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#GardenWithJulia — Update 2

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Hello there!

Well, I know I haven’t done nearly as well as keeping you updated on the garden this year, my apologies. Here’s my first update, and here’s where things are now. Continue reading “#GardenWithJulia — Update 2”

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#GardenWithJulia – Winter Sowing Update 2

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Ok, I’m gonna be honest here–I stopped checking on and even thinking about the winter sowing project once I had plants in containers. I’ve managed to transplant the oregano, sage, and thyme, but the thyme has withered. Look what I found when I decided to snoop around.

A marigold in bloom

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Rosemary!? (I’ve yet to successfully get this to grow from seed, so I’m not 100% on this)

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A pepper plant?

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Tomatoes!

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And here’s all the containers.

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Are you trying a garden this year? How’s it going?

 

❤ Julia

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#RockMyTBR 2017 April Recap

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#RockMyTBR (link) is a reading challenge hosted by Sarah K., The YA Book Traveler. Basically, the challenge is to read books that you already own that were published before the beginning of the year. I love this challenge. Even though I didn’t complete it last year, it was still fun to participate in and see what others were reading. Here’s my intro post for this year.

So how did I do in the month of April?

Altogether I read four books in April, and NONE of them were for #RockMyTBR.

Really, I thought I read more than that :-\

And really, I need to get hoppin’!

Are you participating in this or any other reading challenges? How are you doing?

❤ Julia

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#RockMyTBR 2017 March Recap

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#RockMyTBR (link) is a reading challenge hosted by Sarah K., The YA Book Traveler. Basically, the challenge is to read books that you already own that were published before the beginning of the year. I love this challenge. Even though I didn’t complete it last year, it was still fun to participate in and see what others were reading. Here’s my intro post for this year.

So how did I do in the month of March? Continue reading “#RockMyTBR 2017 March Recap”

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#RockMyTBR 2017 February Recap

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#RockMyTBR (link) is a reading challenge hosted by Sarah K., The YA Book Traveler. Basically, the challenge is to read books that you already own that were published before the beginning of the year. I love this challenge. Even though I didn’t complete it last year, it was still fun to participate in and see what others were reading. Here’s my intro post for this year.

So how did I do in the month of February? Continue reading “#RockMyTBR 2017 February Recap”

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#RockMyTBR 2017 January Recap

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#RockMyTBR (link) is a reading challenge hosted by Sarah K., The YA Book Traveler. Basically, the challenge is to read books that you already own that were published before the beginning of the year. I love this challenge. Even though I didn’t complete it last year, it was still fun to participate in and see what others were reading. Here’s my intro post for this year.

So how did I do in the month of January?

Well, I started out with a BANG! let me tell you…but none of the four books I read in January were for this challenge. I got caught up in trying to read books for YAKFest (and then I was too sick to read), so looks like I’ll just have to try harder!

Are you participating in this or any other reading challenges? How are you doing?

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#GardenWithJulia 2017 – Winter Sowing

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Hello there! I bet you didn’t think you’d see a gardening post so soon! Last year I came across an idea called “winter sowing.” Basically, you sow the seeds you want to grow in a plastic container and set it outside during the winter. In colder climates (those with freezing temps/snow), this is a way to get a jump on the gardening season. It’s hard to find much info on winter sowing in warm climates, mostly because I think there’s not really a need for it. BUT! I figure there’s no harm in trying, right? I already have all the materials, and if nothing comes from it, I’ve lost nothing, and gained experience I wouldn’t have if I didn’t try at all. Continue reading “#GardenWithJulia 2017 – Winter Sowing”

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Gardening with Julia – Final Video and 2016 Wrap-Up

Hello there! Sorry, I fell off my update and video wagon. I still want to wrap up the year and let you know that I am excited to try this again next year!

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The rest of the year

The last update I gave, I had just begun planning my fall garden.

Also shortly after that update, an invasion of aphids set up camp in my garden and stunted the growth of the pepper, watermelon, and cantaloupe plants. I was able to regain control over the pepper plants, but the damage to the watermelon plant left it struggling at barely six inches tall, and no more growth ever happened. The cantaloupe plant was able to grow a little and produce one small cantaloupe, but the cooler weather set in before it could ripen.

I had zero luck with fall spinach, lettuce, and beets.

I did have some luck with some fall green beans and carrots, though. These carrots grew and looked a lot better than the others, and I think it may have been the different variety that made the difference.

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I had planted some snow peas, and they grew tall and fast. I got about three delicious pods from them before they reached the state they are in now. Green but heavy and limp, not producing anything. Either I didn’t do well at watering (very possible) or the crazy Texas weather did a number on them. I’m excited to try them again, though! I love snow peas!

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My pepper plants continued producing a good amount of time, and I got two roma tomatoes from one tomato plant. The rest of the plants didn’t survive the combination heat/bugs/novice gardener.

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The Last Video

Things Learned

Squash bug hatchlings are crazy/gross looking. I’ve learned “that strange brown stick” is one way eggs are laid, you can be sure that I’ll be on the lookout for those!

The way I made my indoor greenhouse wasn’t good. Apparently, if I’d actually been using a grow light, the heat would have reflected off the foil and fried the seedlings.

I think I may need to try and mix my soil with something to make it a little lighter/better draining.

I need more plants of each type. I think that will help with pollination and the chances of something surviving the elements.

I actually really like growing flowers. They made me happy each time I saw them.

Gardening makes me exceptionally happy.

Looking Forward

While I’m not going to spell out my plans for 2017 just yet, I do want to say that I look forward to gardening again, and I hope you’ll continue to follow along! Maybe I’ll even become better at making/editing/posting the videos.

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#RockMyTBR 2016 Wrap-up

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This year I participated in the #RockMyTBR reading challenge. I also plan on participating in 2017. Here’s a wrap-up of my challenge.

Basically, I chose 12 books already on my kindle that I thought I’d enjoy reading. That’s only one a month…

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But then I only read 4 of the 12 on my challenge. Oops!

Books read (4/12)

The Long Way Home by Regina West

The Liberation of Alice Love by Abby McDonald

Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles

Relentless by Karen Lynch

I hope next year’s challenge will be better. I actually have 15 books on the 2017 challenge, but I made sure to find books that were really, REALLY on my list. Hopefully I’ll do better this time around.

Did you participate in any 2016 reading challenges? How did you do? Are you doing any in 2017?

 

 

 

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#RockMyTBR 2017 Intro Post

Rock my TBR hosted by The YA Book Traveler

rockmytbr1It’s that time again! Y’all know I’ve had fun with the RockMyTBR challenge this year, even though I didn’t complete it and most likely won’t given the rest of the year is pretty busy. I’m going to try again!

Basically, this challenge is to read books that you already own. Check out Sarah’s post for the details.

In 2017, I have 15 books that I definitely want to read for this challenge, but my per-month minimum is 1, with a few extra thrown in somewhere. Here’s a Goodreads list with my books on it. Books are listed in no particular order.

  1. THE SNOW GLOBE by Jenna Nelson
  2. SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi
  3. SNOW LIKE ASHES by Sara Raasch
  4. SECOND POSITION by Katherine Locke
  5. THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson
  6. MAGIC PRICE by C.L. Schneider
  7. THORN by Intisar Khanani
  8. HELLO? by Liza M. Weimer
  9. THE OUTWORLDER by S.K. Valenzuela
  10. CRACKED by Eliza Crewe
  11. SPELLS AND SORCERY by S. Usher Evans
  12. STARSHINE by G.S. Jennsen
  13. PAST LIFE STRIFE by Christina McMullen
  14. SUGAR by Dierdre Riordian Hall
  15. 122 RULES by Deek Rhew

I’m so excited for this challenge! Let me know if any of these books are on your list and you’d like to buddy read. 🙂

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