Hi there! I’ve been posting sporadically these days, I know…but rest assured, we are keeping as busy as ever with projects around the house. I wanted to pop in today to share an update on my tiny backyard (which you may remember me making over for the Spring 2018 One Room Challenge) and our garden.
We absolutely loved the space and have used it almost every single day. Don’t get me wrong. But as with most makeovers done on a tighter timeline, we made some decisions that we weren’t entirely happy with.
What it looked like before
Just for the fun of it, here’s what the space looked like before the One Room Challenge:
Y I K E S.
Here’s what it looked like when we finished the space in April. The plants look sooo tiny.
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And here’s a recap of what we’ve done to get it where it is now.
Deck Space Changes
For example, we decided to move the table and benches up to the second-story deck by the kitchen and put more lounge-like furniture in this patio space. We got a discontinued loveseat and two matching chairs from Target, and we love them. I also made a coffee table and matching side table for the space—tutorials coming on those eventually—I *really* love them.
I swapped out some of the herbs in the hanging pots for flowers once I figured out which ones seems to be attracting Japanese beetles. The extra color is nice. And of course Ramona still LOVES her unicorn swing.
I also switched up the flowers in the two gray resin hanging planters . I had bacopa and vinca planted in them, and they just didn’t end up doing very well at all. So I swapped them for the purslane and trailing petunias.
The purslane has already EXPLODED, and the trailing petunias aren’t looking as hot as they once did. Working on bringing them back. This spot gets a lot of sun, but maybe it isn’t enough.
Building a Shed
After the challenge was over, we decided to build a small shed for our lawnmower and gardening supplies. We have a utilities easement on this area of our backyard, which means no permanent structures (fences don’t count for some reason). So the shed actually doesn’t have a floor. It’s kind of like a hut. The platform it’s on is just boards lined up and screwed into the fence. Two people could lift the shed and move it.
Mike tackled the shed and did a great job. I was not up for a project of this scale…but I did happily paint it to cover up the cedar fence pickets. I used a Behr opaque stain to match the decking as close as I could. The trash can is for yard waste, and the long skinny planter has some more lettuce in it.
And this creep loves to hang out under the shed…
Planting and Replanting
We also planted a hydrangea bush out in the corner of the yard…
…and moved around several plants as we figured out where everything did the best. I moved several potted veggies down from the top deck. It gets slightly better sun up there, but there’s no hose, so watering was annoying. The big pots have yellow tomatoes, baby eggplant, and red cherry tomatoes.
Everything in my garden was doing absolutely fantastic. Much to my surprise, everything I planted from seed sprouted and flourished. Until the Japanese beetles discovered my goodies.
They destroyed my green beans, which I had to pull out. Right now I am fighting a war against them on my snap peas, basil, and lima beans. Everything else they’ve seemed to leave alone.
I’ve picked a few rounds of lettuce, kale, and spinach already, and I’ve planted more. Cucumbers, tomatoes, jalapenos, and baby eggplant are on the cusp of being picked. The bell peppers are only doing okay. I’m not giving up on them yet, but they aren’t thriving.
Other Stuff We’ve Done
And finally, Mike got this awesome outdoor hanging bluetooth speaker that also lights up like a lantern. We hung it in the corner of the deck. It works great. I love having it out there to stream music when we’re just hanging on the deck or when I’m gardening or working on whatever project is up that day.
And I think that’s it. Looking forward to hanging out here the rest of the summer!
- Painted pots: Mostly plain terracotta pots painted using Rustoleum satin black spray paint and DecoArt Curb Appeal in Farmhouse White
- Non-painted pots: Ollie’s Bargain Outlet and a local garden center
- Pot Klips
- Pot sealer
- Hanging planters used for ferns
- Hanging planters for purslane and trailing petunias
- Delaware rock, bought in bulk from a local garden supply center
- Cheap pavers from any big-box garden supply store
- No-dig landscape edging
- Landscaping fabric
- Landscaping pins
HVAC SCREEN, LOUNGE FURNITURE, AND GARDEN BEDS:
- DIY—posts here: HVAC screen, garden beds. Everything stained to match in Varathane wood stain in Kona. All finished using Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane in Satin
- Furniture lounge set is discontinued from Target.
- Wooden unicorn swing finished with Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane in Satin for extra protection; hanging hardware
- Outdoor hanging bluetooth speaker
- Globe string lights
- Navy pattern stripe rug
- Expandable, lightweight hose (getting my money’s worth out of this one)
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