Category Archives: Gardening

New Spring Garden Tool Belts Up For Grabs!

Toolbelts_lscp016I had to share the newest set of tool belts I made that are now on Etsy. These fabrics are so adorable!

Toolbelts_lscp008Pinwheels! A polka dot version and a triangular version! Pinwheels belong in the garden, don’t they? So fun!

Toolbelts_lscp006And then there’s this, which I’m calling the “Urban Forest” tool belt. I think it just screams northwest life! Technically though, the name of the fabric was called “From My Trip to Tokyo.” This fabric with the orange ribbon just pop!

Toolbelts_lscp003When I was wandering around the fabric store, I just couldn’t pass up this modern floral number. Pink peony tool belt? Um, yes, please! I think this one has Mother’s Day all over it!

Toolbelts_lscp011And then there was the pixilated bees. Yes, those are bees. Made out of hearts. Are you kidding me with this? So perfect! It needed to be transformed into a tool belt!

Toolbelts_lscp009I’m planning a special trip to Bolt in the very near future where I will be adding all kinds of fun fabrics to my collection. I see many more fun garden tool belts in our future! Stay tuned!

 

Gardening with Kapha in Mind

FullSizeRenderEarlier this month, Nicole and I teamed up to host an amazingly full class of students eager to learn more about how to love up their bodies and gardens during Kapha season. I wanted to make sure you were in the know too! I asked Nicole a couple questions so you can get the goodness too and she was gracious enough to share. So, here you go!

So Nic, what is Ayurveda anyway? Give me the elevator speech.

I’m so glad you asked! Ayurveda is known as “the Science of Life.” I like to say that it’s the sister science of yoga where we learn what to eat, drink and do during all of those hours of the day that we’re not on our yoga mat. In Ayurveda, each person is considered a unique blend of the 3 doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha).  Once you know your dosha (body type), you’re able to adjust your diet and lifestyle for optimal balance and happiness.

edit-150I love that – the sister science of yoga! So there’s seasons, huh? Like in the garden, so what season are we in now?

Yes! In Ayurveda, there are 3 seasons which correspond with the 3 doshas. Right now we’re in kapha season, which is dominated by the elements earth and water. We can see this in the garden when the ground feels heavy, wet, dense and cold. Those same qualities are governing what’s happening in our bodies. To find balance, we add the opposite qualities (warm, light, energizing) to our diet and routines.

Yep, earth and water. Sounds about right. What can you tell me about kapha season (the beginner’s version)?

During kapha season, it’s very common to experience congestion in the nose, throat and chest. Mucus can be thought of as a kapha symptom (earth + water) because it’s wet, heavy and sticky. Gross, right? By eating a kapha-pacifying diet we can eliminate excess water and reduce that nasty congestion naturally.

Luckily, we get to enjoy more sunshine during kapha season. The earth quality of kapha season helps us feel more grounded and peaceful than during the blustery autumn. As plants start sprouting, we get the chance to clean our internal house and prepare for the bounty of spring and summer!

spinachWhat are the top three ways I can support my body during this season?

Great questions!

First, sip ginger tea with honey. Ginger is a powerful herb that sparks agni (our digestive fire). Drinking ginger tea about 30 minutes before your meal helps your body better digest and absorb the nutrients from the food. The honey tastes sweet, and it has a beneficial “scraping” quality once it’s digested. The combination of ginger and honey helps the body prepare for optimal digestion and scrape away the gunk!

Second, choose kapha-pacifying foods like leafy greens (arugula, spinach, watercress and kale), celery, asparagus, parsley, radishes, sprouts, and onions. Favor warming spices like garlic, wasabi, cayenne, cinnamon, cardamom and turmeric.

Third, try using a neti-pot to clear out nasal congestion and potential irritants. If you’ve never tried it before, here’s a quick 4-minute video tutorial.

nettlesNettles are awesome for congestion too! And it’s nettle season! Remember this video tutorial I shot? Note to self…don’t harvest nettles in a skirt. Geesh! Is there anything else I should know?

I love to connect and answer questions! Find me at nicoleperriella.com or on Instagram @ayurvedanicole.

You can join our next Ayurveda class too! It’s not too late! Click here to learn more!

*Yoga photo of Nicole by Lisa Lancaster

Grow an Abundance of Strawberries this Summer!

strawberryLast year, I harvested this huge juicy strawberry! Can you see the quarter I used for scale? Crazy, right?! And it wasn’t the only one! Second to tomatoes, strawberries are the most abundant producers on my little urban farm. I grew 22 pounds of them last year!

barerootSince many of you are likely bringing home bare root strawberries from plant sales like these or will be buying strawberry starts in the near future, I wanted to remind you of some simple strawberry planting tips! They certainly worked for me!

strawberries2This post is all about planting tips for getting the biggest bang for your buck, including companion planting tips!

guttersMaybe this year you want to get creative with your strawberry planting! In this post, I’ll show you how you can build a gutter garden for your strawberries in under two hours!

 

You’ll Never Guess How Much Food I Grew in 2014!

Drum roll, please! Last year, on my powerhouse of a lot (only 4,000 square feet), I grew 172 pounds of organic produce!!! And all the single ladies laid 29 1/2 dozen eggs! Isn’t that mind-boggling?! I am as proud as an urban farm girl can be!

Here are some of the things I’m most proud of:

donationsI donated 10 pounds of food to the food bank. I was under the 10% goal I was hoping for, but it added something to someone’s meals and that makes me happy.

46230_727250547313877_9143299375650060489_nI harvested (and ate and canned) 22 pounds of strawberries! Turns out strawberries are the second largest producer on my urban farm. The most delicious ground cover ever!!!

10557300_751268454912086_1498603141024872937_nI totally met my tomato-growing goal with 52 pounds of ripe red tomatoes! My total yield was 71 pounds if you include the green ones, which I used! So, why not count those babies too?!

10154325_688862607819338_8938740373409317194_nI always add one new element to the farm each year. Last year, I added to aeroponic Tower Gardens, which I used almost exclusively for growing salad greens (I grew my tomatillos in them too – just over 9 pounds of them!). I was able to harvest 22 pounds of greens from my towers last year! Seriously, Eric and I would go out to the towers with our salad bowls and harvest huge bowls of salad that we’d eat almost daily. Best investment I’ve made in a long time!

I can hardly wait to see what abundance 2015 holds! I’m so grateful for this little farm!

First_GardenWant to see how I make it happen? Join me for a class at the Urban Farm Schoolhouse and I’ll let you in on my tricks of the trade! I’ve come along way from this one raised bed where I started and I’ve love every minute of it!

chalkClick here to come grow with me!