Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Happy 2nd Birthday Boris!

Monday, September 21, 2015


Vinnie turned one! 

 Make a wish!
 we can both fit on this chair!

Garden Growth in September

 Banana Trees

 Woodland flowering Tobacco

 Size difference in the mini clover and the white dutch clover

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Homemade RAW Dog Food

I wanted to share a RAW food recipe I came up with for our dogs.

Little back story first:

We have two dogs- 
Boris- a 2yr old male , 60lb English Bull Terrier, who has epilepsy and has very sensitive skin and stomach issues.
Vinnie- a 1yr old male , 60lb American Bully/Pit, who has sensitive itchy skin and a very picky eater.
I wanted to come up with a cost effective RAW diet for them that I can make myself and know exactly what they're eating.  (I'm still working on portions and it really being cost effective)

Time: It took me about 2 1/2 hours prep to finish 

Yields: about 8-10 days worth (for our dogs) =  if feeding 3 cups per day, per 60lb dog (I made it for 2 dogs) each container shown holds one days feeding of three meals. You can play around with the amount you feed your dog, of course each dog is different and has different needs. We also give our dogs raw chicken necks, meaty femur bones and various training treats through out the day, so it really could last longer depending what they're actually eating throughout the day (more chicken necks  and bones = less of this RAW food)

Ingredients: (prices are estimate, depending on store sales, etc...)
1  2-lb Primal Sardine Grind  $7.95
3 1-lb Ground Beef/Pig Meats, Organs and Bones Chubs from our local butcher $3.99 ea
1 dozen Eggs w/Shells  $3.00
8 pumps Salmon Oil  $20 for 32oz (about 4oz used)
15 cups white Niko Rice $3.99
6-8 Cups Blueberries  (picked from our local Blueberry farm) $2.00
1 Can Organic Pumpkin $2.50
2 Cans Sweet Potatoes  $2.50 ea
5 Granny Smith Apples $2.00
1-lb bag of Carrots $1.00
5 Cups (about 2lbs) Green Peas  $1.00
2 Cups Dried Cranberry  $2.00
1 Stalk Fennel (from our garden) Free

I added 4 tbsp " Firm Up"an apple fiber/cranberry/pumpkin probiotic/urinary heath powder mix 

 Make it:
I started with cooking the rice -follow your rice directions on the box or bag.

Then take all the veggies and fruits, wash, chop and put in the food processor, I don't have an electric one, just a hand chopper/shredder. Make them small enough so they mix well. Keep them together in a separate bowl.

In a large bowl I opened up all the meat chubs I bought, they're messy, bloody, stinky and gross (I like to wear gloves)  Mix them together really good

When the rice is finished cooking let it cool and mix the fruit/ veggies into it.

Add the meat mix into the Rice/veggie/fruit mix, make sure you mix it up well (I used my hands, wearing gloves of course)

In a seperate bowl crack the eggs and whisk them,  finely crush the egg shells back into the eggs, whisk again,
pour egg mixture over the top of the main mixture and mix well

 I then added the "Firm Up" and mixed that in

Portion out the RAW food into your bags or containers, That's it!

Be sure to freeze what you wont be using, I keep 3-4 containers in the refrigerator, once the portions are low, I grab more from the freezer  to restock. I like the containers because I can keep track of portions and reuse them.

Good Luck and definitely play around with the recipe to suit your dogs needs!

I will also be adding an Antioxidant dry herb mix to it when I make the next batch (future recipe)

I'm still playing around with the mixture ingredients because both dogs are picky and have different needs,this batch they seem to both really like so far.

Additional info on ingredient Benefits:
Sardine Grind-  Superior levels of amino acid, essential fatty acids and optimal levels of calcium
Ground Meat/Organ/Bone- Densely packed with just about every nutriant
Eggs w/shells- High Protein and Calcium, Iron,Riboflavin,
Salmon Oil- high in both EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which are   omega-3 fatty acids, help with normal function of body plus way more, read here
White Rice- easy on stomach and a carbohydrate
Blueberries- high in antioxidants, fiber and phytochemicals, protects against "free radicals"
Pumpkin and Sweet Potatoes-  Fiber, Moisture, Vitamin C, B6, Beta Carotene, Maganese, keeps stools "regular" volume and firmness
Apples and Carrots- Fiber, Beta Carotene/Vitamin A, Calcium, Vitamins K and C and Pectin, also keeps teeth clean and freshens breath
Green Peas- Vitamin B, Thiamine, Phosphorus and Potassium
Cranberries- Vitamins A,B1, B2, C, many other minerals and nutrients, helps urinary tract
Fennel- Vitamin A, helps sooth gastric problems, vomiting, cramps, spasms and keeps fleas away!
calcium, vitamin K, vitamin C, and pectin
vitamin B6, vitamin C, beta carotene, and manganese - See more at:

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Planting today

I decided to go with the "island' in the center of the yard with some tropical inspired plants.

Let's take a tour! 

Looking East from the patio..
 I planted miniclover along the pathway
 I love that black bark, I use it everywhere in the gardens, it gives it a modern look and makes the plants stand out. Plus when the Miniclover fills in the pathway it will be a nice contrast!
 looking at the Red Grass corner with the Cold Hardy banana.
 along the pathway,looking back
 the pillars, we still need to add the rebar, put the tops on and finish painting them blue
 I did add a few more plants since I took these photos this morning.
I'm pulled some Blue Fescue, Hostas and Freesia from other parts of the garden and added them in here. I'm also extending the block wall in the back there, it will  border both sides of the yard to the back gate.
 I also need to grab a few more step stones for this pathway and the block wall will continue on this side along the Bamboo and Bananas.

 and the "below" garden, 
Miniclover is growing fast! This is day 7 after planting.

 a close up, I did add another batch of seed to fill in the gaps

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

the wrestling pit.....and miniclover

This is.... was the dogs wrestling pit.... see other post HERE

Here it is before...

I seed the whole area with a mix of Miniclover and a small amount of White clover on Aug 12th, I dont like looking at the dirt, I need green....
Here it is Aug 16th, starting to sprout
and today, Aug 18th
Definitely coming in quick! The dogs and I have been walking on it, it doesn't seem to hurt it at all.

Tropical in Seattle

New Plants for the Garden....
I think I'm going for a Asian inspired, modern tropical garden! 

After the Aviary came down, I planted Golden Bamboo along the fence line...
and moved the pillars up to the corner, we need to stabilize them with rebar, Im going to paint them too, they will be a nice focal point when finished.

 Picked up and potted a date palm
 oh.. and bought a Windmill Palm
 Planted up my Cold Hardy Bananas in with the Daily lilies and Lily turf
 added more brick along the boarder....
This beast of a plant came in wild, I left it to see what it turned into....
 it closes its leaves at night around its flower, its about 3ft tall and wide now
The nice folks at Swansons Nursery identified it as a Woodland Flowering Tobacco plant.
It's quite the center of attention right now!

Goodbye Aviary

Taking down the old Peacock Aviary

also adding some new bricks to the step area

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Trip to Clinton Bamboo (my favorite!)

One of my favorite places to visit...
 my neighbor friend and I went to pick out some plants for our gardens, 
we were blessed by Mother Natures sudden thunder storm and rains while we were shopping, it felt like we were in a tropical wonderland...
wait... we were!

 Timber Bamboo Grove
 Banana trees as tall as a house!
 blooming Pitcher plants!
 I came home with these two beauties below!
Abutilon - Orange Hot Lava?
 Abutilon -Tiger Eye
and seven Golden Bamboo plants for the back garden!