Weekend Coffee Share – Staycation Week 5

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Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! There is regular hot coffee in the French press (very strong,) ice tea and ice coffee. What would you like?

It’s been a lovely (mostly) sunny and 75 degrees week. Today it’s cloudy, but still very nice. Let’s sit in the garden! Make yourself comfortable, there is plenty of chairs to choose from, or maybe you’d rather sit on one of the big rocks? There is a few big rocks scattered around the place, my daughter and I have ‘picnics’ on them sometimes. Last night we had a picnic by the lake, and we both came to the conclusion that everything tastes better when you eat outside. It’s the taste of adventure! Let’s have a coffee adventure today 🙂

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Bell pepper, and bush tomato plants. 

The mild weather, and absence of rain the past few days have been beneficial for my garden. June was scorching hot without rain, but then we had too much rain the ten first days of July. I am amazed how well my garden is taking this crazy weather, first super hot, and then drowning. We are actually seeing the beginning of a zucchini invasion, and nothing could make me happier garden wise 🙂 

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It’s the bigger zucchini plants standing on the old bench, that are starting to produce. I am practicing succession planting, and have newer zucchini plants below, that (hopefully) will produce late this fall. Same for the barely visible, new tomato seedlings to the left in the photo.

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Facebook sent me this memory of my daughter, with zucchinis shew grew herself, four years ago. Notice our homemade garden beds in the background..I remember getting 38 huge truck tires for free (19 garden beds,) and two truck loads of excellent organic soil from an abandoned walnut orchard. I had to pick up the tires myself, load them up, drive them home (I could fit 7 tires at the time, if I balanced them very carefully in the back of my truck,) and unload them, roll them to the back of the house to my garden. I don’t think I would use tires today. We did work with what we had, and we had a successful garden. At least I do remember cleaning the tires thoroughly, and lining them with something before filling them with soil…notice the water melon vines around her legs. We sure were making use of that space to the max! 

I’ve been starting to track the weather, and growing zones in Sweden, since it seems like things have change a lot lately. The weather differ a lot within the same region, and that is something I want to take into consideration when purchasing property a couple years from now. Our growing zones are not measured exactly the same way as the USDA zones, but it is a similar system, and within commuting distance to my job I could live in three different zones. I’ve been spending some time this week to learn about this, since gardening is something I enjoy so much. Related to my dreams of the perfect property in the woods I’ve looked at these amazing tiny houses, and even micro houses, made by a company only two hours from me. When I lived in my RV for two years while traveling in the US I never missed a thing. In fact I had space I did not use. I can see myself living in one of these incredible little homes, in a beautiful spot, with a  greenhouse of course 🙂 

Speaking of gardening, I would like to share a little secret with you. Something an old wise lady in California that had been gardening for 60 years told me, and that I am practicing with success. I guess you could say that it is a different type of composting. It works very well if you are into container gardening, but the method could be modified and used for traditional gardening as well. I do it the way this lady taught me. At all times I have several big pots/containers on hand that I am planning on using for gardening in the future. It is very important that they have holes at the bottom for access liquid/water to get out. I take one of the pots and cover the bottom with soil, about one inch of soil. When I have vegetable scraps, used coffee grounds, eggshells, fruit peels, or prune my plants I put the waste in the pot. I cover the pot with something while filling it up, to not attract insects, or animals. 

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This is the pot that I use to put my organic vegetable scraps (etc.) in. I put another pot on top of my ‘compost’ just because I had one. You can cover your pot/container with anything you have on hand. Make sure no animals can get into it.

The pots I am using now are 15-25 gallon pots (the perfect size for a good sized fruit tree, or 1-2 big vegetable plants.) When the pot is almost full I top of the last 2-3 inches with good organic soil. Then I water the pots well, and put them aside, without cover, for future use. The longer these pots sits the better they become.

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These pots have been sitting for a while, and my daughter and I planted late season crops in them yesterday.

This is a frugal, long term solution. As the materials turns into a highly nutritious soil it’s going to get more compact, and you will have to fill up with new ‘waste material’ yearly. Unless the plants you plant in the containers catches some disease from an outside source, you will not have to change your soil, you just keep feeding it. If you don’t use your containers (or your garden beds) during the winter, add a layer of organic fertiliser on the top, something you have on hand leaves/grass clippings/cow manure/horse manure and you will get a kick start to your garden when you start planting in the spring. 

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As an added bonus you sometimes get surprise plants, like this one that was coming up inside the compost a couple weeks ago. I replanted it in its own pot, and it is thriving.

Do you have a garden secret that you swear have change your way of gardening, that you want to share? Please tell me in a comment!

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I planted some culinary sage from seeds this spring, and they are actually doing quite well. I love the fragrance that I sometimes catch a swiff of while sitting on my porch a breezy evening. 

Would you like a refill on your coffee? I really enjoy sitting in the garden this time of the year, especially when the weather is like this, not too hot, and not too cold. Have you been swimming in a lake, or in the ocean this summer? We played by the lake yesterday, and I hope there is many more days by the lake to come. What have you been up to this week? 

Next weekend is my daughter’s birthday. She only wants her best friend to come to her party, and no-one else, but it is really important to have a party, she WANTS a party. Due to Covid -19 it is going to be outside in the garden, with proper distancing. The girls will eat cake, and play, maybe go to the beach afterwards. I’m very happy that she actually wants a small party, and not a HUGE one. We live a very minimalistic lifestyle but I try to make every birthday just the way she wants it, so that it is really her day. Last year the dress was very important, this year she do not wear dresses! I don’t have a clue to what she is going to wear. I don’t care, as long as she is happy, I just don’t want her to be regretful afterwards (birthdays have been a big thing for her, and she often asks to see the photos from birthdays of the past.) I will make a smaller cake than usual this year, and we have yet to agree on what kind of cake it will be. Well, well, still a week left. The balloons are apparently very important, and I already have them. I believe she is mostly excited to play with her friend in a festive mood. Besides the cake she’s asked me to make her favourite burritos, and homemade pizza for her birthday. In case you missed it, I shared a Fabulous Tortilla Bread earlier this week, that we use for making burritos, very popular right now.

This is pretty much what’s been going on at my house this Week 5 of my staycation, 2 free weeks left before it’s time to go back to work. Thank you so much for joining me for coffee this weekend. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

Love,

Maria 

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PS. Disclosure, after this article was written we agreed upon making a Confetti Birthday Cake, with layers of vanilla cream inside. Phew..one less decision to make 😉

Published by Sagittarius Viking

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. Above everything else is my daughter. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

35 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Staycation Week 5

  1. What a wonderful gift this morning is to wake up to share coffee with you and to have you share with me in my yard!! You’ve put huge smiles on my face hearing about your daughters birthday plans, she’s so sweet and I’m glad the cake has been decided! You are the bestest Mom and I know she will have the best celebration. ❤️

    Thank you for the WONDERFUL composting tips! I Love ingenuity and creativity and I’ve watched gardening shows and read about compost piles and just never knew how to manage one where I live. Now the containers are my style, I can do this and what a wonderful way to use the left over organic materials from your kitchen!! Thanks for sharing! 😁👍

    I have always enjoyed watching a TV show they have here on tiny house living!! I think this would be great for you especially if you could be on some land to have your greenhouse too! Thank you for the wonderful coffee, and I’m glad you have a few more weeks off! I’m going to visit my daughter in about a week for a few days! Have a WONDERFUL weekend and week ahead! 😀❤️

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    1. So glad to share the composting idea. There are so many things that we just do, and don’t think so much about. This is one of this things. I believe I’ve been doing this for 6-7 years, and it has become a natural part of how I do things.

      I too really enjoy the Tiny House show. The house I am leasing now is about 450sqf, and it is more than we need. I know I could easily manage, and thrive with less space.

      I’m so happy that you are going to be able to see your daughter soon. Wonderful!
      Enjoy this weekend ❤

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  2. Your garden looks wonderful! I must confess I am not a very good gardner. Plants do not do well under my care but my husband has some success so I will pass your tips on to him. I agree with you and your daughter that food tastes better outdoors. It’s been my experience that food also tastes better when someone else cooks it! I do love making zucchini though. I slice it along with some onions and saute them in a little butter or Olive oil with spices and parmesan cheese. So good!! Hope your little one enjoys her birthday celebration. My “baby” (who turned 22!) celebrated her’s yesterday. It is important to make their day memorable. Enjoy the week!

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  3. I love your garden! The tires especially. I am learning to garden in potted plants, no yield yet but I got a late start. Hopefully this year won’t be a bust— always learning. Happy Birthday to your daughter! Be blessed.

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  4. I always feel like I should be taking notes when reading your CS’s Maria.

    This time, I have a question. I know that in general we should not be adding meat proteins to our mulch piles, but this eggshell idea is very compelling. Do you need to rinse all trace of the egg whites out before mulching them?

    Another lovely coffee share my friend.

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    1. LOL, well thank you Gary. I take that as a compliment. I do not rinse the eggshells. I know some people do. The only time I would rinse eggshells would be if I sprinkle them on top of the soil in the pots of indoor plants. Thank you for having coffee with me 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  5. HB to H! Seven or eight? I remember birthdays were so important when young. Now they are merely another day, ah well! 🙂
    Your garden is looking wonderful. It is always exciting when the harvest starts!
    I love the way you compost and it makes great sense to do it that way when your space is limited.

    I am coordinating with my yoga teacher on a 3-part series (one every two weeks) on Yoga in the Garden– outdoors, socially distanced, yoga and garden talk. We had the first one yesterday in a misty rain (!) on herbs. Good turn-out and I think it went well, despite the sogginess. 😉 Next one is on creating a Pollinator Garden.
    My cut flower garden is really coming in now with the first zinnias budding up. I love them and look forward to many bouquets with lots of butterfly visits to the garden.
    For the next 3 days we’re in another heat wave, so gardening will be limited, but trips to the river to cool our heels will be in order.
    Have a good week ahead!

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    1. Thank you, it’s 8. Time flies!
      We do enjoy time in the garden. In fact I do yoga there almost every morning. Your Yoga in the garden series sounds wonderful. What a great idea!
      I sure enjoy your beautiful flowers that you share. It’s an art to be able to first grow, and then put together your beautiful vases. Speaking of butterflies, there is an area where we walk in the evening that often have a lot of Painted Ladies swarming around. Yesterday we walked over there twice just to watch them.
      Have a wonderful rest of your weekend and a great new week starting tomorrow. ❤

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  6. Love your composting tips and Zucchini share. I definitely have pot envy. I have a hotch potch of plastic pots…..just shows getting organised really helps. A cheeky suggestion for a blog post for you would be how you prepare for the season and when you are starting. I’m sat here thinking I need to do better, but reminded of our Scottish climate…which must be similar to yours now and thinking I’ve well and truly missed the boat this year.

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    1. Thank you! I will think about a post about how and when to get started in the spring. This obviously varies a lot depending on climate. I started waaaay too early this year, and killed some plants. I’ve never garden in this area before so I am learning a lot. When I realised earlier this week that I actually could look at properties in three very different growing zones while keeping my current job I almost felt overwhelmed. So much to consider! I ordered a book (a few minutes ago) about gardening year round in my climate. I can’t wait to read it. I’m trying radishes, white parsnip, and Brussels sprouts as a cold crop this winter. I’m curious to see how this turns out. Best of luck to you. I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

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  7. Sounds like a happy Birthday is to come soon! How fun! You make all her days fun!

    I enjoy seeing your gardens and how they are coming along! Thanks for the composting tips.

    Sending lots of hugs your way! Happy Sunday!

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    1. Thank you so much Nancy! I’m thinking that motherhood is my most important mission in life, lately I found myself meditating a lot about my methods. It’s a delicate thin line between encouraging to try new things/try harder, and be compassionate and understanding. Thank you for your kind words. Happy Sunday!

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  8. Thank you for the invite to share coffee with you today. I munched on my breakfast while I read about your week. Sounds like you’ve got a beautiful garden growing and I’m impressed! I’m lucky to get my perennials to come back up each year. This year I’m even letting the purslane grow in my pots – I hear it is loaded with Omega 3’s. Happy Birthday to your sweet daughter – that photo of her from years ago is adorable! Stay well, enjoy the last weeks of your staycation!

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  9. Thanks so much for the coffee. I totally agree with you that eating outside makes food taste better. I’m glad you’ve been having good weather. Sounds like your gardening is really going well. I’d never heard of succession planting.

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  10. Thank you, Maria, for a fun coffee share and the composting tip. Your garden looks great. Love the photo of your daughter carrying her harvest. Happy birthday/ week to your daughter! Have a wonderful week!

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  11. Coffee on a big soft mossy rock sounds wonderful & moss on a rock is surprisingly comfy. The compost pot is a great idea, better than paying big bucks from a store. I love learning from the oldies their like little walking encyclopedias or these days walking google. Your vegie pots look like there coming along great & what a beautiful photo of your treasure, adorably proud. Garden party sounds beautiful. I did one for my daughters 5th(now 24) we had watering cans to pour drinks from & pin the sun on the sunflower & instead of party bags, little pots that they decorated themselves filling with soil & planted their choice of vegie seeds in them to take home. Birthdays are such fun.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, a mossy rock makes a wonderful chair 🙂 It sounds like your daughter’s garden party was the perfect party for a little girl. I would have stolen the ideas of letting them plant something if it was earlier in the season. Birthdays are fun, I don’t want her to ever grow up though! Have a wonderful week ❤

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