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DIY Back Porch Garden

DIY Back Porch Garden that takes up little space but looks wonderful and adds so much life! Perfect for apartment, condo, and town home living! I love growing your own herbs! I’ve wanted a garden of my own all my life. As a kid my mom would spend every summer tending to her garden. We would grow veggies, herbs, and beautiful flowers. So many mornings I remember sitting next to her, helping plant & take care of the flowers. Carefully taking them out of the packages and wiggling apart some of the roots to plant into the ground. All those memories came flooding back to me as I sat on my own back porch, hands full of dirt, creating a garden of my own.

Bruce and I have lived in this home four years. I’ve wanted a garden every year but for so many reasons that was not able to happen. Our summers have been insanely busy, our work schedules hectic, and we simply have had no margin forย keeping anything alive besides ourselves. Every year we stroll through the garden centers dreaming of gardens, backyards, and space. We walk out with a new succulent to add to our collection (because those can survive our lifestyle ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) For the first time ever (aka me quitting my job to blog full time) we finally felt like we could create a garden of our own – and even more so – I was excited about putting the time to cultivate it.

This year I took the day off for my birthday. It was my first year ever doing that and I really wanted to protect the time I took off. I made a rule – no work (obvi) but also no blog work. I was just going to do something for the sake of doing it. I was going to take my time without worrying about places to be or emails coming in. I made up my mind to garden and once I make a plan I like to stick to it ๐Ÿ˜‰ I drove to the local garden center and wandered looking at all the trees, flowers, and tools. I talked to the employees about gardening and the fact that I don’t have a yard – asking for their advice on what to do and what to buy. I loaded things into my cart thinking about pizza (Basil), mojitos (Mint), and what flowers would match best squished together.

An hour later I came back with a trunk full of goodies and I got to work on ourย back porch garden. I did end up taking a bunch of pictures because I take pictures for fun too which works out well because now I get to share this DIY with you!

WHAT YOU NEED:
  • Hanging flower pots. There are so many sizes and shapes for you to chose from so pick ones that fit your space best! I picked two of them because Laura had two and I loved the idea of having one for herbs and one for flowers!
  • Garden tools
  • Soil with fertilizer. The kind I picked up was good for indoor & outdoor plants. It also was organic so I recommend that especially if your plants are too and you are intending to eat them.
  • Plants!!
HOW TO:
  1. Gather everything you need and get outside.
  2. Hang up the planters (It is easier to do this when they are empty than when they are full.)
  3. Arrange the plants in the order you want them. It is always good to make the plan and see where things fit before you start planting!
  4. Start planting!
  5. Water everything and make sure dirt is all filled in & plants are secure.
  6. Enjoy your garden!

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xoxo, elizabeth
  • I was at lowes yesterday and seriously almost bought the troughs! I idn’t, but after seeing this, I think I will!

    • Oak & Oats

      Yes!! You’ll love them!!! Show me pictures if you do!!!

  • This is so fun! And it looks so beautiful! I miss having a little garden. We thought about putting a garden here at our tiny house, but we might be moving this summer, ha! ๐Ÿ™‚ Cha cha cha changes.

    • Oak & Oats

      AHHHHHHHHH WHAT?!? Moving? Tell me more!

  • We just put in a garden on our patio as well! We used pots, though, since they help in blocking off the railing from our puppy ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oak & Oats

      I love that so much!! Way adorable!

  • Noreen

    Pretty, Bethy! I see some transplanting in your future. Some of those plants spread quickly!

    • Oak & Oats

      HAHAH! YAY! I hope they survive enough to transplant!!

  • Everything is so green!! And those watering pictures–WOAH! How fun!

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much! It was a fun moment in tripod photography! hahahah

  • We just planted our garden this weekend too! I love it! I can’t wait for fresh veggies and herbs straight from the garden ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oak & Oats

      I know!!! It is the best!

  • These are so lovely! I’m dying for a small garden beyond succulents, but (like you talked about in your post) it just doesn’t fit with our season of life or in the apartment we live in right now. So currently I admire and find joy in other people’s gardens and continue to grow my succulent collection.

    • Oak & Oats

      Yes! Enjoy it! #allthesucculents!

  • Pretty! ๐Ÿ™‚ I do have a yard, but I am really bad at gardening. This year I have a hanging basket, one small pot of flowers, and a very tiny veggie garden. Hopefully I can keep those things alive ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Oak & Oats

      YOU can do it!!

  • This is so cute! I love having live plants around ๐Ÿ™‚ And now that it’s finally spring they can live outside again! I need to give this a try!

    • Oak & Oats

      You so should!! And send me pictures when you do!!!

  • Awww… I’m so happy you’re finally able to do this! We just had the offer we put on a house accepted so next year it’s my goal to start a garden!!!

    • Oak & Oats

      YAY! That is so fun and exciting!!!

  • I bought those exact same planters last year, and I couldn’t keep my flowers alive for the life of me. Little did I know that all of the water I was pouring to water my plants was spilling out of the bottom every single time … Number one black thumb over here!

    It even inspired this print: https://chelceytatedesigns.com/collections/decor-gifts/products/black-thumb-succulent-print

    Chelcey | http://www.chelceytate.com

    • Oak & Oats

      HAHAH! Yes! I’m really hoping that I’ll be able to keep mine alive over here. It is a first go at it for me! hahah