I'm SO happy to finally say that
Sunkissed Botanics officially has headquarters!
We recently finished up renovating our pool house to turn it into my workspace and our office space. My dad did a beautiful job retiling the floors and building shelving and countertops for me. I'm still finishing up getting everything moved in and organized, but it already just feels so wonderful to have a space JUST for my work!
We actually finished this space in time for me to start some seeds in here too! We don't have a greenhouse (it's on our dream list) and this room has a lot of natural light, so I thought it'd be a perfect space to start my seedlings! I've already started chamomile, yarrow, echinacea, milkweed, mexican mint, dahlias, asters, holy basil, wild thyme, and some other herbs & flowers, along with onions, beets, tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers and spinach. The rest of my flowers, herbs and veggies I will be direct sowing in a couple more weeks when it gets a bit warmer and our garden fence is done.
ALL my seeds are heirlooms, so I'm suuuuper excited to see how much more vibrant, tasty and beautiful they are than standard or more recent varieties. Here's some photos of my seedlings that are doing beautifully so far! This growth is after about 9 days.
Here's what our kitchen/flower garden looks like with half of the fence up, BEFORE pulling up the black plastic. It's been such a gorgeous and sunny February, we're racing to get this fence up so I can start transplanting and planting!
We got these pallets last year when I found them on Craigslist. They are all 4' tall and 7' wide, and in such great condition. I knew they would make the perfect/affordable/protective fence for our garden, so we decided to buy 25 of them and not miss out on the opportunity! I'm so glad we did, because the fence is looking really nice (especially since we're no pros at fence building) and it's been fairly easy to do. I made the arbor, which is where the entrance gate will go, out of branches from a dead cherry tree we cut down last summer. I can't believe it's actually standing and hasn't collapsed- ha! I'm hoping to grow some beautiful heirloom morning glory vines up it- just waiting for those seeds to sprout!
Here's what it looked like when we pulled the plastic back. The plastic had been on since mid-November, so almost 3 months. There was grass popping through the wood chips that we laid underneath, but most of it looked white and/or dead. So, now I am in the process of laying down more compost and wood chips over the whole garden bed - to level it out and prevent any grass from growing back through!
I've also been laying out these stepping stones we made a while back to mark paths, and using broken concrete chunks as borders for all the beds, so I REMEMBER where I'm putting the garden beds. Since we're laying wood chips over the whole garden, it will be hard to differentiate between pathways and growing beds until all the plants are up and flourishing.
I'll leave you with this picture that perfectly portrays how are pups are pretty much 24/7: fighting, wrestling, barrel rolling around everywhere! I can't believe how big they've gotten in only a few months! And although Sturg killed one of our chickens a couple weeks back, we've forgiven him and are still pretty in love with him.
Until next time. xoxo