Posts Tagged ‘spring’
April 12, 2013 by Jenn
Now that spring is here, everyone is posting ideas on fun ways to make planters or DIYs for gardening. The problem is that no one really explains the boring part of gardening, the actual specifics of the plants and how to plant them properly. There are certain things that everyone should know in order for your plants to be their best.
1. Pick out your plants.
I picked two different succulents, a tiny fringe palm, and a zee zee plant. I chose these types of plants because they’re all typically indoor plants that don’t require a lot of light or water. The zee zee plant that I’m going to show you how to pot is actually called the eternity plant because they last a long time.
When deciding what plants you should buy think about your living situation. Are you putting the plants indoors or outside? Do you have a busy schedule or do you have the time to cater to finicky plants. Since mine were going to be inside my apartment which is usually pretty warm, I chose plants that thrive on indirect sunlight and warm temperatures. Once you decide which plants you want, there are a few more things you need such as a nice aerated potting soil and planters. Why aerated soil? In nature rocks and bugs and other roots all play a part in aerating the earth’s soil. Since your plant will be inside a pot and not exposed to natural elements, the soil needs to be aerated to insure the plant is absorbing water properly.
2. Prepare the plant for the planter.
I picked the zee zee plant first. In a separate container I mixed my potting soil with a few sticks and small rocks I found outside. The soil was already aerated with bits of materials but I add extra. Once your dirt is ready you’ll want to remove the plant from the container it came home in. Gently. Very gently. Plants are alive and they get stressed out just like people or animals. It’s important to be gentle when moving them around. Twist the plant a little to separate the sides from the pot and then lift it out.
3. Clean the plant.
Once the plant roots are exposed, remove the dirt that is clumped onto them. Expose as much of the roots as you can and very gently separate the roots from one another. You want the roots to go into the new dirt being able to spread out, this’ll help your plant thrive as it grows. The more the roots can expand, the higher your plant will grow. Be sure to make sure there are no tangles in the roots as well.
Now you’re ready to put it into the planter. I added a few inches of soil and set the plant on top. Next I filled in the sides. It’s important to remember: DON’T pack the soil. You want water to be able to reach the roots properly and packing the soil will make your pot like a brick. Make sure all roots are covered and place a little extra soil on top and done!
Most plants come with a little stick inside that tell you the name of the plant and how much water/sunlight it requires. If you’d like to go the distance, take the Latin name of the plant and google it for even more information. Good luck and happy planting!
April 4, 2013 by Jenn
Its springtime and that means BBQs, picnics, and really anything that keeps you outside. It’s been a LONG winter in Baltimore and I’m excited to share with you one of my favorite side dishes. Tomatoes and goat cheese are pretty much my two favorite things and I’m a fan of anything that puts them together. This dish is easy to make and tastes AWESOME. Here’s how you do it.
Yields: 4 servings
- 4 large beefsteak tomatoes
- 1 can black beans
- 3 1/2 cups prepared couscous (I used olive oil and garlic couscous to add some flavor)
- 1 cup goat cheese
- 2 tbsp green onion (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 500 degrees and prepare the tomatoes. Cut off the tomato tops and set aside, if they don’t sit flat you can slice a little bit off the bottom to make them level just be sure not to cut all the way through the bottom. To remove some of the moisture from the tomato, sprinkle a little salt inside and turn them upside-down. Let them sit for about 10 minutes. Place the tomatoes, right side up, on a cookie sheet and bake at 500 for 5 to 7 minutes. You want the tomato skins to be blistering but not bubbling.
- Turn the oven down to 350 degrees. To prepare your stuffing, be sure to pre-cook your couscous and black beans. You can’t put them into the tomatoes raw and try to cook them, the tomatoes will totally fall apart.
Take your prepared couscous, black beans, goat cheese, and salt/pepper and mix together in a bowl.
- After the tomatoes have cooled off a bit, spoon the mixture inside the tomatoes and set them back tondo the cookie sheet. Cook at 350 for about 5 to 10 minutes or until the inside is heated and the cheese is melted.
- Garnish with green onions and serve! Some people like to put the tops back on the filling like cute little hats but it’s up to you.
March 15, 2013 by Emily
We’ve had hints of spring weather here in Baltimore, and I’m SO ready for this cold weather to be done! I’m putting away my sweaters and leather boots to encourage the sunny weather to be upon me…. And what better way to prepare for spring than getting my spring style ready to roll?!
1- A fitted chambray/denim shirt:Demin is always in fashion and I love layering this shirt over tops that I should be saving for warmer weather but can’t wait to wear again. It helps bridge the fashion gap between too cold sweater/thermal weather and perfectly sunny sleeveless weather.
2- Ankle length skinnies: Usually I wear my skinny jeans on the longer side, I like to have them bunch and scrunch around my shoes during the cooler months… but as winter turns to spring I like showing a little more skin (hahaha ankles are SO scandalous). Theres just something super casual and “ready for warm weather” about these skimmer jeans that I really love.
3- Patterned tote bag: I am the queen of big bags, if I can’t fit a hoodie inside a purse I don’t even think about buying one. Its time to trade out your deep jewel toned purse for a fun patterned tote that can carry enough things for an adventure. If you’re like me, you’ve been stuck inside all winter and are ready to go exploring!
4- Colored Oxfords: These minty seude oxfords are so cute! They make me think of grown up easter shoes, and the pop of color is just what my tootsies need after a few months of dark boots.
5- Brand New pair of Shades: This needs no explanation, everyone needs a new pair of sunnies and whats cuter that these pastel heart shaped ones?!