My Vertical Garden #DigIn with The Home Depot

It’s finally that time my friends! Time to show you how my vertical garden turned out using the plans found on The Home Depot site.  I have to say, this experience has really inspired me to tackle so many other projects around our home and property. Not only did I gain much more confidence using a drill, I also learned a whole lot more about gardening in general using  The Home Depot’s Garden Club  as a reference!

It feels really great when a project finally comes together and I realize how much I learned from doing the project all together.

Eventually, I think  I may paint my vertical garden but right now, I love the natural color of the wood and how it’s discoloring with a little time.

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The best part of making the vertical garden was being able to work with such a great company, The Home Depot AND walking away completely a project that has been on my Pinterest Garden board for a long time.  If you don’t follow Bullfrogs and Bulldogs on Pinterest you can do so here! And, while you’re at it, you can follow The Home Depot here!

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I love the multitude of colors and textures throughout the vertical garden. I wasn’t sure what colors some of the flowers would be as they had yet to bloom but so far, I’m loving what I see!

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Eventually I’ll be able to turn it up and hang it on the side of the house here but the roots still need a little bit more time to settle.

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And of course I need to give a big thank you to my special helpers, Isis and Maddy, who didn’t leave my side the WHOLE time :)

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So, tell me. Do you think this is a project you’d love to add to your list? If so, what would you do differently to add your special touch?

 

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.

A Duluth Trading Company Giveaway

 

Happy Friday everyone! We have been having some of the most incredible weather I can remember in all my springs in the Pacific Northwest. We are having record breaking temperatures and to be honest, it feels just like summer around here! Which of course mean lots of time working in the yard. I’ve been on a serious mission trying to get the yard around our home in great condition and adding lots of plants and flowers to increase the curbside appeal. Well, we live on fifty acres so we don’t exactly have a ‘curbside’ but our home is part of the vineyard and we are starting to have events on our property and I want it to look beautiful. When I garden I typically just wear some old grubby clothes but I am was so excited when Duluth Trading Co. sent me some great gardening gear to try out because of the functionality of it all.

Duluth Trading Co   I chose the Plaid Armachillo Work Shirt because it is made to work in warm conditions allowing your skin to breath. I also chose the Quick Dry Pants because they are light weight on and wick away moisture. I think they would be awesome hiking pants too! Duluth Trading Co. also sent me the Oil Cloth Day Tote which is perfect because it will allow me to carry my gardening tools all around our property as I get to work.   

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  Here I am working on one of our side gardens. I’m so excited with progress I’m making and I can’t wait to see these little babies grow! Note: I recommend ordering a size down from what you would originally order. They seem to run a tad bit big :) Hence why I am sitting and not standing in the picture below, my pants were falling off!   

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And here is the kicker, one of YOU is going to receive a $50 gift card to purchase something from the Duluth Trading Co.! Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below and you are entered to win! Giveaway ends May 15th.          

Duluth Trading Company is offering free shipping now through June 30, 2013, for my readers. Just enter code “T13PRCG” (Note: $50 minimum order. Minimum order applies to total before tax, shipping or gift card purchases. Valid for US shipping only, on standard delivery.) a Rafflecopter giveaway

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Garden Planning with HGTVGardens.com

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of HGTVGardens.com.

Have you heard of HGTV? I think it’s safe to say that most of us have but did you know that they have an area on their website dedicated to all things pertaining to the garden? HGTVGarden.com is an awesome online community that has something for whatever your gardening needs are. Whether you have a specific question or need inspiration, when you join their online community you can find answers and browse through the abundance of information they provide on their site.

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I joined HGTVGardens.com and you can find my profile here http://bit.ly/Xg33n6.

All of the areas on HGTVGardens.com have been extremely helpful as I plan out some new landscaping ideas for around our home. One of the things that has been really overwhelming for me has been the actual designing and knowledge behind what should go where and with what. I found this article on How to Create a Design for Small Gardens found here: http://bit.ly/10zsPlJ to be really helpful and now I’m actually really excited to create a drawing of the area I’m working with to size and start planning.

There is literally information for everyone’s needs like Gardening Basics, Learning about Edibles, Flowers and Plants, Landscaping, and something else I find super helpful is their tab Plant Finder found here http://bit.ly/17flxYZ. This is an extremely detailed way of figuring out what plants or flowers will go perfectly for what you have with the option to input your zone, whether its shade, part shade or a sun exposed area, elevation, soil type, time of year and even the colors you are wanting to work with. I think it’s safe to say gone are the days of having to browse gardening book after gardening book. HGTVGardens.com is a one stop alternative where you can find absolutely everything. Pretty incredible, huh?

Here is a screen shot to give you a little taste:

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When you create a profile and put in your location it will automatically tell  you what your zone type is which isn’t  something I use to give too much thought to. That and what kind of soil we have which just so happens to be clay. Hard, clumpy, brownish-orange clay. Not so fun to work with.  By creating a profile and putting where you live it also gives you recommendations on what to plant which I have found really useful as I start to plan this one bed by our driveway.

I’m thinking about incorporating a few of these plants to add texture and varying heights. Not in the same area but in a couple different beds around the house. What do you think?

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I strongly encourage you to drop by HGTVGardens.com and take a look around and hopefully sign up to be apart of their ever growing gardening community!

Brought to you by the gardening crew at HGTV.

What are you planting this year or what plants/shrubs do you love that you want to recommend? I’d dying to know!

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southern hospitality

This weeks Feature Friday is a blog about a woman who was able to rise above the devastation and heart breaks life can throw your way and and as she says it, ‘make lemonade out of those lemons.’  Southern Hospitality is a blog written by an woman named Rhoda, a self proclaimed Steel Magnolia, and a personal account of her own journey.

Rhoda loves all things design related, especially thrifting and making something old, new again. Her story is a mix of happy and sad and her faith that no matter what,  life will go on is inspiring. She picked herself up and continues to press on. Apart from her personal experiences, Rhoda offers tips on decorating, thrifing, diy how-to’s, gardening, and yummy looking recipes.

She has an amazing eye and a big heart, plus she reminds me a lot of my own designing momma. She has her own ‘feature friday’ on her blog so jump on over to Southern Hospitality and give Rhoda some love and see what she featured today.

Happy Friday! Hope you all enjoy your last few days of 2011!

Choppin’ broccoli

Life has been a little slow on the farm the last couple of days. It’s probably due to the fact that both David and I were out-of-town this past weekend. Some things though, remain moving full speed ahead such as the garden. Therefore, I thought I’d update you all on that. I know, I know, yawn. Don’t we all wish for goats screaming and coyotes running the vineyard on a daily basis? Much more exciting.

I have to admit though, watching my garden grow at an incredibly fast rate kind of gives me the same adrenaline rush. Well, sort of.

Minus the melon plant that never rooted down and the magical disappearance of the few strawberries I had (somehow they had been delicately chewed off…ISIS!) everything else is flourishing.

Here are a few updated pictures of our broccoli. I’m not sure about you but whenever I hear the word broccoli, I automatically start singing, “choppin’ broccoli.” Do any of you know what I am referring to? It is from a Dana Carvy skit on Saturday night live from back in the late 80′s, early 90′s. Anyway, I crack myself up every morning singing it to my growing broccoli. Here they are…

Our lettuce, which is planted in the old cart on the deck, is growing at an alarming rate as well. David warned me that eventually we’d have way more lettuce then we’d ever be able to eat, just like he warned me about the eggs. I’m starting to see a theme here.

I’m beginning to wondering if we in fact can eat all this food. David tried to warn me that 10 different lettuce starts will produce a lot of lettuce? While at the nursery a couple of weeks ago I told him, “it’s okay babe, I LOVE salads.” It’s been two weeks since we’ve been able to eat the lettuce and I’m already running out of ideas to get creative with salad. I’m starting to image it consuming our whole deck, busting through windows, and taking over our kitchen…something straight out of Little Shop of Horrors.

I plucked some leaves this morning so they look a little picked through in the pictures below but trust me, these little guys really do grow at an uncontrollable rate. Don’t let their momentary frailness fool you.

I’m assuming that with the upcoming weather forecast (up in the 80′s) and the unusual muggy weather we are having, the garden will be something completely different next week.

Stay tuned