So I have to cop-out a little on the letter y, and I’m going with yesterday. No judgement!
My family has a green thumb…sort of. My grandparents on my mother’s side have an AMAZING backyard. There are various nooks of blooms and greenery, two bonds (dug and devised by my Grandfather himself), several seating areas, and more. A little girl scout said it well when stopping by the house to sell cookies, in a hushed voice: “ooooohhhhh….is that a fairy garden?”
My mother tried with indoor plants for years, and would get angry when I forgot to water my African Violet for a week and it bloomed amazingly, but the one she had taken such care over wouldn’t produce a single flower. My mom definitely has her strengths though–I’ve never seen anyone grow a fern quite as well my mom; she’s also amazing with coleus, roses, and elephant ears.
My dad’s parents were dairy farmers, but they boasted a nice veggie and fruit garden every year. I remember the cantaloupe from their garden always being amazing, along with hoards of tomatoes every year, accompanied by peppers, squash, eggplants, and beyond. Shelling beans and preparing green beans was an afternoon affair out on the porch, on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Everyone would pile onto the swing, a chair, or the steps and get to work, mulling over conversation and the weather.
Apartment life has siphoned my green thumb from me, but with the amazingly helpful patio garden articles from Apartment Therapy, I’m ready to take it back. Yesterday I decided I would plant a patio garden again. Last years died when we went on vacation, but with no extended absences planned, this years should thrive just fine. Today, we went and got the plants, and I got to work. Here’s what we ended up with:
So gardens are great and all, but what in heck do they have to do with pets? Well, we discuss plants are pet safe in our 50 items that are dangerous for your pets post, but I have another fun twist. From growing up in the country, I saw tons of various “critters” around the garden and our yard. As part of our super-amazingly-awesome gift basket, I’m giving you two little garden critters of your own!
Joining our gift basket are a stuffing-less raccoon, a favorite of Arie and our puppy roommate’s, as well as frog (saw those all the time in the garden!) Kong Knot, just like Arie’s beloved moose. The best part about these toys is that they’re okay for little guys or monster dogs like Arie, so that whomever wins can truly make the most of them. Stay tuned to our blog in the wait for May when we will showcase the full giveaway basket and give you and friends a chance to win it. Go ahead and start spreading the word by sharing this post or others mentioning the giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, or your own blog. We’d appreciate it. 😉
After planting all of my beloved veggies, I’m settling down with a cider to continue to browse for houses. I can’t wait until I have a backyard for a real garden.