Category Archives: Art and Garden

Enlightened Life Store Is Now Open!!

I have been working on bunch of projects and working to set up Enlightened Life Store and ITS FINALLY OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

I will be adding new items to the store on a regular bases so be sure to keep checking back!

** I also do personalized and custom work by request, So if you see things that spark your interest and would like to have something made custom to you, Send an e-mail with what you would like done! **

Are you getting ready to have a wedding and looking for personalized signs? Do you want something to commemorate your friends or family? Maybe you are looking for new décor for your home! We do it all!





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Getting ready for Spring…

I started my chili pepper plants a little early this year.  They seem to be doing alright, but have been bending and reaching to try to get more sunlight.  I decided to try out a new led #growlight strip to try to boost their ability to photosynthesize.

           So far it seems like a great product; inexpensive and easy to install and use.  I made a small L-shaped frame for the lighting using an 8 ft. furring strip and a couple small screws. It is wedged into the window so that I can avoid putting holes in the window frame. This also allows me to move it upward easily as the plants grow.


The only criticism I have with the product is that the adhesive backing wasn’t sticky enough to hold permanently (at least to unfinished wood) but I used u-shape wire clips to hold it up so it was only a minor nuisance. All in all, I am very pleased with this led light strip.  Time will tell how effective it is. Hopefully, this provides enough additional light to keep the plants going until it’s warm enough to bring them outside.  I will be sure to do a few updates on the progress of the plants.


Winter Gardening tips

The growing season in the Mid-Atlantic United States is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean we stop working. Whether it’s growing indoors, winterizing warm weather plants, building greenhouses, or just planning for next spring, there is always something to be done.

Some leafy vegetables, such as lettuce, cabbage or kale can be grown in late fall and even through winter. Onions are also capable of doing well in colder weather. Covering your plants with plastic, or building a greenhouse can help prolong your growing season.  The extra layer helps to protect your veggies from frost overnight and provides a greenhouse effect during the daylight hours.

Winterizing plants such as hot peppers allows them to hibernate through the colder months and have a head start the following spring. Some species of peppers are perennials and can live for several years with the right care. Cut your plants back before the first frost, leaving only a few small leaves to continue to photosynthesize. You can also move your plants indoors to extend their production.

If your garden is outside, and it has stopped producing, fall is a good time to till the soil one last time and prepare for next year.  The slash and burn technique has been used for thousands of years. Burning your garden and adding some fresh manure in the fall helps to compost the green matter while adding fresh nutrients to the soil. The benefit to doing this months ahead of time is that it allows the nitrogen levels, from the ash and manure, to balance out, and your soil while be primed for planting in the spring.

Fall is also a good time to organize and label any seeds you have saved from this past season. Hybridizing tomatoes and peppers is a popular hobby for many growers and selling or trading heirloom seeds has become much more accessible through social media outlets like Twitter and Instagram. The online gardening community is growing every day and there is plenty of helpful information out there for the newbie and expert alike.

So, get started on your winter garden or seed storage today. Greenhouses and other equipment are available at local home improvement stores as well as online.

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Starting your urban garden

With urban gardening and sustainable living becoming a growing trend around the world, many hobbyists, and commercial farmers alike are seeking new ways to increase their yield while downsizing the space needed to grow.

20171028_143924Planting crops in clusters instead of rows is one method that many green-thumbs are now embracing. That in combination with companion planting produces some amazing results. The benefit to clustering plants is your crops usually choke out the weeds instead of the other way around…basically, more food, less work. Finding the right structure and practices for your own garden is a matter of trial and error and personal preferences.

There are many variables to consider when starting a garden. What types of plants do you want to grow? Are you growing indoor/outdoor? What is your soil like? What types of fertilizer do you want to use? If you are new to gardening, I would suggest starting with a small outdoor plot.  Save some money and let nature do the work. Plant a small variety of fruits or vegetables in small planters indoors and watch how they progress. When it is warm enough, in late spring, bring them outdoors and let them get adjusted to the wind and temperature fluctuation. After a few days or a week transplant them into your freshly tilled garden, and give them a drink.  Check your garden often and take notes. Many of the best insights will come from your own mistakes.

Choosing a fertilizer is very important. Many gardeners are turning toward natural, organic fertilizers. I recommend compost because it is free and also a great way to cut down on the waste we create, not to mention it’s very effective. Composting is very easy, but it requires some effort. Dedicating a space for your compost is key. You want a warm area to help the matter break down, but you also want to find a place where the smell of rotting vegetables won’t bother you.  Adding Epsom salt to your water is another good fertilizing trick. Horse and cow manure, if you can get your hands on it, work great too.

Growing indoors is a great way to have a garden in a small apartment and it allows you to have a variety of plants growing all year around. Many indoor farmers use hydroponic systems. It is definitely more expensive to start out growing indoors, but for many city-dwellers, it is the best option.  From purchasing the UV lamps, timers, and hydroponic equipment, to learning about light cycles and ph levels, it can seem daunting for a novice grower, but with a little research and a lot of practice, growing indoors is well worth it.

When harvest time comes, hopefully, your next question is “What do I do with all this food?” Canning and preserving vegetables allows you to enjoy your hard work even after the growing season is over, and homemade jams and salsas make great gifts.

Items to purchase:

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Canning kit

Mason Jars

Hydroponics kit

Grow lights


Compost bin

Potting soil