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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Backdoor Herb Garden

Our backdoor has been a dog pen

for several years.

It was especially needed this winter

with a little pup to put out at night.

 

 

Yesterday I pulled the front

fence and the gate out from the pen,

cleaned up the area

and planted 

A Backdoor Herb Garden. 

The dogs don't really need

the pen anymore.

 

 

I find myself sitting 

on the back steps to put

on my dirty garden shoes

each morning . . .

getting up from the steps

isn't as easy as it used to be, LOL.

 



Now I have a chair to sit on

and hopefully the herbs will grow

and give off a pretty aroma.

(much nicer than a dog pen, LOL)

 


 

Among the herbs I've planted a barrel

of strawberries . . . I've always 

wanted to plant strawberries so

this is my start.

 

There is lettuce planted in the 

barrel beside it . . .

if the berries do good, maybe 

both barrels will be strawberries next year.

 


 

 Every garden needs a little

whimsy . . . don't you think?



 

As soon as I post this . . .

I'm going out to put drip-lines

to these pots.

It's suppose to reach 100 degrees

today, so doing this and sitting

sprinklers is all the work

I'm up too, today. 

 

Maybe I'll have time for quilting :)

 

Have A Great day!

God Bless you all

&

thank you for your blogging friendship.

 

Your blogging sister,

Connie :)

 

49 comments:

  1. What a beautiful little area for all these potted herbs! I hope your strawberries do well. Love that sign about pulling weeds. Did you make it?

    Our hot weather will be hitting Illinois way too early this year. We'll be at 90 this weekend and into the extended forecast. We are in a drought, too.

    Have a good week, my dear blogging friend!

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    1. Hi Melanie, no I didn't make the sign, our sweet next door neighbors did. I love it, too :)

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  2. I like the 'pull weeds' part of the sign! Gave me a chuckle! Enjoy your day sweet lady! Happy June!

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    1. That sign was a handmade gift from your lovely neighbors.

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  3. Nothing nicer than herbs within reach. I love sweet smelling herbs like lavender and thyme.

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    1. I think it will be a pleasant addition to the backdoor area, much nicer than a dog pen, LOL.

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  4. It looks so nice and inviting. I can see you sitting there and enjoying the evening.

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    1. I will be able to watch the sun set from there :)

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  5. The succulents in the suitcase was a surprise to see. And very fun. ("Succulents in a suitcase" would make a great title for a book or a country song.) I enjoyed touring your garden and I hope the strawberry plants will produce lots.

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    1. Thank you Robin . . . I loved reading your comment. It would make a cute book title, but not to bust your bubble, but it is not a suitcase but an old rusty lunch box :)

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  6. This is so cute Connie...I would love to have strawberries growing like that! Talk about the perfect summer project...you have inspired me today!

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    1. No, after reading your post, I think you have enough planned that you don't need a project. Your summer sounds like so much fun . . . relax and enjoy :)

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  7. Such nice little touches here and there. I'd want to be out there all day (except in 100 degree heat!). And yes, much better than doggy smells!

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    1. Yeah, I think the smell of Basil, thyme, mint and oregano will beat the smell of doggies any day, LOL

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  8. I think a potted herb garden is a great idea. And I am wondering why I didn't think of this myself? I have had herb gardens in the past, but they get out of control and eventually go to seed. Pots. Duh. I will be making plans for next year. I am too out of control on care of annuals at this point.

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    1. They'll be really handy right out the back door, just steps from the kitchen :)

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  9. What a cute little garden area that is. It looks so nice. I wish you lived closer I would have you come teach me how to do all the gardening.

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  10. You made a delightful area there for your garden. I'd love to sit and visit with you. :)

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    1. If you're ever up my way we'll have to do that. Sit and chat or take a walk around my area :)

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  11. Your backdoor garden is going to be wonderful! So much good stuff planted there. :) I agree that a garden needs some whimsy too.

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    1. Yeah just a little bit, it brings a little cheeriness when you find something hidden among the flowers or plants.

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  12. The landscapers we hired to fix our irrigation system completely dug it up and promptly ruined it. So now we are at square one and I lug a hose around front, back, and side, all night! Ugh! I love your strawberry barrels but remember that they make "runners" to make new plants for next year's berries...you may have to corral those runners and make sure they are in contact with the dirt! I love the whimsey in your garden. Brings a smile.

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  13. I've never grown strawberries before so I'm looking forward to their little runners and having them multiply. It'll be a fun thing to learn, tasty too.

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  14. Hi Connie, Your little backyard garden is so lovely and much easier to sit on a chair to put your garden shoes on. Dog pens are okay when necessary but you will enjoy this. I picked our first two strawberries today. Some of my plants died that I bought so may not get as many as usual. My garden will get a lick and a promise for awhile as it takes my time and energy to help care for our new beagle puppy, Rosie we got last Friday. She was 8 weeks old on Saturday. She is full of vim and vigor and full of mischief but so cute Nancy

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    1. Puppies take a lot of energy . . . I totally understand. Beulah has been a handful in many ways, but a blessing in even more ways. I needed to be needed and having dogs helps in this way, too. They appreciate every little thing you do for them and they give back so much love :)

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  15. How lovely your new herb garden looks. That is such a good idea. My herbs are growing all helter skelter and when middle son asked for some sprigs of Rosemary on the weekend I had to search for it. The Thyme had over-run it completely. It's too hot right now but if we get a cloudy and cool week I'll 'rearrange' my herbs.
    I hope your strawberries thrive. Nothing like a fresh sun-warmed berry!!

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    1. Thank you, I hope they do well, too. I'm not really expecting much this first year, but hopefully I'll be pleasantly surprised. I've not done much cooking with fresh herbs, but that is something I plan on do and learn this summer, too :)

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  16. Hello Sweet Connie! I absolutely love your sweet little herb garden area. I laughed when I read you have trouble getting up from the steps. So do I! It must be our age. Or maybe the steps are shorter than they used to be. Ha! How fun it would be to sit together and craft something while watching the sun set and the doggies play. Lovely. Dennis said it's plenty warm there today and supposed to get hotter for the next several days. We're supposed to be in the 90's this week too. I'm guessing the AC will be on before too long. Enjoy your sweet little place.
    Blessings and love,
    Betsy

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    1. Our temperatures are getting hot, but that's what it takes for the garden to grow, especially the tomatoes and peppers. I know that you are looking forward to a time when Dennis is there with you full time and I'm sure that he is getting tired of making that long drive. You are both is my prayers.

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  17. Your little herb garden will be such a fragrant place. I love the bits of whimsy in your garden. Our strawberries are producing just now - delicious!

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    1. I'll have to post when I pick my first strawberry . . . I hope they do well and will winter well in the pots :) Growing them is new to me . . . not sure why . . . I've never tired them before.

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  18. I love your sign, so cute. You created a perfect spot to enjoy growing your herb garden. A perfect little 'me' space.

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    1. Thank you, I think it will be fun having fresh herbs right outside the kitchen door.

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  19. I love your garden. :-) I planted strawberries for the first time this year too.
    I also like the whimsy you added. Lovely!!

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    1. Hopefully we will both have a nice crop of berries and they'll multiply and be even better next year :)

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  20. Your garden vignettes are always so welcoming. You definitely have a green thumb.

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    1. I give it my best try . . . I learn as I go :)

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  21. Connie, what a great idea! Your new "backdoor area" looks wonderful! I think you will love it, and it's a new place to sit with a different view. You must have put all new gravel there? It's so clean and not full of weeds like our gravel gets. Although.... since we put the new gravel in last year, it's much better now and just a few weeds popped up, which I zapped immediately! Your herb gardens will be so nice to have out the back door, and also some strawberries to pick and eat while you're day dreaming there! My wild strawberries have done well and wintered over, but I planted "normal" ones last year that I got from the nursery, and none of them came up this spring!!! weird... I may try once more, though the season for them in past, but at least maybe I'll have some next year. I would LOVE a huge bed of strawberries as they are just super when fresh, and are SO sweet! I think you'll want at least 2 tubs of them if they do well. Maybe cover them in the winter, that's what I may do, although when I lived in LaPine, OR (south of here) and the winter temps got down to below 30 when we lived there, our strawberries did great and came up each spring! Maybe you CAN sneak in a little quilting too! Hugs.... Marilyn

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    1. I certainly hope my berries make it through winter. It would be very nice to have a crop that returns each year.

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  22. What a lovely little retreat you are creating. It should smell wonderful on a warm balmy summer evening :)

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  23. That's what I'm hoping . . . A pretty smell right by the back door. Some thing welcoming and country cottagey.

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  24. Love all your inviting areas! So your going to try strawberries? Just for fun I was at Aldis and they always have plants so we bought a Blackberry and grape plant. I think they were about 3$ each, I never expected them to grow it was a little over a year ago now we have lots of berries and bunches of grapes a nice surprise! Soon enough you will be enjoying strawberries and cutting fresh herbs. Nothing like having fresh herbs for cooking.i admire your garden enthusiasm it sure has given me inspiration. Nothing like getting your hands digging in soil. Enjoy your garden days. Lisa @ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

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  25. your backyard is looking terrific, will be nice to have an herb garden right outside your door. I am with you, it is not as easy to get up as it use to be. Love your plants in the box and boots... you take care and don't over do it in those HOT temps!

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    1. Your a Sweetie, I did over do it a bit on Wednesday, but I had company coming on Thursday and again on Saturday, so I was pushing myself to get a lot done. It is nice to have the yard mowed and the gardens weeded. Now it's Friday, in between company, and time to quilt, hee-hee :)

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  26. Hi Connie- Yes, Strawberries! Now your talking a wonderful fruit/vegetable in Strawberries...I had a garden of them many decades ago and was quite successful growing them- absolutely delicious and great with Ice Cream. Best Wishes. KEV.

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    1. I do hope that I, as well, have success. I've never tried them before :)

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  27. Oh it all looks amazing Connie! So nice to have something beautiful to enjoy in your backyard, and to have herbs to enjoy as well! Having a drip line set up sounds wonderful to me, so that you don't have to worry about watering! Enjoy your weekend :)

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    1. Hi Marilyn, and thank you for stopping by. I've certainly been enjoying your posts on Instagram. Your photography is beautiful :)

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