East Austin Succulents

On a recent trip to At Home (a glorious home goods place, if you’ve never been), Brian and I found an owl planter that was on sale for $4. Brian isn’t too fond of my owl obsession, but I won him over with this one. We decided to plant a succulent or two in. I’d heard of East Austin Succulents and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to check it out. Upon arrival, we quickly picked up 4-5 plants and realized we’d made a mistake in visiting – we were about to spend out life savings on succulents! There were so many cool, unique plants. We loved it. The majority of the plants ranged from $2.50-$7.50, great quality and absolutely affordable.

In the end, we selected 6 plants and went back to At Home for another planter. What do you think?

Update: On another trip to At Home, I found 2 more discounted owl planters. When they’re $5, how can you say no?! So now I need to go BACK to East Austin Succulents for 4 more plants. How terrible.

Raised Garden Bed

This post is long over due, but… Brian and I built a raised garden bed! Brian did a lot of research on design and how to actually construct the thing, so major kudos to him. We decided on making a box that was 4x2x1 feet. Initially, we thought that might be kind of small, but after building it, we were very happy with the size. We bought all our supplies at Lowe’s and they were really great – they cut all the wood we needed!

The construction process was surprisingly simple! We cut one foot 2x4s to drill and screw the corners together. On the bottom, we used a staple gun to fix a sheet of weed blocking tarp.

Here’s what it looked like once constructed!

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Once we placed the box where we wanted it, we filled it with a mixture of organic garden soil, compost, and manure.

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Then we planted. We have zucchini, tomato, strawberries, bell pepper, and peppermint.

Overall, the project was extremely simple. We were kind of shocked when it was over – we couldn’t believe we’d actually done it. Now, we wait for fruit and veggies…