Outdoor Fall Decor

Fall has been upon us and while I’ve been crafting and decorating at home since September, I decided to share a few of my outdoor decor ideas.

I had a pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch I went to in October and saved it for a planter idea I had in mind.

Along with my pumpkin, I had pansies and a small carving set.

I simply carved the top of my pumpkin and removed the seeds and scraped the walls.

Before I removed my pansies from the planter, I measured it with the lining of my carved pumpkin to make sure it would fit.

I transplanted my pansies in the pumpkin and threw in a few small scarecrows for décor.

How do you decorate for the fall?


– R. Vargas

Transplanting Succulents

If you know me personally, you know that I love succulents.
Many people think they are really hard to maintain or that they always end up dying but with a little TLC the plants can grow and thrive for years to come.
I took it upon myself to post this quick tutorial of how I care for and transplant my succulents and cactus.

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I gather my plants, pots, soil, Miracle Grow Succulent Plant Food, and even some colored pebbles for decor.

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I fill in the bottom with soil so that the plants can be leveled then I place the plants in the pot. (You may need to use tweezers or gloves so that you do not stick yourself if you are transplanting cactus.)

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Once they are positioned in the pot, I place more soil on top and on the sides.

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Once my plants are potted, I give them each two shots of Miracle Grow Succulent Plant Food and then water them.

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Be sure to give them enough sunlight and water and feed them every week. Not everyday but every week to help them grow and last a long time.


– R. Vargas

Out and About in the Garden:

If you know me personally, you know that I really enjoy gardening.
But that wasn’t always the case.

As a little girl, I constantly noticed my mother in her garden. I believe she spent most of her time in her garden and in the kitchen. But she existed in the garden.

It actually used to bother me that she preferred spending time with her flowers more than she would spend time inside with me.
I laughed at her year after year when she would skip around in the garden and not only talk to her flowers, but also sing to them.
I thought it was all so silly at the time.

Not until I got older did I realize all the hard work and dedication my mother put into her garden.
Now older and more appreciative of things, even small things, I really appreciate my mothers love for flowers and I carry that with me today.
Just like my mother, I now talk to my flowers while I plant new seeds, I sing to them, I even skip around our several rose bushes.

Gardening is a huge stress reliever and it has taught me so much about being patient.
It proves how your hard work pays off with time, effort, and a great amount of love.
Through patience, you watch something beautiful come to life.

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-R. Vargas