These are a Few of My Favorite Things

One of my favorite things about being a blog follower is how the experience goes from just following along to eventually feeling like you are taking advice from a friend. As a result of my love for blogs, I have purchased clothes, tried hair styles, decorated mantles, read books, organized my office, discovered health tricks, and become inspired in countless ways! Reading about a solution that an everyday person, just like me, finds enriching to their lives has been really helpful – so here on HALF I thought I would get in on the info sharing action and include a weekly favorites post!  Each week I will share one of my favorites things! The topic areas will range from favorite clothes to organizing solutions to health tricks. Really anything that I feel we just can’t live without – or would really not want to – at the Bessette home and maybe you can find something you love too!

 

One of my plans for the blog this past summer was to share with you our experience growing a tower garden. But you already know how our August and September went…. so keeping up with favorite things post was a little sporadic! But that actually is the beauty of the tower garden, it grows itself!! So my Tower Garden posts were a little sparse this year, but my garden was very plentiful!

 

As I shared in my first Tower Garden post, we had dreams of fresh summer salads right from our backyard! We have spent years eating off my parents’ tower but now that we had the space and Dan had acquired his own green thumb- we were able to house our own! We planted lettuces, cumcumbers, peppers, tomatoes and a few mums on the top to keep the bugs away. Then we waited and it grew….
Tower Garden  August 2016
Tower Garden
August 2016
And grew…
Tower Garden  September 2016
Tower Garden
September 2016
And grew…..
Tower Garden August 2016
Tower Garden
August 2016
Tower Garden August 2016
Tower Garden
August 2016
And just as we could taste our fresh BLTs that would be adorned with our own home grown tomatoes and lettuce- we got attacked by the worms!!!!!

 

Tower Garden Imposter August 2016
Tower Garden Imposter
August 2016
Yes these funny little caterpillar looking things appeared out of the blue. On Sunday I saw them and actually thought to myself- wow, we have done such a good job at our little ecosystem we have worms!! On Monday Danny checked the tower garden while completing his plant rounds and all was well. But by Tuesday he came out to discover that those littleguys were  hungry….

 

Yup, our Tomatoes were GONE! And those little guys quadrupled in size! We of course were upset that our little plants that were just a few short days away from harvest had completely evaporated! Luckily it was only the tomatoes they were after and our plant just kept going!

 

In fact we added a few plants in early September and we still got more crops! The beauty of this system is that you can plant things at anytime- as long as the tempature still cooperates and you don’t start freezing overnight. No missed windows for seeds or required weeks of mulching and miracle grow: just add the water and tonic and you are done!

 

For our first summer we were not able to get as creative with our plants or cooking as we had hoped-but with how full and unpredictable our world is we certainly proved the ease of this type of garden! So if you are interested in your own tower garden check out details here and join us this spring as we will plan to start all over again! Until then… we gotta get to eating our lettuce to call this gardening year a wrap!

 

Thanks so much for reading and remember to make it a great day!
Jackie

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