City Gardener – Shabby Chic Boho

City Gardener

City Gardener

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After living in the country for the past 25 years, I decided to give my home to my daughter and move to the city. I didn’t want a yard because after mowing a 2 acre yard every week for 25 years, I refuse to ever mow again. While I didn’t want to mow, I still wanted a garden. However, I knew I’d be probably be giving up a garden by moving to the city. I was {reluctantly} prepared to buy my veggies from the Farmer’s Market.

After looking at a million homes for rent {well it seemed like a million} I decided on a quaint little city apartment. There are two apartments. If you’ve been following my posts then you know my neighbor passed away in December after catching pneumonia. It’s still hard to talk about so lets move on along. I don’t have a new neighbor yet BTW. City living does not include the space I previously had but I was ready to downsize too. I didn’t want to spend any of my time cleaning and dusting rooms I’d never use. The more rooms there are, the more rooms the grands clutter with their toys.

As luck would have it, I was able to downsize, without a lawn and there were/are some empty flower beds on my block that I took over. Just. Like. That. I planted veggies for anyone that cared to pick them {the eggplants, peppers and tomatoes were the most popular faves of the neighbors} and some flowers to attract the butterflies. I also enticed the hummingbirds with a feeder and added a couple of bird feeders. Country living in the city.

After gardening season was over, I planted flora for fall. Yellow makes me happy.

I also changed the color of the hummingbird nectar to blue. I don’t know why, it just looked pretty. They hummingbirds agreed.

Due to illness, I skipped winter planting and I’m sad to say I’ve only got spearmint growing in one of the beds and that’s only because it hasn’t died back due to the cold. It’s thriving. And spreading. Tomato plants keep coming up and I keep pulling them out. I’ve got to dig out the old soil and add new before I do any more planting. The only reason I’m allowing the spearmint to grow is because I’m being cheap and can replant it in the new soil. Hopefully I’ll have that completed by spring so I can get a start on this years vegetables. I’ve started some strawberry plants indoors and I’m planning on keeping them indoors although I might plant some outdoors as well. I think they will make adorable indoor hanging plants and I won’t have to worry about keeping the birds out of them.

I’m going to buy a dwarf fruit tree to keep in a pot and I’ll take photos when I decide which one I’ll buy {lemon? apple?}. I’m sure there is room for more than one tree but I plan to plant a lot more potted butterfly and hummingbird attracting plants this year. I’m also adding an indoor AND outdoor herb garden. I’ve gotten a lot of great ideas from Pinterest. Be sure to follow me on Pinterest to see all of my new pins and boards.

Shabby Chic Boho

Follow Shabby Chic Boho’s board Small Space Herb Gardens on Pinterest.

I’ve started working on some indoor plants and due to limited space, I bought some small growing plants to start with. Can you believe I bought these from Amazon? I transplanted them in better pots {that I got for a steal at a local thrift store} as soon as they arrived. I’m showing the seller link love because I am in love with them. Aren’t they adorable? The variegated strawberry begonia is my fave.

Do you do any gardening? If so, I’d love to hear what you plant.

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  1. I love that you started a community garden. What a wonderful spirit you must be. So sorry to hear about your neighbor. Here’s to a season of beautiful harvest among friends and hearts!

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