My Green Thumb in the City – Updating our Backyard Patio with Kids!

Don’t just Garden – Harvest

Each and every Spring the one thing I most look forward to, as soon as the weather starts to warm up – is upgrading my garden.

Having a garden in the city isn’t easy. There isn’t much space, sunlight can be an issue and it can be tricky to maintain. We were lucky enough to buy a house with a bit of green space in the back patio area – it’s nice and rare to have that living in the city – but it’s one of my favorite spots in our home. It’s like an extension of our house, from the back of our kitchen – the doors open and we have sunlight, fresh air, it’s great. The boys LOVE spending time out there – we have a sprinkler, water table, all the bubbles, chalk and a little kid table where they enjoy dining al fresco. Ha.

BUT since we live in Philadelphia where we get to truly enjoy {or NOT – I’m looking at you long winter} all four seasons, we don’t get to take advantage of the outside space all year long. It’s always super exciting when it’s FINALLY nice enough to spend time out there every day. YAY, SPRING!

We’ve been in our house 5 years now and each spring I do a little bit of an update and refresh to the back patio area. New plants, fresh mulch – to change it up a bit, and also to see what made it through the winter.

I was so excited to partner with Harvest Organics this season while I work on my garden. Being outside and spending as much time in the fresh air with my kids is so important to me – and I’m lucky we get to do it right outside our back door, but I want it to look nice too! Harvest Organics means planting with “clean” dirt – ensuring the garden grows without any added chemicals, pesticides or preservatives! Their soils are made from a variety of compostable materials rerouted from landfills which helps reduce waste to create a greener planet. I was very excited to get my green thumb on this season!

Our first stop for our garden upgrade – Lowe’s

A few of the essentials to refresh our garden and flower pots for the season.

With two little boys, I’m pretty sure that it goes without saying thay they like to get dirty, so with this project I put them to work.

We cleared out the mess of a garden that was the result of a crazy long, cold winter here in Philadelphia. Lots to pull out + remove before we could see what we were working with.

Here’s the before – not cute:

Once we cleared everything away, it was wonderful to see new life making its way up through the ground. Now, we just needed to give it a little bit of a boost.

With some fresh organic garden soil +  mulch along with some new plants, it was a fun transition to change up our back patio area, and so much nicer to look at through our back windows and doors – check it out:

I can’t wait to see all the flowers and the rest of the plants popping up! It’s so much cleaner + greener. The boys were a fan too and got right to work with their construction toys. #boymom

And just for fun, here’s a side-by-side:

Next, it was time to get to work on the front planters.

I had a little sidekick to assist.

For this job we put to good use the Harvest Organics Potting Mix, and gave these pretty flowers a new home.

Here’s the finished product, I think it turned out really nice and I can’t wait to see the flowers grow a bit as the season moves on!

I will for sure keep you posted on how our garden grows {ha!} with our new organic soil and potting mix, but we are a few weeks in and i can already see the plants thriving.

Now I’d love to hear – Do you have a green thumb? Please share!

A little more about Harvest Organics: Parent company, Harvest, is the largest processor of yard and food waste in North America, managing to keep nearly 2,000,000 tons of waste from ending up in landfills.  By recycling these scraps, Harvest turns waste into organic gardening products that then feed the earth to, in turn, feed people (e.g. vegetables, fruits, herbs, grasses, trees, flowers) to create a more sustainable planet.

Don’t just garden, Harvest.


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  • Reply Patricia McDermott May 30, 2018 at 7:48 am

    Wow – what a transition and it looks beautiful! Glad you got some good help too!

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  • Reply Corten December 24, 2021 at 3:42 am

    All the ideas are great and working. I want to plant the flower plants in my tiny garden and need some more ideas. Help me to make my garden beautiful with your outstanding ideas.

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