A Little Indoor Garden

After oh-so-many false starts, it seems spring has sprung bringing April showers and what appears to be hope for gorgeous May flowers.

While recovering from surgery I have truly missed playing in my gardens; pruning rose bushes, weeding beds and planting early spring blooms.  Audley has been a gem keeping me occupied and distracted from some of the things I would really rather be doing, and has even gone so far as to tackle some of my favorite spring activities himself.

But one of the sweetest things he did for me was to bring a little gardening in the house for me to enjoy.

Spring blooms for an indoor container garen to brighten someone's day.

Spring blooms for an indoor container garden to brighten someone’s day.

Choosing a few early spring plants that included miniature daffodils, primrose, African daisy and a silver leaf annual, I was able to play in the dirt and enjoy a bit of gardening without putting myself in a position that the doctor definitely would not approve!  Making an indoor garden box was super easy and fairly quick to put together.

Creating an easy indoor garden

For this little project I took a tool caddy that I assembled & stained from a kit that Home Depot donated to the attendees at last years Haven Conference in Atlanta.  Audley drilled holes in the base of the box for drainage purposes.

Creating a means of drainage in container gardening prevents water from remaining inside the pot/container and souring or causing your the roots of your plants to rot.  The stentch is ridiculous!

Creating a means of drainage in container gardening prevents water from remaining inside the pot/container and souring or causing the roots of your plants to rot. The stench is ridiculous!

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First, I added Miracle Grow potting soil about 2/3 of the way full.

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I removed the plants from their pots and broke up the compacted dirt and roots from their bases before planting them in the little tool caddy.

Breaking up the roots just a little to stimulate growth.

Breaking up the roots just a little to stimulate growth.

Finally, I arranged them in a way that I found appealing, watered well, and then placed them on my coffee table to enjoy the blooms for a couple of weeks.

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By using a mixture of perennials and annuals, I can plant the daffodils to bloom out in the yard next spring, and add the silver-leafed foliage to other container gardens to last throughout the summer.

That’s it.

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Easy, Peasy.

Bright and cheery.

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And if your aren’t supposed to be doing certain chores, you can have your kiddos do most of the clean-up which makes it even more fun!

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What I liked best about this quick little project was that not only was it easy and enjoyable, it would make a great gift for someone else to enjoy if they are having to stay at home and recover from an illness or surgery.  It’s a cheerful and lasting gift.

As for me, I was released from the doctor three days ago for light workouts and housework.  While I am sure my version of light and the doctor’s are not on the same wavelength, I do plan to ease back into the things I enjoy, including outdoor gardening!  Audley and I are planning to attack our raised beds this weekend, so stay tuned for a little herb and vegetable inspiration!

Happy Wednesday to you!

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Our Little Urban Garden

Living in a subdivision with a HOA can often present challenges for those who like to grow fresh veggies in the summer months.  Flowers and shrubs are expected in the yard, but why not tomatoes, peppers or okra?

When we moved here two and a half years ago we couldn’t decide what to do about my gardening bug, and finally just took a chance and went for it.  Instead of digging up the entire yard we went with uniformed raised beds that we placed in an area only noticed from one direction.  This is our third summer here and there hasn’t been an issue with the HOA, so I am assuming that we are good!

Looking a little sparse, but full of promise for the summer.

Looking a little sparse, but full of promise for the summer.

6 weeks ago when we first planted for the season.

6 weeks ago when we first planted for the season.

It’s been fairly dry and warming up quickly this summer around here (98 today!), which means my little garden area needs a little extra TLC.  We keep it weeded, watered and fertilized, but we’ve also added mulch between trellises to help keep the grass down and planted a few marigolds to help deter mosquitos.  I need a day off work to spend a little extra time out there, but right now it is filling out and I hope to have our first veggies in just a few days!

Pickling cucumbers starting to grow and show more that a bloom

Pickling cucumbers starting to grow and show more that a bloom

I'm thinking fried green tomatoes may be on the menu soon.  Not a lot of size to these yet, but I can taste them now!

I’m thinking fried green tomatoes may be on the menu soon. Not a lot of size to these yet, but I can taste them now!

Instead of traditional squash I planted sunburst squash this year ... the blooms are gorgeous and the squash are pretty as well.

Instead of traditional squash I planted sunburst squash this year … the blooms are gorgeous and the squash are pretty as well.

My sweet peppers are up first, but the jalapenos and chilis are right behind them.

My sweet peppers are up first, but the jalapeno and chilis are right behind them.

After six weeks our little garden is looking fuller and starting to produce it fresh goodness

After six weeks our little garden is looking fuller and starting to produce it fresh goodness

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I still have a few cosmetic things to do around our garden such as mulch between the beds and create a little walkway, but for now I’m looking forward to making salsa with our fresh grown tomatoes and peppers as well as dine on fresh okra, squash and zucchini.

And not only do we have a variety of veggies growing, I see a blackberry pie in the very near future!

Hoping I can keep the birds away from these

Hoping I can keep the birds away from these

I had hoped for a bumper blueberry crop …..

My ONE blueberry

My ONE blueberry

BUT, the birds and squirrels beat me to them (before they were even ripe).  This is the only berry I managed to get on four shrubs.

It was delicious!

Raised beds are perfect for gardening in areas where you can’t have a traditional garden, if your soil is bad, or you just want a kitchen garden for quick herbs and spices.  I love the versatility of these little beds.  We filled ours with a combination of plain topsoil, a large bag of Miracle grow and Kow fertilizer.  You don’t have to empty them at the end of the season except to remove dead plants and all you need to do late in the winter is add more Kow and possibly another bag of Miracle Grow dirt for added nutrients in the soil.

Here are the plans we followed for building our raised beds.  I found these in BH&G about six years ago and have used them both in our little home in Alabama and now here in South Carolina.

Raised Garden Bed Plans

You can plant them however you see fit, but here are a few suggestions for a lush garden bed.

You can plant them however you see fit, but here are a few suggestions for a lush garden bed.

Hopefully you found a little inspiration for you own Urban Garden.  Let me know if you try the plans and how your beds turn out!

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