Last Saturday and the Saturday before that we had our first two workdays at the community garden.
The first day was a bit chilly and we finished building the raised beds, filled some of them with city compost, weeded plots, and did general garden upkeep. My bed was one of the ones that was completed and is now 24” high, which will make gardening a bit easier.
My plot after planting carrots and beets on Monday
The second Saturday we did planting in the Rows for the Hungry. Half of the garden land is dedicated to growing food that is either donated to soup kitchens and shelters or sold (with the money then donated). People “adopt” rows to take care of, and while I don’t think I’m reliable enough health-wise at the moment to take on a row, I think it’s a really neat program and definitely plan on helping out.
One of my favorite things about the garden so far is the people; everyone who has shown up for a workday is super friendly and very nice. I’m not sure when the next workday is but I definitely plan on going.
Well, I did it. I created an Instagram account for my Etsy shop. Right now I’m working on figuring out my way around the platform and how to do the whole hashtagging thing. Hopefully by the end of the month I’ll start posting more pictures of products and the process behind making them. If you have Instagram you can find me here (my username is expnumber2). I’ll try to spam your feed with shop stuff. If you only want to see stuff that has to do with the shop then check out the #experimentno2etsy hashtag.
This past week was spring break for me, and as usual, I didn’t get quite as much done as I had hoped (like writing new posts for example). I’m not really sure what happened to a few of the days, but hey, spring break is supposed to be a break right?
Despite being a bit of a space cadet this past week, I did manage to get my first batch of seeds started.
This flat includes two types of marigolds (thought I’m thinking one of the types might not be viable since none of the seeds have sprouted yet), two types of tomato, one type of pepper, and some alpine strawberry seeds.
The next batch, which I plan on starting next weekend will include beans, squash, and most likely some more marigolds (never can have too many of those). I started some spinach seeds in my deck boxes this week as well, but they haven’t come up yet, so no pictures of those.
What seeds are you starting this year?
My african violet didn’t bloom last year so I was very surprised to see little flower buds on it this morning. It must know that spring is just around the corner.
WooHoo! It’s March. You know what that means right? Time to get my seeds started! I have my grow light all set up and ready to go. I’m planning on starting tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, marigolds, and possibly beans. I’ll probably get things started next week, as this week is a bit busy.
I’m also going to start working on the proposals to submit to the homeowner’s association for the landscape changes. I want to replace the yew bushes that are up front with an herb garden and add a patio under my deck for extra seating area. I’ll have to draw up sketches and get bids on the patio and fill out the paperwork. I’m hoping if I get it done this month I’ll hear back from the committee before summer starts.
As for the houseplants, they’re hanging in there, waiting for sunnier days and warmer temperatures.
What are your plans for March?
It has now been over a month since I opened my shop on Etsy. I still feel like I have no idea what I’m doing, but from what I’ve read, that seems to be pretty normal. I’ve actually been doing A LOT of reading lately, both on blogs (like Handmadeology and Everything Etsy) and on the Etsy website itself (Seller’s Handbook, Team Discussions). All the information is a bit overwhelming but I’m really glad it’s out there and available.
A sneak peek at the new listing I’m working on.
Probably one of the most useful things I’ve done this month is join teams on Etsy. I’m on the Etsy Success team, Etselry team (Ravelry’s Etsy Team), two SEO and Stats teams, and the local artisan team. So far people have been super helpful and most of the questions I’ve had have already been answered in the discussions. I also created a shop account for Pinterest (here if you want to check it out) as a social media/marketing experiment. I don’t have many followers yet but I think I’ve only had the account for two weeks. All of that, plus trying to get everything listed and some new things made, has meant a very busy first month.
As for month #2, I have 2 big goals. The first is to have over 50 items listed in my store (which will definitely take me longer than a month to do). The second is to learn about and improve the SEO of my listings. Both seem to be crucial to getting noticed and making sales. I’m also thinking of creating a shop Instagram account for marketing, but we’ll see. If I do, I will definitely let you guys know.
Fibro pain foiled my plans to write an excellent post about soil for today so instead you get some pictures of birds.
Also, happy Valentine’s day/ Galentine’s Day/ Single’s Awareness Day/ February 14th/ whatever you choose to or not to celebrate.