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Guest Project — Make a Kitchen Garden Wall!!

8 Apr

 Hi friends!! I’m Michelle, from Ten June. I’ve got a big smile on my face today. Why? Well, first of all, I’m really excited to be stopping by over here at Tatertots and Jello today- Jen is one of the most creative gals around and she features so many amazing projects! Whenever I click over to Tatertots and Jello, I leave with at least four new bookmarks in my “inspiration” folder!


I’m also all smiles because SPRING is finally here! Hell-ooo sunshine, flowers and Easter candy! In honor of spring’s arrival, I thought I’d share a fun project that I just did in my breakfast room– a garden wall! It’s fresh, it’s fun and it’s eas-y! A few weekends ago, I saw a little contraption at Ikea that I just fell in love with.


 It’s a metal tin that hangs on the wall and can be used to hold anything- utensils, plants, pens, etc. I absolutely loved the concept as soon as I saw the tins and I knew I had to recreate this somewhere at my house. Luckily, my mom recently gave me a bag of our wedding decor that she found in her attic. Part of that loot included some metal tins that we had used to line the chairs at our wedding ceremony with hydrangea stems. Aw, sweet memories. My little love buckets!!

 I decided to put my little love buckets back to good use.

With the help of a few picture hangers, my love buckets and the garden section at Home Depot, I’ve got myself a garden wall! I am sure that there are allll kinds of green thumb no-no’s about putting plants on a wall like this, but I don’t care. I’m a rebel like that! Each of these are house plants that cooperate well with the indoors. Also, my breakfast room gets a lot of light… hopefully they will survive!

 I am absolutely loving the fun, fresh color it brings into my kitchen and breakfast area. It’s the perfect way to bring spring indoors, but without the pollen which is currently all over my backyard! Ah, spring in the south.

 In addition to a few basic house plants, I threw in a few of our favorite fresh herbs. That basil smells DE-LISH! Can’t wait to fix up my favorite- caprese salad- with some!

 Before the garden wall, I had some colorful plates hanging on the wall, but they never really looked like they fit just right. I’m not sure if it was the size or the plates themselves, but the love bucket garden wall works so much better! It really makes such a difference in the room. 

While I was in the gardening section, I also found this adorable little succulent. I couldn’t resist! He’s sitting in a tiny little watering can on my kitchen windowsill 🙂

So that’s my breakfast room/kitchen garden wall! And for the record, it’s been a couple of weeks and my plants are still alive! Just call me Green Thumbs Michelle : )

 Thanks so much for having me, Jen!
Thanks Michelle! 
 I love the idea of having an herb garden in my kitchen. Brillant!! 
Michelle has amazing style. I love her striped office walls: 
And check out this Bamboo Sunburst Mirror that Michelle made: 
And I love this Quatrefoil Wine Rack project: 
Be sure to check out the creativity going on at Ten June!!
 PS — Check out Shelley’s GroopDealz today. I love this Dry Erase vinyl – so cool!!
And, it’s Friday!!! 
Time for another fun par-tay!!!
I can’t wait to see YOUR projects! The Weekend Wrap Up Party starts at 6 pm {MST}.

My Square Foot Garden: 1 month update

2 Jun

It’s been about a month since we planted our square foot garden and things are coming along really well. I have gradually been planting some of the seeds. I think the last seeds I planted went in about 10 days ago.
It’s so fun to see the seeds sprouting up and everything growing. The kids love to go out every morning to check on the plants and see the progress. We have planted:

  • Herbs: rosemary, thyme, basil, cilantro, chives
  • marigolds
  • lavender
  • 5 types of tomatoes
  • 5 types of peppers
  • carrots
  • 3 types of cucumbers
  • 3 types of beans
  • 2 types of peas
  • 3 types of lettuce
  • sunflowers
  • watermelon
  • corn
{We installed a drip system to water the plants to make it easier when we are out of town.}
{Here is the garden a month ago}

{And here it is this morning}
Have a wonderful day!

New Family Project

12 Mar

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hi and sign up for my giveaway. I will post the winner tomorrow morning!


This year we are starting a new family project: a Square Foot Garden.


This project is going to fit in with our family goals this year of: being healthier, saving money and spending more quality time together!
(My sister, Wenderful, had a square foot garden when she lived near me and it was a great project for her family.) We did a little re-landscaping last year and I think I now have an area that will be perfect for this project! This is a great way to have a high-producing garden even if you don’t have a big yard!

Square Foot Gardening:
  • Much less work (raised beds = less weeds)
  • Water savings
  • Pesticide free
  • Easy to access (good for kids)

Here is what we are hoping to grow:

  • spinach
  • lettuce
  • cauliflower
  • broccoli
  • corn
  • cucumbers
  • tomatoes
  • sweet peppers
  • eggplant
  • raspberry
  • basil
  • chives
  • rosemary

Have any of you done this? And do you have any thoughts or tips for us as we start this? I will keep updated as we embark on our new family project!

Have a Super Day!