Monday, June 29, 2020

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Hey Besties! 🌟

So, I've got to spill the tea on my latest garden adventure – and it's all about giving our green babies a little boost with something I never thought I'd try: plant food. Yup, you heard that right. I was always a bit skeptical, thinking it was kinda like skipping leg day and expecting to run a marathon. 🌱πŸ’ͺ

using natural blood meal on tomato plants | on the creek blog //

using natural blood meal on tomato plants | on the creek blog //

But, oh, how the tides have turned! Our garden was looking a little... let's just say, under the weather. That is, until our neighbor, like a guardian angel with a green thumb, floated over with a bag of what I can only describe as garden gold: Natural Blood Meal.
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For those scratching their heads, Natural Blood Meal is like a superfood smoothie for your plants. It's packed with nitrogen, essential for our leafy friends to grow strong and vibrant. And it's all organic, coming from dried animal blood (I know, it sounds a bit like a vampire's diet, but trust me, it's all plant-friendly!).

Our tomatoes were basically writing sad country songs about their struggles. Started from seeds way too late; they were the underdogs of the garden. Fast forward to a few "Oh no, they're dying" moments, and I was about ready to sing along with them.

using natural blood meal on tomato plants | on the creek blog //

using natural blood meal on tomato plants | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.comBut then came the Natural Blood Meal. Picture this: a balmy evening, me, and a spoonful of this magic dust around each tomato plant. A sprinkle here, a water there, and voilΓ !

The transformation? Stunning. πŸ…✨ Within weeks, my tomato plants went from "Better luck next year" to "How are you so big already?!" No joke, I've never seen them thrive like this, not just in size but in spirit, too (if plants have spirits, that is).

using natural blood meal on tomato plants | on the creek blog //

using natural blood meal on tomato plants | on the creek blog //

I'm sitting here, just beaming with pride at our lush tomato jungle, thinking it's a mix of love, good old soil, and a dash of Natural Blood Meal magic. This year's garden party is off to a spectacular start, and I'm here for every bit of it.

And hey, because sharing is caring, I've linked some of this plant-boosting wonder below. Because who doesn't love a thriving garden? Let's keep our green babies happy and our hearts full, shall we?

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Sending all the green vibes and sunshine your way,
Tiff πŸŒΌπŸ’š

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Our roses are in full bloom!

The climbing roses we planted last year are starting to bloom this year!

As I mentioned in my spring yard walk post, a couple of the rose bushes we planted last year died.  I'm happy that these climbing roses made it!

I wanted to put some rose plant food on them but I never got around to it this year.  Luckily, they seem to be doing well.

I never saw myself as someone who has a lot of flowers & a huge garden, but here I am!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Remembering our sweet dog.

Our sweet boy, Rain, passed away last week.

He was 16 years old.

It's been so difficult without him here.  I miss him so much.

He was the best dog we've ever had.

Since he was an older dog, I tried to prepare myself for his passing.  I was still a total mess.  No amount of thoughts beforehand could prepare me for his loss.

He would have made such an amazing big 'brother' to our foster children.

I hope we'll be able to meet again someday, sweet boy.

Monday, June 15, 2020

A solar powered chandelier for the pergola!

When we built the pergola a couple months ago, I knew I wanted to add a chandelier.

It took a while to find a chandelier but I finally found one over the weekend at a yard sale.

It was also super cheap which is a win every time!

I wanted to give it just a little makeover before I put it outside.  I wanted to keep the rustic look, so I did very little in the makeover department.

Friday, June 12, 2020


'Fresh Cut Flowers' handmade sign with Cricut | On The Creek Blog //
A vintage inspired 'Fresh Cut Flowers'  sign.

I'm back with another sign!

After seeing how easy it was to create my 'Tomatoes' sign, I wanted to make another sign!

I took a slightly different approach with this sign.

I originally wanted to make another sign that looked like the 'tomatoes' sign but I didn't have any more of the old boards.

What I did have was a piece of thick pine board, so I decided to use that.  Because I wanted a square sign, I had my husband cut it down to size.

Once the board was cut, it was time to create the sign!

Thursday, June 04, 2020

vintage inspired DIY tomatoes sign | On The Creek Blog //
A vintage inspired 'tomatoes' produce sign.

After planting so many tomatoes this year, I felt like I needed a sign to go with them!

I saw some vintage produce signs & wanted to make my own!

Sign making is something I want to start doing more.  It's a huge learning curve for me, though!  Because I have no artistic skills whatsoever, I can't just paint the lettering on!  I have to use a cutting machine to cut the letters out for me!

I bought a Cricut a few years ago & have used it maybe a handful of times.  The Cricut is also another huge learning experience!  I really need to just sit down & read the million tutorials there are on it!  So far, I've only used i
t to create basic things, like this sign! 

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Here's what we planted in the garden this year!

We planted a lot this year in the garden & I wanted to make a post to document everything!

We didn't intend on having a big garden this year but it just worked out that way!  Our old tomato seeds did really well & we ended up with a lot of tomato plants!

The old seeds took a while to grow, so thinking nothing was happening, I went & bought more tomato seeds.  Then everything started growing all at once!  I did notice that the new seeds matured a lot faster than the older seeds, but everything seems to be doing alright.

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Planting tomatoes in the garden | On The Creek Blog

Planting the 2020 garden!

We went big with this year's garden!

After the success of our tomato seedlings, we ended up with our largest garden to date!

This year, we planted a little bit of everything.  Because we planted so many things, I'm working on another post that lists everything.

The only plants we bought this year for the garden were the pepper plants.  Everything else we started from seeds.

We've never started this may veggies from seeds before, so I'm excited to see how they'll turn out!

Monday, June 01, 2020

We built a Little Free Library®!

Having a Little Free Library has been a dream of mine & it finally came true!

We actually completed this project in January but it took a while to get this little library in our yard!

Since we have harsh winters in our area, I wanted to wait until spring before we brought the library outside.

Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit & I was unsure if it would be the right time to open.

Finally, I decided to open (with precautions) a few weekends ago!

I love Little Free Libraries & I think they're just the cutest!  

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