Tuesday, August 31, 2010

My Indoor Outdoor Garden


Indoor because it’s inside my screened porch. Outdoor because the porch is outside!

swisschard
Hi everyone! I realized that I never showed you what I did with some of my herbs and veg.

salad
All my lettuce bolted in my vegetable garden (even with the cute paper umbrella) because of the heat. I couldn't even get any new lettuce seeds to germinate  in my veggie garden due to excessive heat! So I planted seeds in a container. I left them outside until I got a few leaves and then I’d alternate bringing the container in during the heat of the day and putting it back out (when I remembered at night). So far it’s working quite well!
IndoorOutdoorGarden
I’m going to start a pot of micro greens too since we like to mix them into our salads.
containers
I  potted some swiss chard seedlings. Also a basil plant and a bit of parsley.
lemonverbena
Lemon verbena and rosemary are also some herbs I have growing here.
skylight
There’s a skylight over this table so all the plants get some direct sun during the day,  but it doesn’t beat down on them like it would outside.
buffet
It’s continuing to be pretty hot (in the 90’s) so I think I’ll keep my little indoor/outdoor garden for a while longer! Besides, it gives me something to tend to since it's too hot to go outside in the main garden.

sideview

I am going to take a little break from blogging/the computer.  I'll be back in a week or so. I'm not going to re-run any old posts while I'm gone. You can have a look in the archives if you haven't already done so. You can search by category like gardening or seasonal decorating for example. 

For those people that asked: My couch is from IKEA, the slipcover is from IKEA

48 comments:

Jennifer said...

I love your indoor/outdoor garden. So practical and full of yummy fresh delights! Enjoy your little blogging break.

Jen

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Have a nice little break, Manuela! I know what you mean about the heat ~ we are 95 and humid today {through to Thursday at least} and we might get something from Earl then. I have weeding I know should be done, but unless it feels cooler this evening after work they will be safe from pulling for another day! : )

Kathy said...

Have a restful and creative time off. I may have withdrawal. :-)

Lady Katherine said...

Just love your herb garden! I have so missed visiting you! Have a great week off!

Merrie said...

Such a sweet garden. Mmmmm, I can almost smell the basil : )

Darlene said...

That is a great indoor garden! Hope you have a great break.♥

Andrea said...

You are so talented and have a knack for plants. I need your help.

Konnie said...

Manuela, I need you to visit me here in Oregon for a couple weeks. Your decor is to die for and I have no clue:(

Happy@Home said...

Being in NC I understand about the intense heat. I have been keeping my patio umbrella up to try to give the potted plants on the patio a bit of a respite. Your indoor outdoor garden is a great idea.
Enjoy your break.

Julie Harward said...

I love your indoor/outdoor garden and I love Swiss chard. Have a fun break..we had 40 degrees here this morning..Fall has come! :D

Angie said...

Cute little garden! Love your screened in porch. Sure wish I had one too. Have a great break!

Chook said...

Love the little fork salad marker in your pot.
Enjoy your break Manuela and I will browse in your archives while you are away...:)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

That was a great idea! My lettuce bolted in the heat to. It is starting to get a little cooler here, so I have planted a second crop of radishes, lettuce, spinich, green beans, peas and carrots. They are just starting to sprout now. I am making sure they are watered well every day.

Have a nice break!
Penny

Vee said...

Make your time away be very sweet. Why do I get the sense that there's a big project brewing? Your little indoor/outdoor garden looks delightful and you should have delights for months to come. Ackkk the heat! We're sick of it.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Enjoy your week! You deserve a break! Hugs! ♥

diXymiss said...

What an ingenious solution to gardening in the heat/humidity. We're having the opposite problem here ~ cool temps and rain. It really feels like Fall (already)! Hope you enjoy a wonderful, relaXing computer break.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Enjoy your break!

Richella said...

I just love that porch of yours, Manuela, and now I see that you're REALLY putting it to good use! I didn't know you had a skylight on the porch--that was a good design idea.

I hope you have a wonderful little break. Enjoy yourself, be refreshed, and we'll see you when you get back! :)

Shilo said...

Good for you taking a break! Enjoy it!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I just adore that yellow chest and the wall vignette over it. Have a nice break.

Gloria said...

Enjoy your break Manuela. Everything looks so beautiful. Take care.

Linda said...

What a great idea, Manuela~ the plants look happy! Enjoy your break!

Kristi said...

WOnderful idea!! I have some plants that just don't do well completely outside,t his is the best of both worlds! I have to look through the archives for the utencil markers, LOVE those :)
Have a nice break!
Kristi

Marianne@Songbird said...

What a wonderful indoor/outdoor garden.
And how yummy your herbs look. I got some salad going real late and then the birds ate it (at least I think it was the birds).
So my plans for eating out of my garden have not succceeded this year.

Paula said...

I love your indoor garden!

I really want to get some spinach started in my garden. I try every year and usually don't have much luck, but maybe this year will be the magic year.

Enjoy your break!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That is just so charming Maneula!
They look healthy and good and I love that yellow hutch! Great pics and enjoy your bloggy break!
Cindy

Always Nesting said...

Oh, love your indoor garden and the skylight really gives you just the right amount of sun. I wish I could grow herbs in my house but I think I just don't have enough sun for most of the year. I tried growing cilantro and failed miserably.

Theresa said...

Oh what a sweet garden, perfectly placed under the skylight! I love the star on the wall:) I just got an IKEA catalog yesterday and thought of you! That sofa is just precious!

Have a blessed day and enjoy your break! HUGS!

Michelle said...

LOVE your garden space! Enjoy your break and have a wonderful day!

~Michelle :)

Debbie said...

Love it and can very much relate to the sun scorch. I have moved things to the most shady part of my deck, and they are still getting a "whoopin'"

Enjoy your time of productivity. I'll very probably be joining you as I'm trying to do fall cleaning.

Melissa Miller said...

Have a good break Manuela! Enjoy!

Gumbo Lily said...

I just planted some lettuce seed outdoors a week or so ago in hopes of a fall harvest. So far, so good since we aren't so hot as you. Your herbs look very happy there in the porch. Enjoy your indoor gardening.

Jody

Donna said...

Love your indoor/outdoor garden, Manuela.

Enjoy your break!

Hugs,
Donna

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

This is one of my favorite spots of your home, Manuela. I would love to sit with you there and have a cup of coffee and enjoy your decorating. Don't you just adore lemon verbena? Probably my favorite herb.
Brenda

Tommie Jo said...

I've been away from bloggy land for the summer...we all need a break once in a while...enjoy yours! I've missed stopping by!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Love it all Manuela...but the turquoise mirror is my favorite thing here! Hope you enjoy your week sans blogging. Sometimes it's just important to separate from the electronics.
Love and good thoughts to you and your family!
Warmly,
Tracey
x0x

Susie Homemaker said...

I think this is a great idea Manuela...both your garden and your taking a break.

Make each day the best one ever!

Blessings,
Susie

Julie said...

What a great idea to bring some garden indoors! I bet it smell good with all the herbs!

Kathleen Grace said...

What a perfect place for a few pots of herbs and lettuces. Enjoy your time off Manuela:>)

Atelier de Charo said...

Love your indoor garden!!!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Manuela, hope you are having a nice little break. Your screened in porch is just gorgeous. Our temps at nite are 95 degrees and we won't get cooler temps until November of December. That's when I am able to grow tomatoes, fresh mint, lettuce, etc. Right now, the heat and humidity is just stifling.

I just love your home. So comfortable and inviting, yet stylish. A friend had those same sofas from Ikea -- I should have nabbed them from her when she moved. Like the choice of slipcover colors in order to change things up. I get bored easily with things, so am always changing stuff around, moving furniture, etc. I would like to get to the point of seasonal changes. Gotta get organized first. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

Best wishes, Tammy

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Manuela, I can so relate to the heat...my plants are not doing well at all! Looks like yours are thriving on the porch. Love the blue mirror. Hugs, Sherry

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Enjoy your little break. That indoor/outdoor garden sounds perfect. It's been hot here too. I'm ready for Fall :-)
Blessings,
Marcia

Melanie @ The Tiny Tudor said...

Hello- I just found your blog and have enjoyed visiting! Your garden looks amazing. I plan to spend this weekend working in my yard and preparing a space where a vegatable garden will eventually go in. Thank you for the inspiration! Seeing your posts has made me eager to start planting : )

Lee said...

Manuela, I have so been enjoying your blog. I'm almost getting up the nerve to paint something thanks to you!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Makes me smile just to look at it. Lovely!!

Barb

bj said...

Love your pretty garden...
Have a good break.

Anita said...

What a neat idea! I love the little teapot plant. Hope you enjoy your break.