After many renovations and many rooms I’ve finally decided to enter the ORC! I’m excited to challenge myself by creating a unique place in such a short time. Mike and I are no strangers to hustling on projects. In fact, if you’ve been following us for awhile you know that we’ve completed most of our projects pretty quickly.
We moved into this house a little over a year ago and in every home I’ve lived in, I’ve always had a garden…even in college. When we did our first walk through I knew this spot on the side of our house would be the perfect area for a kitchen garden or potager (if you’re French). However, with all of our other projects to modernize the house the side yard just grew weeds. This is the perfect opportunity for me to create the garden I need and just in time for Spring planting.
It’s already fenced off – so I don’t have to worry about the dogs or chickens getting in without an invitation. It is on the west side of the house and receives morning light but becomes shaded as the afternoon light creeps in. It’s also already plumbed for irrigation and drainage. It has a colored concrete slab that matches the rest of our backyard All great bones to start with! Some challenges: it’s where our air conditioning units and pool equipment are located; the block wall is 5′ tall and doesn’t offer as much privacy as I’d like; time management.
I’ll be doing a lot of the work myself. This will allow me to work on the project as much as possible without relying on a sub to finish the job. I’ve definitely got a ton of work ahead of myself. There’s weeding that needs to take place and then cutting out the posts and removing the current chain link fence around all the equipment. And that’s just the removing part. Don’t even get me started on all the stuff I have to build: new fencing/wall around the equipment; privacy screen on block wall; pool storage equipment/sitting area; potting table; planter beds. I also want to string lights across the garden area so it is also a welcoming retreat in the evenings. I’ve got a lot to do and I’m anxious to get started!
Here’s my plan:
If you’d like to read more about this One Room Challenge, here’s links to the last five weeks for you to check out!
Week 6 – The Reveal
I’m hoping that by planting the plants in the first week they will have grown to fill the area by the end of the 6th week. This garden is right next to the kitchen. It really is the ideal spot for a potager. Join me next week and see how far I get! Click on over to the official One Room Challenge page and check out all the other guest participant rooms, as well as the 20 Featured Designers.