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windowsill succulent garden

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I’m loving the newest addition to our indoor gardens: windowsill succulents.  On an innocent trip to Lowe’s to look at self-watering pots, we were distracted by a cute little potted arrangement of four succulents.  Then Daniel, ever the green-thumb, said, “We can do this better – let’s plant them ourselves.”  We knew the succulents would be great in our rather-wide windowsills, and when we couldn’t find a suitable planter, we had just the solution: our shipping pallets.

Our love of gardening (indoors and out) is well-documented on this site (here, here, and here), and we also happen to have a bunch of shipping pallets lying around (for a DIY table project).  The already-sanded wood we’ve harvested from the pallets made the perfect containers for our windowsill garden.

Once the boxes were built, Daniel lined them with plastic (cut from a potting soil bag) and filled them with a mixture of potting soil and perlite.

Once the succulents were settled, we trimmed the edges of the plastic just below the soil line and gave the plants a good soaking via spray bottle.

These little guys soaked up the morning sun.

We built three boxes, one for each window in the bedroom.  Daniel had yet another idea: locally harvested rocks to top the soil.  So we trekked into the woods, and we (and by we I mean he) gathered pebbles from a little creek.  The pebbles were just the right finishing touch.

Et voilà.

Written by Ann

July 10, 2012 at 10:42 pm

watermelon with mint and grilled halloumi

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A few months ago, I was introduced to this tasty trifecta by a friend, who is also an excellent vegetarian cook.  The second time, I got to help with the preparation and saw just how easy this summery side is: it really is just cubed watermelon, chopped fresh mint, and grilled halloumi (a Greek cheese that is made for grilling).  Unfortunately, I can’t find halloumi in Hattiesburg, so I made to sure to stock up on it at Whole Foods during our trip to New Orleans earlier this week.  The salad was just the thing for a rainy 4th of July afternoon.

A quick internet search for watermelon, mint, and halloumi reveals myriad variations with more ingredients, but I say less is more.  Just chop, grill, toss, and enjoy.

Written by Ann

July 4, 2012 at 9:39 pm