HOME and GARDEN 101, Alaska Fish Fertilizer and a Sponsored Give-Away

Mixed succulent plant collection in Urn by Sprittibee.com

Today I’m covering my indoor plants and sharing a garden update; I hope you’ve been enjoying my “Home and Garden 101″ series… (which is being sponsored this week by Central Pet & Garden – who are also providing my readers with a 25$ AMEX gift card give away).

Make sure to read to the end so you can enter to win 25$

I apologize up front for not having as many photos in this post. I took a little video for you instead! Click to watch below

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I finally got rid of the cilantro in my yard and have planted beans and wildflowers in that bed. I’m pretty sure there was some sort of citrus seed in the handful of things we planted, too – but I’ll never know until I let it grow. I’m just pulling the grass weeds and letting everything else do it’s thing. The other garden bed is totally full. Not just full- overflowing! My tomato plants are monsters!

Bye Bye Cilantro eyesore. #HB101

As you can see from the photo up at the top of this post, I’ve been in a DIY mood lately. I put together this wonderful little montage of succulent plants from the local Lowe’s nursery in an urn my daughter had in her bathroom that was collecting junk. I filled the bottom with rocks to help with drainage and then added some sand before placing the plants in the pot. It looks so cute on my front porch. My mama complimented me on it when she stopped in Thursday night.

My favorite succulent in this mix is one that came in the absolute smallest plant box I have ever bought in my life. It was smaller than a seedling box. It had a tiny sprig of succulent in it with the prettiest pink bloom.

My lonely house plant is excited to have a friend on the porch. Here’s to hoping I won’t neglect it since it is in such a visible place. Me and house plants and containers do well as long as I have to trip over them or look at them constantly (like “Harry” – the dragon plant on my kitchen window ledge).

I feel sorry for them that they don’t get all the love that the garden and landscaping plants get. Now that Alaska Fish Fertilizer is part of our gardening fertilizer line-up, I can just mix a batch up in a pitcher inside (with nose-plugs on, holy-mackerel, the stuff smells bad). I love that it is an organic alternative to chemical fertilizers, too. The more “organicker”, the better.

Alaska Fish Fertilizer is a 5-1-1 fertilizer made from ooey, gooey, decomposed organic fish matter – mmmmm! Just like the Native American Indians used to use under corn, I hear. You know the first year we did our garden with the teens back in 2007 or so, we actually bought fish from the store and buried one under each corn kernel like the Indians told the colonists to do. It didn’t work magic like I expected. Not sure what we did wrong, but those fish didn’t smell anything like this brown Alaska sludge.

If you could judge a product’s worth in your garden by how bad it smells, I’m guessing my house plants are going to DIG this fertilizer!

You should see my garden lately. The plants are coming out and over the fencing. I’m having trouble keeping the climbers from covering everything in the bed. You live and learn. Can’t wait to share some photos with you next week!

I’m watching the garden daily and trying to naturally combat the bug pests. I suppose I’ll have to share a little of the harvest with them, but I’m so excited to see what all we get from this year’s “crop”. I’ve got my eye on two green tomatoes right now … and a few curly Serrano peppers that have survived the aphids. My vinegar/water/soap rinse did get rid of quite a few bugs, but they are back. The garlic powder didn’t do much to deter them. The ash from the fire pit was great for a few hours and certainly stumped the fire ants for a while. Next I’m going to have to get a little ugly with some well-placed DE (diatomaceous earth).

I love the view out my kitchen window now. I’m sure that my guests Sunday will love it, too! We’re BBQing on the back porch with some friends from church (which is why this post is a bit late — I was painting, making DIY curtains, decluttering, and cleaning most of Friday and today).

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  1. Lisa Brown says

    I would use the Alaska All Purpose Dry Fertilizer for my vegetable garden this year.

  2. Sheila Laurence says

    We live in the mountains in a very sloped area. I think it’s beautiful here, but envy your flat areas!

  3. Jessie C. says

    I would use LILLY MILLER ALL PURPOSE LAWN & GARDEN FOOD-http://penningtonfertilizer.com/products/lm-all-purpose-lawn-garden-food

  4. Leidy says

    I’ve heard many good things about fish fertilizer I think I’m gonna give it a try

  5. cynthia madera says

    I love reading your posts!!! can’t wait to see how everything turns out!!!

  6. Jennifer Marie says

    I would like to use the

    Alaska® All Purpose Dry Fertilizer for berries.

  7. Laura Jacobson says

    Oh I would love to use the Alaska® Vegetable & Tomato Dry Fertilizer on my tomatoes!

  8. Barbara Montag says

    I’ve been thinking about putting together a small succulent garden.
    Thank you.

  9. Barbara Montag says

    I’d like to try the Alaska Vegetable & Tomato Fertilizer.
    My tomatoes could use the boost.

  10. Tammy S says

    I would use the Alaska Pure Kelp Plant Food for our fruit and vegetable garden.

  11. Wild Orchid says

    Entered the rafflecopter as “Wild orchid”

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  12. Wendi says

    Just found your blog and I am so excited. It is hot here in AZ so just trying to keep the little patch of green grass in the backyard green.