• Jessica Sherry

Backyard Hope for the Weekend

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." - Marcus Tullius Cicero.

I love our backyard garden. Though not an expert, I enjoy it, especially the way my mood upticks when stepping foot outside to this...

Purple Petunias

We rescued these petunias from a clearance rack last fall. They survived the winter, prettier than ever. And they provide a front-yard view for our newest tenants.

Mamma Bird

This mamma bird sits on three newborns, and she no longer flies off when she sees us coming. We're careful not to upset her nest, and she graciously tolerates our peeking. Can't blame her for picking a great spot--third shelf in a purple vertical garden operated by two animal lovers!

Daughter Abby and I have embarked on gardening adventures before and even tried composting. (Another update on that here). But our success (and motivation) has been... mixed.

Like most things, the more you put into it, the more you get out. And Abby and I have upped our gardening game. We have four raised beds, some in-ground plants, and a container garden. We're even trying sacks of potatoes. We're the proud parents of about 50 plant babies, not including flowers.

Going all in has instigated our gardening excitement. Every day, there's a little more progress, and it's motivating to see the buds, leaves, and veggie babies growing.

Aw, my sweet babies! The sage featured bottom/middle I thought tanked last winter, but it's come back beautifully despite the cold torture I let it endure.

And the huge leafed plant on the bottom right is courtesy of our compost bin--we're using a potting soil/compost mix. We're not sure what it is, only that we planted beans, which failed to sprout, and got this instead. We're hoping for cucumbers or yellow squash. It's kinda nice getting a reward even for our failures.

"In search of my mother's garden, I found my own." - Alice Walker

Mom used to keep a ginormous garden, rows and rows enough to feed a village. I never understood choosing hard labor for what you can pick up cheaply in the grocery store, but I get it now. It's not really a food thing, though that's a clear bonus. It's a hope thing.

Working hard creates beautiful results. Harvesting produce from your own backyard is fun, too.

"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul." - Alfred Austin

Next year'll be even better. We're getting new deck stairs, thanks to Joe and wood rot. He's building us two new raised beds to go between.

Deck Rebuild

Yay! Backyard projects! More garden beds!

What backyard projects bring you joy this season? What's growing in your garden? Share all your adventures and experiments below!