DIY Rustic Herb Garden Ladder

Spring is finally here and that means it’s time to plant! Herb gardens are a great way to save some money and add fresh flavor to any dish you are creating. But just because you want to have an herb garden in your home, doesn’t mean you have to buy one of those cheap looking plastic containers. Instead, why not opt for something a bit more rustic that fits in with your home decor? The great thing about this project is that there are many ways you can change it up to fit your style. And, it’s fairly inexpensive to make – total cost being around $25 depending on materials used.

Base Materials Needed

Herbs – Any local store or nursery will have them. I choose peppermint, cilantro, Italian oregano, and lemon thyme and onion chives. Choose herbs you normally use in your cooking. (Peppermint is great for making tea!)

Metal pots – I found these particular ones at Ikea for 63 cents!

A rustic ladder – search Facebook for sale groups and Craigslist. I got this one for $10. You can paint the ladder if you wish.

Sisal rope – or any type of tying material that fits your décor style. Cotton rope, paracord, twin – you have many options that can change the feel of this project.
(Potting soil, pea pebbles, scissors, labels, and shipping tape were also used to duplicate my look!)

How to Make

Step 1: label your new pots. I used printable shipping labels to create a nice look with a border and fun font. Then, for an extra touch, I used edging scissors to cut them out. Have fun and be as creative as you want. You could paint the names of the herbs on the pots, uses markers, Hodge Podge – really you are only limited by your own imagination! You can even tape the label from the herb on the side of the pot – that will give your project more of a country garden feel.

Tip: I used shipping tape over my labels so that they won’t get ruined when watering.

Step 2: Repot your herbs. If your pots do not have holes (which you probably won’t want them to if you are having this inside), put a layer of pea pebbles at the bottom of each pot. Fill with potting soil and your herb plant.

Step 3: Prepare the ladder. If you are going to paint the ladder, or decorate it in any way, now is the time to do it. I left mine natural because it was a nice, dark wood.

Step 4: Tie on the pots. You can be as fancy or as clumsy with your knots as you want, it really doesn’t matter as long as they are secure. The easiest way is to wrap the rope around the pot, having the long end go up and the other end around it like a slip-knot. Wrap long end up over the rung, down between the pot and the rope, under the pot and back to the other side and secure. (This is easier with a helper!) Cut off access rope at both ends and secure with shipping tape.

Step 5: Display! You can leave your ladder leaning against a window, or you can hang it vertically or horizontally from the ceiling in front of a window. For hanging, make sure you secure to ceiling studs and use appropriate hardware.

Now all you have to do is water your herbs and enjoy!

 

 


Janet 
SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate


5 Tips to Continue Using your Outdoor Space through the Fall

Well, it’s October November again in the Pacific Northwest…Again!

Not ready for patio season to end? Maximize the use of your outdoor space even if there’s a little chill in the air. Try these five ways to warm up and extend patio season well into the fall months:

Build a Fire Pit — The nice thing about living in the Pacific Northwest is even when it gets cold…it really doesn’t get that cold! Take full advantage of our tempered climate and build a fire pit. This patio or yard accessory provides the perfect ambiance for roasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories. Don’t forget to leave enough space for friends and family to pull up a deck chair, as fire pits tend to draw a crowd.

Add an Outdoor Heater — Sure, when we do get our dry periods, it’s nice to spend a few hours conversing on the deck. So, when temperatures start to dip, an outdoor heater can keep a patio area cozy and comfortable. There are many options to choose from, including propane, electric, tabletop and stand-alone models.

Warm Up the Porch — A screened-in porch can get too cold for comfort without protection from chilly fall drafts. Adding curtains or shutters can help block the breeze and keep warm air in, turning this favorite summertime space into a fall retreat.

Install a Hot Tub — Now we’re talking! Turn your backyard or patio into a year-round refuge for family and friends by adding a hot tub. Don’t forget an insulation cover to keep the heat in and leaves and debris out.

Enclose your Deck– If you’re willing to make an investment, you can update your patio or deck with a nice surround tent or go all out and build a screened in area with heated flooring, also known as radiant heating, or have an outdoor fireplace installed. Both extend the usability of outdoor spaces into the colder months.


Janet 
SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate


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Janet 
SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate


Show Your House You Love it this Valentines Day

Valentines Day is Big Business…and your house is your Biggest Financial Investment! So, show it some Love this year!

Love your house this Valentines DayIf you’re like me, you love Valentines Day. Sure, some will say, it’s really just a way to sell tons of chocolates and flowers but if you look at the spirit of Valentines Day, it’s really about appreciation and investing in a long term relationship. And what can be more important than appreciating and investing in your home!

With Spring just a few weeks away, most of us are readying our Home Improvement To-Do lists. And just like taking the time and care to pick out just the right card and favorite chocolates for that special someone, making certain you are spending your time and money on the right projects will go a very long way in insuring you and your house will live a long and happy life together!

What Should you Get for your House this Valentines Day?

Let’s look at what you need first to show your house how much you appreciate it!

Your house does a lot for you to keep you warm and comfortable, so making sure you spend a little time and money insuring your furnace and HVAC are both functioning at their highest efficiency will put a big smile on everybody’s face. You might also consider what it looks like to add new windows and doors as a wise investment not only for the comfort of you and your family but as a financial gain to the overall value of your home. Plus, new windows and doors just make your house look good!

If we are looking at a big ticket item this year, we don’t need to go much further than roof, siding and paint. Nothing says, “I don’t care” like a leaky or worn out roof. I’ve driven by more than a few houses lately with the ugly blue tarp screaming “My homeowner hates me”! You may as well just give your significant other Brussels Sprouts instead of Chocolates this Valentines Day!

Show your House how Much you Care this Valentines Day?

In a perfect world, we’d all have enough time and money to do the things we want to do. That includes homeowners projects. Instead, invest your time to make  more minor repairs and changes to your home…both inside and out.

  • Schedule a few hours a week to work on little things like flower beds and general landscaping. 
  • Spend some time at your local home shows or visit your home improvement stores for weekly classes and inspiration.
  • Get a few friends together for a work and Pizza party…clear those pesky overgrown areas of your property and have fun doing it.
  • Fences and rockeries are a great place to add a bit of pizzazz without spending a ton.
  • Give your garage door a makeover with a fresh coat of paint.

Don’t skimp on materials for your house this Valentines Day

What does it say to your mate when you do just what you have to do to show them you made an effort this Valentines Day? Same is true for your home. Listen, this is your largest financial investment and it’s also where you are going to live and raise your family…don’t risk either by doing just what you have to do to maintain it!

Spending a few more hours and a couple of extra bucks to maintain the appearance and overall functionality of your home is certainly as important as your relationships you have! Respect and invest in both and you’re certain to enjoy your home for a very long time.

 

 


Janet 
SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate


Time To Hit The Garden and Get Those Spring Colors Growing

With it being so warm and sunny lately, my mind starts wondering towards my garden.

red-417106_1280I was thumbing through my mail earlier this week and to my great pleasure, my garden catalog appears in my mailbox! Every year I get my yearly gardening reminder in January that spring is just around the corner and to get those green thumbs ready to go! And of course, with how nice it’s been, I immediately ran out to my garden to see what goes where and thinking, “When can I plant something?”

In most parts of the country, it’s still winter in every sense of the word. Just ask our friends on the East Coast who are digging out of 2-3 feet of snow. But here in our little corner of heaven, we have enjoyed a very tempered Winter with some recent record breaking warmth. So, why not get my gardening gear ready?

January is a great time to start planning which vegetable varieties I’ll be growing in my garden this year. This is also the time of the year I start some of my more hardy flower varieties. And since it has been so warm, I may be able to plant certain vegetables although I know they must be ready for any frost.

What Kind of Veggies Do I Plant This Time of the Year?

Mainly I stick with Tomatoes and Peppers to start
I try and get a head start on the growing season by starting my seeds indoors. Most tomatoes and peppers will take 45 to 60 days before I dare put them in the ground but again, I might be a bit early this year…who knows!

Onions are my favorites
Last January I started my onion seeds indoors since it was so warm last year as well. The trick I was taught was to let the onions grow to 5-6 inches tall and then cut the tops down to about 3 inches and simply repeat until you put those babies in the ground. This is a great way to make sure the roots are good and strong.  Heck, last year we had some real tasty Walla Walla’s!

Lettuce too
This is also a good time to get your crop of salad mix greens ready. I usually go for a variety that enjoy getting that Northwest sunshine while it’s not too hot!

What About Flowers?

Annual and Perennial Flowers are just about ready
Now is the time I get my flowers germinating and ready for spring! Of course since this is a real estate blog and I am a real estate broker, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how nice that home will look in the Spring when it goes on the market with all those beautiful Zinnas and Marigolds adorning the walkway. And yes I know I need to wait until after last frost before I go crazy but I just can’t help thinking about those sweet smelling flowers popping out of the ground a little earlier this year!

Get your garden planning started. February, as I mentioned, is a super time to start your tomatoes and peppers. Soon I will start picking just the right spot in my garden for all the vegetables I plan growing. 

 

 


Janet 
SimonsI am passionate about Real Estate and eager to answer all of your real estate questions! Text or Call me at 360-880-2356 or email me directly to ask about Buying, Selling or Investing in today's Real Estate Market - serving Lewis County & Thurston County, WA.

Janet Simons | Certified Residential Specialist | Real Estate Broker
Mountain Valley Real Estate