alike. Yum!


• Fill tartlets, dividing the filling evenly between all the tart shells.

Bacon Asparagus Tartlet Recipe. Ready in no time flat, these simple to prepare Bacon Asparagus Tartlet appetizers are just what your next party needs! Whether you serve as a snack or hors d'oeuvre, this bacon asparagus tartlet recipe is a great addition to any gathering or celebration. From showers to wedding recipes to game day parties, these delicious little appetizers are sure to please your friends and family alike. Yum!


• Bake in the oven for 12 – 15 minutes or until the tops of the tarts are golden brown

Bacon Asparagus Tartlet Recipe. Ready in no time flat, these simple to prepare Bacon Asparagus Tartlet appetizers are just what your next party needs! Whether you serve as a snack or hors d'oeuvre, this bacon asparagus tartlet recipe is a great addition to any gathering or celebration. From showers to wedding recipes to game day parties, these delicious little appetizers are sure to please your friends and family alike. Yum!


• Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before serving.


Bacon Asparagus Tartlet Recipe

Ready in no time flat, these simple to prepare Bacon Asparagus Tartlet appetizers are just what your next party needs! Whether you serve as a snack or hors d’oeuvre, this bacon asparagus tartlet recipe is a great addition to any gathering or celebration. From showers to wedding recipes to game day parties, these delicious little appetizers are sure to please your friends and family alike. Yum!

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 12 Minutes
Total Time: 27 Minutes

Ingredients:

½ cup Bacon
1/8 Onion
½ cup Asparagus, fresh
½ cup Cheddar, shredded
3 Eggs
1 tsp Italian Herb Seasoning
1 tsp Garlic, minced
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
18 Mini Tartlet Shells

Directions:

• Preheat oven to 350°.
• Precook your bacon if you have not purchased precooked.
• Drain grease from bacon, cool slightly, dice bacon into small pieces.
• Dice onion into small pieces.
• Dice asparagus into very small pieces.
• Combine the diced bacon, onion, asparagus and cheddar in a bowl. Combine well.
• Add the eggs, Italian herb seasoning, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix to combine.
• Arrange the tartlet shells on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
• Fill tartlets, dividing the filling evenly between all the tart shells.
• Bake in the oven for 12 – 15 minutes or until the tops of the tarts are golden brown
• Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before serving.

Makes 6 servings Bacon Asparagus Tartlets

Bacon Asparagus Tartlet Recipe. Ready in no time flat, these simple to prepare Bacon Asparagus Tartlet appetizers are just what your next party needs! Whether you serve as a snack or hors d'oeuvre, this bacon asparagus tartlet recipe is a great addition to any gathering or celebration. From showers to wedding recipes to game day parties, these delicious little appetizers are sure to please your friends and family alike. Yum!


• To print the Bacon Asparagus Tartlet recipe click here.

If you would like more appetizer recipes to try, check out these:

Bruschetta made with Heirloom Tomatoes and Kale Recipe – This very versatile Bruschetta made with Heirloom Tomatoes and Kale is a perfect accompaniment with any meal, a before meal appetizer, or simply as a stand-alone snack.

Kickin’ Corn off the Cob Dip – Want a little kick in your dip? When plain old dip just won’t cut it, try this Kickin’ Corn off the Cob Dip at your next get together and enjoy a spicy good time.

Turkey Cream Cheese Pinwheels Recipe – Whether served as an appetizer or as a lunch entree, these tasty pinwheels really hit the spot.


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