Friday, May 12, 2017

I really miss having some kind of outdoor garden. Getting my hands in the dirt is important. I feel like it is great therapy. 

The problem is I live in a small retirement apartment with no personal outdoor space. 

My friend Pat, who also lives here, and I decided that we needed somewhere to plant some kind of garden, so we begged management to let us have a little space.

We aren't allowed to plant anything in the ground so we had to improvise with a container garden. As we both live on small incomes, we also had to do it as economically as possible. 

The side entrance to our building has a small patio area with a table and chairs. 

It is a nice place to sit for two people, but we do need more seating. 

I donated a stone bench which extends the seating a little, but I am hoping for more.

I also added my plant stand. It needs to be painted again, and I hope to get to that soon.

So now we have a few flowers, some herbs,

and even some tomato and bell pepper plants. 

It isn't the largest garden I have ever had, but it is a start and I hope they will let us build on it. 

There are a few community spots on the other side of the building, but the sunlight is not really good there and there are not enough to serve everyone who wants a plot.

I think community gardens are really important, and I would love if they would let us turn some of the grassy area into more plots next year. 

Today is a rainy day, but tomorrow I am going to get out there and watch the flowers grow. 

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  1. Laura, A little at a are doing well. It looks so pretty to have a nice place to sit and enjoy flowers. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  2. A good start.
    That unbroken swathe of grass is easy maintenance, but SO boring.

  3. I'm glad to see that you have a start. That is so important, no matter what you are doing.

  4. What you have done is to create beauty and a peaceful space. That is wonderful and who knows what good things will come because of this.

    Have a lovely weekend ~ FlowerLady

  5. This is a good start! We have small planting areas at each of our duplexes and It's nice to have fresh herbs out our front door! Hugs!

  6. HI Laura- What a nice start to a peaceful spot! laura

  7. I agree it is so therapeutic to have flowers and plants and a few veggies. I used plastic tubs for my veggies last year, and will do so again. Our backyard ground is just like cement! so no planting anything in there! All that beautiful green grassy area there and it's such a shame it just sits there when it could be tilled and used for all of the residents to grow food. I hope it will happen for you very soon! I'm sure everyone there would appreciate it, though as we get older, it becomes harder and harder to garden down on the ground. I like raised beds. Ideally, I would LOVE one of those raised garden beds that is about waist high so I wouldn't have to lean over all the time to tend to my flowers and plants. Enjoy that very sweet peaceful and lovely area you are creating. xoxo Marilyn


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