Inspiration for Your Fall Garden

We’re inching closer and closer to fall, y’all. That makes my heart so happy. I love this time of year – especially in the garden. Earlier in the week I shared a few tips on getting our tools primed and ready, now it’s time to get some inspiration for what to plant!

Here’s a collection of ideas I’m thinking about. What’s on your fall planting list?

Culinary Herbs & Veggies

Some of the things I planted in the spring will carry over, like my tomatoes. Other things I have to plant fresh. For instance…

fresh lettuce

Fresh lettuce, anyone?!

One of my favorite things to plant in cooler weather is lettuce. So many varieties grow really well in the fall – and they’re quick to sprout straight from a packet of seeds! Instant gratification. Rosie our rabbit kinda loves it, too.

Parsley

Remember that one time I expressed my love for this underrated herb?

I also love planting fresh batches of parsley, basil and chives this time of year.

If you want a few other ideas, this is a little cheat sheet I tore out of a magazine back in 2008. Not even kidding. I keep this tucked away in my “garden” files. Yes, I have a manila folder for stuff like this. #cantstopwontstop

fall-veggies

If you zoom in, you’ll see broccoli, peppers, beets, radishes, spinach, cauliflower and peas added to this list.

Perfect Planters

In addition to tending to my personal farmer’s market, I like to jazz up the rest of the garden and entryway with some fall flair. I shift my overall color palette away from pinks and move toward purples. Pumpkins add a pretty orange accent.

Here are a few of my favorite combinations right now >>

fall-planter-with-tall-grasses

{via} You’ll notice purple fountain grass is kind of a theme in some of these ideas. I love the height you get with it, and it add texture with its feathery tips.

orange-leaves-with-kale

{via} This is quite a showstopper that uses yellow mums, bright peppers (and even a few artificial leaves) tucked in to accent the purple kale and fountain grass. So pretty!!

{via} This layered effect is really nice. The pop of orange from the pumpkins is awesome. And I like the combination of mums with the silvery dusty miller on the lower planter.

fall-planter-with-purple-and-bittersweet

{via} This colorful combo uses bittersweet at the base. You could easily find a wreath of bittersweet, and drape it around your planter to create this look. I also love the purple Mexican bush sage standing at attention in the back.

{via} This has such a lovely rustic look, doesn’t it? Both planters have coleus mixed with these honey supertunias.

purple-combination

{via} This purple bundle includes kale, mums, heuchera, and ornamental black pepper. I think it would be gorgeous with either white or orange pumpkins for fall. You could even accent the base of the urn with a burlap ribbon. Oooh,..

sweet-potato-and-coleus

{via} Finally, look at this luscious planter. It’s such a pretty combination of sweet potato vine and different varieties of coleus.

I could seriously search the Interwebs all day looking for gardening ideas. Online window shopping is the best. What ideas do you have? Let me know what’s going in your garden and planters!

One last note, if you’re curious about when to transplant some of your garden goodness, here’s a simple guide from this handy place. >>

XoXo,

Kate

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Friday Wrap: Diggin’ the Dirt

katie daisy

{In case you haven’t noticed, I adore Katie Daisy designs.}

We’ve had sunny days with 60-degree temps this week, which means this girl has been totally diggin’ the dirt. It also means this week’s Friday wrap is all about gardening in some form or fashion.

Here are a five faves from the week that fell into the “must share” category.

{ONE} Feeding the Hummingbirds

hummingbird feeder

My glass hummingbird feeder somehow cracked over the winter, so I knew the day was coming that I’d need to replace it. I found this darling mason jar feeder at Lowe’s. It was the only one on the shelf, but you can get them here. Once I got it home, I boiled up some of this sweet nectar, filled the jar and then hung it in the garden with care. Now we wait for those magical birds to appear. <3

{TWO} Repelling Bugs – Naturally

bug repellant

I love a good natural remedy when I can find one – especially if it enables me to keep Deet off of my skin. Remember the time I posted this recipe for homemade bug spray? Well, I found essentially the same thing in the Handmade Market here in Fayetteville. I went ahead and bought some of this, since it was already brewed and bottled. And I’m stocking up on it now, because I have a feeling we’re in for a bugpocalypse this year. We had such a mild winter, the bugs didn’t freeze. #winterthatneverwas

{THREE} A Bee & Bug House

bee and bug house

Okay, so not all bugs are bad. The girls are in a garden club at school, and when I spotted this interesting-looking house near their project garden, I asked Avery what it was. She had all of the details. “Each of the spots attract different kinds of friendly bugs that are helpers in the garden – like ladybugs. They go in the smaller hole, and things like bees go in the bigger holes.” Very cool, and P.S. someone was listening at school.

Speaking of friendly bugs and bees, I spotted this sweet bumble in Mimi’s garden yesterday. He’s so fluffy!!

bumblebee

He was so busy drinking from all of the flowers he didn’t even care that I was this close.

{FOUR} Fresh Veggies

fresh carrots fresh lettuce

While I was in Mimi’s garden yesterday, we pulled up a handful of carrots and snipped some fresh lettuce. Oh, so yummy! It made for such a delicious lunch. I actually didn’t intend to hop right into her garden and bunny-nibble through all of the produce. The real reason for my visit was to gather some Black-eyed Susans for my front garden. Mimi offered to share some of her spouts, and I left with three boxes full of plants. Such a happy day all around.

{FIVE} Garden Hands

hand cream

The only real “side effect” of gardening (other than a few bug bites, potential sunburns, and gardening elbow – which is a thing, but we still love gardening anyway!!) is the dirty hands. I use a natural nail brush to scrub the dirt away and then treat my skin to some luxury hand cream.

While I was in the Handmade Market getting the natural bug spray, I found this “perfectly perfect hand creme” made in London. The girl in the store said it reminded her of a spring day. I completely agree. And I’m a sucker for good marketing.

That’s a wrap! Here’s to a fantastic weekend, my friends. If you need me, I may be back in the garden – or at the garden store…

garden happiness

XOXO

-Kate

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