Week 6: One Room Challenge the Kitchen Garden…the Final Reveal

Week 6 is here. Unbelievable. The last month and a half flew by. I want to start out by saying how incredibly happy I am that I chose to remake our side yard in to a garden. I loved designing it and then watching it come to life. It went from an eyesore to one of my favorite places to relax. In fact, I’m relaxing in the garden, drinking a cup of coffee and writing this post. I love that all of our kids not only have fun picking fruits and veggies from it, but they play with their toys, lounge on the furniture and read books there too.

I’d like to remind you where we started:

And how far we’ve come:

The new view in to the garden
By next spring the White Lady Banks climbing roses will be all over the equipment wall
Marigolds in the raised beds help ward off pests, as well as the 1500 lady bugs we released
The vine growing in the corner is a male/female kiwi plant and will eventually span the entire privacy screen

Artichokes, thornless boysenberries and a pomegranate tree fill in the cut out along with aloe and strawberry plants for groundcover.

Tucked up in the corner of the pergola you might be able to see some vines growing. That is a tall Chinese Wisteria plant that I hope will eventually work its way along the top of the pergola.

When you first walk in to the left storage/seating area. There is a planter in the corner of the storage box and right now potatoes are growing in it.
Solar pendant light hack hung from a pulley
This storage bench is to the right when you walk in.

We were not only able to create three different seating areas in the garden but a potting bench area as well.

This is the Ikea Fjallbo Shelf and storage unit, I sealed the wood with an exterior polyurethane to protect it.
So much to love here: the knee pad and tools I found at Target, as well as the clips on the wall from Ikea.
I love how it tucks secretly behind the equipment wall.
I’m looking forward to pesto from this basil, lavender oil from the lavender, and salsa from the fresh tomatoes and cilantro.
Beautiful garden details, like these metal herb name plates are a great juxtaposition to the rustic wood of the raised beds.
Artisan, a subtle nod to who I am and a great way to add homage to my dad, who for many years ran a stucco business. Captain Artisan, the name of his company was stamped into the side of all the scaffolding planks and painted his signature red color.

This garden is a great escape any time of the day. The pergola creates shade in the pendant seating area most of the day, the potting bench/table sitting area is the perfect spot in the mornings for coffee or in the evenings with a glass of wine. We extended the use of the garden into the nights by draping lights across the raised beds. It’s so magical and inviting.

A view from the chairs when the lights go on. The small lights on the wall are solar lights, I also placed them on the ends of the raised beds to light the walkway.

A special thank you to Linda, from Calling it Home, who created the One Room Challenge, Better Homes and Gardens, the official media sponsor of the ORC. Great job to all the other Guest Participants and the 20 Featured Designers!


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