A Little Garden Update: In the Backyard

A Little Garden Update: In the Backyard

Iplanted a little garden in a few whiskey barrels a couple of months ago. Since I promised to check back in and haven’t for awhile, I thought I would give you a quick update.  I planted some strawberries for the first time in two of the barrels and I’ll just admit right now, I really have no idea what I am doing so don’t judge heheheh. I haven’t had time to even study what to do so I’m sure I’ve done it all wrong. But so far we’ve had a few strawberries and there are lots more on the way! I think maybe I’m supposed to pinch off those little blooms, so I guess I’ll research it a bit more before I talk about how to grow them. Maybe next year, ha! I am definitely not an expert but I do love container gardens and just learn and make mistakes as I go!

Lily, however, enjoys standing by the pot sniffing the berries, so I’m thinking she is pleased that we are growing them.

A Little Garden Update: In the Backyard

I also planted a few barrels with organic lettuce and kale and some with herbs. We have actually already eaten most of the lettuce already so I can’t show you pics. Oops, blogger fail! But the good news is we enjoyed growing our own lettuce and almost felt like we were living off the land (well, at least we were for a couple of weeks with lettuce) so next year I will definitely plant tons more! We eat LOTS of salad at our house so we will graduate to some bigger containers next summer. I also enjoy cutting basil and other herbs when I’m cooking. It’s fun!

A Little Garden Update: In the Backyard

I was surprised by these snap peas, they grew up so tall that I had to put a trellis in the pot to hold them up! I just kind of planted things at random so everything that happens is new and surprising to me.

But it’s fun to be surprised!

A Little Garden Update: In the Backyard

Jack and Lily have been having a great time playing hide and seek in the bamboo plants (you may have seen the post about it on Jack’s blog). Jack thinks he’s camouflaged…but alas.  They have so much fun playing together outside!

A Little Garden Update: In the Backyard

My roses are blooming and so pretty.  I’m not a rose expert either but I really enjoy having plants and seeing the flowers bloom. I love going outside to water them and trim out the old roses and do a little weeding. The roses smell DIVINE. I love bringing them inside.

A Little Garden Update: In the Backyard

A Little Garden Update: In the Backyard

These are actually climbing roses!

A Little Garden Update: In the Backyard

We planted a row of privacy trees to start filling in the backdrop of our yard along the fence. We got six or so trees at Costco at a great price. We still have a long way to go to get this formerly barren new house backyard to where it is the lush landscape I imagine, but one bit of greenery at a time! I guess I must be craving green inside and out since my last few posts have been about green?

A Little Garden Update: In the Backyard

All the other plants we planted last year are growing and doing well so far. Hooray! The white flowing tree is a hydrangea.

A Little Garden Update: In the Backyard
Here is what the patio looked like last fall right after we installed it.

A Little Garden Update: In the Backyard

This backyard is definitely a slow going project. Our yard is full of rock so planting is more challenging than it should be. It’s one plant a a time, but every little step makes a difference!

I’ll take some new pics soon so you can see how far it has come now that we have more furniture out there and a little more greenery in the ground!

Meanwhile, if you missed the posts about the patio last year, you can find them here:

DIY Firepit & Backyard Progress

& Backyard Pea Gravel Patio

I’m a wee bit in love and inspired by my friend Sandy’s backyard garden. It’s magical! I’ve sat in it in real life and it’s amazing. You can find her spring garden update here, and a whole bunch of gardening posts here.  and her sweet Fourth of July backyard getaway here!

PS. I have some great gardening books on my shelf and I also put them in my Amazon shop! Now that I have my own garden space I actually need to read the books and get some tips!

Happy Tuesday! Have you been out working in  your backyard?

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

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

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!

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

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.

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

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 {& an Invite to a Seattle Garden Party!}

We brought home all sorts of plants to try.

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

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.

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

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?

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

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

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!

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