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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Laura

Backyard Makeover- gardening area progress!

Updated: May 24, 2021

This week I've been tackling our backyard makeover, you can read my full plans for the space here. While I've been waiting for some of the more exciting pieces to arrive (new sofa, the rug!) I decided to go ahead and tackle our garden area. Here is what it looked like before.

backyard before

Last year I did quite a bit of gardening and had some really amazing produce! For a few months there I didn't have to buy one tomato, bell pepper, jalapeno, or hananero. We also planted a lot of strawberries. They did't produce much last year which I hear is typical for first year strawberries so I'm hopeful they will come back in! This year I was super excited to plant another small garden as well as put in a gardening workstation to house all of my tools and make my life a little easier.

pretty lattice white garden workstation, clamshell planter

I ordered this workstation from Walmart and decided to do a white wash paint finish on it. I also sealed it with three coats of this polycrylic to help protect it from the elements. It's under a covered area, but is definitely still exposed.

pretty white lattice garden workstation, clamshell planter

It has a bucket inside for me to put all my dirty gardening tools and lots of work space for me to keep everything I need nearby. Plus it's adorable! Do you recognize the clamshell I found on my birthday thrifting trip last week?

DIY backyard garden

I also managed to get all of our plants in for this year- we did more tomatoes and jalapeños, but also added in some watermelons and cantaloupes, I'm super curious to see how those will do. We planted cantaloupes at our old house and actually got one giant cantaloupe out of it so I'm hopeful! I also planted some cilantro, which I hope goes crazy. I typically buy a bunch of cilantro every week, it would be so nice to be able to just pull it from the garden instead. I've planted from seeds and from small plants and I've always had the best luck with the small plants. Obviously seeds will work, but without having more time, knowledge, and skills than I care to have about gardening at this stage of my life they're just too much trouble. And it's very fun to just be able to plant something and watch it grow and do well, which is what has happened for us every time we've started with small plants.

DIY cricut garden labels

I decided to make some super cute garden labels for the plants too and you can see the full DIY tutorial for those right here! They turned out SO cute and now I want to label all of the things with this method!

pretty white lattice garden workstation, clamshell planter

I'll be sure to keep you posted on how the backyard progresses over the next few weeks, I can't wait to get the furniture back here so we can really start enjoying it!!

The backyard is finished and you can see every post that got us to the finish line below!


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Hi, I'm Jennifer Laura- you can call me Jenn. My husband and I just bought a house in our dream neighborhood and we are so excited to be here! The house, while already beautiful, NEEDS A LOT OF LOVE and STYLE. Join me, a past interior designer and wedding planner, as I work to make over each room and share the process along the way. 

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