5 No-Fail Ways to Plant a Garden
It’s been decided. This is the summer that you finally tackle the task of starting a garden. Whether you’re working with a window box, a window sill, or an entire hard, it can be a little scary delving into the world of gardening, especially if you’ve never grown anything before. While we’ve shown you all sorts of creative planters, it’s time to focus on the plants that might go in them. Here are 5 ways to turn your black thumb green with these smart planters, pots, and gadgets sure to make your garden grows.
1. Self-Watering Patch Planter ($38): Currently looking for funding on Kickstarter, the Patch Planter is pretty genius. First of all, it packs flat for easy shipping and includes everything you need to start growing your own food. Not only does it automatically deliver the right amount of water to your herbs, it does so without any technology. Just add water and sun! We love the idea of growing our own fresh herbs and greens, especially for making yummy summer salads and fresh pesto.
2. Root Cup Starter Kit ($50): These adorable root cups are made especially for fostering plant growth from just a root. Whether you’re rooting herbs, succulents or an avocado pit, these silicone cups make it easy to start your new plants off right. These would definitely do well in Northern California, where succulents and avocados run rampant! We love the idea of gathering up a whole bunch of these on a window sill.
3. Le Petit Singularite DIY Terrarium Kit ($25): Terrariums have been super trendy for a while, and it doesn’t look like that will be changing anytime soon. They’re easy to take care of, fun to personalize, and leave plenty of room for gold animal toys. Start off small with this mini kit that will help you make a moss terrarium. Once you’ve kept that alive you can move on to bigger, needier plants.
4. Recycle a Bottle Plant Nanny ($17 for four): Ready to drink more wine and take care of your plants when you’re away? This set of four clever stakes lets you keep plants watered while you’re on vacation. Simply fill an empty wine bottle with water, place upside down in the plant nanny, and your plant will stay nourished for up to 10 days!
5. Wildflower Seed Bombs ($14): Not sure where to start on the gardening front? Why not go for a more random approach? These wildflower seed bombs turn any forgotten patch of grass into a sweet, colorful, garden. Plus, we love the poetic “Throw & Grow!” slogan. (Herbal Tea Seed Bombs also available.)
Do you have any tips and tricks for novice gardeners? Share them with us in the comments below. Happy gardening!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)