Small Space Gardening

Are you ready for summer gardening? The forecast for the next few days here in Washington state is SUN SUN SUN! I like the sound of that! I’m really excited about having a garden in our backyard. While I do not have a particularly green thumb, I think gardening will be a fun project my son and I can learn to do together.

Since we didn’t get to buy this house next week like I had planned (due to our Portland home’s sale fail, for those of you who missed my news last week), I’m still a renter here. But I am not going to let that stop me from doing some planting!

I found a whole page of inspiring articles at Sunset Magazine with ideas for small space container gardening. If you don’t have a lot of space, this might be the gardening solution for you — as well as the perfect solution for renters (and beginning gardeners) like me!

Just to get my hands in the dirt and lift my spirits this week, I added a few annuals to the pots I had on my front porch. It is just a small step towards my ultimate goal of making this area a summery outdoor room (yes, my summer office), but it was enough to give me a sense of being home, even as I am still unsure what the future will bring.

I’d love to add a lot more plants out here! This porch has a view of the lake and will be a nice cool place to enjoy the sunshine and watch my son play in the yard.

As a side note. I borrowed my mom’s sewing machine and I intend to recover those pillows with a striped, nautical fabric. In case you all are wondering if sewing is really a good idea for me ( I know you are worried for me), the last time I remember sewing was in home ec class when we made our aprons. Eh hem. Yeah. I’d say I am experienced. We’ll see how that project goes.

My son and I planted seeds to grow parsley in a container on the back deck. It isn’t much of a garden yet, but at least we got started!

Are you planting a garden this year?

Do you have raised beds, containers or fancy green houses or what? Are you planting flowers, vegetables, fruit or herbs? Tell me about it!  Feel free to share your suggestions, ideas or links to your gardening posts in the comments! I’m ready to hear about your plans!

Top container garden inspiration: Sunset Magazine Online

Second photo: my front porch!

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  1. I haven´t posted about the finished results yet :), however I live in a city in an apartment and garden on my balcony – its all small pots and window boxes and I am trying to plant enough to be self sufficient for salads through the whole summer (healthier and it saves money!)

    This is my post about what I am doing on my balcony:
    http://www.ekkentroslife.com/2009/05/how-does-your-garden-grow.html

    RMLs inspiring blog post..The Cards are Falling the Right Way

  2. Hello Mel,
    Thanks for reminding. Am struggling with my backyard. Had sow some greenies and I was so disappointed when some roe deer came to ate it. Now, I have to start all over again.
    Hopefully this time my veges will grow. Well, am like you. I don’t have green fingers. All flowers I touch dies §:-))

    Thanks a mill for the link.

    Enjoy your Thursday & week-end ahead.

    Chies inspiring blog post..INSPIRING WITH THE SUMMER LOVE & AWARD

  3. Mel,
    great post. I’ve had a flower garden since we moved in to this house 4 years ago but this year we started a raised veggie garden and planted it following the squarefoot gardening method. So far so good, which reminds me to post a garden update soon.
    The next three links show it from inspiration to the first couple of progress reports.
    http://gypsycorner.blogspot.com/2009/04/do-you-sqft-garden.html
    http://gypsycorner.blogspot.com/2009/04/square-foot-garden-progressing-slowly.html
    http://gypsycorner.blogspot.com/2009/05/things-are-actually-growing.html
    Thank you for allowing us to link and have a wonderful Thursday,
    Tam

    Tams inspiring blog post..Let the good times roll…

  4. I planted in Ney York already, a number of rare herb perennials I tracked down via some miracle and left for Florida hoping I missed the frost. Now in the monsoon that is Ponte Vedra, I have resolved not to allow the gardens here to be beat by heat and pests. We will see how it goes. I try to plant sustinence everywhere I can and no longer many flowers: These are hard times, what i can give away in food helps others, that is the most important thing.

    Blushing Hostesss inspiring blog post..Reed and Barton at One Kings Lane, Kate Spade/ Vineyard Vines at Rue La La

  5. I think this is the first time I’ve commented on your blog. Sewing is definitely worth the effort. I recently have begun taking a few classes here and there to brush up on my “home ec” skills. It’s exciting what just a few basic skills can allow you to accomplish.

    We have 4 containers with plants on our front porch (still waiting for them to fill in). We planted our 2nd actual garden this year. One thing I found out about parsley last year; it doesn’t germinate from seed very well. It takes a really crazy long time with not much success. Don’t get discouraged and think that it’s your “newbie” skills if they don’t come up. Some herbs do great from seed, but parsley (and rosemary) are usually better to just buy the small plants.

    Good luck to you and your garden this year! Praying all works out well with your housing situation.

    Pam

    Pams inspiring blog post..It About Drove Me "Batting"

  6. Here is my porch inventory: I have pots of sweetpotato vine (2), lantana (2), small boxwood (2), oregano that came up in the same pot from last year, mint, cilantro, parsley, lavender (from last year), and rosemary (last year, too) – all growing in pots on my back deck. I love it! My front porch has ferns in pots. Oh, and my sister-in-law gave me a basket of impatiens for my back screened porch.

    We also have five tomato plants (yummy, yum, yum) with green tomatoes on them already! and zinnias growing in the yard. Can you tell we are ‘way down south?’

    TheOldPostRoads inspiring blog post..Karen Fields

  7. I have many perennials and strawberries. We also are going to do a narrow raised bed, and plant things we will eat and can either freeze or can. We want to use 5 gallon buckets to hang our tomato plants upside down this year! We want to see if it will work well!

    Mrs.Rabes inspiring blog post..Garden Photos

  8. I haven’t planted yet, but I’m thinking that this might be the weekend to do a few planters.

    Suzanns inspiring blog post..Light and Airy

  9. Such great timing for this post! Yesterday I decided that since we won’t have the time to get new vegatable beds established in our new yard that instead I would do as much as I could in containers. I wasn’t sure what kinds of vegatables would do well in containers so the Sunset Magazine link will be a wonderful resource for me! Thank you so much!

    Jamies inspiring blog post..Stone, Soil, and Moss

  10. Good luck with your sewing! Home Ec was the last time I tried my hand at it as well…but it seems such a useful skill…one of these years I promise myself I’m going to learn. :)
    Blessings today!
    Shilo

    Shilos inspiring blog post..Makeover Magic in the Bathroom…and I Need Your Help!

  11. Hi Melissa-
    Having a small garden is great- we have around 21 fuirt trees and I usually plant a small garden of veg. My daughter planted a garden this year that is really interesting. While we were visiting her she had her Dad build her a 4×4 box- very easy. Using the idea of gardening by the foot- she got the idea from this site http://www.squarefootgardening.com/
    {it was fun to see your site today- I was just going to write up something for blissful about square foot gardening- so what do you think?}

    teresas inspiring blog post..Hamlet Hall bath…the plan

  12. I just posted on our container gardens!

    I have mint in one pot, but no other herb or veggies yet…thanks for the inspirations!

    Kristen ~ Pajama Mamas inspiring blog post..{Window Box and Container Gardening}

  13. Hi Melissa!
    I haven’t planted yet (expecting baby #2 any day now…) but I’m ready! I do mostly plant containers. My favorite flowers are gereniums and new guinea impatiens. I like them b/c they are hardy, can take the sun & survive when I “forget” to water them! {oops!} I also do a large assortm’t of herbs. My faves are rosemary, thyme, basil, & sage. Then I do some hanging baskets and planters on the front porch. We also have a small tomato garden by our shed. My son loves to pick them – just doesn’t eat them!! This year I’m going to get a little fancy since we will have the baby’s christening in the backyard. I want everything to look nice. I can’t wait to start planting!! Here’s some pics from last year…

    http://theclarkinfamily.blogspot.com/search/label/gardening

    Lynne @ Our Happy Homes inspiring blog post..Interview with Brendan – The Mommy Edition

    • Melissa says:

      Congrats on the baby and thanks for the link! Oh, how pretty and special to have the christening in the backyard among your plants!

  14. Your photos are gorgeous! I love the idea of small space gardening! You don’t need lots of acreage to have a garden, do you?

    Stephanies inspiring blog post..Sweetness Captured

  15. My gardens keep growing and expanding every year! Gardening is wonderful- it’s also very humbling. Right now I’ve got a veggie garden with nine 4’x8′ raised beds and four 4’x4′ raised beds. This year I need to figure out a better way to mulch between those beds as my mowers won’t fit between the beds.
    I’ve also got flower gardens around the front of the house. I’m now working on creating flower beds to look at when you’re looking out windows (right now I see a wall of green- which isn’t bad!). My flower gardens expand every year and in a few years I bet the entire front yard will be a giant flower/herb/shrub garden!
    I do have window boxes on my lower windows of my Colonial-style house. Right now I’m begging my hubby for window boxes on my upper windows. The window boxes are great- they add instant cheer and color. I’d be happy just to have those filled. In the middle of this post I posted photos of my current window boxes:
    http://thelopsidedhouse.blogspot.com/2009/05/happy-late-mothers-day-more.html (just keep in mind they were just planted)

    I also have several planter boxes on my deck. They’re great! I love having tomatoes, herbs & flowers there.
    I guess I shouldn’t forget to mention our three pear trees (we keep meaning to plant more fruit trees) and my small fruit garden which is sadly neglected (currants, grapes, blueberries & now raspberries). I’d better get to work! :)

    Astrids inspiring blog post..What to do with Morels

  16. We are going to have to be creative here. We were going to make raised beds but have been deterred by a couple of things. Chelsea insists that we grow some veggies and when I remember our fresh peppers and tomatoes from the porch garden last summer I have to agree. They were so good on Crusty Bread with Basil oil and mozzarella cheese!

    Becky K.s inspiring blog post..Trumpet and Friends

  17. Hi-ya!
    We planted a garden several weeks ago and it is slowly but surely taking off. We decided on a raised bed that is 4’x10′. we planted tomatoes, green bell pepper, jalopenos, yellow crook-neck squash, zucchini, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, acron squash, and some silver queen (i think) corn that we got from my father-in-law. We have blossoms on one of our tomato plants – whoo-hoo! Here is a linky to some early pics of the garden. I’ll have to take some more to show how much more green is there now.

    http://ateacherandatech.blogspot.com/2009/04/treasures-from-nature.html

    Oh, by the way, my sister just recently moved from her rental into a house they purchased in Denver. She has planted a garden for the last two years at her rental and gets to plant her very own in her very own yard this year. I wish the same for you soon!

    Candaces inspiring blog post..another wonderful wednesday

  18. YES! This is my impatiens planting weekend and we are going to get the veges in too. It seems to finally be warm enough and frost-free enough. Here’s my tutorial on growing phenomenal impatiens (our house is a neighbourhood landmark because of them!)
    http://momedy.blogspot.com/2009/05/non-gardeners-guide-to-incredible.html

    Have a wonderful time in your garden. Nothing more lovely :)

    Kirstys inspiring blog post..Makes my heart sing…and my face grin

  19. We are in the middle of ripping out our entire front lawn (we have a small front yard) and replacing it with flower beds and winding mosaic style paths.

    Our large backyard is slowly being converted to food production. In addition to our 400 sq ft veg garden I have 2 cherries, 4 blueberries and 3 grapes to put in. Hoping to put in more fruit trees next year and double the veg garden.

    Jens inspiring blog post..A drool worthy lunch.

    • Melissa says:

      I love the idea of ripping out grass and putting in paths and flower beds! I have done that in a couple of our homes and LOVED it so much more than I loved our clover and dandelion filled grass! Great idea!

  20. Renters here. Small space renters with a very tiny back patio. We’ve made the most of it however and have a hanging basket of petunias (delish!) and a few small containers harboring carrrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and strawberries. It’s been a great learning experience for not only our 4 yr old but for me! This is our first year attempting to garden and so far so good! :)

    Can’t wait to see your pillows! ;)

    Angie @ The Creative Mamas inspiring blog post..Introducing: Get Your Ceative On!

  21. I swear by square foot gardening. This is our second year only. Last year we only planted a 4 X 4 box….loved it. I promise, there wasn’t ONE weed all year! So this year we are planting 4 boxes, and I’m going to mix flowers in with my veggie plants to beautify the boxes. We are also growing tomatoes, squash, and zucchini vertically…..i’ll have to post on how that goes. Also this year, I’m going to grow herbs in pots with other pretty things on the front porch. I hope that works.

    Sewing….why didn’t I learn from my mother? Why was I too cool? Because now I’m stumbling along, teaching myself to sew. I LOVE IT! I’m sewing reusable grocery totes now. A great way to learn is using free tutorials online…..there are so many. Than as you gain confidence, start buying some patterns. I made an Amy Butler bag last year, so fun, so pretty. I think you’ll get hooked.

    Saras inspiring blog post.."Mommy….I’m Thirsty"

    • Melissa says:

      I know, my mom always sewed for me and I never took the time to really learn for myself. I don’t know what I was thinking because now it would come in handy! I am going to try and hope I can figure it out enough to at least make a few things!

  22. Elisabeth says:

    Hi! This is my first time to comment on your blog but I have been reading it for awhile. I really enjoy it. I feel for you not selling your home when it was only 1 day before closing. It’s so hard not to get your hopes up especially when you’re that close.

    My 17 yos does our gardening. He loves it and is learning so much year to year. This is his high school science – organic gardening. We have raised beds with cages we had specially built on top (the sides open). They are so nice and have kept out all the critters. I would give you a link to an entry on my blog showing these cages but I can’t find one at the moment. Sorry!

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks for your first comment!! I love that your 17 yo does the gardening. That is an excellent idea and so cool that he enjoys it.

  23. Yea! Glad you are going for the gardening! And I am really in awe of your great attitude about the whole house situation. I hope everything gets resolved soon.

    I was always scared of gardening, my parents had great gardens and I figured it was too much work and I’d never match up! But then I just started small and slow and now we have raised beds for veggies and lots of pretty flowers. Just jump in, you’ll have so much fun!

    My latest blog post has garden pics too :)

    Sarahs inspiring blog post..Outdoor Wednesday

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks Sarah, working outsidet in the yard is quite therapeutic even though I really don’t know what I am doing I enjoy being out there! I am going to just dive in like like you said, thanks for the encouragement. I”ll come by and check out your pics!

  24. tina m. says:

    A small garden here. Various tomato plants, peppers, cucumbers, yellow squash and cantaloupe. My hubby may still plant some corn. Just a regular in the ground garden, not raised. We are doing our cukes on teepees this year though. I’m excited to see how that turns out!

    tina

  25. I have a few things in pots. I’d like to pick up some prettier pots, so I’m hoping to find some good ones at yard sales. :)

    So far I have two tomato plants, mint, cilantro, and some kind of flower. (can’t remember the name, lol) I’m planning on adding one more tomato. I use the mint for a clipping garden of sorts, because it grows so quickly.

    songbirdtiffs inspiring blog post..Good Stuff

  26. Oh! And here’s the link to my finished project for the procrastination party and my tiny garden…

    http://songbirdtiff.blogspot.com/2009/05/building-dog-shelter-with-recycled-door.html

    songbirdtiffs inspiring blog post..Good Stuff

  27. I am not able to plant container gardens the way I used to, but I have a few and all thanks to Mother’s Day! It’s going to be so much fun for you and your son to raise a little herb garden together and to harvest it, too!

    Vees inspiring blog post..A Day Away

  28. While I have a pretty good sized yard, I don’t have much of a green thumb. We’ve been our house 4 years and just now started doing some major planting. We planted hostas, azaleas, lilies, and other plants along with some contaniers of peppers, celery, spinach, lettuce, and herbs. Here’s the post on my blog:http://delightfuldwelling.wordpress.com/2009/05/12/gardening-galore/
    It still looks sad and bare, but we are working on making it more cheerful. I need to add some containers of flowers to the deck. Happy gardening and good luck on your house.

  29. HI Melissa! Well, I always get an early start, even though EVERYONE tells me I am crazy and WHAT IF THERE IS A FROST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WEll, every year things are fine so…. I have planted about 150 impatiens in pots and the ground, plus some begonias and other flowers but impatiens are my main stay cause we are in the woods and don’t have much sun:(:( I LOVE doing my pots and I also ahve 9 window boxes on 3 decks. My DH made them when we first moved in because we had NO yard, it was just all dirt and he knows I LOVE FLOWERS! I love your blog too! Hugs, Pinky

  30. Have fun playing in the dirt! I love gardening and decided while we’re renting (awaiting the sale of our home in PA), that I’d do container gardening this year. Yard sales and thrift stores have been a real blessing in finding pots, wheelbarrows, galvanized tubs and wagons (all containers that come with us).

    Michelles inspiring blog post..Recent yard/sale thrift store finds

  31. Okay tonight when all is quiet I am coming back here and reading all these wonderful gardeners weblogs. I am an avid gardener and have a huge canning garden. I have never been much for pretty little gardens but this year I have found msyelf prowling around to find ideas on how to make the big ole’ canning garden look more pleasing to the eye.

    As far as raised beds I am working on my third one but they are all used for strawberries.

    Mrs darlings inspiring blog post..A Not So Good Change of Plans

  32. Thank you! I’ll definitively check this!

    Irenes inspiring blog post..Greek Weddings In Athens

  33. I love the idea of planting veggies in pots! I’ve never thought of doing anything like that (well, maybe tomatoes, but I hate tomatoes). I need to scour garage sales for some planters because I know my front porch is in desperate need of some greenery!

    Heathahlees inspiring blog post..All those tassels….

  34. Our new “cutting garden” is in! Every year I add a new garden to the farm…After 12 years being here, we are starting to REALLY see the results. I am truly inspired by the color from our flowers, fruit and vege gardens. My girls and I love to make flower arrangements daily in the summer setting the table each night with something pretty. Mostly though, I find myself “LOST” outside just being AMONG the gardens.
    Here is a little peek of the new garden.
    http://lifeatbuttercupfarm.com/cutting-garden-tuesday/

    Shawn/Lifeatbuttercupfarms inspiring blog post..Taking Stock for Summer Creativity

  35. Oh…girl…..if gardening is NOT the best therapy in crazy and confusing times, I don’t KNOW WHAT is. My blog’s been a bit sparse lately – because I’ve been spending hours….I mean hours in the garden! It’s therapeutic…hey, I think I’ll write about its therapy….:-)

    Love your heart…’me’

    lylah ledners inspiring blog post..Molly’s Lemon Cupcakes

  36. Thanks for the inspiration! As always, your photo-and-word combination is a joy to view.

    One of these days I’m going to plant a bigger garden, but for now I’m with you–even a few containers of plants beats no plants at all! My must-haves are tomatoes and basil. And for beauty, I love to plant stargazer lilies. Plus I have a rosemary plant in the ground. If you don’t grow anything else, you should grow rosemary. It grows like a weed but it’s a beautiful bush and so wonderful for cooking.

    Richellas inspiring blog post..Pretty in pink

  37. I enjoyed reading about all of the gardening post today.
    I planted my first veggie garden (green peppers, hot peppers, tomatoes, basil & green beans, lemon balm & peppermint)
    I started my garden early. I did have to cover everything up twice this year due to frost. This weekend I will plant my annual flower garden. I can’t wait to get out & get started

  38. I’m going to have to check all the link, tips and tricks when I get home from work since I’m as new to container gardening as many of us are. I’m used to planting in a field (my maternal grandmother and paternal grandfather were farmers), so I’m not at all equipped with the limitations of no garden or container gardening that I have now living in the city.

    This week, I decided to stop procrastinating and give it a go … the link is attached. Additionally, I have pics of my girlfriend’s plant that I nursed back to health … just ignore the lunch pics at the top of the post … scroll past those to get to the planting pics … LOL

    Nickys inspiring blog post..My Day In A Few Words and Pictures …

  39. Oh, I’m so excited to watch your garden grow :0) My last “beautiful life” post was about our little collection of pots for the container garden. I think everyone is right- we just start out small, and as we learn, add a little more every year. Right now I have radishes, turnips, swiss chard, and zucchini in the raise garden bed. Raspberries and patty-pan squash are in a sunny spot next to the play set. Mint, green onions, lettuces, broccoli, ground cherries, and basil are in pots on the deck, with more ground cherries and basil in the front yard in our yet-to-be planted (and newly cleared) strip of land between properties. It’s all so exciting, isn’t it?

    Myrnies inspiring blog post..Beatiful Life: A little spot of earth

  40. Im exactly like you — Im leasing a townhome and am craving to get some pots going. Any ideas? Drop by and help me with some inspired East facing flower pots.

    Flowers at an entry / porch always has a lovely “welcome to my home” feeling. Means there is life there.

    xo
    Claudia

    Claudia @ DipityRoads inspiring blog post..Memory Garden

    • Claudia,
      Impatiens can be great in little sun (east facing). We’ve had them become huge mounds of glorious color in different places we have lived. Husband gives them Miracle Grow every week and they always do the trick for us in east facing areas. Depends on where you live. A lot of things can go well w/the east facing sun because they don’t get fried in the afternoon.
      Kudos to you to give yourself a treat with containers. It is your home. That is how I’ve always felt when I rented. It may not be mine on paper, but it is my home.

  41. I live in the PNW, too. My 22 yo son, home from college has found a new joy & that is planting my containers on our patio. He’s doing a really good job. Just left for Molbak’s to get more plants. Since we have almost 2 acres and they are professionally landscaped, it’s a lot to care for. We do the little things. He decided to do a raised bed for his dad for his b’day. It is fun to watch a new gardener. Good luck with your house. You did such an awesome job on your kitchen. Feel free to email me if you want.
    I live on the Eastside in one of the ‘burbs. (W’ville)

  42. Well, I have many posts on gardening on my other blog, my garden blog, http://viewfromthepines.com. From what I am reading, your situation sounds like mine over a year ago. We were renting the house we wanted to buy, and finally did. We rented for three years first. Now we’ve just finished renovating it, and are having the outside begun. (New deck in process as I speak). I did a lot of work outside before we bought it, which is what caused me to feel that this was “my” house, and we must buy it. I couldn’t create gardens only to leave them! So I envy your view of the lake (sounds divine!), and I hope things work out soon. And if you ever need any gardening help, I’m but an email away!
    Brenda

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  43. A pillow is just straight seams Melissa, I know you can do it:>) And if you have trouble feel free to contact me, ok? We are trying some raised bed gardens this year and I would love to try some veggies in containers.

    Kathys inspiring blog post..It was a beautiful day…

  44. we build a raised bed and planted tomato’s, cherry tomato’s and green beans. we did herbs in big pots on the patio. I’m already dreaming of fresh tomato’s, basil with a little olive oil and salt!

    Mary Jeans inspiring blog post..Get to Know The Orchard House!

  45. I am planting a small garden this year in our back yard. We live in town, so there isn’t a large amount of space. I planted some vegetables with some marigolds for color, and to keep some pests away! (I have some pictures posted on my blog.) I hope you have fun growing your garden!

    Hollys inspiring blog post..Antiques, anyone?

  46. I can’t even begin to tell you what a mess our garden is this year…we bought our 1st home & the garden is soooo overgrown. The good news is we have a lot to pick from. We have a lot of work ahead….
    Thanks for making your blog such fun everyday. I left you a little award on my new little blog. :)

    melissas inspiring blog post..My First Award!!

  47. Lost In ... says:

    Great spring post Mel –
    Last year I was renting too and well, the over dressed porch in the neighborhood was mine. Lets see … 1 Variegated Fig tree, 18 Columbine grown from seed, assorted rooting cuttings, 3 Knockout Rose, 2 Variegated Gardenia, 1 Cordyline, 2 Cannas, 3 Hydrangea Endless Summer, 1 Bay Tree, 3 Sweet Dream Coreopsis and about 12 assorted mixed annuals in containers. There may have been more, its hard to remember. Now I have land again ;o) so much for potting the jungle.

    You have plenty of time to collect more plants!

    Lost In …s inspiring blog post..The Dirt on Soil in a Bag

    • Reading your post “The Dirt On Soil In A Bag” just scared the daylights out of me. :D

      I planted my herb seeds in a jiffy container using Jiffy Mix. The premise of these products is to have the plants grow then re-planted in real soil with the jiffy container disintegrating and creating some compost type material for the re-planted plant. I’m finding that the solution does not stay moist though and when I water the herbs, it puffs up above the seeds. Not sure what to do to correct this … if I should use regular soil … Help if you can ….

      Nickys inspiring blog post..My Day In A Few Words and Pictures …

  48. I decided to plant tomatoes this year. I planted them in containers. Right now we are getting too much rain. I think my plants will rot. There are a lot of tomatoes on the vines. But, I need sunshine.

    SoBella Creationss inspiring blog post..Happy Mother’s Day

  49. We plant a big vegetable and herb garden ever year (it’s 1 big raised bed). We’re trying our hand at garlic this year, too. And I’ll be bringing herbs inside this winter because I very much missed the fresh herbs when there was snow on the ground!
    My Mother’s Day gift from my husband is that he’s digging out my front flower bed (which has become overgrown since the 1st owner of our home put it in 30 years ago) and letting me replant it how I want it.
    And I add pots and pots of annuals for extra cheer near our 2 entrances.
    I’m hoping to convince him I need a small green house next year – even if it’s just a big box made out of old windows with a lid – so I no longer need to buy my annuals. I may make my own pots to save money, but our annual flower cost is now well over $100 and I have a hard time to swallow that when we could start our own very easily with the right set up!

    You’d think I have a green thumb by this, wouldn’t you? I can’t have house plants. I kill them all. :-/

    Jodis inspiring blog post..Mother/Daughter Junking Trip – 2009

  50. I love gardens. Some of my fondest memories of my mother and father are around the summer garden in central Indiana. We’d garden until the sun went down… well after 9pm. I can still hear the locusts and crickets, smell the rich soil, and feel the cool damp dirt beneath my feet. I do not have a garden of my own – now that I’m grown up and far away from country living, but I do have small flower gardens and particularly favor container gardening :-) I really like to decorate my outdoor living space with inspirational garden stones, rustic crosses, and unique candle holders. Many of my favorite gardening items are available in my online store at http://store.christiangiftsplace.com/Category40. Check us out if you get a chance.

  51. Would you believe I am excellent at sewing…Make sure you have a large rectangular table perhaps covered with a quilt to cushion it when you are cutting your fabric:)
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