Heat Wave & a Pinterest Project

July 3, 2013

So I survived the most epic heat wave I think we’ve had in a long time. I’m never one to complain about heat because we rarely get it and I LOVE hanging out in the hot sun. The past few days have been hot hot HOT, yesterday being the hottest. It was in the 30’s and with the humidex feeling more like 40! Liam has been getting cranky if we are outside in the heat too long so I figured the best thing for both of us would be to stay home with the windows and blinds closed. Bad idea.

My third floor condo was like a sauna. I hadn’t got paid yet so I couldn’t escape to the air conditioned mall or grocery store to do my shopping. Luckily my mom was in town and treated us to lunch so we had a brief escape. I think by the end of the day I had heat stroke just from being in my apartment. Layne had tried to find a mobile air conditioner but everywhere was sold out so he just picked up another fan. We put a fan in Liam’s room for him and he didn’t seem to have any trouble sleeping. I was thankful by the time we went to bed the wind had picked up and it cooled off significantly. It’s much cooler today so I think we will be able to do more than sit in one spot and try not to move. I didn’t even attempt to workout yesterday since I was already feeling so gross from the heat.

I was hoping we would get one epic thunderstorm last night. We were under a severe thunderstorm watch but nothing came of it. I love summer thunderstorms so much.

I know that I had made a deal with myself not to drink my calories, but I have to admit I’ve drank a lot of cold beer during this heat wave. It was totally worth it! Layne picked up a Bud Lite Lime Mojito 12-pack and it’s surprisingly pretty good.

So I’ve been meaning to share my big Pinterestproject with you guys for a couple weeks now, but since I was in a bit of a blog slump, I didn’t quite get around to it. I’m not much of a green thumb, but I thought it would be nice to grow some fresh herbs and vegetables. Since I live in an apartment, I can’t exactly build a garden, so I thought this pallet garden that I found would be a great idea!


Layne brought me a decent looking pallet home from work, I collected a couple bags of dirt, a roll of landscape fabric and a staple gun and got to work.

As per the directions from the original blog post, I stapled landscape fabric along the back, bottom and sides of the pallet.

 Once it was all stapled up, I started filling with dirt. I ended up needing more than the 2 bags it said. I think I had four in there and it still wasn’t completely full but I didn’t want to put more in until I had everything planted. Even though you’re suppose to plant everything and leave it for a couple weeks for the roots to take, I tried lifting it into place. This is where my project nearly became a big Pinterest Fail. The dirt was too heavy and the back wasn’t secure enough so the landscape fabric was ripping. I had to take all the dirt out and Layne had to find some extra pieces of wood to attach on the back.I re-stapled the fabric down before putting all the dirt back in.

Four bags of soil chilling out on my balcony was not fun. The neighbors below were complaining about the dirt falling onto their balcony. I was feeling pretty discouraged that this wasn’t actually going to turn out.

Luckily, I got all the dirt back in and planted a whole bunch of stuff. Since it was already pretty late in the growing season, I bought stuff that had already been started as opposed to starting with seeds. This was fairly expensive and i think next year I’d like to try from seed. I have mixed lettuce, kale, spinach, cucumber, zucchini, jalapenos, strawberries, garlic, chives, sage, oregano, basil and mojito mint. Sounds like a lot of stuff but I actually still have one free row at the top!

I left the pallet laying horizontal on the balcony for a couple weeks before having Layne attempt to lift it veritcally into place. That sucker is HEAVY but luckily the reinforcement worked and everything stayed in place!

So far I have one pepper growing and have eaten one strawberry. Unfortunately my spinach just seems to be going to seed, which sounds like is a common problem with some people around here (anyone know why?). The lettuce is growing nicely and the kale is coming slowly. I’m a little unsure how the cucumber and zucchini will do as they don’t appear to be doing much and the leaves are a bit yellow. It also doesn’t look like any other strawberries are starting but I’m being patient and hopeful. I’m hoping the chives survive, they accidentally fell out one day. I must not have packed the dirt down enough. I’m still keeping an eye out for some pretty flowers to plant on the top but haven’t quite found anything yet.

I’m not sure if you can see in the finished photo, I also picked up some popsicle sticks and chalk board paint to make my own garden markers too. This was another Pinterest idea. It was kind of a bad one though, since chalk just washes away in the rain. I ended up getting a grease pencil which worked way better. I’m so not smart when it comes to crafting. Oh well, it all looks good now and no one needs to know the struggles it took to get it looking that good. Except all of you reading this. Don’t tell anyone else.

My next crafting project? I’m going to attempt to make some chalk board painted jars for my pantry and also for our home brewed kombucha so we know what flavors are what. Stay tuned for that project as well as a post on brewing your own ‘booch!

I’m off to get some house work done since there’s a nice cool breeze blowing through the windows and I can actually move without turning into a melty puddle of sweat!

How did you stay cool during the heat wave?

What was your last Pinterest/craft project? Did it turn out how you expected? 

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    July 3, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I hide in my office at work or in my basement at home, plus lots of open windows at night and a fan right on me. I love the heat but yesterday was too much. And my 3 day headache did not make me a happy camper on top of it. Probably also from the heat.
    Your pallet garden looks great! Lots of stuff is slow from no heat or little heat. Everything should pick up now. I know my tomato plant has yellow leaves and I think it is from too much water.

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    July 3, 2013 at 11:39 am

    This is awesome! I love how it turned out!!!!
    And it sure was hot! Holy heck!! I was a little grumpy last night because of it!!

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    Allison @ Train Eat Repeat
    July 3, 2013 at 11:50 am

    i definitely want to read your post about making kombucha! We’ve been drinking it a fair bit, and would love to experiment in making my own one day.
    The heat here yesterday was pretty crazy too. I still taught bootcamp yesterday, we took it a little easier because it was so dang hot out. Hoping for a cooler evening for 2 hours of training tonight.

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      July 4, 2013 at 9:29 am

      I will get to the kombucha post in the next week or two. Need to finish some of the stuff in the fridge before making another batch to document!

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    July 3, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Squash likes to grow in pairs so it is always a good idea to plant 2 together! Also, I had bad luck with spinach last year as well but did really well with Swiss Chard. Looks like an aweosme way to utilize space 🙂

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      July 4, 2013 at 9:29 am

      It’s so nice to look out on my balcony and see some greenery!

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    July 4, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    The pallet garden looks great! I hate when a simple looking project turns into something massive! Glad it worked out in the end. I was going to show J but then I thought otherwise. He has enough projects to work on!

    We really need to get a storm door for our front door so we can get a cross wind. I definitely missed our old condo’s AC earlier this week. Doing anything was unbearable. The annoying part is the AC is blasted at my office so I was freezing there all day and then boiling to death at home.

    Pinterest project? Probably something to do with Audrey’s birthday party 4 months ago! I think most things turned out, save for a lot of swearing and sweat!

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