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Revamping the Spices

I saw these on another site looking for ideas to make spice bottles pretty, and loved the idea of etching paint. However I could not find it at craft store. These labels were less than $3 for 28 labels and chalk was less than $2. Though I love the chalkboard labels, I don’t like the chalk part after doing it. If you grab bottle wrong way it’ll smudge and you have to write the spice name again. Again it was cheap and I’ll work with what I have for now.

Some of the herbs I’ve grown and dried have been camping out in ziplock bags. No fun!! I confess I did drink some of these Starbucks however some I still poured down the drain. Not waisting as to order brand new bottles would have been more expensive.

I still have more to bottle, but it shall wait since I ran out of bottles. I still enjoy what I have though and can’t wait to cook again!  I love repurposing things around the house and it is very economical!!

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I’ll eventually get to where I started out with this exploding little paradise but for now here are a few snaps of what’s currently going on!  A favorite of mine is working the land…not so great at doing it now as I don’t have land to work. BUT don’t feel left out…if you too are confined to small living quarters and don’t have room (or permission) to go dig up your back yard, then I give you FULL permission to get a bucket, planter, bin, or whatever it takes!  Drill (or cut lol) holes in the bottom, fill it with soil and fertilizer, seed, and let mother nature do the rest.  I’m big girl enough to know it won’t completely stock my freezer for the summer (well with the tomatoes there’s potential), but I’ll have MANY nights of fresh salad fixings, and other veggies. 

I started out with the little jiffy seed starting kits and despite the green thumb I proclaim to have, it was an absolute flop…TWICE.  Never mind all of that: I then resorted to getting actual plants.  One day while cruising walmart garden center, they had loads of single tomato plants for $0.25 each!!!  Snagged up 8 of those babies!  

This was when I first started,  not everything is pictured here – there are cucumber plants against the brick wall and I later added squash & zucchini.  Right here are tomato, bell pepper, sweet banana pepper, and cherry tomato plants.  I also have herbs (flat italian parsley, greek oregano, cilantro, and basil) that are in ‘another corner’.

Fast forward to this week:

 

More tomatoes and sweet banana peppers

Tomatoes

            

 
cucumbers and pumpkin
 
  Squash & Zucchini

More Herbs

Cherry Tomatoes