Spring Gardening {& an Invite to a Seattle Garden Party!}

Whiskey Barrels for Planting Herbs and Veggies

I have an invite for locals to The Home Depot for a garden party at the end of this post so be sure to check it out!

I had a great weekend getting a jump on projects in my backyard. We had some friends over from church yesterday and they helped us do some winter clean up and prep for the area we plan to use for our vegetable and herb gardens! It’s so nice to have friends who will dive in and help!

backyard gardening

This year our goal is to get a basic garden started. Because our yard is very rocky it’s easiest for us to plant above ground. Above ground pots will also help keep the pups from trampling the garden when they run through. We have some fun ideas for planting that we can’t wait to try! Container gardening always seems manageable and less daunting to me, so I think it’s a great way to start.

Whiskey Barrel Planters

I found these awesome cedar whiskey barrels at The Home Depot and they are perfect for container vegetable and herb gardening. I love how versatile they are and that you could tuck them in just about anywhere! Once I get everything all planted I’ll show you what I am growing, how they were planted and hopefully how they they look as they grow! I didn’t see them online so check out your local store.

Spring Gardening

We brought home all sorts of plants to try.

Sweet Basil

I’ve always grown lots of herbs in containers. They are always fun to have in the garden. Last year we had blueberries and tomatoes.

Strawberry Plants

This year I’m expanding a bit to try strawberries, kale, various types of lettuce and other veggies. We try to eat all organic vegetables and I can’t wait to have them in our own yard! I can’t believe it’s taken me this long in life to plan a real vegetable garden but I guess I’ve been busy. It’s never too late to try something new, though, right?

gardening book ideas

Being plant killers and all, we bought some books last year in hopes of averting a few mistakes. You can find our books and more from our gardening book wish list in our amazon store!

Spring Garden Party @ the Home Depot

On May 17th I’m co-hosting a fun gardening event to celebrate spring in Seattle sponsored by The Home Depot Garden Club! I hope some of you locals can join me! I cannot wait to learn from the experts. It should be a really fun afternoon.

You can get more details here and RSVP via Facebook.

Join me at the Issaquah Home Depot Saturday, May 17, for the Seattle Garden Party! There will be DIY garden stations and activities, garden-to-table fare with exclusive recipes created by a local chef. An expert Gardeniere will guide you through an herb container garden project and answer all of your garden questions. The Gardenieres are a group of hand-picked green thumbs with real world experience when it comes to growing anything, most anywhere. Learn more about the Gardeniere from your region here: http://thd.co/gardenieres

Whether you’re thinking about a container garden, or have already grown a thriving garden in your yard, you’re sure to learn something new and walk away with a greener thumb!

We hope you can come celebrate with us! In the meantime, share your garden moments and spring celebrations using the hashtag #SpringMadeSimple and check out The Home Depot Garden Club for simple tips, tricks and expert advice on gardening in your area!

This event and my participation is sponsored by The Home Depot.

PS. Don’t miss my post on the cute Air Plant in the Elephant Creamer!

An Elephant & An Air Plant

Elephant with Air Plant

Do you all know about air plants?

They don’t need soil or to be planted, you just set them in a container!

Yep, that’s it!

But they do need an occasional misting of water to keep them hydrated.

I love that air plants can fit just about anywhere and you can use unique planters.

Easy project.

Done in a minute.

Fun!

PS. update – I’m having trouble with comments disappearing or going to spam … if you can, would you mind leaving one so I can see what’s wrong? THANK YOU!

Elephant pitcher via Anthropologie

Find air plants here or here.

Related posts: 5 Minute Garden: Kitchen succulentsTeacup Gardens, and 5 Five Minute Gardens

5 Minute Succulent Garden in the Kitchen

Measuring Cup Succulent Gardening

The sun came out in the Seattle area this weekend (YAY for vitamin D in the Northwest!) and it inspired me to do a little planting. While I wasn’t quite ready to start an outdoor project (it still feels a tad too chilly for me to dig in the dirt outside), I couldn’t resist a little succulent gardening in the kitchen. Little gardens are always my favorite anyways.

Tiny Succulent Garden in a measuring cup

I picked up a few little hens and chicks and other succulents at our local garden center and rounded up whatever containers I could find around the house.

Pea Gravel for Succulent Planting

Pea gravel is great for drainage. Succulents don’t need a lot of dirt so rocks are the perfect base. I don’t worry about using containers with drainage holes because you shouldn’t be watering that much anyway! The rock helps the soil retain a bit of moisture too so you don’t need much water at all. Just a little drop or two of water every once in awhile is all they need to be happy.

Keep in mind that this advice is coming from me, a.k.a. PLANT KILLER. SO, there’s that. But, I have had pretty good success with keeping succulents alive longer than most plants!

The way I look at it is these little plants are just a few dollars each. If or when I manage to kill one, the investment was small but the joy was big while they lasted.

Succulent Gardening

What is your favorite easy to grow plant?
Come see my Teacup Gardens & my 5 Minute Tiny Gardens!

 

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