backyard blog


Yesterday was so much fun. It might’ve been freezing cold all day, but it was an absolute blast. I’m so thankful for my friends. And even though I forgot to wear my Fitbit to work, I still cleared my step goal! And as for the stairs thing, I know for a fact I took way more steps than that. But whatever Fitbit. You’re obviously right.

My grandma is working downtown this weekend since the owner is at a wedding, and I figured I could go spend a little while with her! We ended up having lunch together and it was actually a lot of fun. I had a Mediterranean Wrap with chicken added in because I’m about that protein life.

I was setting up the backyard for my fire party last night when I realized I looked like a model, so I took a selfie to commemorate the occasion. Also, I was wore lipstick for the first time ever in public yesterday and you can see it featured here. I looked hot yesterday.

And finally, the main event. I randomly decided I was going to throw a party last night and only three people showed up, but it was so much fun. My best friend made everything so stinking special for me. I’m thankful for her.

So yesterday was really amazing. I left out the music festival part for now, because I’m sure I’ll have more to report on it later. Anyway! Here’s to having another amazing day!


April 12, 2017

Yesterday I planted the herbs I’d picked up the day before - thyme, oregano, sage, and rosemary. I left a space for basil, which will come later. Basil is more tender than the other four and the current average overnight temps - about 5C - are too low. Basil also has a higher water requirement than its eventual pot-mates, but I’ve found in the past that this planter is large enough that I can water the basil without overwatering the others, which are all arid Mediterranean-adapted types.

I also picked up a dwarf thornless blackberry - the nursery brand is Bushel and Berry and the variety is called Baby Cakes - as a fun experimental addition. Blackberries grow here with no trouble - in fact they have rather too little trouble, and tend to overtake open lots, the edges of forests along roadways, etc. I don’t have the space (or the inclination) to wrestle year after year with thorny brambles but I do love blackberries, so I can’t wait to see how this goes!

Lastly, the current state of my peas. Growing 🌱


May 1, 2017

Behold my deck garden in all its panoramic glory!

I shuffled everything around yesterday into the configuration it will more or less keep all summer. Things with higher water needs (peas, greens, eventual tomato/zucchini buckets) are along the railing where rain falls unimpeded. Things with lower water needs (herbs) or which can tolerate a bit of drought (wildflowers) or which like the extra warmth provided by the wall OR which just fit nicely there are along the house wall.

The side-by-side compares of the herb planter and the dwarf blackberry are April 11/April 30. These guys all seem to be steaming along happily!

The little plant stand keeps the wildflower boxes out from underfoot, and gives them all equal sun exposure.

I’m so glad it’s May! Soon it’ll be time for tomatoes, zucchini, and carrots!