Design for the designer: how does your garden grow?

3 May

Springtime in the city

Well this past weekend Philadelphia left spring in her dust and sprinted right into summer.  My car thermometer peaked at 98 on Saturday accompanied by a streak of humidity that makes rain form in your mouth when you breathe.  Now let’s slow down so I can first say I am not complaining about the weather.  My paradise on earth is 90 and sunny, so I was as happy as a pig in…well you know 🙂  Not only was the weather dreamy, I was productive!  I know I told you the ‘design for the designer’ series was focusing on our master bedroom but we’ve taken a detour due to the gift of good weather.  So today my friends you will see my adventures in gardening.

Let me start off by saying if you are a home seller or realtor looking for staging tips don’t stop reading here.  Curb appeal is one of the key factors in home staging.  So stick around and I’ll show you how to create a peaceful oasis in your own backyard.  For those of you that are experienced gardeners you may find the post trivial.  I am a complete novice gardener.  But I am sure you will get a kick out of the joy I take from the simplest gardening accomplishments.

My main goal was to have a garden that not only looks great but functions great as well.  By functioning I mean produces something of use to us.  I don’t want a lazy garden here people!  For the ‘food’ garden I chose roma tomatoes, green bell peppers, jalapeño peppers, Italian parsley, basil and strawberries.  I will admit, I did not start these plants from seeds.  I’m an amateur remember!  I had already decided on a nice sunny spot in the rear of our yard to carve out for the garden.  After kicking the soil around and getting it good and turned I added my compost which I may add was perfectly cooked.  Yes, I have a compost “bin” that I constructed out of chicken wire.  It’s been sitting for almost four months now so I had enough to go around.  A quick note about composting, it’s so easy and honestly it doesn’t smell like I thought it would!  With all the composting and recycling we do in our house our trash is down to ONE bag a week.  Seriously, give it a try.

Veggie Garden

Before putting the plants in the ground I had to get them spaced out correctly.  I felt a little silly busting out the tape measure but I guess that’s the best way to get it right.  I followed the planting directions to a “t” and they were in!  I feel so accomplished, seriously.  I put the roma tomatoes and peppers in the ground while the parsley, basil and strawberries were better suited for some large pots I had laying around.



As I sit here writing I am wondering how this took Friday and Saturday to complete.  I think I’ve downplayed the work that went into this garden.  Not to mention 3 hours Friday and 3 hours Saturday that were spent weeding the yard.  Only to find out the WHOLE yard was weeds.  Once that was done I spread out some grass seed.  Now it’s a waiting game.


It’s such a nice feeling to be able to relax on our new patio and watch our little veggie plants.  I just hope I can keep them alive.  Unfortunately for my husband I think I’ve caught the ‘urban gardening’ bug.  I already asked if we could get a couple chickens for eggs.  C’mon who doesn’t want fresh free eggs?  Ha, stay tuned for that post!  Until next time my friends and as always thank you for reading.

Roma tomatoes

Tomatoes and peppers

2 Responses to “Design for the designer: how does your garden grow?”

  1. ashley May 3, 2010 at 6:09 pm #

    Pretty garden! I’d love some fresh tomatoes and strawberries right now…


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