aspen & pine

a journey in creativity and mindful living

Category: Garden



The Munstead lavender and chamomile I bought at Radical Roots Farm have grown quite a bit since I got them. I am very excited for these to flower. I want to try adding lavender to foods and beverages and make my own chamomile tea!


My seedlings (clockwise) are organic lettuce, aster flowers, basil (in the little purple pot) and organic broccoli raab. I bought all my seeds at Walmart and was surprised to find an organic brand called Home Farmer, they are also the ones that came up and have grown the fastest.


All my pots except the blue and purple ones were second hand from my Grandparent’s which was quite a money saver!


There’s the plentiful mint that comes up every year. My Grandpap planted this originally, but I transplanted some next to my container garden and it has taken off wonderfully. My plan is to eventually turn this area into a raised bed for herbs.


Our strawberry patch has been producing wonderfully for us, my Mom came over and picked with me the other day. We share the work and harvest with my parents and grandparents. Unfortunately it’s also a weed farm, and bermuda grass has become the bane of my existence.


I hope you enjoyed this tour of my tiny garden, and are inspired to start you’re own (even if you are convinced you don’t have a green thumb and hate weeding).


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Munstead Lavender

We photographed a beautiful wedding Saturday that took place on a horse farm. Instead of the normal sit down meal or buffet line, this couple had food trucks come to serve their guests. The reception had a very fun atmosphere, and the food was by far the best we’ve had at a wedding. We are hoping this becomes a new trend! Sunday evening we went up to the Shenandoah National Park to have a picnic with my family. We had a great time with good food and good people!

My little attempt at gardening is going well so far this year. I’ve decided to do all my planting in pots so I don’t have to weed, and starting smaller so maybe I will be successful and can pretend I have a green thumb! I will be doing a garden post later to show you what I’ve been up to.

This week I loved:

These pretty printable coloring pages and stationary

Ugly produce needs love too from takepart

Stop saying no to your husband by unveiled wife

FitSugar’s 10 tips for sustainable weight loss

Money saving tips for real life on apartment therapy