DIY garden hack that is perfect for this summer.
Growing up, I always remember how much I looked forward to having a garden in the summer time. I guess I was always a nature lover. Walking through the rows of the garden with a salt shaker in hand, looking for ripe tomatoes. It was so much fun to pick them off the vine and eat them.
I probably enjoyed it so much because I was able to eat all the delicious fresh vegetables and didn’t have to do any of the hard work that a garden entails. Sure, I watered the crops, maybe even helped plant but that is the fun of it. I didn’t have to till, or weed or anything like that.
So…this is my very first garden that I am attempting to do it all.
Luckily, I already had a designed space that was enclosed. But it was completely overgrown and hasn’t been used in a while so it was covered with weeds.
Thankfully, I had borrowed a motorized tiller. Even using that thing it was a big job just to till the area!!
I am definitely not a hoarder but I definitely have hoarder-ish tendencies. I have a problem getting rid of things.
Which brings me to our DIY project…
DIY Garden Hack
This sectioned dresser has seen better days. I have been using it for years. The back is coming apart and it doesn’t stand up straight anymore. It kinda leans to one side.
But. I had a great idea. For my first garden that I wanted to start off easy. I am not looking to make rows or section off for certain crops. Truth be told, I actually have no idea what is supposed to be planted together. I love to cook and I hate when I don’t have a certain fresh herb on hand for a specific recipe. So my first planting was going to be all different herbs.
Another one of the biggest purposes this summer was to have certain flowers and plants that will repel mosquitoes!!! I can not stand getting eaten alive in my own backyard especially with the kids out there.
Instead of having a million different pots, how perfect is this sectioned dresser?! It was actually a lot deeper than I thought and I had to use a lot of potting soil.
How cute is our little watch gnome? He came all the way from Switzerland.
To repel mosquitoes we planted lots of lavender, (which I just happen to love anyway), basil, mint, and rosemary. (These were great because you can also eat them!)
Dill and marigolds are also in the herb bed. And we planted some cucumbers just outside because that is a food favorite in our house 🙂
I will post an update with pictures to see how we did in a few weeks. I have a feeling that we may have some intermingling as my daughter was following close behind me and enjoyed sprinkling the seeds so much!!