How Does Your Garden Grow?

A couple weekends ago we spent a lot of time working outside ‘spring cleaning’ our yard. It was almost 80 degrees that Sunday and has barely made it upwards of 45 since…it’s also rained just about everyday since.

So, I sat basking in the sun planting my little seeds in a mini-greenhouse. This is the first year I’m going all out, planting a bunch of different things and then actually transplanting them into a garden (which is yet to be built, but we won’t think about that just now.) I have a couple pallets that I plan on disassembling to create a raised garden box, but we ran into a lovely wasp’s nest while clearing the ground where I plan to put it, so that got put on hold for the time-being.

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Moving on, we got permission from the landlord to pull out the small dead palm trees in our front yard. Or at least I thought they were small…until we finally got one dug up and pulled out of the ground. Check out the root bundles on these babies! The first one really wasn’t so bad, the second one however… we went through several different shovels, one of which actually snapped in half, until the Man decided go buy a brand new one which made a world of difference. 5 minutes later it was out.

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Palm Tree Root Bundle

Crazy root bundle! Have you seen anything like this?!

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Landscape Redo

We purchased some inexpensive, hardy plants since we didn’t want them dying again. We also removed some thick decorative grass from one side of the front flower bed, for the life of me I can’t figure out why it was there to begin with and it looks so much better without it! Don’t you agree? We still have to put some mulch down but overall the general effect is much better.

Landscape Overhaul Porch

Please ignore my pathetic, dead hanging basket, it will be bright and beautiful as soon as the weather stays warm…and I get around to it.

My little plants are coming along quite nicely! I think I am going to have cucumbers and cantaloupes coming out of my ears though… It seems that my peppers are not doing so hot considering they haven’t sprouted yet. I’m thinking about getting some new seeds and trying again. I dried the seeds I planted from an actual pepper. However, the carrots, beans, and broccoli have no excuse..hopefully they will sprout soon!

Seedlings Planted Growing

From left to right, cucumbers, cantaloupe, beans, broccoli, watermelon, onions, carrots, sweet peppers, green peppers, pimientos, tomatoes, and flowers.

Here’s a little update on the sign that I created and posted here. I revamped it for St. Patrick’s Day! (It’s Christmas decor just wasn’t going to cut it for Spring!)

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I walked out my back door yesterday to find this, it made my day. It’s March, March and I have a flowering hibiscus on my porch. Maybe it will brighten your day a little too 😉

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Has anyone else started planting yet or anxious to do so?
That’s all I’ve got for now. Until the next adventure…have a fabulous day!

xo
Tori

Shabby Plant Stand Makeover

As of late, paint and I have become BFF’s. Free finds begging for a makeover are also in our clique.  We all had a party a couple weeks back and had a fabulous time. I received a planter stand from the Man’s Mama that she found for free and picked up for me! She’s a serious enabler when it comes to my DIY addiction. It was a dark brown wood and in definite need of some sprucing up.

Basket Planter Before

(Notice again my use of grapefruits to keep my drop cloth in place. My offer still stands…does anyone want some? Anyone?)

 Because I planned on using the stand outside, I just used some basic white satin, Rust-Oleum spray paint that I had on hand and gave it a good coating. It adheres well to wood and plastic, so it was a good option.

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Because the wood was so dark, it ended up needing 2 coats. I painted the bottom half, let it dry and then flipped it over to paint the top. I had to give the basket part a couple more coats to get into all the cracks and crevices. While it was drying I went to a local greenhouse and bought some beautiful red-orange Gerber Daisies, they’re one of my all-time favorites. Here is what the final product looked like! She has great legs, don’t you think?

Basket Planter After

So before you throw that old stand or planter out, try giving it some new life with a bright coat of paint. You’ll be amazed at the transformation! A bright, bold color would really transform this kind of piece and add a pop of color to your space. In this case I wanted to use white because of the colors on our porch. The white stands out and creates a cohesive look with the furniture, in the future I would love to paint it a bright aqua/teal color!

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Don’t forget to pin this for DIY inspiration!
Stay tuned for my next project, I promise you won’t be disappointed with this one!
(Hint: I’ll be painting some tough surfaces!) xo

-Tori