Wednesday, May 30, 2018

raised garden beds using railroad ties | on the creek blog //

(🌿✨ Before we dive headfirst into our garden bed dreams, let's have a quick heart-to-heart about something super important—using railroad ties in our gardens.

Now, while railroad ties bring that rustic charm and sturdy support to our garden projects, there's a little note of caution we should chat about creosote. Creosote is a preservative used in railroad ties to help them stand up to the elements, but it's not exactly a best friend to our garden party.

Why the caution flag, you ask? Well, creosote can leach into the soil and, in turn, could cozy up to our plant roots. While the jury's still out on how much might actually reach our beloved plants, it's always better to be safe than sorry, especially when we're talking about the veggies and flowers we hold dear.

So, here's the Tiff Tip of the day: If you're as smitten with the idea of using railroad ties as I was, consider lining the inside of your garden bed with a thick plastic barrier to keep a safe distance between the creosote and your soil. Or, even better, explore alternatives like untreated wood, stone, or recycled plastic garden beds that keep your green space safe and stylish.

Remember, Besties, our gardens are not just about the beauty we see; they're about the love and care we pour into every nook and cranny. Let's make choices that keep our lives thriving and healthy. πŸŒπŸ’š

And there you have it—a little wisdom nugget to tuck into your gardening toolkit. Now, let's get back to dreaming up those lush, vibrant spaces that fill our hearts and homes with joy, all while making mindful choices for our planet and our peace of mind. Happy gardening, my green-thumbed friends! 🌸🌼✨)


Hey there, Besties! 🌟

Guess what? After riding the high of my garden wins in 2017, I've got the green thumb bug big time! I'm buzzing with so much garden gusto that I've decided to go grander this year with my green space! 🌱✨

raised garden beds using railroad ties | on the creek blog //

You all know how I swoon over the charm of a raised garden bed, right? Well, this year, I aimed for more room to bloom and brought railroad ties into the mix as my garden's backbone. Now, let me tell you, those ties are a workout to maneuver, but oh, do they set the stage for a splendid separation from the usual backyard fare!

Why railroad ties, you ask? Well, darling, in true Tiff fashion, I'm all about embracing what's already in our hands—or in my yard, to be precise. It's all about making magic with what we've got, and those rugged ties were my ticket to a bigger, bolder garden.

raised garden beds using railroad ties | on the creek blog //

Determined to dodge the drudgery of weeding (because who has time for uninvited guests?), I layered up with plastic as my secret shield against weeds, then topped it off with a rich blend of topsoil and the same trusty manure/compost concoction that worked wonders last year. It's like giving my plants a five-star bed to thrive in!

raised garden beds using railroad ties | on the creek blog //

Oh, and let's have a little heart-to-heart about last year's garden goodbye—or rather, the lack of it. My cozy beds got a bit wild without their end-of-season spa treatment, ushering in a brigade of weeds this spring. 

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Lesson learned: A gardener's work is never done until the beds are tucked in for winter. Not letting that precious soil turn into a weed party again!

Now, the next adventure awaits at my local greenhouse—plant-picking time! 🌼 I'm daydreaming of a tomato and pepper paradise. Who knows what green beauties I'll bring home?

raised garden beds using railroad ties | on the creek blog //

And just for giggles, here's a snapshot of yours truly rocking the 'farm casual' look. Picture this: en route to a bridal shower, barn boots on, and striking a pose for the camera. Farm chic meets party prep! Haha!

Stay tuned, Besties, as we dig into this season's gardening journey together. It's going to be a bloomin' marvelous ride! πŸ…πŸŒΆ️✨

Friday, May 25, 2018



Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer!

After the never ending winter (like snow in April!), it’s finally time to get outside! 

I’m thinking cookouts, bonfires & s’mores!

To kick off the long weekend, here are some links to things I wrote in the past to get you excited for summer:

- Planning a road trip?  I love using Roadtrippers to find the best hidden gems along the way!

- This summer punch is the coolest drink you can find!

- My mom’s pineapple upside down cake will be perfect for all those potlucks this summer!

-  Need more potluck ideas?  Here’s a ton of them!

- My classic lemonade is always a refreshing drink to cool down to!

- For something more boozy, my watermelon sangria is a crowd pleaser!

- I love s’mores & these 10 irresistible recipes take them to the next level!

Have a great & safe weekend!

PS:  For even more inspiration, check out my Pinterest page!  I have boards dedicated to drinks & potluck food & I’m always pinning new things over there!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Spring blooms

Aaand just like that, I’ve returned to blogging!

I wish I could say that I was ‘OMG!  Too busy to blog!’, but I wasn’t.

I just wasn’t feeling it anymore.

The dark depths of winter crawled in & took any creativeness that I had.  Now that the weather is warming up & it’s so nice outside, I feel my creative side creeping back in.  I guess it’s time to get off Reddit & dust my camera off!  Spring/summer is here!

So here’s what to expect on the blog in the near future:

- Spring blooms:  I cannot get enough!  Fruit blossoms have got to be my favorite thing to photograph right now!

- Instant Pot:  I recently bought an Instant Pot & it has taken over my life.  I love how I can cook things so fast!

- Random Life Posts:  I want to get back into writing random life posts again.

- Gardening:  It’s almost time to get the garden ready!  I have big plans for my 2018 garden that I can’t wait to talk about!

Aaand that’s all I can think of right now!

If you want to see something on the blog, let me know!  I’m always on the lookout for inspiration!

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