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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Checkerboard Herb Garden

I promised you a post about my checkerboard herb garden that Alan built for me in my April goals recap post. Finally, here it is!

The previous owners of our house had a rose garden next to the patio. While it was nice, we had always intended to plant something else there - originally it was going to be a raised bed garden, but I ultimately decided I didn't want that right next to the patio. So, Alan suggested an herb garden and found a really cool checkerboard design online. In the spring of 2013, he dug out the roses, but never got the chance to set the stones for the herb garden. Eventually the bed got away from us and was full of weeds. 

What the garden looked like this spring before Alan created the garden

Once the garden was created, I decided to not only plant herbs, but also some greens - mesclun lettuce, arugula and spinach - and see how they did. In addition to kitchen herbs such as basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, chives, dill, sage, tarragon, marjoram, parsley, cilantro, curry and sorrel, I also wanted to plant some herbs that are used for more medicinal purposes. However, I wanted to plant them from seed and had a hard time finding seeds locally for what I wanted so I just planted chamomile and lavender because I didn't feel that had time to order them. I also planted pineapple mint and chocolate mint and some lemon balm in containers because they're so invasive.

The garden at the beginning of May.

Let's just say that the garden has taken off! We came back from vacation and there is SO MUCH that I've been giving herbs and greens away because I can't go through it fast enough before it bolts.

I took this photo the day after we got back from vacation. The only thing that hasn't grown are the chives, which I transplanted from their spot last summer.

I am LOVING the fact that I can just go out into the backyard and grab what I need for dinner. It's such a wonderful feeling to know that my hard work is providing all of this bounty for us. Ewan loves to help me with it too and I love the fact that I'm instilling my love of gardening in him as well. 

Do you have a garden? What all did you plant?

13 comments:

  1. Oh I LOVE it! So so jealous, but happy to see such full, healthy green!

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  2. Gorgeous! I love the checkerboard pattern!

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  3. AWESOME! I've always wanted to do something like this, I love fresh herbs.

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  4. That, my friend, is seriously cool. It looks pretty and has a real function! Thanks for sharing it.

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  5. That is so cool looking. I just love it!

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  6. My kids do the hot dog dance from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on the stones LOL

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  7. Love this idea Holly, really cute :) http://glamriver.blogspot.com/

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  8. This looks awesome. I love the stone work too. My grandparents always had to go through the mud to pick their veggies.

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  9. I love it because it keeps everything contained and I don't have to worry about getting too dirty.

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  10. Your pictures have always made me smile. It's wonderful. We are moving slowly in our backyard landscaping and thought about some type of garden but haven't made the move. I'm thinking this might be a great idea.

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  11. The rest of the landscaping that the previous owners put in is a mess unfortunately. We've just decided to take some of it back to grass and are going to hire someone to take some of the shrubs and trees out next summer. It's pretty but WAY too much work for us. Plus, we want to put in a raised bed vegetable garden and possible some blueberry/blackberry bushes.

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  12. Thank you! I am so in love with it :-)

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  13. I haven't thought about it like that, but you're right!

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