Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow?

With the warmth and plenty of sunshine, southern California has been experiencing this week, it has got me thinking about gardening and what I would love to do with our small backyard. However, I will be the first to admit I do not possess a green thumb. Most plants that I come in contact with do not live very long and quickly die. I swear I water them every other day (ok in reality probably every other week), I swear I put them in the sunshine (ok maybe either they get too much sun or not enough sun). So if any of you have some green thumb tips, I do seriously need some, thanks!
If I did have a green thumb, these are some backyard projects I would be working on stat!
First, this incredible hanging herb garden with a shoe holder, in fact I think I must do this even with my lack of a green thumb.

And then because I still have two more pallets in my backyard even after Sean made the wine rack, I need to start working on this lovely project.

It would be fun to lay my own cement and make a beautiful walkway

Since I love eating strawberries, I put them on my yogurt each morning, I would need to build this strawberry tower so I could walk out into my backyard each morning for fresh berries.

Actually I would love to tear down the ugly brick wall we have surrounding our AC unit and replace the bricks with the pallets and a planter box to make the area more pretty

Maybe I can add some color to our fence with these potted flowers

Of course a backyard isn't complete without a fire pit especially for making s'mores!

32 comments:

Jenny in Ohio said...

I wouldn't call myself a super experienced gardener, but I would recommend getting "easy" to care for plants. Like ones that bounce back quickly. So...no orchids or anything specialized! haha. I'd say aloe plants, or just little random plants you'd find in the grocery store or something (at least if your grocery has a floral section, like my Kroger does). Those are always pretty easy plants. African violets are good ones too.


I actually am a killer of succulents because i care for them TOO much. But maybe succulents are the way to go for you, especially if you live in California! :)

Lexie Loo, Lily Boo, and Dylan Too! said...

That all looks lovely! Of course, I would need a green thumb too!

CALLIE said...

O my... I have one pot that I plant each season and the plants might live one week... one pot!! I just can't do it.

Allyson Butler said...

I am right there with you about not having a green thumb (...mine is really more of a black thumb)! I so want to try growing some herbs or something though.

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Emily said...

I don't possess a green thumb either, but thanks for the pallet inspiration! You know I'm a pallet junkie!

PS - I posted the hair tutorial for you! :)

Becky Borgman said...

That potted plant idea is TOO CUTE!!! We have so much landscaping to do and this was inspirational!

Morgan Stone said...

Ooooo I like the pallet idea! It's really cute. I'd love to give you some gardening tips, but I certainly do not have a green thumb. Every plant I touch dies. But best of luck to you in your gardening endeavors :)

Amanda said...

I hear ya girl. I don't have a green thumb either, but wish I did. All of these ideas are too cute!

Becky said...

That Strawberry tower is a.mazing! I have to convince my husband to make me one :D

Jenna said...

I also do not have a green thumb, but these are some pretty tempting garden projects! I think the spices in the shoe organizer are amazing! What a creative idea!

Ruthie Hart said...

I am dying to start a garden in the new house! I think I may tackle that project next weekend!

Brooke Shemwell said...

Great inspiration! I'm a big gardener. Mostly flowers, but I did big pots of herbs last year and they grew really well. Until I went on 10-day vacation that is and got neglected. I have faith you can grow pretty flowers and strawberries!!

sherri lynn said...

I love that shoe hanger with all of the herbs! I don't have a green thumb either - I always kill all of my plants! But I really would love to grow my own herbs...and maybe some sunflowers :)

Mandee said...

I love the strawberry tower! I put strabs and blueberries on my yogurt each morning too, so this year I bought a blueberry plant and put it in a huge blue pot, and my mom made me a hanging strawberry plant for my balcony! I don't have a yard so I've got to make due with my balcony, which luckily gets a lot of sun!
Good luck on your projects Meg!

Alexa said...

Love the one with the plants growing out of the slats. How cool! Such a fun way to perk up the garden!

Christina said...

Herbs in a shoe rack? Amazing idea. I have just one potted herb plant. Mint. It is awesome! I just want to sit there and smell it, haha!

Britt @ The Magnolia Pair said...

This is quite adorable! These are great ideas ! I can't wait to get my garden going in the summer!

Katie {katie lately} said...

ok I am coming over! haha! :) I like the palette planter, and actually at Home Depot and Lowe's ask for plants that are hard to kill, they'll help you out!!

Amy {Fresh and Fancy} said...

I love the pots on the wall and the outdoor fire pit - would love to have one of those!!

Melissa said...

I LOVE the pots on the fence photo. My backyard is fenced in with your typical tall wooden fence, and I am planning on painting some terracotta pots and mounting them on there this spring. It's such a great idea!

Lindsay said...

I wish I had a green thumb! I can't keep a plant alive for the life of me!

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REBrown said...

I love all of these - we keep trying to plant our garden but it keeps raining!

Caitlin said...

Thanks for sharing these... I just planted our herbs last night!

Mrs. Monologues said...

These are fabulous ideas. I have a black thumb for sure. Planted some flowers last Sunday and they are already dead. Sad.

Lindsey Anne | pinklet and c said...

Love that one with the pallet, such a great idea! I need to start planting this weekend! This gave me great ideas! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm glad I found yours. Now following! Looking forward to your posts.

Heather Pranitis said...

I don't think I'd do well with a garden, I'd probably kill everything by over-watering it. But, I do love the herb garden in the shoe holder - I could do that.

Brittany said...

Fire pit and s'mores. Perfect for summer, and spring, and fall :) and I really like that strawberry tower. So fun

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Nat said...

You sound just like me! I have a brown thumb and our backyard totally needs a garden make over, I'm leaving that one up to my husband!

Elizabeth and Kyle @ Love Is the Adventure said...

That strawberry tower is awesome. I miss having a little corner of yard to take care of and plant in...

BeckyJo606 said...

I am so terrible at growing plants too! I just am not home nearly enough to water the plants like I should. However, I love having pretty flowers on our deck!! :)