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Life Lessons With Auntie Jen

Holy crap I am the worst. My last post was all "YAY! I am back to consistent blogging!" and here it is 10 days later and this is my first post. Time is like a vacuum sometimes and I can't believe it has been more than a week since I proclaimed my return to serious blogging.  ANYWAYS, let's talk long weekends. Canada just had one and you lucky folks in the USA are headed into one. The May long weekend is affectionately called May Two-Four up here, probably because it falls around the 24th of the month but most likely because we like, and consume a lot of, beer (it comes in cases of 24).  As a younger lady I would spend my May Two-Four weekend camping with friends. It was fun, it was carefree and I don't remember being bothered by the cooler temperatures and the inevitable rain storm.

Oh how times have changed.

May Two-Four is now spent planting gardens, slugging mulch and swearing at weeds.  This year we tried to strike a balance between domestic duties and relaxation. Which of course means that on the last day of the weekend we decided to take 3 kids hiking, because nothing says relaxation like hearing "are we there yet" and "why haven't I caught any fish" every 2 minutes.



I planned this outing ahead of time, stopping short of hopping on Pinterest for ideas like Top 7 Best Games to Play while Hiking and Catfishing Kids into Thinking They are Fishing for Cats. I do however wished I had researched more about geocaching, rather than creating an account 15 minutes before we left and assuming my decades hiking and camping would make me an instant pro. Nothing, makes you feel smarter than failing to solve a geocaching riddle that was made by a 10 year old. Except maybe failing to solve it in front of 2 six year old and a 9 year old. This particular cache (look at me using the lingo) was rated a 1.5 star difficulty, which literally means that it is set for children to figure out. I'm pretty sure I understood the clues and knew the hiding location but my GPS was acting up (I swear!) and as much as we looked through grass and weeds we just couldn't find anything. 



We can file this one away under Life Lessons with Auntie Jen and hope that the memories that we made this weekend stay with them. Or at least I can hope they remember the ones that are actually useful like 'how to read trail markers' and 'why not everyone standing beside a river is peeing' and not 'oh yes you did catch some fish, you see reeds are just vegetarian fish'. 


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6 Toxic Chemicals You Won’t Find Lurking in a Truly Organic Mattress {PLUS a Naturepedic Queen Mattress Giveaway!}

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Welcome to the Naturepedic EOS Standard Queen Organic Mattress Giveaway ($2599 Value), sponsored by Naturepedic and hosted by Happy Mothering and the Green Moms Network. Making sure our many sleeping hours are spent in close contact with a truly non-toxic mattress is a huge priority for many of us who are trying to reduce our risk of developing […]

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Plates Not Weights: 5 Minute Ab Workout With 2 Plastic Plates

We’re all looking to work our core and tighten our abs in the quickest and easiest way possible, right? If you have two plastic or paper plates at home, check out what you can do in only FIVE MINUTES to give your core a killer workout! Who’s ready to try it??The post Plates Not Weights: 5 Minute Ab Workout With 2 Plastic Plates appeared first on I Thought I Knew Mama.

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Soba Noodles Salad with Shrimp

Years ago, when I was searching for gluten free noodles, I was delighted to find a selection of buckwheat noodles at a local Asian grocery store. We were getting tired of quinoa pasta so I thought buckwheat noodle dishes would be refreshing for a change since buckwheat is gluten free and has no relation to...

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Do Lavender and Tea Tree Oils Cause Endocrine Disruption?

I thought this issue had been put to rest long ago but alas it seems the hysteria and misinformation lives on. In 2007 a very poorly conducted study “found” that lavender and tea tree oils caused endocrine disruption among young boys. It was said that these two compounds had estrogenic effects and could cause young boys […]

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Grow Vertically Using Trellis for Your Best Season Ever.

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Sometimes aggravation is the mother of invention.  I have been gardening for over 10 years and really enjoy taking on new challenges such as growing pumpkins, squashes, watermelons and other vining fruits and vegetables.  However, like everyone else, I am limited in space and got tired of stepping over my vines and watching my hard earned vegetables rot on the ground.   Or worse yet, watch the wildlife eat them. (Have you been there?) So, I decided to grow vertically.

How am I going to grow vertically?

Just because I made the decision to grow vertically doesn’t mean I knew instantly how to do it. Of course, I turned to my go to source, YouTube.

I found a ton of information but unfortunately found it confusing.  The videos didn’t specify what tools to use and the authors didn’t reply to my questions.

So, I decided to use cattle panels since it was the cheapest and strongest alternative to grow my vines vertically.  I can’t tell you how many times we stared at the hardware aisle in Home Depot looking for the right tools to secure the trellis.

Did I mention, we couldn’t even figure out how to get the panels home!

Like everything in gardening, there is a learning curve.

The first year of vertical gardening I made a ton of mistakes and over estimated how fast the vines grew.  The second year, I picked up more tricks.  By the third year, I got much more confident and tried growing more vining plants.

I even tried to grow a tomato on a single stem up the trellis.  (By the way, it works!)

Since I started I have grown:

  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Morning Glory
  • Zucchini
  • All different types of pumpkins and squashes (including spaghetti squash.)
  • Peas
  • Green Beans (PS any bean will trellis even the bush beans.)
  • Luffa
  • Tomato
  • nasturtiums

If it trails, you can grow it.

What did I notice from vertical gardening?

  • The animals weren’t eating my veggies since that were not laying on the ground.  I was using panty hose to protect them.
  • I didn’t lose fruit or veggies from rotting since they no longer laid on the ground
  • I could control the squash vine borer better since I didn’t have to hunt through all the different vines to see where those buggers were.  (Um, I destroyed a ton of squash bug eggs as well.)
  • I was much more productive in my yields since I had a better view of the vines.
  • I didn’t accidentally step on the vines as much.  You can step on them when you trellis if you don’t watch how fast they grow.
  • My skin wasn’t torn up from the vines when I was constantly checking the leaves.  I get a squash dermatitis.
  • My garden was neater.  I can’t work in chaos.
  • And the list goes on.

Learn how to grow vertically without the learning curve:

So, I decided to create an e-course with five video modules on how to install and use a vertical panel properly.  You don’t have to use cattle panels.  I like them since they are cheap and don’t rust.  You can use a chain link fence too.

Before I explain the course, bear in mind it is for gardeners who grow their vegetables and fruits in the ground or raised beds.  It isn’t for container gardeners.

What’s in the course:

The five modules consist of :

  • Video 1: The Benefits of Using Trellises
  • Video 2: How to Install a Trellis Properly  and the proper tools to use.
  • Video 3:  Several Different Trellis Configurations 
  • Video 4:   Different Types of Vegetable Support for the Trellis
    and Best Practices When Using Supports
  • Video 5:  Troubleshooting Problems When Growing Vertically

The course is in a PDF form which you download with  links to the videos, a list of the necessary tools and where to buy them as well as pictures of my system.

Each video has multiple subsections focusing on a key concept within the module.

It is priced at $29.99 and you are grandfathered for future updates.

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So, I ask you.

Why struggle with your garden?

To learn  more go HERE.  Once you go vertical, you will never grow conventionally again.Similar Posts:

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How Much Does It Cost to Become a Coach?

2 years and 9 months ago, I was at a crossroads. I was a busy mom of two very little ones who adored everything about motherhood – so much that I was losing myself to it. I didn’t look the same (read: I was out of shape), I didn’t feel the same (read: way down […]The post How Much Does It Cost to Become a Coach? appeared first on I Thought I Knew Mama.

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How to Change Your Life

“The person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Deciding who you want to be can either seem daunting or even impossible at times, but it doesn’t have to be. Changing who we are – contrary to how we usually think about it – is not […]The post How to Change Your Life appeared first on I Thought I Knew Mama.

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No Time in the Morning? Make Over Your Evenings Instead

Many, many gurus, authors, coaches, and general advice givers often advise you to get up earlier and create special morning routines to get your day started right. I have no issue with this advice. I think it is spot on and can help you create some winning habits and some great successes in life. But I don’t […]

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My Kind of Monday! (Join me online tonight!)

Yesterday was what I call my kind of Monday! At the beach with my kids on a beautiful day… there’s no better way to start the week in my mind. Yes, I’m a stay at home mom, but I also run a business that provides me with a full time income and replaced my salary […]The post My Kind of Monday! (Join me online tonight!) appeared first on I Thought I Knew Mama.

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Mother Day Package from the Rainforest Alliance

My mother’s day was quite nice and I wanted to give a shout out to the Rainforest Alliance for sending me a special Mother’s Day care package. So thoughtful! I loved everything. A bar of Salazon Chocolates Organic Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt, made with Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa Republic of Tea Mango Coconut Water […]

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Weekly Meal Plan Week 21

Hello from Canada where we get a holiday weekend a little early while we celebrate Victoria Day. Alas it’s still Monday so I have the meal plan ready to go for the week ahead. Meal planning is a part of my Sunday morning routine where I get to relax with my favorite cookbooks and magazine...

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