Our Outdoor Garden

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When renting a home, finding your own outdoor space is pretty rare, so we were so happy to discover the private deck off of our new apartment. We’re so proud of the how we’ve transformed the area and made it our own space. We began completely plantless, but after finding an awesome deal for a variety of vegetable and flower seeds and a set of ten pots for $30 at a tag sale, our growing adventures began. A few weeks and a couple of additions later, we’ve managed to create a relaxing and appealing outdoor oasis that we absolutely love! Our latest purchase is a lemon tree. It has yet to produce any fruit, but {hopefully} that will come with time.

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Other than a beautiful array of many types of flowers, we are also growing cantelope, eggplant, lettuce, green beans, spinach, peppers, basil, cilantro, lemongrass, lemons.

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Our plants are still in the baby stages. One smart step slipped our minds when planting seeds: labeling the pots. Once they mature and we figure out what we’re growing, I’d love to get crafty and make labels like these using vintage forks.

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Another feature I love about our little garden is the variety of pot styles. We decided to use what we could find. Two of my favorites are these wood crates we found laying around H’s parent’s house. I love the rustic, natural look they give.

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Wish us luck on our growing adventures! And remember, we did all of that on a seven by ten foot deck, with room for a grill and patio set! Proof you don’t need to own a piece of land to grow an abundant garden.

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Chalkboard Paint

I’d say I’m a pretty lucky girl. There’s a whole handful of reasons to back this statement up, but one in particular that I’ll emphasize right now.

My boyfriend is that guy who loves to be with me, no matter what I’m doing. With our recent move into our new apartment, I’m going decorating crazy, so much of my free time is spent sifting through boxes and rotating photographs, vases and mirrors in and out of rooms. The one necessity I’ve [actually we’ve] discovered for an easy and quick project that adds functionality to a space is chalkboard paint.

Now I’m jar obsessed… [I’ll elaborate on that in a later post]. We store many of our food items in various size mason jars: spices, ice cream toppings, and different grains from quinoa to farro to oats. Even though the jars are transparent, when looking at them from above, it can be difficult and time-consuming to figure out what is in each. So together, we painted the lids of the jars with chalkboard paint [which can be found at your local art supplies store for less than $10]. A few coats were needed before the paint was completely opaque. Another trick we discovered was covering the lid with masking tape prior to painting, just to have a more absorbant surface for the paint.

Chalkboard paint is awesome. I had two wood plaques adorned with a 70’s style flower painting that I wanted nothing to do with. They were leftover from a cheap apartment decorating Walmart shopping spree back when I was in college. Instead of throwing them out, I decided to “upcycle” them into chalkboards. They function awesome in our kitchen for notes and lists and double as aesthetically pleasing wall decor.

I challenge you to get creative and discover new ways to use chalkboard paint and let me know what you come up with!

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