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How to start an easy vegetable garden when you don’t have a green thumb

Can I tell you a secret about gardening?! It’s not just for people with a green thumb. You can start a garden that produces delicious fruits and veggies without spending all your money or time in the garden. You don’t even need a lot of space!

Prior to purchasing my home, I had a small container garden on my patio that produced bell peppers, tomatoes, and an assortment of herbs. There’s nothing like growing your own food and it’s not as hard as you may think!

Today, I’m sharing how to start an easy vegetable garden step by step for beginners.

Let’s begin!

How to start an easy vegetable garden when you don't have a green thumb

 

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Steps to start a small vegetable garden for [lazy] beginners

1. Prepare your plant bed

Preparing your plant bed will probably be the most tedious thing you have to do (thank goodness!) when it comes to your small garden. You want to ensure you have prepared the plant bed by removing any debris, sticks, leaves, weeds, and trash.

If you’re starting your garden from complete scratch, you want to make sure to choose a location that gets plenty of sunlight and is in close proximity to your water source.

2. Prepare the soil

Give your plants a jump start by having nutrient-filled soil by using compost, natural fertilizers, and/or soil from the store. You will want to break up the soil (aka till it) so the dirt is easier to manage.

Make sure the soil is moist. You do not want it completely wet or super dry. You want the soil to have a little moisture to it and be easy to move around.

One thing I recommend when starting your easy vegetable garden is having the right tools. Here’s a garden tool set that includes pretty much all of the tools you’ll need as a beginner gardener.

3. Plan out what fruits and veggies you will grow

One of the biggest mistakes new gardeners make is not researching what they want to grow.

So you want to grow lettuce? Awesome! However, lettuce doesn’t do well in extreme heat so if you were to grow lettuce in the summer in Florida, it wouldn’t do well. A lot of beginner gardeners would chalk this up to not having a green thumb when in reality, they simply just aren’t informed.

When you plan out what vegetables you want to grow, be sure to research the best times to grow it, and the necessary conditions needed for the plant to thrive.

Easy vegetables to grow as a beginner

Some crops are easier to grow than others such as beans, cucumbers, and peppers. I grow bell peppers every year because they love the heat (I live in Florida) and are pretty low maintenance when it comes to growth for me. Starting off, I recommend looking into crops that *cue my hunger games voice* the odds will be in your favor.

Here’s a list of easy vegetables for beginners from dogwoodpondfarms.com:

Companion planting

Another thing I HIGHLY recommend you look into is companion plants.

Companion planting is growing different crops in close proximity to help with pest control, pollination, providing habitat for beneficial insects, maximizing the use of space, and/or increase crop productivity. It’s basically growing fruits and vegetables together that will have a working relationship.

Companion planting is a great way to boost your harvest for your easy vegetable garden especially if you have a smaller garden and want to plant a ton of things.

For example, did you know planting tomatoes and basil next to each other enhance the flavor of the tomato as well as deter pest such as the tomato hornwork?

Did you know planting potatoes and tomatoes together will prevent the tomato from growing well because it makes it more susceptible to mold such as Phytophthora? Additionally, tomatoes and potatoes will fight over nutrients causing both not to grow well.

Knowing which fruits and veggies grow better together will truly help you reap a large harvest.

Here’s a list of few friends and foes when it comes to companion planting:

Add flowers to your easy vegetable garden to attract bees

Bees are one of your garden’s best friends because they help pollinate your plants which gives you vegetables and fruits. One way to have a bee loving garden is to plant bee-loving flowers in your garden!

For example, I like to plant flowers next to my eggplants and zucchini plants because I find it helps pollinate my plants and thus gives me a larger harvest.

Click here for 44 pollinator-friendly flowers for bees.

4. Get planting

Once you have the soil prepared and know exactly what you want to plant (because you know the best times to plant)… it’s time to plant!

You can plant via seed or starter plant/transparent. Depending on my mood and budget, there have been seasons where I planted only by seed. However, these days I’m running a full business so I prefer starter plants (or plugs).

There are pros and cons to each… here are a few:

Pros and cons: Seeds vs Seedlings

Some pros to growing via transplant

  • Faster growth
  • You can harvest sooner
  • Plant at a later time
  • Not as much of a learning curve
  • Your garden starts out stronger
  • Some cons to growing via transplant
  • Plants are more expensive than seeds
  • Not all plants do well beinf transplanted from one garden to the next
  • Can introduce bugs and diseases into your garden that you did not have

  • Some pros to growing via seeds
  • Cheapest way to garden as seeds are inexpensive
  • Can choose different varieties of a plant

  • Some cons to growing via seed
  • There can be a learning curve to growing via seed
  • Takes longer to grow
  • May need additional nurturing
  • You have to plant during the “right” time for the specific plant
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    5. Add water

    How often you water your garden depends on your season, region, and location.

    Because I live in Florida and I’m gardening through the spring/summer, I water every morning. When the weather is cooler, I may water every other day if need be.

    I like to water in the morning or late in the day when the sun is not scorching. Why? This allows the water to run down into the soil and reach the roots of the crop without too much water evaporating from the heat. This also provides available water to the plants throughout the day so that the plants will be able to deal better with the heat of the sun (heat stress is real).

    Remembering to water your garden can be hard so I have worked it into my routine. Every morning when I go downstairs for breakfast, I make sure to open up all of my windows and water my garden.

    BONUS: Add a bee water fountain

    Bees are so important not just to the world but also to your garden. I do everything possible to ensure my garden is bee-friendly by NOT using harmful pesticides and investing in bee-loving flowers like bee balm.
    Please try to never, ever kill bees. They are super beneficial to your garden and generally only sting you as a last option.

    Another way I make my garden bee-friendly is with a homemade bee water fountain.

    Planting bee-friendly plants and creating an attractive habitat for them should be enough to welcome them into your yard. In your garden, place a shallow dish or bowl with some rocks in it that sits above clean water. This is just enough to give bees a drink of water.

    The point is to create a source of fresh water that has places for the bees to perch as they drink and collect water. I’ve even witnessed butterflies taking a sip water at the fountain (which is great because butterflies also help pollinate your garden!)

    Here’s a great DIY Bee water fountain you can create.
    Here’s a great DIY butterfly foundain you can create.

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    6. Feed your plants

    The same way you can’t survive just off of water… neither can your plants! Ensure you are feeding your plants with plant food that provides nutrients. While plants use the nutrients in the soil to feed themselves and stay healthy. Over time, the plant’s soil eventually needs plant food to help replenish the depleted nutrients.

    Just make sure not to use too much as you don’t want to burn your plants or overfeed them.

    7. Ensure optimal success

    You will need to ensure that your plants have everything they need (and everything they don’t need) for optimal success!

    This includes:

  • Pull weeds by the root – roots steal nutrients from your plants. Pull them when you see them
  • Get rid of snails – Snails are not your garden’s friends. Get rid of them when you see them. Here are a few ways to get rid of snails.
  • Research issues- having a garden is all about learning through experience and research. If you see a problem, google it or call your local garden nursery! I’ve made many mistakes in my garden and I’ve killed plenty of plants (oops!). Gardening teaches you patience and also that failure is often necessary for success.

    8. Harvest what you’ve sowed

    Once your vegetable garden starts producing, reap the benefits of it. You’ve worked hard for it…. treat yo’ self!

    Here are my beginner tips for starting an easy vegetable garden. Questions? Let me know below!

     

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Build your own Easy DIY Console Table for under $35

Console tables are great for entryways, foyers, behind couches and underutilized spaces in a room. They can be pricey or you can be like me and build your own Easy DIY Console Table for under $35! Yup, that’s right… UNDER $35 (minus the tools!)

I’m not a professional carpenter or furniture-maker so I don’t have any fancy “plans” for this easy DIY console table which speaks on how easy this project is (because my furniture-making skills are slim!)

Watch the YouTube video here: Build your own Easy DIY Console Table for under $35


For this easy DIY Console Table, you will need the following:

Supplies

  • 5 wood boards:
    1. • 2 boards: 12-in x 3-ft Smooth Natural Spruce Wood Wall Panel (front and back)
      • 3 boards:1-in x 8-in x 4-ft; Actual: 0.75-in x 7.25-in x 4-ft) Whitewood Board
  • Power drill
  • Drill bit set
  • Mini Circular Saw
  • Wood Screws (hillman flat phillips #8×2)
  • Sanding block
  • Triangle Measuring Tool (or use measuring tape!)
  • Wood Glue (optional)
  • Paint:
    1. rustoleum wood stain antique white (If you want to stain the wood)

        • kilz complete coat paint (what I painted with)
        Wood paint sealer

      Pieces for the table
      Make sure 2 of the pieces are longer than the table legs as these will be your front and back pieces!

      Table Top Directions

      First, I measured how big I wanted my console top with measuring tape. I know exactly where this console is going (in a corner in my office). Once I have my line marked, I cut with my Mini Circular Saw.

      I am seriously kicking myself for waiting so long to purchase a circular saw. It’s LEGIT. It’s the right size for someone like me who isn’t that great with tools, it has 3 different blades and a laser to ensure I’m cutting a straight line. I absolutely cannot wait to use this for some more projects (I already have my DIY projects on Pinterest for it! lol).

      Once you’ve cut your console top to its desired length, go ahead and sand it out so it’s smooth!

      Table Legs Directions

      You want to, first, predrill holes inside of the legs before drilling in your screws!

      Trust me on this! If you predrill your holes first, this guarantees your screw won’t break off into the wood and that your wood won’t crack. I recommend making the predrill hole (pilot hole) slightly smaller than the actual screw size.

      Every project I do, I use my power drill. It was my “first-time homeowner” gift to myself and I use it often! I decided to purchase a new electric power drill bit set since I use my drill so much!

      You first want to measure where you want the screws. I recommend at least an inch out so your wood doesn’t crack off. Be sure to save those measurements where the predrilled holes are (pilot holes) as you will need those measurements to drill inside the table console!

      I went ahead and added wood glue after I predrilled my holes since this adds an extra level of protection since I won’t be using table brackets!

      I recommend applying the glue to the table top upside down. It’s much easer.

      TIP Be sure to wipe off any excess wood glue! You do not want it to dry on the wood because it’s going to be super hard to paint on top of it and damn near impossible to stain the wood if there’s wood glue all over it!

      Allow the glue to dry for about 30 minutes before going in with the screws.

      Take out the measurements where your pilot holes are and measure/mark that on your tabletop. Drill and add the screws on each side.

      Front & Back boards

      I have no idea why but this was the fun part for me (maybe because I got to use my mini circular saw and feel like Bob Bre the Builder.

      Lay your table down and then lay your front piece on top. I measured where I needed to cut and went through twice with my saw. You’ll want to do this with both ends of the board and for both boards (the front board and the backboard).

      I promise this part isn’t nearly as hard as it sounds! If you can measure, you can definitely do this easy DIY console table!

      This was my progress so far:
       Easy DIY Console Table for under $35

      So far so good? I was proud lol.

      Paint

      I hate painting furniture. I love painting canvases but when it comes to painting rooms and furniture, I’m super messy and ehhh, just not that great at it.

      Originally, I planned to stain this table antique white but I wasn’t feeling it after a few strokes and decided to just paint it white.

      I did two coats and let it dry overnight. The next day, I used a wood paint sealer which is extremely important! Usually, when you paint furniture with latex paint, you need to protect the finish with a sealer or topcoat. This will prevent it from chipping and peeling. I used a glossy finish because I want my table to shine as bright as my future (and that’s bright!)?

      ANDDDDDDD…… We’re done!

      How did I do? Did I do a good job? I plan to use this table in my office/ Youtube Filming studio! You can build your own easy DIY console cable for under $35 because well, I just did! It’s sturdy, cute and I can’t wait to decorate it!


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    6 ways to refresh your home on a budget

    Anyone else get bored with their home decor after a few months?

    While I don’t decorate my home for every holiday, I do like to revamp for different seasons and bring in different colors.

    Recently, I was getting VERY bored with my super glam gray living room and wanted to add some elements of black. I don’t like to spend a lot of money on home decor (for what? I’ll just become bored with it in a few months!) so I’m sharing some tips to revamping your home on a budget:

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    Budget friendly ways to revamp your home

    1. Shop Thrift stores

    I love shopping thrift stores like the goodwill and the resale store for cheap home decor items

    2. Use things in unconventional ways (like rugs on couches!)

    Yes, rugs should “technically” be on the floor but who says we have to follow the rules? Use items in unconventional ways!

    3. Use pillow covers

    Pillow covers are quick, easy and inexpensive way to dress up a space! Plus they’re more environmentally friendly and easier to clean!

    4. Switch up textures, patterns and colors

    If you’re bored with a space, I recommend incorporating different textures, colors and patterns to revamp it!

    5. Incorporate new pieces with old pieces

    Don’t buy everything new! Add a few new pieces to bring an old space back to life

    6. Shop unconventional stores

    Listen, anytime I go to aldi’s I make it a point to cruise down that random aisle to see what new home decor they have. Yard sales? I’m in there. Hey, I’ve even seen bookstores have home decor items. Shop for home decor beyond the home decor stores and websites

    Want your newly revamped space to smell awesome too? I use a DIY fabric refresher because it doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals, inexpensive and I can control the scent!

    DIY Fabric refresher

    1/2 cup high-proof vodka
    1/2 cup water Distilled water (if possible).
    25 drops lavender essential oil
    25 drops lemon essential oil
    10 drops Mandarin tree essential oil
    Mix in a spray bottle!

    Watch the video here:

    Do you have any tips when it comes to revamping your home? Share below!


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    5 super simple ways to declutter your home!

    No one likes a messy home, right?! Right?!

    Which is why I’m sharing 5 of my simple tips to declutter and organize your home!

    Watch the video here:

    Here are my simple tips:

    1: Do a walk-through of your house with a trash bag in hand

    Place anything and everything that you don’t need anymore, is broken, or isn’t nice enough to donate or sell into the trash bag. Get rid of everything you don’t need or use – all this stuff is just taking up space and causing your house to look cluttered.

    2: Start off small, if you’re overwhelmed

    Do room by room. Space by space. You don’t have to clean you entire home at once. Start off with one room and move-on to the next!

    3: Start with areas you can see first

    What’s the point of cleaning your closet if your bedroom is a mess? Start with areas you can see first and then work on the hidden areas.

    4: Get rid of the duplicates

    You don’t need them and they’re just taking up space! Get rid of clothes that are the same, nail polish that’s the same color (points at you!), items that serve the same purpose (like multiple house-shoes)

    5. Have an ongoing donation box in your closet.

    Any time you come across something you don’t like, doesn’t fit, you’re just ready to let go of, etc. put it straight in your donation box. When the box gets full, drop it off at your local Goodwill®! The easier you make it to get rid of the clothes, the more likely you will follow through and clear the clutter from your closet!

    Find the Goodwill® closest to you: https://www.goodwill.org/locator/

    Random fact: Did you know when you donate to and shop at Goodwill®, you are also doing good for your community and neighbors in need? Goodwill® uses more than 87 percent of its collective revenue to create jobs, training and education opportunities in local communities around the world.
    When you shop and donate at the Goodwill®, you’re helping the environment AND your community!

    5: Make the home smell good

    You want scents to match the room. If you have lit candle that smells like fresh field of strawberries but your home looks like a hurricane, it doesn’t match up. When you home smells good, you’ll want your want to look good as well!

    6: Wear it today

    As you’re decluttering your clothes, if you come across something you don’t wear often but are struggling to let go of, make a point to wear the item tomorrow. If you don’t want to wear it tomorrow, when will you want to wear it?

    8: Make it easy to organize and declutter

    Add lights to dark closets and cabinets, invest in organizers for shoes and purses! Make it easy to organize and declutter your home!

    Watch the video here:

    Here are some of my easy tips when it comes to decluttering and cleaning your home! Let me know below any of your tips! I would love to know!

    This blog post was sponsored by Goodwill. However, all thoughts and opinions are of my own.


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    Simple budget-friendly bedroom | My minimal bedroom revamp

    The bedroom to me is a sacred space. It’s a place of rest, romance and rejuvenation.

    While the rest of my home is super glam, I wanted my bedroom to be simple & harmonious. When I close my eyes at night, I want to feel peaceful and when I open my eyes in the morning, I want to feel peaceful. Having a bedroom crammed with a lot of stuff can interfere with that.

    Because I kept all of my original furniture, this revamp was pretty easy and budget-friendly.

    Easy things to change during a budget friendly revamp

    BEDDING– The best way to change the look of a bedroom is with the bedding. I like duvets because they allow you to switch up the bedding easily, quickly, and cheaper. Plus washing duvet covers and inserts are so much easier. I purchased my duvet from amazon

    RUGS– I love a good rug because rugs really do bring the room together. I tend to switch up my rugs every year so I opt for cheaper rugs. I got my navy rug from Amazon as well. Under $50!

    PILLOWS – Need I say more? Pillows are like icing on the cake for me. They just make the furniture look pretty. I like to use pillow inserts because they’re easier to wash and you can switch up whenever you want. Again, another Amazon purchase lol Furry Pillow & Four Printed pillows. Also be sure to purchase pillow inserts for the pillow covers.

    All of my furniture was purchased while there was a sale.
    My bedframe was purchased at Wayfair during a Holiday sale. They no longer carry the item but I did find a similar bedroom frame on Amazon.
    My mirror nightstands was purchased about 4 years ago at Kirklands. I remember stalking the site waiting for them to be marked down at least 40% lol.

    You guys know I love the thrift store for home decor finds! I was able to snag all 3 of these candle pillars for $15! They just needed a good dust, clean and paint!

    Watch my full bedroom tutorial here:


    Here’s a list of items used for my bedroom and/or substitutes that I could find:

    Mirror nightstands – kirklands
    Lamps: Purchased at Burlington coat factory – https://rstyle.me/ad/f7rgwjcsypx
    Bedframe: Purchased on Mayfair. Smiliar item: https://amzn.to/2ZLa04K
    Old comforter: Mainstays Navy Geo 7-Piece Bedding Comforter Set Purchased from Walmart, they know longer carry it!
    Magic eraser for baseboard: https://amzn.to/2rRH8vc
    Ottoman: https://amzn.to/2ZKnuxv

    You can watch Treshaja’s the wall Decor tutorial here

    Navy Rug: https://amzn.to/2QGO2M2
    Sheets: https://amzn.to/2QEy7xR
    Duvet Insert: https://amzn.to/36iiDGr
    Throw pillow covers (came as a 6 pack) https://amzn.to/2tky02u
    Furry Throw Pillow covers: https://amzn.to/2MJfbNl
    Pillow Inserts: https://amzn.to/36j0kRs
    Throw blanket: https://amzn.to/2QhgTrr
    Candle Pillars (from the thrift shop)
    Large Candles – Joanne’s
    White tray: https://amzn.to/35gYPBR
    Canvas Picture Frames: https://amzn.to/35eHv0f
    Pictures: painted by me and the boo!
    Daily devotional prayer journal: Purchased from Burlington coat factory. Similar one: https://amzn.to/35i2AHt


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    My two day & $150 small bathroom remodel

    I loved my $300 kitchen renovation so much that I decided to do my guest bathroom the same exact way because 18 months later, I STILL love my kitchen! So today, I’m sharing my small bathroom remodel.

    Here is the before photo of my guest bathroom:



    ..and of course, after:

    Watch the video for my two day & $150 small bathroom remodel renovation:

    This renovation was under $150. If you include my shower door which was around $250 on amazon, then it’s $400 give or take a few cents. I’m happy with another cheap, cute and chic reno!

    I used the giani countertop again except this time I made it a little darker and allowed more black to come through.

    As you can, I also painted the cabinets. I used the giani counter paint. It’s horrible. I used different brushes and rollers and each time it was lumpy. I had to work overtime to get it to look smooth and streak-free.

    I also framed my mirror

    I used my good ol’ electric saw, some measurements that were definitely off and caulk to fix my mistakes lol.

    Oh, I also changed the caulk in my shower from dingy (is that the right word?) white to grey. It looks soooo good in person. The camera doesn’t do it justice!

    I purchased the pens from amazon. Tedious to do but well worth the results!

    Watch the video for my entire renovation:


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    My two day & $150 small bathroom remodel

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    Budget-friendly dining room revamp!

    Thanksgiving and Christmas is literally around the corner and one area I wanted to revamp is my dining room.

    I must admit that my dining room doesn’t get much love. I rarely ever sit at the table but for the Holidays, I know it will finally get some much-needed TLC.

    Here’s the before:

    The first thing I did was remove the black rug. During the last few months Bailey, my 15 year old pop, was alive she suffered from incontinence issues and had peed on the rug several times. No matter how many times I tried to clean the rug, it just never felt clean so that was the first thing to go…

    Next steps were my wall decor. I found 3 mirrors at Burlington that I loved! I have a thing for mirrors because they make the space look bigger.

    You can watch my entire dining room refresh here:

    Love this dining room? Check out my kitchen revamp video!


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    Goodbye ugly ikea bookshelf!

    My IKEA Kallax bookshelf is about 8 years old. It’s boring, blah BUT in great shape. As I redecorate my home, I wanted to add some extra seasoning to my bland office using the furniture I already have!

    With a some extra pieces and a little elbow grease, I turned my $89 IKEA bookshelf into something z gallerie is charging $800+ for.

    Here is a list of everything I used (and similar products I was able to find)
    Ikea Kallax (White)
    Furniture Feet
    Rust-Oleum Gold spray paint
    Ikea Kallax Shelving Units Insert with Door
    Electric drill
    gold handle pulls
    Golden Overlays:
    (Silver is available on amazon))
    – Gold vase (purchased mine from Burlington) similar one: https://amzn.to/2BChgoo

    I used these pieces to style my bookshelf
    – DIY Candle Pillar from Dollar Tree (Watch the DIY video here: https://youtu.be/30z4wDCZ-Ew)
    – Gold Tray: Burlington
    – Picture Frame: Dollar Tree
    – Picture: Burlington
    Window Curtains

    Watch the video tutorial here:

    What do you think? I love my new bookshelf and I’m so happy I was able revamp it!