This is my third year gardening. My first year reaped…basically nothing as all my herbs turned into a weed garden.
The second time around I wised up and asked my mother-in-law for help, and my garden proved successful. I planted my herbs and tomatoes in the ground (rather than in planters), and my plants grew like crazy.
Now that I’m in my third year of gardening, I’ve learned a thing or two. The tomatoes love that hot, direct sun. Some of my herbs, no so much. One must continually re-stake the tomatoes lest the vines mix in with weeds and turn into a real hot mess. Don’t overwater. But don’t let the plants get scorched, either.
Over the weekend my mother-in-law helped me expand my garden from one raised bed to two raised beds. This season I’m growing two Jet Star tomato plants, two Super Sweet 100 grape tomatoes, basil, oregano, cilantro, thyme, and rosemary.
While winter seemed to drag on forever, the weather’s finally taken a turn for spring here in Northern Virginia. And in true Northern Virginia fashion, it went from cold to hot without much warning. So when Duluth Trading Company offered to send me some of their gardening and outdoor gear, I jumped at the chance to try out their products.
Okay, clearly I am 8.5 months pregnant in these shots. And these are not maternity wear. However, since I’ve basically worn no maternity wear this pregnancy (choosing stretchy fabrics and giving clothing choices), I got the feel for these clothes even though they would obviously fit differently on my non-pregnant body.
The clothes are soft, comfortable, and breathe – something especially important to me in Northern Virginia’s humid climate. These pieces are well constructed and meant to be worn hard. I can tell Duluth road tested these pieces on real women who used and abused the products in their outdoor projects.
So, since these products are awesome, I’m giving away a $50 gift card to Duluth Trading Company! To enter, leave a comment telling me about your summer outdoor project. It can be anything – power washing to gardening to building a deck. Giveaway ends at midnight on Thursday, May 9, 2013. I will announce the winner Friday, May 10, 2013.
Duluth is also offering Sunny Side Up readers a special offer. Duluth Trading Company is offering free shipping now through June 30, 2013, for my readers. Just enter code “T13PRCG” (Note: $50 minimum order. Minimum order applies to total before tax, shipping or gift card purchases. Valid for US shipping only, on standard delivery.)
Okay, go, tell me about your summer projects!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.