Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Growing Heirloom Tomatoes in Colorado growing heirloom tomatoes colorado
Heirloom Tomato plants and hearty basil
I can't believe that it has been a year since our last Heirloom Tomato plant sale.  This will be our fifth year selling and we can't wait to see some of our repeat customers.  The weather here is still on the chilly side but with Mother's Day coming up, hopefully we will be planting in the garden soon.  In Colorado, we have a different growing season so growing good vegetables takes a little bit more planning.  That is why my husband started the seeds for our tomato plants months ago so that they would be ready for planting in May.

We still have a garden plot at a local community garden where we grow most of our vegetable plants.  At home we'll also be trying a few lettuces and leafy greens in a raised bed.  We're not sure how they'll fare though because there are a couple of rabbits in the area.  If we're lucky they'll leave enough for our family to have at least one salad.


Planning our garden is always fun because that's when the kids chime in with ideas of what they would like to grow.  It feels good knowing that our little ones are learning how to care for the plants and also how to prepare them for the table.  They call them, "free veggies," because instead of going to the store we just stop by the garden for some good eats. Heirloom Tomatoes gardening colorado
Getting ready for this year's Heirloom Tomato Plant Sale
If your in the Denver Metro area, feel free to stop by our Heirloom Tomato Plant sale.  It will be held at 1568 S. Fairfax St. in Denver 80222, May 2nd-4th.  We'll be starting around 9am on Friday and Saturday and 10am on Sunday.  We usually wrap up sometime around 4pm or until they're gone.  We'll have some customer favorites like Ananas Noire, Mortgage Lifter and Brandywine.  We also tried a few new varieties this year like Yellow Pear, Cherokee Purple and Green Giant.  We even have some basil this year which is always a favorite.  My husband has a wealth of knowledge and loves to share what he knows with other gardeners.  We also give tips on how to grow strong, healthy tomato plants in our climate.  Hope to see you there but if not, happy growing!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Thinking About Crochet Braids for a Summer Protective Style crochet braids summer protective styles For a while now I've been watching videos on Youtube that illustrate how to install crochet braids.  At first, I was just curious how the style was done.  The crochet braids that I remember were stringy, pre-braided strands that were attached to the hair with a latch hook tool.

It looks like the technique has come a long way since then.  Now,  people are using all different types of hair textures to create various looks.  This means the style can be worn curly or straight; short or long.  I'm interested in doing this type of style over the summer because it looks like an easy way to protect my growing hair while having the look of a style that is always ready to wear.  It may take me up to two to three hours to complete but can last four to six weeks.

I watched several videos on how to install crochet braids and this one, by MamiTresses, was the best at explaining how it's done.  Enjoy!


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