So I have accomplished a couple garden projects over the last couple weeks that I wanted to share. Nothing major, but, hey, it's a start!
Several months ago, Cameron and I started talking about trying out a small garden. With our rambunctious dogs, a planter box would be a necessity in order to keep their little paws out. Cameron was able to use some old wood from a friend's deck renovation to build the planter, so the dirt was the most expensive part. Ideally, I would have left it a natural wood color, but some of the boards already had some white paint on them. I toyed with painting it a bright, fun color, but in the end decided I would be happier with neutral brown. We planted mint, basil, rosemary, cherry tomatoes, regular tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, and okra.
I'd love to say that's how my little garden planter still looks, but less than 24hours after planting it, a tomato plant was destroyed with muddy pawprints left as evidence. So we now have it surrounded by chicken wire. Certainly not the most attractive, but the plants are staying where they're supposed to and actually starting to grow! (and yes, those are kayaks hanging on the side of our shed. They aren't exactly easy to store when they're not being used!) I am planning on surrounding the base with monkey grass to pretty it up a bit!
For my second project, I attempted some planters by the front door. I have wanted big, black urn planters for our front porch for at least a year, but everytime I found some I liked, I did not like the price tag. While scoping out plants for the garden, I found these at Lowes. Cute, lightweight, and only $25. I'll take two!
After getting Mom's approval that they were an appropriate size for my porch, I picked out some plants for them. Because they sit next to the door, they don't get much sun (although I'm now realizing they get more than I originally thought), so I looked for things that do ok with shade. I went with coleus, an orangey-pink begonia, and white impatients.
As for the backyard, we've been experimenting with a patch of sod and so far have kept it alive for about a month. We are seriously considering resodding the backyard, and then maybe we will FINALLY have grass back there! Then there's the topic of actually planting something in the flowerbeds we laid out last year...but that's a whole other post on its own.