How I turned into a Greenthumb

Hi:)

I hope everyone is having a great summer so far. The weather in New England has been just gorgeous! I wanted to chat today about my love for plants, and the green thumb I recently discovered within myself this year. Let me begin by saying I have killed my share of plants by accident, lets face it I think we all have, BUT for the past two years I have noticed how much I enjoy watering the plants around are house and watching them bloom. SO I wanted to share with you all some of my tips and tricks on having success when gardening, and keeping plants around your house alive. With that being said I AM NOT some plat expert by any means, but I have learned a few things along the way.

Planting, and watering different types of plants, for me is relaxing yet satisfying. To be able to see something continue to stay green and then one day bloom is so rewarding!!

Luckily, because Andy is as you know so handy and great with carpentry he offered to build me a potting table which I have wanted for quite some time now. This can I tell YOU I WAS SO excited for! It came out stunning, and it is so useful and helpful when I need to re pot a plant or create a new plant arrangement. YOU GUYS he built this is 2 days! TWO! SO lucky! I can’t wait to plant with Sofia when she gets home:)

**Whenever we build anything around the house, we google carpentry plans online, and the great thing about the web today is everything is so easy to navigate through the plans they give are very descriptive and they show step by step how to create and build what you want in your own space:)**

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{Planting is s all about consistency, and learning what type of plants flourish in your yard + home}

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Pictured above our the window boxes I chatted about earlier this summer, that I stained red-they turned out great and I am so happy with the IVY it looks so good against our house.

Below are some of the tips I have lived by when it comes to keeping plants alive around our home:

WATER, WATER, WATER: The key to success in allowing any plant to live long is water. I usually water all my outdoor plants twice a day. Once in the morning, and once in the evening. I have read that watering your plants in the morning is very effective because they are saturated all day long. With that being said I think it is also important to figure out a schedule that works best for you and your family when it comes to watering plants.

TRIM: Any plant indoor or outdoor needs to be trimmed every once in a while. What do I mean by that? Lots of plants over time become overgrown, or the leaves can die, so all you have to do is clip them off with scissors, so a new leaf can grow in it’s place. You will know when a plant has a leaf that needs to be removed because it will no longer have a green pigment to it. If you do this every so often then the plants will live longer and will end up growing larger. It is a minor bit of maintenance, but nothing too crazy!

Plant Nutrients:  This is very simple, and I know it may sound complicated BUT it really isn’t. Any Home Depot, or gardening depot near you should have potting soil that comes with plant food/fertilizer within. This takes a lot of the pressure off of you in terms of making sure all the plants you have are getting all of the nutrients they need. I know it sounds nuts BUT plants are living things too so they need all of the love and help they can get!

Figuring out what type of yard you have for planting + sunlight: Whenever you buy a plant at a gardening center or even a Home Depot they come with a small tag that identifies that type of light, when the plant blooms, as well as how much water the plant will need. I suggest you take a look at all of these type of details before buying plants for your space. That way you know what maintenance you are working with and whether or not they will survive in the direct sun ETC.

How to plant: This was one of the hardest parts of learning to plant believe it or not. When you are planting different plants or shrubs you need to make sure the depth of the hole you dig is large enough for the plant to fit inside. The label that each plant comes with will tell you the depth of how large the hole it needs to go into should be.

Some of my GO TO plants to have around our home are: Orchids, Christmas Cactus, ferns, and bamboo. I want a fig leaf tree and a lemon tree so bad! Both are on my list as plants I would love to have around the house.

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I hope this post helps any of you who are hesitant to get into a little planting on your own, or helps answer any questions you have on what to do around your home with different types of plants! Have a great day!

xx

J

 

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All Things Chatham, Cape Cod

Happy Friday!

I hope you all had a great fourth of July! We were at the Cape for part of the week, and it was gorgeous.

Today, I am sharing with you all things Chatham, Cape Cod. I have been going to the Cape for four summers now so in my travels over the years I have been to a lot of the great restaurants, shops, and done a lot of the fun activities that are around to do. Not to mention the views of the ocean, the stunning colorful hydrangeas, and the smell of the ocean always lingering around you.

Just to give you an idea of the pretty sights and sounds:) Can you handle the amount of character on each of these houses below?

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Let’s begin with where to stay when you are on the Cape. Luckily, my future in-laws have a home about 10 mins from the center of Chatham so it is very close to all of the main attractions, and restaurants. For those of you looking for somewhere to stay their are so many options. I do suggest you book well in advance if you are looking to stay for a week plus, only because rooms and vacancies book very quick.

Below, are a list of places to stay while you are visiting. The great thing about Chatham and East Harwich is that they are both located mid Cape, so the beaches are great and the food is delicious.

  • Chatham Motel ($Inexpensive, and centralized location)
  • Pleasant Bay Village ($$Mid Range)
  • Captain’s House Inn ($$$Mid Range)
  • Chatham Bars Inn ($$$$Pricier side)

Let’s move on to my personal favorites eating/drinking & shopping. I compiled a list of some of the stores I like to frequent each time I visit. Some of my personal favorites I have starred for you. All of them truly are worth checking out. The great thing about Cape Cod is it has such quaint charm, timeless beauty, and character.

Restaurants:

Impudent Oyster: This restaurant is great, the food is delicious and the menu selection has quite the variety. The neat thing about this restaurant is it was a former church! The menu is on the higher side, but I promise it is worth every bite.

Chatham Squire: If you are looking for a fun bar to hang out with friends, this is the place to be. From the different license plates on the ceiling, and walls, to the game room they have toward the back this is the place for you. They have a full menu and they also have a bar side as well as a restaurant side to choose from, this surely is where all of the local Chatham peeps hang:)

Blue Fins Sushi & Sake Bar: Sushi is great here and so is the atmosphere. They also, have a great drink selection to choose from!

Chatham Raw Bar (Bistro on Main): Andy and I LOVE it here! From the amazing wait staff, to the to DIE for oysters you have to check it out here. The oysters they have are so fresh, and they get them fresh each day locally. They have a wide variety of seafood, and other selections to choose from on the menu. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Captains Table: This restaurant is so yummy. It is small and quaint with an outdoor patio, but the food is so darn good. They have awesome sandwiches, and I am obsessed with the tuna melt:)

Buffy’s Icecream: Amazing ice cream & smoothies for all! Also, the door is painted hot pink so you can’t miss it.

Chatham Bars Inn: Want a stunning view of the ocean paired with a delicious cocktail and a yummy bite to eat? THIS is the place to be my friends! Stunning views of the ocean, in a gorgeous setting.

Shopping: Plenty of parking, and pictured upper right is tourist center to get information for what to do in town.

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Below are a few of the coffee shops, and stores I LOVE going to while I am on the Cape:

Mayflower Shop, Soft as a Grape, Mahi Gold, Jack Wills, Fatface, Mahigold, Chatham Candy Manor, Chatham Clothing Bar, Jackies, Bella of Cape Cod Monomoy Coffee.

 

I hope you all enjoyed this blog as much as I did writing it! Cape Cod is truly a beauty and whether you are going for a day trip or a week I promise it will not dissapoint!

Have a blast this weekend, summer in the sun is the best time of year!

xx,
J