Cool Seed Starter Planter Box

Seed Starter Planter Box

It’s that time of year when fall garden plans begin and in a few weeks planting in my new seed starter box will be next.

Since we live tiny there was no way I wanted to start seeds indoors or even on tables outside so an idea sparked and Robert surprised me one afternoon and built it.  It’s been so nice to have his help, working together is nice.

The box was a pretty simple build and those building plans can be found hereWe’re also offering finished boxes in our shop for those in our area.  Order unfinished or detailed like the one I’m sharing today.

These boxes can be used to start seeds outdoors any time of year and can also be stacked taller if you decide not to transplant seedlings in a larger setting. For more details to purchase the Seed Starter Planter box click here. 

First Build the Seed Starter Box

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Supplies to Finish this Project

The supply list is pretty simple and we’re using my favorite paint from Dixie Belle.  So why do I love this paint so much?  It dries really fast and there is literally no prep work needed to get moving forward fast.  Since this project will be outdoors I recommend using their clear coat finish to extend the life of your design, get more details here.

  • Sand Paper
  • Paint Colors for Planter base – Sand Bar/8 oz.
  • Paint color for stencil and lid – Their newest addition > Coffee Bean/8 oz
  • Dixie Belle clear coat flat
  • Stencil from Studio 12
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paint brush and stencil brush

Painted the Box with Sand Bar

Paint the Box Base First

Apply two coats of sand bar painting towards the grain of the wood around the exterior and top edges. Dixie Belle paint is all natural and contains no VOC, so if you want to paint the interior that would be a personal choice.

If you apply a nice thin layer the first time the box should dry within 10 minutes and then you can apply a more generous second coat and let the box dry outside.  It will be ready to stencil in about 20 minutes. 

Stencil with Coffee Bean From Dixie Belle Paint

Transferring the Stencil

This cute stencil came from Studio 12, I love the two little birds sitting on the vine it just seemed fitting for our lifestyle here in the country.  The color coffee bean was used to add this fun detail and you can see that I just added pieces of the vine around the entire box frame.

Get my How to stencil techniques here and remember less paint on the brush is the key to a successful transfer.

Stencil Transfer was clean and simple

Stencil Transfer Complete

Once the stencil transfer was complete I set the box aside so I could get started on the lid.  Add just a little bit of detail because we don’t want to over power the planter box.

Painted the Lid exterior Edge

We are Loving Coffee Bean

With the lid I brushed on a gracious layer of coffee bean around the exterior frame leaving the top natural because I thought it looked neat. The interior lid was also left natural.

Once finished I let both pieces dry outdoors and about 4 hours later a clear coat for protection.

Seed Starter Box perfect for germinating

Place and Fill with Dirt

The box was placed near our walk path, a space where morning sun is present until around noon. First, I leveled the ground with dirt and then I filled the box interior with a combination of natural elements and dirt.

The filler will settle for about a week prior to planting.

Seed Box DIY Building Plans

Seed Starter Planter Box

I’m super excited about this cool seed starter planter box. Keeping the mess outdoors just makes sense!

If you want a fall or spring garden this is the quickest and cutest way to move forward and we can help you do that.  Visit our shop for complete details, on building instructions or hiring Robert and I to do it for you.

Begin Gardening Fall or Spring planting with this cool Seed Starter Planter Box

Tips for Gathering Garden Mulch

Try These Tips for Gathering Garden Mulch

My time off led me to some chore activity involving raised beds.  They were in dire need of mulch and it was hot all week so chipping branches wasn’t happening. Buying mulch wasn’t happening either and I didn’t want to use hay like the last couple of seasons.

So, I decided to do something a little different this year.

Mulch started in the flower beds

Before I went on a mulch hunt I wanted to change the flower bed layout because additional planting space was necessary.  This was a relatively simple task by taking the stacked bed and placing it on the ground.

My plan is to incorporate a small flowering perennial bed with room for a few annuals.  This means less work in the long run so when the annuals expire I still have something growing that doesn’t require a lot of attention.

The original layout can be found here.

Mulch options are everywhere

Walking on the Project

Once the bed was moved, the soil and plants were settled the desire to figure out this mulch thing came next.

This involved walking on the property with Dixie seeking ideas for mulch.  I came across some clearing Robert tackled last winter and there sat several piles of leaves.

Walking for mulch ideas

Several Piles of Leaves

I remembered raking those piles of leaves and decided they would be the perfect solution to my mulch problem.   It had recently rained so they were also nice and damp which made scooping them up a breeze.

After a wheel barrow load was full it was off to the gardens.

Cover the beds with a 2 inch layer of Mulch

 Mulch Layer Thickness

I’m often asked, “How thick should a layer of mulch be?”  First understand the point of mulch is to help maintain soil moisture and keep weeds to a minimum.

This means two inches is my preferred thickness for adding mulch.  If you go lighter many times it washes away and thicker layers can suffocate your plants.

If mulch is being applied to an area where there are no plans for growing then going thicker wouldn’t be an issue.

Used the Leaf mulch for all the beds

Applying Leaf Mulch

Applying the leaf mulch was a breeze.  Remember to wear gloves because you have no idea what these piles have come in contact with.

Then simply scoop up with a small bucket and place onto the top of each raised bed.  Spread out within a 2-inch layer thickness and you’re done. Once completed all of our raised beds looked so much better and it didn’t take but a couple hours.

Keep Raised Beds Moist with gathered mulch.

These beds will now maintain moisture a lot better thanks to these leaves.  This also means less watering!

When I place these beds to rest in the fall those same set of leaf’s will be covered with dirt.  By applying the dirt decomposing begins over the winter leaving me with some sweet soil come spring. This is what I call letting nature work for you.

Gathering garden mulch is just a smart way to use what you already have and make the garden look amazing at the same time.

Get these simple Tips for gathering Garden Mulch

How to Inspire the Next Generation

How to Inspire Gardening

From one generation to the next we have the opportunity to learn new things all the time.

Information is at our fingertips and for some reason there’s still a majority of people who can’t boil an egg or mend a loose button.  Simple skills have become a lost art and as a result society has become lazy.

How does one inspire the next generation?  It’s a matter of stepping up, teaching and spending time with one another by sharing knowledge with our children and grand-children.  That’s what my grandmother did and it changed my life.

When I think back to my adolescents and everything she passed on, I lacked appreciation; I remember her saying, “People will need these skills one day and you will share them.”  This statement was repeated often and always encouraged me to listen up even if I couldn’t see the value.

After she passed in 2004 I began connecting everything she taught with basic survival skills, things like gardening, cooking, and caring for the home.

I knew how to boil an egg at the age of 6, mend a loose button and later create a pretty home.  She was always by my side, teaching and I was like a sponge soaking it all in.

Proverbs 22.6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

From gardening to cooking and even creating nice things my grandmother saw something in me and took the responsibility upon herself to invest her time.

Most weekends and summers were spent at her home learning new skills while helping in the garden.  These experiences changed my life and I’m thankful she took it upon herself to share that knowledge.

It was those years that grounded and helped me see this world in a light that is often never seen.  Too much time is wasted on “noise” and we never really learn or grow from those experiences.  They seem to deplete our energy and leave us empty.

There’s never been a better time than now to begin fresh with the next generation. Spend time with those children and grand-children so future generations can be more than what they ever dreamed possible.

Inspire the next generation through activity, do this by listening and teach skills in a fun way that encourages a positive result.

I’m a believer that everything begins at home, good or bad it all starts there.  So, whether you’re a stay at home mom, a working mom, an empty nester or grandmother it’s time to open your heart just a little more and reach out.  Right at home, right now…

Don’t waste the day shopping together, spend the day creating, learning and having fun.

Cook or Create Together

Kids Love to Cook and Create

Most kids have a natural desire to cook and create; the kitchen is a great place to begin. My friend CD, at CD’s Country Living is always making something fun on her blog and this rhubarb crisp would be an easy teachable recipe for kids.

Fresh Rhubarb always grew in our family garden and my mom made everything from jam, pie and crisp treats like this one.

Baking was an absolute favorite activity when I was a kid and my mom did a great job teaching me the ropes.  I always looked forward to holiday baking and remember the year she turned over the cookie baking to me.

I was about 12, thinking I won the lottery. It was a lot of work; this experience made me thankful for the opportunity to shine.

Crafting was another thing my mom and I shared together, it was mostly small projects around Christmas but it was an opportunity to learn new skills and have fun at the same time.  I LOVED that!

My friend Patti at Hearth and Vine recently created a beautiful wall hanging with dried flowers.  This is a fantastic project for kids because you can choose flowers and items right from the yard or take a nature walk and discover even more natural beauty to gather.

Projects like this encourage time together and create lasting memories in addition to seeing how to put things together.

teaching Kids new Skills

Older Kids Are like Sponges for New Skills

If you’re kids or grand-kids are older they should have a longer attention span to handle more difficult projects.  Teach skills they could one day use to benefit their lives and who knows it could bring forward a sense of purpose.

My friend Karen from To Work with My Hands does a great job incorporating her kids in many projects. In this case her daughter learned how to flip a piece of furniture and her project turned out to be amazing.  I was blown away by this project and noticed her daughter has a great eye for detail.

Outdoor Activity like Gardening

It goes without saying that my love for gardening came from years of learning Grandma’s simplistic style.  By giving me tips and small tasks, I was able to help at a young age and over the years gardening became very natural like waking up in the morning.

As I matured those simple tips began enhancing my own gardening journey and the value in those lessons also grew my confidence.

Amazing things can happen when we inspire the next generation but we have to first make it happen.  We have to stop leaving all these details up to someone else and begin seeing value in those around us.

So, the next time those kids walk through the door, find a project you can connect through and let the learning begin.   It’s you who can inspire the next generation.

How to Inspire the Next Generation and why It's important.


Growing A Quail Garden

Growing a Quail Garden

Well I’m happy to report the quail garden is looking pretty good, even though I haven’t actually finish the sanctuary or ordered birds.  In some ways it feels like I’ve failed but when I walked in this space the other day I realized this wasn’t failure at all.

This was a moment of perfect planning because these raised beds are growing in all directions; I can see what’s working and what isn’t prior to birds arriving.

I’ve realized my #1 priority for July is to get this project done and get birds ordered in August.  I’ve also learned it’s okay to ask for help when your plate gets piled so high it feels like you can’t breathe.

Now let’s dive in and see what’s going on in this space because things went a little crazy after we cut down more trees and let in additional light.

Quail Love Fresh Corn

Growing Crazy Corn

I’m calling this “crazy corn” because when we cleared for light the new growth went wild but the quality of growth was bizarre.   I planted by seed and for awhile I wasn’t even sure if this was corn.

Little details like planting late, forgetting to water and not enough light just didn’t get them off to the best start.

We’re still fighting for more light but I choose to stop clearing until fall because we don’t have enough hours in the day to keep up with everything right now.

So, as I’ve watch these plants grow and even though Robert and Quail love corn I probably won’t plant it again in raised beds. I’m thinking next year we may give it a whirl again by planting straight in the ground.

Explosive Roma Tomatoes

Amazing Roma Tomatoes

The Roma Tomatoes are doing amazing and they happen to be my favorites.  Quail enjoy tomatoes when cut in pieces, they nibble as a treat like we would enjoy a slice of watermelon.

These two plants really took off and instead of using cages I went with a trellis to support their weight.  I didn’t do much with them after transplanting other than make sure the soil was prepped with natural materials.  Read more here.

There’s something magical about gardening with blackland clay especially when you incorporate natural elements.  I water about once a week, pull weeds after it rains and that’s about it.  Nature is taking care of the rest…

New Tomatoes in Quail Garden

I’m guessing these two plants will be producing a lot of wonderful tomatoes for us.  They were also planted late and it seems I should be able to keep them producing through fall.

I’ve also found keeping track of my journey has been important this year, especially since it’s so different from everything we did at the farm.  I’ve taken grandma’s advice using our garden planner to record everything.

This has been really helpful and already given me ideas for fall planting.

The Garden Planner

Lettuce and another set of peppers in the Quail Garden

Lettuce and Peppers

Quail are finicky when it comes to lettuce, some like it and others won’t even bother to taste. After a couple rains these plants went to seed; that was a little frustrating but sometimes details get missed when too many other things  are going on.

Quail would probably prefer using the lettuce and pepper plants for shade, guess we’ll find out in a few months.  They’re less destructive than traditional poultry so growing a variety of food in this environment can compliment everyone’s appetite.

Peppers have blooms in Quail Garden

Both pepper plants are loaded with new blooms and I expect in July we’ll be harvesting quite a few.  So, what did we learn from all this?

Starting from scratch at a new location with a new soil type took me almost back to square one.  Notice I said, “Almost” It’s also been very exciting because I never thought growing in black clay could be so exciting.

I discovered the idea of planting a garden for us and the quail in the same space is more than a neat idea it just makes sense; this may be something to consider on your own homestead?

I’m now planning for fall and ready to get started after this spaced is covered in chicken wire.

Even though the birds haven’t arrived  just yet,  I can assure you this project will be done in July. Little quail will be roaming inside around the end of August or first part of September.  I’ve been inspired to move forward and get things done.

Be Inspired To Grow a Quail Garden

Growing Beautiful Bells of Ireland

Growing Bells of Ireland

We’re walking into the flower garden and checking in on the beautiful Bells of Ireland.  I planted these by seed towards the end of March and before we begin I’m curious if you’ve ever tried growing this wonderful green stem?

Bells of Ireland is an annual summer flower, native to Turkey, Syria and the Caucasus.  In the language of flowers, it represents luck. I was first introduced this flower while working in a flower shop in the early 90’s.

That was a long time ago and I remember being fascinated with the detail and found it to be beautiful in vase arrangements.

Falling Bells of Ireland

Grew in Startle Garden Raised Beds

I grew them in my Floral Startle Garden and the only regret is that I didn’t plant one level down where the Snow on the Mountain is blooming.

Reasoning because when it rains the additional weight fills the bells making the stem heavy to stand.  I thought they could have been slightly protected in the lower raised bed.

Sometimes these stems repair after rainfall and bounce right back if it’s a little windy; that didn’t happen after this week’s rainfall.

Falls after mature during a good rain

Member of the Mint Family

Belle of Ireland has rounded leaves that are pale green with little white flowers surrounded by apple green calyces. This fast-growing plant can reach up to 4 ft. per stem and offers a branching out display.

It’s also a member of the mint family and that little white flower puts out a very strong scent.  This made me think it also detoured a lot of insects. because this whole area has been bug free with the exception of honey bees.

Prior to planting I researched the growing conditions and discovered it was unlikely to do well in hot or humid climates. We have both here and for that reason I planted early knowing it would expire by the first part of July.

For those of you further north this beautiful plant should grow all through summer.

Growing Tips

  • Full sun and good soil drainage.
  • Fertilize soil prior to planting and add natural liquid fertilizer in the early summer.
  • Can grow up to 4 ft, place as a backdrop in flower beds.
  • Seeds can be started indoors but do better with direct seed when it’s still cold outside but not freezing.
  • In wet climates it can reseed itself.

Cutting Bells of Ireland for Arrangements

Harvesting for Fresh and Dried Arrangements

Now you’re going to find out why I planted this beauty.  I love this flower dried and plan to harvest the stems by air dry this weekend. Before I do this I also wanted to enjoy a few as fresh cuts.

Harvest these stems for flower arrangements when half of the bells on a flowering spike are open. When growing bells of Ireland for drying, allow the spikes to remain on the plant until all the bells have opened.

Because this plant has several blooms on one stem I removed a stem with sheers and then cut the shoots making several single stems. Then I placed 3 – 5 stems in little mason jars with water.

This flower is also beautiful with star gazer lilies, larkspur and cork screw willow.

Bells of Ireland in vase Arrangements

I kept things very simply and just displayed a few stems in my Welcome sign that hangs on our Tiny Shed.  I have been enjoying this project since March never tiring from changing out the jars with something natural.

Just make sure to add striped stems to the water so it stays clean.


Growing tips for Bells of Ireland

It’s a little late in the season to get this beautiful flower started in your garden now but think about adding it next spring to your growing list.

Seeds can be purchased online at Burpee or Johnny’s Selected Seeds and if you shop around I bet you can even find them at your local nursery.

It’s incredibly easy to grow the beautiful Bells of Ireland and who knows it may also bring a little luck to your garden space.

Growing Beautiful Bells of Ireland for Fresh and dried flowers


Make & Take Workshop Features

Make and Take Workshops Commerce Texas

Monday night we had another fun workshop where creativity sparked in every direction.  These ladies took this sign project to a whole new level and I decided it was time to start sharing their creations right here.

Even if you can’t attend a Make & Take Workshops perhaps we can inspire from a distance.

Laundry Room and Garden Signs Make and Take Workshops

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Susan and Kimberly Create

Susan has been coming to Make & Take’s for a while and inspires me every time because she chooses a color pattern I would never think about putting together.  She is all about detail especially when applying a technique like the paint staining.  I LOVE that!

The hard part for me is give her space but always be there to share ideas if needed.

Kimberly was new and a delight, she arrived ready to learn and have fun.  The Vintage Duck Egg color inspired this laundry room sign where individual letters transferred the message.

She did amazing and I love how she added the flower in the corner, it was the perfect addition.

Paint Colors and Stencils used on both projects include:

Amazing Grace Sign Make and Take Workshop

Lisa Creates Amazing Grace

Lisa has been to almost all of these workshops since the beginning and I’ve watched her creativity grow and grow.  She makes a decision and just dives right in. Monday night she said, “I’m going to do, Amazing Grace!”  Just like that and off she went.

This sign is heartwarming and she chose the right colors and stencils because it just feels calming when you look at it.

Paint Colors and Stencils used on both projects include:

Pantry Signs Make and Take Workshops

Stephanie and Cassidy Create Pantry

Stephanie’s attention was also centered around the vintage duck egg color and collard greens.  It was a fantastic color pallet and I love how this turned out.

She has energy and moves fast; this is how I work at home so it was neat to just watch her jump through the project and have fun at the same time.

I met Cassidy at the Commerce Farmer’s Market and she signed up right after we chatted.  Sweet gal and once she focused on a color theme everything came together step by step.  Check out how she went from light to dark with the stencil in the corner, Robert showed her that tip which I thought was neat.

These gals were in two different rooms while creating their pantry signs so it was inspiring when they finally saw each other’s project.

I’m encouraged while standing back to see all this transpire from a simple kit created at Quail Grove.  It’s truly awesome!

Paint Colors and Stencils used on both projects include:

  • Dixie Belle Paint Colors: Vintage Duck Egg, Collard Greens, Buttercream, Seaglass, Peacock Hurricane Gray and Gravel Road.
  • Stencils: Pantry and flower came from Cutting Edge StencilsThe Light swirled flowers on the left came from Dixie Belle.

Make and Take Workshops Commerce Texas

Make & Take Workshops are all about having fun and learning new skills at the same time.  There are no strangers here, Robert and I focus on bringing people together and the goal is for everyone to leave with a project they made and can be proud of.

Exciting news is formulating for things to come in the near future, so make sure to sign up for our email here.

This email will keep you updated on workshops only, upcoming events, perks, and so much more.  Make & Take Workshops are just another fun thing created here at Garden Up Green.  Learn more by visiting previous workshops here.

We’re Simply Having Fun and thank you ladies for attending – You Inspire!

Make and Take Workshops, We have fun in Commerce TX, Join us!

Planting A Fairy Box Garden

Flower Fairy Box Garden

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Planting a fairy garden is a matter of thinking small and creating a friendly setting.  For this project we begin with a box made from scrap wood, which was a fence board and some pine. After building I finished with painting and a peony design from Cutting Edge Stencils.

Paint came from Dixie Belle using colors Hurricane Gray, Tea Rose and Gravel Road.  Since this box was going to be placed outdoors I also applied a protective clear coat, get those details here. 

Fairy Box Planting

Fairy Garden Planting Materials

  • Organic Potting Soil
  • Four 4-inch low growing plants
  • Copper wire for arches
  • Twigs, rocks and mulch came from outside
  • Metal pot and Mary Engelbreit Fairies were things I already had.

Since I decided to plant directly in the box more drain holes were added using a drill in the container bottom prior to lining with potting soil.

Then I placed the metal pot and started adding plants in sections at different levels.  This was done by adding taller plants towards the back and short ones in the front.

If you’re seeking to design with blooming plants choose low growing or short annuals.  Opting for succulents may also be another option and herbs would also be fun.

Adding Copper Wire Arches

Adding Twigs and Copper Wire

Instead of creating a traditional miniature fairy display I decided to use natural elements from the land in addition to copper we had left over from a wiring project.

The twigs were stuck in towards the back and then I wove a few in front between the copper arch.  These arches are really easy to make starting with wire stripping off the plastic coating.  Once that was completed just bend in the shape of an arch and insert at least an inch so they don’t wobble.  I made two and one is a little smaller with a twist.

Note: Already to use copper wire can be purchased by the foot at any home improvement store in their electric department.

Adding Rocks for detail

Adding Rocks

Adding a few rocks for detail works great and if you want to get really creative then place in a row and present as a walk path.  By gathering just a few rocks it lightens the garden with interest.

Adding Piece of Mulch to help with moisture

Incorporating Mulch

The mulch also came from the ground, we made it last winter with our shredder.  Learn to Make Mulch Here.  This was about 6 months ago and the mulch has darkened which adds a nice contrast.

Incorporating mulch will help the soil stay moist because these little gardens will need watering almost daily if temperatures are hot.

Planted Fairy Garden Box

Fairy Garden Details

Fairy garden details include the box because the container really accents nicely with this little garden.  Everything came together by creating a space that could almost tell a story.  But guess what?  It’s missing a key element and that’s our fairies.

So, I brought back Gi Gi and Eva.  If you missed their first adventure you can read about it here. 

GiGi found the perfect spot right under the short zinnias.  This space gives her the perfect place to bird watch because she’s found Quail Grove to be this wonderful habitat for bird activity.

She snuggles under the zinnias at nightfall and awakens early each day in search of bird activity, it’s a great life…

Fairy in the garden

Eva however likes to be front and center because no matter where she turns flowers are present.  These flowers seem to inspire each adventure and a little bird told me she’s actually waiting for butterflies because she loves the detail on their wings.

I have a feeling she’s a night owl and will spend most of her time dreaming and exploring the details this little garden has to offer.

Fairy Gardens

A little fairy garden such as this offers the opportunity to have fun and play in the dirt where creativity is welcome.  Gi Gi and Eva have discovered a new space that welcome’s adventure and their thankful to be outside enjoying all the wonderful things at Quail Grove.

We could learn something from these fairies, perhaps we should all stop once in a while and enjoy the beauty of nature?

Fairy Garden Boxes with Natural Elements

By keeping a fairy garden simple you end up with a display that sparks happiness.  When it’s time to water these plants and remove old blooms you can be reminded that it’s the little things in life that sometimes spark the next best thing.

This project has inspired another new idea because I have this feeling Gi Gi and Eva will ready for a new adventure once fall arrives.

We’re making these fairy boxes in a July at the Make and Take Workshops so join me in some fun here.   If you want to make something similar from home paint and stencil details can be purchased online or at your favorite craft store. Have some fun this summer, design and plant your own fairy box.

Design and Plant your own Fairy Garden Box


Grow Culinary Lemon and Silver Thyme

Grow Culinary Silver and Lemon Thyme

Some folks use salt and pepper to taste up their food, I sprinkle fresh herbs because they add a flavor that will truly rock your world.

Years ago, my grandma taught me to grow and cook with culinary herbs; almost 40 plus years later I’m still cooking this way.  Not only do they add flavor to different types of food they also compliment a healthier lifestyle.

Thyme is one of my favorite herbs but there’s so many varieties sometimes it makes it difficult to choose.  My two favorites are Lemon and Silver, one has a nice solid green foliage and the other is variegated. Both taste amazing by themselves and their flavor multiplies when mixed with other herbs like basil, oregano and sage.

Culinary Silver Thyme

Planting Silver Thyme

I recently planted Silver Thyme in my Startle Garden and it’s just what that space needed.  The variegation was a nice touch adding contrast with the surrounding shades of green.

Planting in shades of green is neat and bringing these hues together adds foliage detail that’s simply energizing.

Herbs also bloom later in the summer with pretty little flowers. This is when the plant goes to seed and when I get inspired to make herb wreaths. 

Silver Thyme produces lilac flowers and the plant has lemon-scented green leaves edged in silver.  This variety grows and smells very similar to lemon thyme and their floral blooms are also similar.

Both also welcome the honey bees and butterflies making it the perfect addition to any garden.

Plant Care: Grow in well-drained soil in full sun and remember to lightly trim back after flowering.

Propagation is a dream by dividing in the spring or fall.  You can also take softwood cuttings in the early summer and semi-ripe cuttings in mid- to late summer. Sowing by seed in the spring is another option but remember they’re slow to germinate.

Thyme Woody Base Structure

The Woody Plant Base for Ground Cover

Both Silver and Lemon Thyme have a very woody plant base, new growth is much softer and tends to strengthen after blooming season.

The woody structure grows close to the ground so it makes for a strong plant that’s also easy to care for.  It only grows about 12 inches tall so if you’re seeking a pretty ground cover both silver and lemon thyme would be great options.

Garden Printables

How Lemon Thyme Grows

Many Culinary Thyme Varieties

I’ve included additional culinary Thyme varieties because it’s possible you may want to try these in your herb garden. There’s a number of plant options and isn’t it interesting how one category can sprout so many choices?

Plant care and propagation is very similar among them all and the main thing to remember is herbs thrive in full sun.  Here’s the thing though many will also do well in shaded areas; make sure they’re getting at least 6 – 8 hours of sunlight a day and you’ll be thrilled with the results.

Silver and Lemon are my favorites because they complement with other herbs.  I’m not sure if I’ll ever branch out from these two because my goal is to simplify the garden and only grow my favorites.

You may want to investigate following options to discover your front runners.

  • English Time
  • Penn. Dutch Tea Thyme
  • Orange Balsam Thyme
  • Juniper Thyme
  • Caraway Thyme
  • Italian Oregano Thyme
  • Grey Hill Lemon Thyme

Lemon Thyme also makes a great ground cover plant

So instead of grabbing the salt and pepper to add flavor think about growing some culinary herbs like Silver and Lemon Thyme.

Grandma always had this way of planting herbs around the yard that complimented her Italian cooking; I do the same because once an Italian always an Italian. Her food always tasted amazing and she rarely follow a recipe, instead she followed the flavor.  Guess what? I cook the very same way.

For more tips on growing thyme read here and consider branching out making your landscaping or garden offer more than just pretty things to look at.

Easy to Grow Culinary Herbs Like Silver and Lemon Thyme are great for natural flavor.

Fun at The Commerce Farmer’s Market

Fresh Produce and Market Crates at the Commerce Farmer's Market

When we lived in Greenville I shopped in Commerce all the time and now that we live in Cooper well I still shop there all the time.  It’s a simple place and Saturday we set up shop at their Farmer’s Market.

I’ve participated in markets before and this one by far was my favorite because the vendors and customers were all delightful.  I’ve never been to a market where folks were so friendly, helpful and positive.

I’m thrilled to say I’ll be back setting up shop every Saturday until the end of the season. I even took the opportunity to load up the Market Crate with my purchases and it worked like a charm.

Let me take you on a walk to all the fun things you’ll find, this is a talented group bringing homestead goodness right to the consumer.  I LOVE that!

Fresh Roasted Coffee

Are you a coffee drinker?

French Roasted Coffee is packaged right out of Campbell; this blend is better than fantastic.  They offer samples so make sure to give it a taste.

They also have spices that Robert snatched. I mixed the spice with fresh herbs, sliced tomato, onion and olive oil then did a simmer saute thing over fish and it was so good.

Fresh Pastries, veggies and Honey Commerce Texas Farmer's Market

We’re not stopping at coffee and spice because there was a produce supplier, which was perfect because my garden is a little on the late side this year.  We tried onions, tomatoes, squash, potatoes and peaches.  It was all really fresh and those potatoes were so tasty!

The honey people had a fantastic display and greeted me with smiles.  Understand y’all I show up and just start talking and I’m pretty sure some might wonder, “Where did this gal come from?”  There are no strangers in my world, this is just a trait I snatched from my grandma.

So yes, I do try my best to be a positive light.

As for those packaged pies she sold out and they’re fantastic too.  I tried these a couple weeks ago, make sure you buy 2 because you won’t want to share.

Fresh Baked Goods From Kauffmans at Commerce Texas Farmers Market

The Kauffman’s were set up right next to us and this is a sweet family.  The mother and girls prepare a wonderful selection of baked goods from bread to dessert, they have it all.

Sunday morning our breakfast consisted of Fresh bread from the Kauffman’s served with scrambled duck eggs, absolute perfection and reminded me I need to start raising poultry again.

Try their banana bread it’s so smooth and everything is made with farm fresh eggs.

Handmade Items at the Farmer's Market in Commerce Texas

This market has such a great variety, each vendor is unique and it’s a positive reminder of what makes this country great. When people do more, they shine and it shows.

From cut out cards, jewelry, caramel corn and hand crochet dish clothes it all represents homesteading.  Look at that dish cloth color isn’t it pretty? She has matching hot pads and her work is high quality, eventually I’m picking up a set for the RV.

More bread followed by tasty treats and Saturday I plan to hunt down a jar of Jam.  There’s even a nice selection of canned goods which looked amazing.

Candles by Pennfield are really nice and give the Lemon Verbena a smell, that’s another great product.  I light my candle when I’m writing because it creates a nice calm atmosphere.

So, it’s pretty noticeable I enjoyed myself.  The Commerce Farmer’s Market Opens at 8 am – till noon, right at the Square which makes access a breeze. Shop in minutes or stay awhile and enjoy great conversation because it really is a very friendly and inviting environment.

Garden Up Green at the Commerce Tx Farmers Market

Finally they had a new arrival on the scene, that would be me telling folks about the Make and Take Workshops, Garden Up Green and our Tiny Homestead project.  This Saturday I’m bringing some fun DIY with me so if you want to learn how to stencil stop by and make a board project.

My Project inventory will also be available for purchase.  Robert and I are both excited to be a part of a great community of people, life is good when you do more!