Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Developing Talents - Planting an Herb & Peppers Garden

Hello Everyone!

I've decided to start my own personal segment called "Developing Talents".   We had a lesson in church last week that talked about how we all need to develop our talents.  Each of us has different talents within us.  They might include things that people can see on the outside.... Can play a musical instrument, sing well, make our homes beautiful, etc. but they can also be talents that others do not see.... Making others feel loved & welcomed, being patient, building those up who are down, etc.  In my own personal world I am going to try hard to develop more of my hidden talents.   I also want to encourage you all to try something new and do not give up!  Sometimes it takes more than one try to develop a talent and sometimes it takes many years.  

I've always wanted to plant an herb garden but never really put forth the effort before.  We will see how this turns out or if my herbs even live but I had to give it a shot!  Here is what I have done today....

I started with a cheap, plastic child swimming pool.   I think I picked it up at the Sport's shop about a month ago.  


I then learned how to load a drill (thank you to my sprinkler guy who just happened to be here & to Karlee who was trying to talk me through it on the phone) and drilled a bunch of holes in the bottom of the pool.  Probably about 50 holes in all!
 I picked up some bricks at Lowes today so that I could raise the garden off the ground so that the water can drain and maybe some critters will stay out!!  

 
 I used 4 bags of this garden soil.  Sorry for the blurry pic!

I just dumped it in!
 Then I spread the dirt around to make it even.

I then added all of my herbs and some bell pepper plants.  Very easy to do.  Just followed the directions on the plants.

Finally, I watered the garden and am crossing my fingers.  
Tomorrow I will add some plant food and make sure that the dirt stays moist.  I will let you know if they actually grow!

Now, what are you going to do???  You ALL have a new talent within you!  It does not even have to be something that takes your time!

90 comments:

  1. Awesome Robyn! We had a similar segment at our church and an herb garden is something I hadn't considered. I bet it will turn out great!

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  2. Fantastic Robyn! Way to go! Make sure you have an organic and family-okay pesticide on hand because once a bug gets on them it goes nuts! Actually, just mixing dishsoap and water will work if you spray it on heavily. :) Good luck and I am looking forward to seeing your plants grow!

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  3. I've been the treasurer for our Girl Scout service unit for about a year now and just took on the job of Camporee registrar. Talk about building my bookkeeping skills.

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  4. Cool I cant wait to see how it turns out

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  5. That looks like a lot of fun. I wish you could have some of our rain to help your garden grow.
    Have a great day.

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  6. How fun! How it grows so joy can enjoy!

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  7. Thank you for sharing....It has inspired me to find mine too :o) I have always had a bit of a green thumb...So I am not sure what I am going to try LOL

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  8. What a great idea Robyn, I love it...this is totally something that the kids and I can do together! TFS!!

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  9. Hope your herbs & peppers thrive & produce. My hubby has a green thumb & is very handy. This yr he built raised planting areas with wood for vegs (broccoli, cucumbers, tomatoes) & fruits (cantaloupe & strawberries). He put plastic mesh around them to keep the critters (there has been bunnies in our yarn that munched on the broccoli leaves before he added the mesh) out. We had few strawberries last yr but they survived the Winter & produced alot this Spring already. There are 2 tomatoes on the Celebrity Tomato plant & lots of cherry tomatoes on the Cherry Tomato plant. Have to think what I want to develop as a talent. Recommend that you ck Internet for sun exposure of the herbs & vegs and use Miracle Grow (powder kind diluted in water is cheaper than the liquid version & works great).

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  10. That looks like so much fun. I have a few talents in mind. I sing and I have not been using my talents so I want to try out for the church choir. I am also going to find a local Teen Mops program and volunteer there. I saw this last night when I was watching The 700 Club and got so excited. I told my husband I really want to be involved in that. He said that he would love to help too! He LOVES kids and all of our babies are all grown up now. :0) XOXO

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  11. who were the winners for the give away

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  12. This is a great post; you've got me thinking about what a talent that I could develop. Best of luck with your new endeavor!

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  13. I would love to do a Herb garden too! I can't wait to see how yours comes out!

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  14. I too found a hidden talent - we bought our kiddos an inexpensive car so we would have a spare car. It needed work but ran great & was only $500! I took it and got a $300 paint job, I ordered 4 hubcaps off ebay for it and I bought a new headliner kit as it was torn and hanging down. I took the old headliner out and cleaned it up, glued on the new fabric and re-installed the headliner ALL BY MYSELF and it only took me a total of 2 1/2 hours - I was very proud of myself - lol!

    Deanne G
    dgutierez1@msn.com

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  15. Way to go Robyn. I always wanted cute flowers in front of my house, but my thumbs are not -in no way- green. I really hope it grows for you. Honestly my new talent is crafting. I've always wanted to, but just never did. Proud owner of my first cricut. Now just waiting on money to buy cartridges, I already have about a million that I want :)

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  16. I have missed seeing your posts (while you were gone on your Disney cruise). Good luck with your garden. AND I so agree we all need to find out what our gifts are and be using them. hugs

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  17. Herbs are fun to grow. They grow pretty quick & are fairly easy care. I have been looking for that extra something within myself for a while now. I think I will give the Cupcakes a try. I am not a good cook/baker...but love to Decorate...so this will be a work in progress...lol.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

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  18. I'm actually doing the same. It's called a box garden. I'm attempting turning my brown thumb into a green thumb that actually grows things. I'm nervous. My gardens haven't done well in the past. I've actually done a lot of research and I'm going to do well this year. I know it. (I hope)

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  19. what a wonderful idea, I am going to find one of my hidden talents and see what I can do.
    Thanks Robyn, you inspire me.

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  20. Not sure what talent I really should develop but there are a few things I have been wanting to try my hand at so I am going to devote my summer to doing those things. Don't want to share them yet but just know I will be a busy girl this summer doing some things I have been putting off that I really want to do to try and get some things accomplished. Will let you know how they turn out!

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  21. Herbs are honestly the easiest thing to grow!! As long as you water them and they have sunlite you are good to grow!!
    My favories are basil, thyme, italian parsley and rosemary

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  22. That is exactly what I was going to do! What a great idea!

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  23. Which herbs did you plant? Let me know and I will look up in my many books to see if there are any special needs for those particular ones. You know I am a master gardener. I love all plants and digging in the dirt is very therapeutic. A bad day at work turns into a wonderful afternoon with just a little digging.

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  24. Good luck.

    You should read about companion plants because some plants like each other and will help them grow and others will kill off their neighboring plants.

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  25. i really liked your suggestion about our inner talents. I am going to take your advice and start working on mine. I also like your idea about an herb garden. I grow tomatoes and basil every year. I also planted lavender and lemon balm a few years ago and it still comes back.

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  26. Looks great! I can't wait to hear how it turns out!

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  27. Looks great! I wish you well in your new garden.

    Tammy H

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  28. Looks great I think it will do great.Have you every seen those topsy turvy? If you want to try going tomatoes to go along with that basil the topsy turvy work really good. And far as hidden talent goes I really dont have any. One thing that alot of people dont know about me is I love to game on xbox. Play shooter games and I am pretty good at rockband, love to play the guitar. Secretly I have always wanted to learn to play a real guitar....lol

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  29. Looks like your garden might have a chance. Looks good. I have trouble with ground squirrels here and they sure can be pests. anxious to see how yours does.

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  30. Wow! I just love your posts about what is in your life - you truly inspire me. I think we all have hidden talents. I just signed up for a cake decorating class so who knows what will happen! Good luck with your plants!

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  31. Good luck on the garden Robyn! I'm going to try my first garden this summer, too---planting day is this Saturday---hoping to grow some peppers & tomatoes & try my had at canning my own salsa!!!!

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  33. Awesome. I hope they grow big & strong. :)

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  34. Robyn,
    As I have said in the past, you are truly inspirational. Good for the soul. Missed your posts when your were on vacation with your family.

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  35. Oh Robyn I don't have that many talents to work with.. I don't know if you even read these answer or comments or not but here goes. Yes that was the same lesson we had on Sunday and we talked about how we should try new one and that is making cards. I didn't start making cards until I joined TheHive before that I was a scrapbooker only. I do like to knitt but again I'm not that good at that neither.

    Last summer I did the same thing you just did about the swimming pool cause we have goofers who would kill or eat my garden before we could even use it. But because we was gone my garden died to fast. No one was here to take care of it. I would love to work on our food storage and do some canning. That is one thing I have never done so that would really new to me.

    Thanks for sharing this with us I like the idea.

    Sincerely

    Donna Scrapp'n Nana nana2beof5@gmail.com

    http://scrappnana.blogspot.com/

    www.mycmsite.com/dmdegraw


    want to look, I would love you too.

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  36. I am also growing a garden. My stretch is to try and grow our food for the summer. I even started them from seed. Well, some. It's been so cold and rainy that I can't put them outside yet. oh well. Good luck on your garden.

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  37. Hello,
    i also have a little garden with salad and tomatoes, I seed a few weeks ago.
    And also a new talent i found is baking cupcakes with americans recipies :-)
    Greets Sabina

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  38. I hope your herb garden flourishes. I also hope you have no cats that roam about looking for loose soil. We've had several that have killed many of our plants by using the loose dirt as a kitty box. YUCK! I hope this does not happen to you.

    As for hidden talents of my own? I'll have to give that more consideration. I think it is a wonderful idea, one that should be put into practice.

    Best wishes on your endeavor!

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  39. This is a bit funny but we're like opposites... what I'm working on is my blog. Just started and posted the first time last night. A work in progress.

    On the other hand I giggled about the drill and gardening stuff cuz those are kinda my thing. To help keep those critters out. Crush up egg shells and make a circle around those bricks. They don't like to cross them shells, especially snails. So it will naturally protect them some.
    Best Wishes with your new project.

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  40. What a perfect project for my daughter and I. She was been asking to plant a garden, and we have been reluctant to dig up the grass we worked so hard on. This would be the perfect solution. I'm sure you have a green thumb under all that glue and ink. ;)

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  41. What a neat "new" project.

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  42. What a neat "new" project.

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  43. What a neat "new" project.

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  44. I love this idea Robyn. You did a great job with your herb garden. I love to garden, even if they don't grow. I too have started something new this week. I am trying to learn to crochet. I am bound and determined to learn how to do it. Thanks for sharing.

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  45. What a great idea to have your very own herb garden. Never thought of starting it in a kids pool. I was never a garden girl and since I moved in with my husband I have been purchasing plants ( all types) and the garden looks amazing. He is an aww over how much peace I have found out their.
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring us.

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  46. What a great idea to have your very own herb garden. Never thought of starting it in a kids pool. I was never a garden girl and since I moved in with my husband I have been purchasing plants ( all types) and the garden looks amazing. He is an aww over how much peace I have found out their.
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring us.

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  47. Robyn I have always wanted a herb garden but had not thought about planting in something like this. Because of my disability I cannot reach ground level but a pool like this could be placed anywhere firm. Thanks for the brilliant idea I will definitely have ago now.
    Don't forget to let us see how they grow.
    Kim xXx

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  48. I love the idea with the little pool... I may have to do this! Such a great idea! Thanks!

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  49. I am also trying to develop my gardening talents! I started a little raised bed a couple of days ago. I even have a blog where I'm keeping up with how it goes. The swimming pool is a great idea, by the way!!

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  50. Good job Robyn - we were on the same RS lesson here! Did you get released as primary chorister? I'll take your challenge and try to find something to develop - thanks for the motivation!
    herzigfam@yahoo.com

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  51. It is great to discover new talents! Paper crafting is one of my newly discovered talents. The herb garden looks great. If I may make one suggestion, I would put a thin layer of mulch on top to help keep the moisture in.
    Melanie
    http://melaniemakes.blogspot.com/

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  52. What an awesome idea. My daughter just bought a new house and has been talking about an herb garden. Now your awesome post can show her some simple instructions. "Without a man building her stuff" required.

    Best of luck, Robyn. And thanks for sharing! =)
    -Kim K.

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  53. I had the same idea without the pool though. I planted a tomatoe plant and a few red lettuce plants an hoping I have a green thumb! I haven't had to water them in a few days since all it's been doing here is rain :)

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  54. Great idea Robyn!!! I have always wanted a small garden - your idea of using a small childs pool is great!!! I am so going to steal it!!!! While it is too cold to plant here right now - I definately am going to try this! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  55. We live in a place where we can't have a garden. We plant jalapenos and bell peppers in pots. Your herbs should do great in a swimming pool. Enjoy!!!

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  56. Great idea, may God shower down many blessings on your garden ;)

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  57. We are in the process of having a new home built and I would love to start a herb garden at my new home. Thanks for the inspriation! Let us know what your first dish is with your home grown herbs!

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  58. This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing. I think I'm going to work on my talent as well and work on making it better. I'll let you all know, I will be posting them on my blog.

    Kat
    kat.raymond@gmail.com
    http://katskreativegreetings.blogspot.com/

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  59. I am doing a garden as well! Peppers are easy to grow, so you wont have a problem. I had a rabbit eat 2 of my plants!! I have potatoes and corn growing, and this wkend the rest will be put in the ground! GOOD LUCK!!

    Tracy

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  60. Great idea! I love that it isn't permanent and you can put the pool up for the winter (if the herbs die!)... I just planted a garden last summer and made some Cricut vegetable and herb stakes...great way to combine a love for papercrafting and gardening!!! Here's the link if you're interested:

    http://livingorganizedchaos.blogspot.com/2010/04/vegetable-garden-stakes-for-my-new.html

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  61. I just love herb gardens, it pains me to pay the prices for fresh in the supermarket:) Herbs have always been a bit tricky for me, but I look forward to seeing the progress of your new adventure! I have found the older I get, the less I want to try new things, so thank you for that reminder.

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  62. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing Robyn.

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  63. That's a great idea to use the swimming pool. I love fruit and veggie gardening! I am hoping that the weather cooperates and I can get my garden planted for the year soon.

    I think the new talent that I need to develop is landscape gardening. If I can eat it, I can grow it, but pretty much anything else is doomed! ;-)

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  64. Can't wait to see how it turns out. Herbs are pretty easy to grow so I am sure you will have a great harvest and lots of tasty dishes!

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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  65. I have a quilt kit for a baby quilt for over a year now. When I found out a few months ago that I was going to be a grandma this year, I decided it would be for the grandbaby. I haven't quilted in years - since I took up scrapbooking. This gave me a lot of anxiety that I wouldn't finish the quilt in time, or it would not turn out like I wanted. Well, I tackled it this past weekend -- anxiety gone, quilt almost done, and I came away the moral that ' you never know what you can do till you try'

    Maureen

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  66. Hi Robyn!!
    Thank you so much for the inspiration! I have tried a small herb garden in pots for the back deck a few times(& even a regular garden in the back yard),but I've never been too successful. Maybe it's just not for me. I AM, however, going to try to find something else...I know there MUST be something "in here" that I can bring out!!
    Robyn, Robyn, can't wait to see how "your garden grows!"
    God Bless & Bunnie Hugs from R.I.,
    Laura
    http://bunniescraps.blogspot.com/

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  67. So wait, you don't grow them from seeds? I don't get it. haha. I don't garden, so I don't know anything about this stuff.

    ~Selena

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  68. You are so funny. I have flower gardens & veggie & herb gardens. Let me know if you have questions. The summer time is hard for me to balance time outside and craft time. Too bad I can't have an outside studio that wouldn't get weathered.
    My favorite thing about you trying to garden is the video you made with gardening supplies and you weren't even sure how to use them.

    Angela
    Simple Creations

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  69. way to go Robyn, I hope it turns out. My husband and I have been avid gardeners for years we have 3 gardens, one of them is a herb garden, love it and love cooking with all the herbs
    upnurse at aol dot com

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  70. No! No! No, Robin! Don't use Miracle Gro or any type of plant food on your herbs. They will lose their flavor if you do, and then what would be the point of planting? Next time put your peppers in a different container because they would greatly benefit from plant food.

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  71. What a great idea for an herb garden!! I'm going to try the swimming pool technique too. I've always grown herbs and had a great herb garden a few years ago, but the weeds absolutely took over. The swimming pool is the greatest way I know to keep the weeds and ground pests out. Good luck! Incidentally, one of the greatest and most fragrant herbs I've ever grown is Lavender (I like Lavender Provence).

    impulsebuyer-laurakim.blogspot.com

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  72. This was neat Robyn. I am terrible with plants but you made it look easy.

    Thanks.
    Kaneka

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  73. That is great that you are planting a herb garden. Hope you have a green thumb. I only plant flowers but I have a friend that has a herb garden and she has done very well. Nice to have fresh herbs on hand. I would love to win your prize, I've never won.

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  74. Hello, Pink Stamper!
    I just found you "googleing" on Cricut projects and I will have to be honest I initially was not a fan. However, you won me over. I don't know what it was about you that made me keep digging to figure you out - call it a gift. I was very surprised the many neat and cool layers you have. It is very rare a person surpises me. I just want to say you are a true inspiration to us 30 somethings that are trying to follow our dreams. Thank you for putting yourself out there. It gives me great hope in my ventures that I am doing to "put myself out there"!

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  75. Great idea. I will use this idea when we move into our own home. Thanks!

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  76. Robyn, this is really cool. We have so many gophers here that the only way to garden is off the ground or with buried chicken wire. I have been challenging myself to sew more. Over the past several weeks I have posted a couple of dresses that I have made out of either old t shirts that I have outgrown or out of other pieces of clothing so that my dress is inexpensive. I love thinking outside the box and challenging myself to grow as a seamstress. Thanks for the extra push:)
    ~Madison funkycards.blogspot.com

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  77. What a great idea!!! I would have never thought to use a kiddie pool.

    Carol

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  78. Wow, that's a really great idea. My husband and I have been meaning to do an herb garden. Great plan!

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  79. Really cool idea, may have to borrow it!
    Did I miss the winner for the stamp set?

    Thanks

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  80. Robin
    Good luck with your plants I really like the swimming pool Idea!
    Debby

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  81. What an great idea, I might have to do something like that with my girls this weekend..
    I did this a couple of years ago and found my hidden talent and that is helping out in my community with volunteering as a firefighter and EMT... and I love what i do... and my children have pride in what I do. My oldest daughter wants to do the same thing when she is old enough...

    thank you for sharing...

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  82. Robyn - I attend a methodist church & we also talked about hidden talents on Sunday.
    I already do so much for my family & others & feel guilty when I have to say no. I work fulltime, involved in sons activities, have large garden, can my own salsa, veges, fruits, make jellies. try to sb for my sons, so they have memories of their childhood. SEE ALL FOR OTHERS, & I feel good. So my Sun Sch class said I needed to find a talent for ME. My hubby said find the talent of relaxation, or sitting still for 5 mins. My response I do sit, when I check Robyn's blog!

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  83. Thanks Robyn! I have just ventured out and started my own blog. It is so much fun! I am enjoying learning the process and sharing my crafty projects. I have your blinkie on it too because I love your blog and you are so inspirational! It is www.scrappinwithsabrina.blogspot.com. Thank you for all you do! I know your herb garden will grow!

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  84. I love your idea! Hope you enjoy them soon!

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  85. Good luck, Robyn! My first "garden" was last summer...tomatoes in a topsy turvy planter. It worked pretty well. I love your pool idea :)

    You inspired me to try something new...I am going to use my grandma's sewing machine and sew on my cards. I'm an over-gluer, so think of the $$$$ I'll save on adhesive :)

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  86. Great idea using a small swimming pool - would have never thought of that. My kids helped me last night with the planting of our vegetable garden. My DH tilled the area behind our garage so it was all ready to plant. Planted onions, garlic, leeks, beans, peas, corn and brocoli last night. Still have some tomatos, peppers and zuccini to plant, but ran out of light. Good luck with your garden!

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  87. Looks like you're on the way to a great herb garden!!

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  88. very nice! we started a garden last year, my kids love it. Hope you gets lots of produce!

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  89. This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing! I want to make my own garden now too!

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