It’s been quite a while since our last blog post… Owners Adriane and Brett are expecting a baby girl to join the family in late November! With this, there will be some changes coming up with our shop hours and availability. Starting in October, we will no longer be open on Sundays- except by appointment- Brett and I want to ensure we have quality time to spend together before the arrival of our baby, and this change allows for us to do so.
In order to make the holiday gift-giving season feasible for us to handle with the arrival of our little one, we have been busy working on a well built-out menu of plants and goods on our website, as well as making Doordash, and Grubhub a place filled with awesome plant and non-plant goodies. We hope you’ll consider us this holiday season when looking for gifts for yourself, friends, and family near and far!
September Plant Classes are Live!
Due to time constraints, we are at two locations only this month. If you’re interested in attending, be sure to sign-up early to ensure space in the classes as seats are limited!
Literary Leftovers in Battleground, WA: 9/14 anytime from 4-6pm
Pepper Bridge Winery/Amavi Cellars at The Vancouver Waterfront: 9/15 at 6:30pm.
This month we are planting our own living desktop cactus gardens. These prickly displays look great on a desk or tabletop in a bright window, or really any spot that gets a lot of light. May we suggest west or south facing areas, or using grow lights to make these babe’s grow out their best life!?
What’s included: Our class includes a selection of 3 cacti, a ceramic dish to plant into, freshly made soil by Suburban Succulents, full instructions for caring for your new cactus display pieces, and a good time out at your favorite locations around Clark County! Come for the experience, stay for the fun and new plant memories.
Shop Closed September 8-11
We’ve been members of the Cascade Cactus and Succulent Society for nearly 4 years already! This year, I am volunteering to organize the sellers for their yearly fundraiser sale happening in a couple weeks. See below for all the information about the Odd Plant Sale.
I will be up in Seattle for most of the week of 9/5 in order to prep and welcome the sellers to the event. With that, we will be closed from 9/8-9/11.
We resume normal shop hours on Thursday 9/15.
Seattle Cactus and Succulent Show- September 10+11
Want to hang out with a bunch of succulent and cactus enthusiasts and add some amazing plants to your collection? Head up to The Odd Plant Sale for this free event located at The Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle.
This event is a shared program with The Cascade Cactus and Succulent Society and The Friends of the Conservatory… both are holding sales, so there will be 1000’s of interesting plants to select from!
We are so appreciative of this communities support of our growing small business so far! We thank each of you deeply for continuing to follow our dreams and coming through to either purchase houseplants or garden-fresh goods or just in general join us on our journey.
Thank you for being here and watch for more updates coming soon!
Coming Soon: Garden Starts, Herbs, and Perennial Plants!
Featured growers this year:
As Thyme Goes By
Garden Farm Store set to open as soon as we have our first pea harvest!
Want the veggies without the hassle of, or lack of space to grow them yourself? We got you!
Watch out for our fresh produce line sheet to be sent out as frequently as we can. Expect the start to be mid-April.
It’s that time again to start thinking of what garden starts you want for you and your family. We have started many types of plants, but want to hear from you!
Get your starts from Suburban Succulents this year!
Expect lots of peas, beans, cucumber, squash, tomatoes, peppers, various herbs, and flowers!
We have eggs, eggs galore!
Get on our egg list for a bi-weekly delivery of our fresh, backyard raised chicken eggs. Eggs are $5.50/dozen.
We will deliver eggs for free on Tuesday’s.
Consider a reusable carton!
Not certain about fresh eggs? Stop in, we will give you a few for free to try! Guaranteed you won’t want to go back to store-bought.
Eggs, Chicks, and Hens!
Where To Find Us
Not only will you find our shop open on the weekends… but we have expanded our off-site plant locations. This makes it easy for you to pick up a quick gift for a friend or a neat new plant for yourself.
Check out all the places you can find a rotating selection of our plants and pots!
This year, our gift box sets are quite possibly the easiest way to support many local makers while crossing off multiple people on your list. We’ve put together 3 gift box sets to select from, check the link in the profile or reach out to us here for more information!
We will wrap each item separately where we can… So gift them all to one, or one to all, they are ready for however you choose to give this holiday season.
Note: All gift boxes have a customizable portion; we will reach out with all the deets when you order.
Here’s all of the vendors in the gift boxes! Go give them a follow to see what else they are working on for the holidays.
Thank You All!
Quick note from Adriane:
Thank you all for hanging in there while we got our s#1t figured out with the automatic mailing of our blog. *Hopefully* after a year of not being able to figure out why we were sending you all to the wrong link, we have this nailed down! So, now, set back and enjoy the actual up-to-date monthly blog posts.
Have requests? Want more from us? Need a supply that you can’t find? We will continue to bring unique items to the shop. Just wait until you see what we have in store for Spring!!
Monday: INSTAGRAM LIVE @7pm with @prettyearthjewelry
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm + Sunday 10am-2pm
Last week of Dec: New Year Week 12/29-1/2
Haven’t been in before?? Follow your maps directions to bring you to our residential location! There is plenty of street parking and room in the driveway. Pull in and come on in. Just WATCH YOUR STEP coming through the door.
Coming 2022... Workshops!
Interested in Designing your own Air Plant Terrarium or know someone who would? This is our January featured project of the month.
Gather your friends and family for a trip to Suburban Succulents!! We are offering multiple sessions of this course all thru the month of January.
So, come on over to our space, we provide all the supplies for the project. You just show up and bring your creativity along!
We are also looking into offering these classes at other business locations… know a location that may be interested? Please reach out and let us know right away.
We will be set up at NMV for the two-day events through the holidays! Come say hello and support local artists this giving season.
Pumpkin Succulent Arrangements are still available!
Great for table decor or as a fancy way to dress-up your front entryway! These little-care needed succulent arrangements are just the cute you need!
You’ll tire of looking at your pumpkin before it goes bad! Just scoop the moss from the top and plant the entire arrangement into a pot with soil.
Contact us with questions!
Newest Artists in the Shop!
Join me in welcoming Taming Windigo, Plant Blessed Macrame, Britt Vasina, and Naty’s Candles!
We will be featuring each of these artists and their products on our Social Media in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
We are on the way to becoming a well-rounded gift and plant shop.
Quick Animal Update
Egg production from the Hens has dramatically decreased the last few weeks. We lost one of our best layers to a raccoon and at least 3 of the gals are molting.
The hen pictured is Henneth Paltrow. She was getting her feet cleaned off after a big rainstorm in this picture.
Butte the rabbit is loving the cooler weather. We’ve begun to build her winter shelter space to keep her protected this winter but for now, she is LOVING her tunnel… which I bought for $4 at Retails Thrift Shop.
Have you thought about your plant plan for the impending colder weather and shorter days? Time to clean, fertilize, move/cover/protect tender plants, & prune/trim for all the plants!
Stop in the shop and see what we are doing to prep for the rainy fall and cold winter months ahead.
Need help with your winter plant preparations? We can help- we dig the dirty plant work! Your place or ours, count on Suburban Succulents to send your plants into Fall refreshed and ready to cozy up with you in the winter months.
Need eggs? We have fresh eggs available for $5 a dozen.
Meet the chickens:
The chicken in the photo is Egg the Stallion- she’s a dark Brahma. She loves to peck at my toes and all-around just likes to hang out with whoever is near her. She is one of the gals that lets me pick her up nearly every day… and *most of the time* she manages to not poop on me in the process! 🙂
We have a surplus of cooking herbs, too!
Want herbs for creating a fresh pasta sauce? Want to make some yummy herb flavored butter to use? How about some herbs for freezing to use later? We have Rosemary, Chives, Basil, Thyme, & Arugula all harvesting now!
If you’re interested in what we have available for sale from our front yard garden, please come by the shop to see the current selection.
With the change of the season’s we will be changing our hours of operations.
Find us open a few less hours per week, but still just as accessible for all your plant-y needs! Contact us should our hours not work with your schedule, we are happy to work with you.
We will be open Friday through Sunday 12-dark.
Still figuring out the rest of the weekdays and holiday schedule. Have suggestions? Let us know!
We’ve had weather in the low & high 40’s… who’s complaining about that?!
So far, there are no complaints about our first winter at the new house. We’ve seen ice, maybe thrice, and no snow, yet! Yeah, it has rained a lot, but I enjoy listening to the sound of it on the roof while I work. Between weather events, we have been able to get the yard and garden more prepared for the coming seasons and have even spotted the Sun a few times! Yipee! On the 5th we received a load of free wood chips to use for the yard and another on the 21st. The yard is now set for mulch for the year. If anyone needs woodchips, bring a shovel, bucket, and a way to get it gone! There is never a dull moment around here.
Our January Garden Update
What we are doing and you might consider too:
Although now is not the time to focus so much on what is growing in the ground, January is the best time to get your plans pulled together for your Spring, Summer, and even Fall gardens. Here’s what we are working through this month:
Create a seed wishlist and go through the backlog of all the seeds to test for viability. We are gathering information as to how much we will use and how much we want to freeze. The public library has many food preservation books that I have been reading through… To sustain one’s family, you need so many bushels of food!
Plan crop rotations and succession plantings. Brett has created a detailed seed catalog that is used as a tool for planning successions and rotations. In some time maybe we will have our schedule fully automated and have simply a reminder of “hey, it’s time to plant x today”.
Pruning back dormant vines, fruit trees, and blueberry bushes. We placed new beds for our berries this year- now for the hard part- choosing a more permanent place to plant them then in a large portable pot.
Layering our dormant beds with compost and other soil amendments (did you see our tips about compost?). We are preparing our beds now to be productive growers in the early spring!
Fill mulched areas around the yard with another layer of mulch. Now is the time to get woodchips, especially in the PNW. We have had two loads of free chips dropped in the last 3 weeks. I want to simply sing the praises of getchipdrop.com and I am thankful for the free mulch, however, there is a slight issue with the contracted companies not following instructions on where to drop the chips in our yard- so simply beware of that.
There are plenty of other things you can do to prepare the garden at this time of year but nothing beats the time spent dreaming about what you will accomplish in the coming year. Let us know what you are adding to your garden to prepare for spring.
Try this to build your compost!
Is your compost lacking body and decomposition? Our was.
We learned about a rapid-fire composting technique that involves Wood pellets (animal bedding) and Alfalfa pellets (animal feed) found at your local feed store. Soak the pellets overnight in water and add it to your compost tumbler, or pile, or heap, or whatever. The wood pellets act as the brown (carbon) where the alfalfa pellets act as the green (nitrogen) in your compost. The more alfalfa you add the faster your pile will heat up, adjust your ratios of either type of pellets depending on your compost.
The benefit of adding alfalfa to your compost in addition to your grass clippings and even coffee grounds is that alfalfa is also a slow-release fertilizer.
What’s growing in the garden?
You can find us currently harvesting small amounts of the following:
Broccoli & its leaves- our bunny loves!
Lettuce starts (inside the workshop)
Which brings us to…
It’s time to plan all the plantings!
Suburban Succulents Happenings
The shop is improving! Each week we try to make an upgrade. Last week we changed out the lighting in our storage space. Now that we are more confident with what is required, we are planning to upgrade the lights throughout the entire shop. We still have to get that pesky door changed out… For those of you who have visited the shop, you know the door I am talking about that is just sitting and blocking the back exit, currently. I can’t wait for the light that will come through that window!
We have finally been feeling the low 20s of winter and as a precaution, the greenhouse has been cleared of tender succulents. We are leaving a few select items in the greenhouse to see what happens mainly Haworthias, Gasterias, and some of our mother plants… we have lost a few soldiers so far, but slowly we are learning which plants can handle the outdoor greenhouse life in the PNW. It’s madness and we love it- I often remind myself that “We grow through what we go through” and next year won’t be this same way.
Butte moved into a shed to keep her dry… She’s not necessarily happier there because she loved to dig in the dirt in the yard, however, she still gets to jump around the yard occasionally and she is staying a lot cleaner!
The Lil chicks are fully integrated with the other hens and are being weaned off their chick feed (we are really just trying to use through the bag that we last bought). It’s a pain in the ass to corral them into their own fenced area to eat their food nowadays. Little fact: Chickens that are laying should not eat medicated chick food as it’s not recommended to eat their eggs because of coccidiosis medication playing some part with the eggs… not medical advice, but we are working through it.
The other day we went to Orchard Feed to get chicken food and other composting pellets; we ended up ordering 7 chicks, four more than we intended to. We love our wide variety of chicken breeds. The unique egg colors & characteristics of each hen are absolutely fascinating! The pleasure that it brings me to watch them waddle around the yard- pure merriment!
Expect lots of spring bulb planters to be available in the coming weeks. We will also have lots of outdoor pots, some empty and others with flowers, to liven up your home!
By June we should be able to offer cage-free, backyard-raised, well-loved chickens eggs! With our flock growing to nearly double the size in just a few weeks, our egg production should be locked into a steady number by May or June. Please let us know if you are interested in getting on our egg list!
Do you want chickens but do not want the work of the chick/pullet phase? Let us know, I’m happy to raise chicks for you and your family.
How about meat birds? If you want fresh chicken, let us know and we will chat about our meat bird plan.
We are looking at what number of little chicks we will be raising this year… With that, we are gauging interest in what we should be offering you all… Anyone looking to add chickens to their life, but don’t want to raise them through the chick age? Want a steady supply of eggs? Looking for chicken to stock in your freezer? Let us know how we can help your family!
We thank you all for your continued support of our plant-y mission! Making plants accessible to all who want to learn.
We look forward to seeing you at the shop sale this weekend! It’s starting to empty out in the store… come gather-up what ever items you’ve had your eyes on.
We are definitely still gardening, well, kinda. 🙂 Currently, it’s more quick dashes outside to pull some greens for the animals and to harvest veggies and herbs that we need for our meal rather than planting anything new in the ground. Outside right now, you will find we have lettuce, parsley, kale, chard (barely holding on), carrots, arugula (like crazy), broccoli, and beets (almost gone) that are gracing us with their presence. Back on Halloween, we made 4 new 32 sq ft. garden beds in the yard- there are now 14 garden beds, plans to add 4 more in 2021, and a foolish idea to add cow panels along the entire front of the yard to grow peas which turns into a redesign of how the beds are utilized into the future. December is the time to plan for next season- what are the dream plants to eat next year vs. the reality of what we have space, time, and the climate to grow.
Brett and I have planted our garlic crop for next year and it is already growing! We are both worried that we didn’t plant enough…there is always next year to grow more, but we don’t want to wait that long. We planted a winter-hardy cover crop to keep the beds that are not in production busy over the fall/winter months; planting a cover crop helps with keeping the beds “actively photosynthesizing” and soil being worked by the roots for next seasons use. The beds that we have nothing in now look so sad sitting out there empty… makes us look forward to seeing the ground covered in snow!
Our indoor seedling nursery is FINALLY coming together in a corner of the workshop. I am looking forward to the year that we no longer buy any of our veggies from the store… it’s getting closer.
Topic to Consider: Compost Your Leaves
Do you usually compost your fall leaves or gardening waste? If not, this year is the time to start. You can make a compost pile in almost any space, large or small. All of the leaves in the yard/street/everywhere imaginable are wonderful, not only for jumping in 😉 but also for providing wonderfully nutrient-dense compost for your garden next year. Additionally, you can add your table scraps and any other green waste from your home to recycle the plant matter and provide nutrients to your future gardens.
Our three smallest hens are getting used to being outdoors with the rest of the flock and are living full-time in the coop with their sister fri-hens. Now all 9 are running around and having a good time eating bugs and grass and whatever else they find to devour. I think that only 2 or 3 of the hens are actually laying eggs, given it is winter, egg production is known to slow-down so I am not getting too worried about it yet…but, once mid-spring rolls around if they aren’t all laying, then I’ll be charging rent.
Butte absolutely LOVES being outside right now- her fur coat was made for this life- her white coat, however, was not. *Ya Filthy Animal* haha. She has an entire greenhouse covered area as well as an outdoor exposed space to frolic about that we move every couple weeks… shes loving all the scraps from our veggies with the occasional grain mixed treats and shares how much she loves us by digging holes in the yard for us to trip in. The chickens just think the spaces we’ve filled-in are dust bathing holes, so, I guess, depending on how you look at this, it’s just one big happy farm family… 😐
Suburban Succulents Happenings
The inside of Suburban Succulents is almost finished with the conversion from garage to plant shop! ALMOST! Brett and I are installing the new lights soon- by the end of this month is the goal. The houseplants that are growing in the shop are doing very well but will do even better once there is more energy-efficient lighting for them to thrive under.
We’ve finished the touch-up painting and accent wall, mounted the pipe shelving, hung our Diane Madaras calendar art, and now the space really looks like a real shop. Next, we mount the room dividing curtains, which will provide a better aesthetic to the shop that is conveniently shared with the laundry room, and then we replace the backdoor… an infinite work in progress it seems…but there IS progress.
All of the Succulents & Cactus and Orchids are happily growing in the greenhouse- they made it through the first early freeze at the end of October using only 4 sheets precariously hanging from the walls of the greenhouse to protect the babies. I’ll be insulating the bottom of the house with bags filled with leaves (yes, we are the “crazy” people who ask their neighbors for their leaves) and from there we are gonna see what mother nature has in store for us. I’m sure there will be an update of some additional attempts made at freeze-proofing the greenhouse. We’ve mentioned bubble-wrap and it’s not ruled out by any account. 😉
A quick thank you to all of those who continue to support us on this journey of owning and operating our small-scale nursery and eventual farm. We can’t wait for the changes and growth that 2021 promises and being able to share it with all of you. Happy holidays, take care and be safe, Everyone!