Rachel H Kay Blog

Year Four, Pests, Heat & Cats

This years spring garden was not as successful as the previous years, even with the best planning there are still unexpected setbacks that while annoying, can still be learned from.

I began my spring garden planning in February, figuring out which plants I was going to grow from seed and which ones I would buy from the Houston Garden Center. This year I didn’t need as many plants because some of them successfully wintered over, and others luckily grew back. My Hyssop plants all grew back, which was really great, because every summer I look forward to making my fruit smoothies with the leaves, giving my smoothies a nice minty/licorice flavor. I didn’t get around to making any jam or syrup this year, but I really did enjoy my smoothies. I also had a few pepper plants survive the winter, mostly because they were sheltered on our back porch. My mint in my melon patch took off, so much that I had to prune a lot of it back, and my fennel really grew. It was taller than my PVC trellis that surrounds my melon patch. In the spring it was beautiful, with tons of yellow flowers. I didn’t harvest the fennel, I mostly used it for companion planting to help ward off pests, which seemed to help a lot during the spring.

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Implementing A Masonry Layout Using jQuery Masonry

Recently I decided to update different pages on my website, particularly my portfolio page. I like the masonry layout for images, so I did some research into my options. I found a neat plugin called jQuery Masonry by David Desandro, which seemed to be the best option. Once I’d settled on what to use to implement the masonry layout, I had to figure out how to use it and make it work with the layout of my page.

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Using Pulse CMS On My Website

A few years ago I decided to add a blog to my website. I wanted a place where I could write about different topics and provide helpful information. But I wanted my blog to look as though it was a part of my website, not a page that was added later on. This meant that however this blog functioned, I needed to be able to template it so that it matched my websites styles and layout. I did a lot of research on Content Management Systems, and found a lot of interesting options, but in the end I settled on Pulse, which seemed to be the best option for my needs.

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The Need for PHP 7 Compatibility With WordPress

While PHP 7 has been out and about for a while now, it came into being around 2015, PHP 5.6 is still working great on WordPress websites. For a while the notion to make the big switch from PHP 5.6 to PHP 7 was more of a “you might want to consider upgrading to PHP 7”, to the now current “if you want to keep your site running smoothly with all those nifty little plugins, upgrade to PHP 7 soon”.

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WordPress Memory Exhausted, Increase Memory Limits?

Recently I received notification on a client’s website that the site was down. I like these notifications because I can’t keep an eye on every client’s site 24/7, I’m only human. But I was surprised to see that the site was serving a 500 internal server error. So I had to look into what could be causing the issue right away.

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About Me

Hi there. I'm Rachel Kay, a Web Developer, Illustrator, & Designer, whose hobby is to be creative and artistic, while freelancing as a Web Developer building creative, modern websites.

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