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31 Days To An Organized Home: Day 7 – Organizing The Patio Garden

on October 7, 2012

This is Day #7 of my “31 Days To An Organized Home” challenge.  If you missed it, you can catch up with Day #1 here!


First, if you are wondering about days 5 & 6 I did NOT lie in bed all day and eat “bon bons”! (wouldn’t THAT be a nice change!)  I have had some big, huge deadlines at work BUT (!!) we also continued to make progress on the big “garage project of doom” for the end of month reveal!

Today was a beautiful day to be outside and, while I don’t have the inside of the house completely figured out yet, I truly LOVE the view from our back patio.

This photo was taken in May just a day or two after we moved in so, aside from the purple “swim noodle” in the pool,  there’s not much going on yet in the way of decor, plants and so forth!  I work and write out here almost daily when I am not in my real office at work.

And the downside to this is… ok there is no downside to this.  Not one complaint (well, ok.  I have YET to have one “pool boy” – or, for that matter, one of my children –  serve me up a Starbucks “Salted Caramel Latte”, poolside).  😉  Oh wait, we’re on a “spending freeze” !  That must be why…

Otherwise, no complaints.

So, one thing that I really wanted to do after moving in was to plant a garden.  Our property lot doesn’t go very far past the pool enclosure so, as far as getting good sun, it was clear we would have to go with a container garden to grow any fresh veggies and herbs.  It’s something The Husband and I have tried on a very small scale in the past but for some reason, whether due to the amount of sun or the soil quality (or my inept green thumb??) or all of the above, we’ve never really had much luck.  Although we’ve really only tried herbs before and no veggies so we are charting new territory here!

We started with just a few plants.  Oregano, basil, cilantro, rosemary…  Then we added a tomato plant, flat leaf parsley, eggplant and yellow squash.  Then some red peppers.  Then cucumber.  Yeah, it’s a little addictive but we have had so much fun with this little “labor of love”!

As you can see from an early picture, Mr. Basil was already showing signs of feistiness at just one week in.  Wait until you see his picture from today a little further down!

So that was July.  I am sad to report that the yellow squash and flat leaf parsley did not make it. 😦  But not a bad average overall.  We have since replaced the parsley and added dill and thyme so as not to be defeated!!

As the plants grew (and then grew into bigger containers) it was starting to take up a little more space and it was getting a little, well… messy.

This might not  look too crazy in this picture, but it actually was starting to get a little out of control!

So, we rearranged a few things and then used a simple black utility shelf to try and create more space in a slightly smaller footprint and now it is much more organized, yet just beautifully green and thriving.


Today we harvested our first cucumber!!  Wheeee!

Cold cucumber infused water is amazingly refreshing on a hot Florida day!

Lots of eggplants coming out too…

We gave Oregano a “haircut” and are now drying several bunches for our “Italian Seasoning” mix… great for sauce and so much more!

And, as promised, Mr. Basil.  He is GI-NORMOUS and is apparently trying to take over the world.  But we have some big (yummy) plans for him too! 😉

And, we FINALLY set up our fountain again. The pieces sat quietly in a little pile for over three years at our last home.  We just never bothered setting it up after we lost our home and had to move in 2008.  More about that journey at some point but for now…  it’s more than a little healing to finally have it all set up again.

It’s just really nice to have it all a little more “contained” (pun intended) and more in order.  And the best part?  We now have room to add more plants!!  And that just makes me happy. 🙂

Would love to hear your container gardening tips too!

~ Claire


3 responses to “31 Days To An Organized Home: Day 7 – Organizing The Patio Garden

  1. Debbie says:

    Very nice! I just cleaned out my garden here in IL. I went to a raised bed version this year and it was wonderful! Have been able to preserve so much! Cucumber water is AMAZING! Look forward to hearing more!

    • Claire says:

      I am amazed at your list of veggies you have preserved from your garden, Debbie! That is fantastic!! So glad you stopped by. 🙂
      – Claire

  2. […] here we go.  The goal here is to work with what we’ve got!  We love the back patio and pool – now it’s time to “take over” the inside and infuse it with things that we […]

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