When you can't "do"... Plan!

If you live in the Seattle area, the recent weather needs no introduction.  If you don't live in the Seattle area, let me bring you up to speed... it's been CRAZY!  Seriously.  Snow, rain, hail, sleet, wind... it's March for crying out loud!  This is also hampering my progress with the exterior of our home.

So while we're trapped indoors, the kids and I are thumbing through The Binder, planning and dreaming of sunshine.  Particularly, I've been flipping back and forth between The Binder and these two books: All New Square Foot Gardening and Your Farm in the City.  This brings me to Garden Objective #1:  Start our vegetable garden!

In years past, I've done one or two veggies in addition to my herb garden.  Nothing fancy, but with the babies and remodeling, it's what I could manage.  This year, we're feeling inspired!  My oldest (The Captain) is now a big three year.  He helped ("Mama, I neeeeed carrots!") select and purchase our seeds.  And, to top it off, I'm outfitted with sassy new raised garden beds... these babies from Gardener's Supply:

My original vision was the entire veggie garden in stock tanks, but that idea fizzled quickly.  I had no idea how pricey those suckers are!  I spent a few months looking for deals on craigslist, but to no avail.  So I went with the next best thing and I am thrilled with my purchase (I'll make sure to post pics once they are assembled and filled!)

This brings me to Garden Objective #2:  Bring in the metal!  From a design perspective, I have always loved the look of metal in the garden.  Bringing in an industrial element balances so beautifully with all the softness of a garden.  It also bounces around the light and highlights plant life in ways that you wouldn't expect.  Just the mere fact that metal is a static object in an ever-changing environment makes it visually intriguing.

As always, I have big (metal) dreams for the garden!  Enjoy a few snippets from The Binder...

David Pfeiffer's stunning culvert planters

HGTV creates a mobile container garden!

A clean lined metal table breaks up traditional elements

Happy gardening!

xo, k

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