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In the spring garden: Pallet Herb Garden

I know, I know. It’s still winter.  For once, I am totally ahead of myself. Lol.  Yesterday the sun shone a little so I headed out into the garden to tidy up my Pallet Garden & it got me thinking about what I would plant in the spring (I’m getting excited already).  Here’s a little snapshot of my newly planted garden in May last year and the difference is phenomenal when compared to June.. bring on the sunshine! pallet_gardenI am not a great gardener.  I have no idea what to plant when & how to grow things properly. I just water and feed (when I remember to) and hope and pray for the best.  I grabbed a few packets of seeds last week and would like to try harder to actually cultivate this little piece of life in the garden this summer.  So, over the weekend I headed over to trusty old Pinterest for some tips on what to plant and came across these 2 fantastic articles:

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Image Credit: Flour on my Face

I came to realise that herbs are really not all that easy to grow.  If you forget to water them, or overwater them.  Ugh.  I found that Basil is nearly impossible to grow and Rosemary is a true keeper, it’s still flourishing now through the cold and frost! Flour on my Face has got this herb thing sorted… These are her top 12 herbs to easily grow from seed… yip, Basil’s in there at #1!  I clearly need to work on my basil-growing skills.

12 herbs to grow from seed in the garden: 

  1. Basil
  2. Calendula
  3. Chives
  4. Dill
  5. Fennel
  6. Lemon Balm
  7. Lemon Verbena
  8. Mint (invasive do not plant in the ground)
  9. Oregano
  10. Parsley
  11. Lemon Grass 
  12. Thyme

The other big question I have is ‘When should I be planting what’… I literally have no idea.  I found quite a few growing calendars on Pinterest, but this one from Anglian Home takes the cake.  It’s super informative and available as a downloadable printable too.

Super handy huh? I’d like to whip up a couple of veggie beds like these ones below so I can grow some veg this year.  This couple were pushed for space but still converted 60% of their garden into veg growing boxes, their organisation and tips are absolutely brilliant and will get your garden planning urges going at top speed.  Wow, that’s a sentence I literally thought I would NEVER type on my blog in my entire life!!

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Image credit: hautepnk.com

I think expanding into veg growing is worth a shot and actually I find it really therapeutic getting out in the garden and getting my hands dirty.  Even if I am killing everything I grow. Ha!

What about you? Do you have a garden? Or a patio garden? Or a surviving basil plant?

I’d love to hear about it and welcome any tips or advice on keeping stuff alive! If you’d like to know how I made my pallet garden let me know and I’ll whip up a ‘how to’ for you as well, there’s a post on how we started it here if you’re interested.

Have a great week,

Kez x

DIY: How to make a Herb Garden from a Pallet

A couple of weeks ago I posted about our Spring Garden on a Budget

We’ve been working our socks off in the garden on every dry day possible –  making everything out of pallets. EVERYTHING.

I saw a pallet herb garden on Pinterest and thought it would be a perfect project for my back fence. So… we got this huge double pallet for Free and Dave screwed it into the back fence.

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The girls sanded it with a little Black & Decker mouse sander – it literally took about 30 minutes to do the whole thing, and then we painted it with ‘Vintage Rose’ exterior wood paint.  The paint was Johnstone’s, available at B&M. They currently have a gorgeous range of pastel garden paints so grab some while you can!

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And Ta-Daaaa! All painted and ready for the herbs to go into it.  I’m not ultra green-fingered so I decided to order some vinyl lettering from eBay to remind me what each herb is… Stop laughing. The letters are custom made with the names of the herbs so that I can peel and stick them onto the front of it. They were super cheap – I think I got 60 letters for £9 delivered.  As soon as they arrive and I’ve filled it up I’ll do a follow-up post so you can see the finished result!

This project is super budget-friendly, yet useful and beautiful too!  I’ll be scouring the car boots for some herbs as well as keeping an eye on my local Aldi.  They recently had a 6 herbs for £3.50 deal so I grabbed one of those and wished I’d bought a couple more!

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I’m kinda hoping it’s going to end up something like this…

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Eeeekk! I love it! Next week I’ll be sharing our pallet furniture too which Dave made to go onto our deck. It’s pretty awesome stuff.

What have you been doing in the garden this Spring? I’d love you to share your idea’s / pins in the comments section 🙂

Kerry x

Summer Garden on a budget – #PinAddicts Linky 2

We recently moved into a new rented home.  The house is newly renovated throughout which is lovely but the garden is a SHAMBLES. Like huge patches of MUD and uneven grass all the way through.  Its a long, narrow garden with quite a bit of space and a footpath splitting it up the middle leading to a gate which opens up onto the neighbouring farmer’s cornfield.

It needs a LOT of work. Dave and I are not very green-fingered although we would like to be. The garden screams SPEND MONEY ON ME AND DIG UNTIL YOU CAN’T DIG NO MORE.

Neither of which really appeals to us. But we opted to dig. And patch up. And source free stuff to make the garden a happy sunshiney place to enjoy this summer.

Dave had a week off last week and literally spent every waking moment in the garden with our friend James (aka Mr Sydenhams.. lol) He managed to source us some free pallets, brought over all his tools and we were OFF.

This is the general plan for the layout of the garden taken from about halfway up the garden. Look at my awesome washing. Real blog worthy pic stuff.

Garden LayoutAs always, inspired by Pinterest we decided to give it a go..

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I’ve got some detailed posts coming on how we built our deck and shed base using pallets so watch out for those in the next couple of weeks – in the meantime here’s a sneak peek of our decking… I’m so flipping proud of the boys.. they did an amazing job! The girls and I had the job of staining it << tough stuff for us.

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The furniture and tables and borders and plants etc all still need to be done, but it’s a work-in-progress and we hope to have it completed before the next half term 🙂 We did a quick tally up and the total cost for the decking so far comes in at around £80… total steal! You can source free pallets at local warehousing/distribution companies or even at your local supermarkets.  I found some pretty cheap on eBay too.

My next project while Dave cracks on with the furniture is my pallet herb garden.. I’m hoping it’s going to end up something like this 🙂

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What are you doing in your garden this summer? Do you have any cool pins to share with me? Let me know in the comments pleeeeasse! I’d love to chat to you.

This is my entry to this week’s #PinAddicts challenge – have you recreated something you found on Pinterest? Please link it up into the linky below and join our awesome Pin-Mad community!



Kerry x