Baby Steps

Has anybody else seen that movie What about Bob? The phrase “baby steps” always makes me think of it. I think I’m going to start repeating Bob’s mantra to myself every time I think about  my yard in an attempt to preserve my sanity. “I feel good. I feel great. I feel wonderful. I feel good. I feel great. I feel wonderful…”

After the craziness in our back yard on Sunday I felt like posting about some tiny baby steps that have been made in improving our yard. It’s not much, but at least it’s something.

A little over a week ago I finally got around to planting my hostas that we dug up on our work day with our community group. We had to move them since they were in that garden area mud hole by the ac unit that needs to be regraded. We moved them to one side of the house behind the fence. Don’t they look happy? They look even happier now (this picture was several days ago).

Here’s before they were planted and before that unruly boxwood was trimmed so it didn’t attack us when we walked through the gate.

And now with my little hostas all in place and no more attacking boxwood.

For now I just used a few medium sized rocks from our yard (which is very rocky!) for the border. Eventually I’ll probably change that as well as the rubber border on the bed in front of the fence.

We didn’t want to plant anything that gets too tall in this spot cause our cable box is on the wall above and we want it to be easily accessible. We were also pretty limited by what could grow here cause it’s really wet and almost always in the shade. Lucky for me my yard has lots of random plants in it already. I just need to move them around!

Case and point. Here are some of the plants that we’ve found in our yard.

For now they’re living in the grass since our deck is in pieces. We found a mini rose bush, lots and lots of mint (and there’s still more in our yard), some purple cruciferous something, and some fuzzy herb thing (fennel maybe?).

When we were visiting my family in Little Rock for easter we went to Home Depot and found these cute pots for $5. My mom gave me the bright green pot with cilantro and a few other things.

She also gave me some chocolate mint and sweet mint to go along with my spearmint, and a marigold just to look pretty. Once I got home I planted them in the blue pot. First, I drilled 4 holes in the bottom since it had none! Gotta have somewhere for that extra water to go!

My chocolate and sweet mint were getting eaten before. I’m hoping that moving them to a taller pot and getting them out of the grass will keep them safe from whatever critter was snacking on them. Not that I can blame it…chocolate mint? Yummy!

I also have a big pot with basil seeds left over from last year. So far I’ve only seen one teeny tiny little shoot, though. Fingers crossed!! I want basil!

I’ve never been a big gardener, but last year we loved having basil, so this year I decided I’d take on a little more. It also helps that I already had a bunch of these plants, that I have a mother who wants me to have plants, and that I have a house that needs landscaping. Now if only my deck was intact for all my pots to sit on. Instead I have to try to balance on the support beams to get over the mud hole underneath and make it to my precious plants. Or I could just go out the front of the house…but that seems a lot less adventurous.

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4 Responses to Baby Steps

  1. Ashleigh Dean April 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    Fennel?! YUM. I just recently discovered it and want to try to grow some. Jacob and I cooked chicken a few days ago and put fennel on it while it was cooking – it was delicious. We’ve also put it in smoothies – SO good.

    You’ll have to let me know if it turns out to be fennel or something else :)

    • Arielle April 20, 2012 at 10:54 am #

      I think it is. Is fennel the herb that smells like black licorice? I think so, and ours definitely smells like it. It looks like the pictures I’ve seen of fennel, too. Good ideas of things to do with it! I have no idea! :)

  2. Betsy May 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    My dad has chocolate mint if you ever need a plant-refill. :)
    Plus, we need to get you and your parents some strawberries and rhubarb.

    • Simple House Expressions May 3, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

      Oh, fun. Except I think driving 5 hours to get all that might cost more than buying it somewhere. Unless you’re planning a visit sometime? ;)

      -Arielle

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