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.