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Garden hack #2: Scarecrow

Item #5 on my September Garden To Do List:  A scarecrow!

I went to the my favorite time-suck source of inspiration and found a few ideas for a garden scarecrow.  The mop-head scarecrows were my favorites.

Here’s our garden helper:


We used some scrap lumber and wood screws to create a cross.  The cowboy hat, clapping hands, and mop head are all Dollar Tree finds.  The shirt and skirt came out of our charity box.  I used garden wire to attach my pieces and set it in the garden near the sweet peas! 

Total cost:  $4 +tax

September’s Garden Tasks

September and March are my two favorite months to work in the garden!  The beginning of September finds us about 80 days from our first frost in Shreveport, and that’s just enough time to get the fall garden well established.  Here’s my calendar of September’s Garden Tasks.


The highlights of September’s Garden Tasks:
  • Bird feeders.  I’ve got them, but I forget to add seed.  I’d also like to make a few with the kids to add out at the farm.
  • Leafy Greens!  We are trying to eat 5 servings of veggies a day, and that adds up to lots and lots of green stuff.  I’m planting a lot more this year than I have in the past.  I’m excited to see if we can eat it all.
  • Kale, Cabbage, and Broccoli
  • Snow Peas and Carrots
  • A scarecrow.  Anything to help keep critters out of my pea patch!  Plus, I think he would be super cute.
  • The flower bed.  Oh the flower bed.  The lack (I mean zero, zip, nada) of rain in July has decimated my flower bed.  I’ll be tackling it, supplementing the soil and refreshing our plant choices.  I’m also going to throw a very veggies into the mix.

Things to Know May 2015

Here’s a little glimpse of life at S as in Sam this May 2015.  If you’re looking for the link to the summer sewing class schedule, scroll down just a bit.

I’ve taken a picture of the kids every.single.school.day this year.  It’s really fun to look back over their changes through the year.


Summer Sewing Classes schedules are posted.  To register for a class, please contact the Continuing Ed Department at the hosting school.


It’s all about gifts at PCC this spring.  We’ve added cute flowy tanks, waffle weave robes, and fun coozies.


It’s that time of year again—Summer League Swim!  Here are my tips for surviving these hot, summer swim meets.


I’ve spent a lot of time focusing on my garden these past few months.  I’ve tried some new ideas and brought out some tried and true techniques.  Here’s hoping for my best tomato harvest ever!  You can find my Pinterest gardening board here.

{ Home} Challenge 4: Composting

My grandparents were environmentally friendly before it was cool.   They recycled, reused, and reduced before it was the politically correct thing to do.  Among their habits?  A composting bucket.

Peels, seeds, past-their-prime fruits and veggies—Grandma tossed all these things into a bucket that Grandpa tossed into a back corner of the yard at the end of the day.  Then nature went to work, decomposing this “trash”.  In other words, my grandparents composted.

Kitchen Composting

We’ve got a composting bucket in our kitchen today too.  My family loves fresh fruits and veggies.  We also garden.  So, composting is a natural thing for us.

Our Compost Bucket

This our composting bucket.  We grabbed this jar at IKEA.  It works for us.  Why?   Well, first, it’s small.  So we dump it regularly.  Second, it’s clear.  Again, a reason to dump it regularly.  And third, it’s got a lid!  A tight-sealing lid.  So…no smells or gnats!

Compost Bin

We dump it into a “Composting Bin” daily.  We haven’t actually used this compost, but it’s a crazy thing.  Even after 3 years, this bin has never filled to the top.  So nature must be doing its thing! (Yes, I realize it’s surrounded by poison ivy.  The kids and I aren’t allergic.  Adam is careful.)

Our Compost Bin

You don’t have to just dump into a compost pile.  I’ve also saved my eggshells to add to the tomato plants (calcium) and my coffee grounds to fight fire ants and slugs.  We’ve used sweet potato peels to feed earthworms.

Composting is really as simple as just tossing out your peels.  There are only a couple of rules to remember:

  • Fresh and raw are best.  Stems, seeds, etc.  (Though if something has been steamed with no seasonings, I’ll toss it in.)
  • No oils
  • No salt
  • No meats
  • No dairy
  • Anything biodegradable:  Sun Chip bags, corn starch packing peanuts,

Do you compost?  How often?  Have you actually used the fresh made dirt?

February Gardening at My House

Y’all!  It’s cold!  Really, really cold.  Shreveport hasn’t seen any real precipitation from the winter storms.  Thank goodness.  But, my yard and my garden are so sad and cold and dry.

I’m so excited about February in my garden because I can begin to really plan for the spring.  Only 49 more days!!!!  Plus, my sugar snaps are beginning to reach for the sky and my peach tree is putting out its blooms.

So here’s my February calendar:

February Gardening Calendar

I’ll be piddling in the garden while dreaming of tomatoes and green beans and squash…