Hello, friends! Today’s one of my favourite days in the blogging world as we’re kicking off this year’s OUTDOOR EXTRAVAGANZA! Can you believe it’s the 6th go-around for this series already? We’ve certainly tackled our fair share of outdoor projects. Some of my favourites from past years are my tool box planters, rustic bench container garden and flea market table setting.
If you haven’t started working outdoors yet, now’s the time! I promise you’ll be inspired to get your hands dirty updating your outdoor space so you’re ready to host that summer party or simply kick back and soak up some glorious sunshine.
I’ve invited some of my favourite bloggers to join me once again. Some have been with me almost from the beginning, but you’ll see a few newcomers as well. Over the next few Thursdays, we’ll be sharing our Plants & Flowers projects, Outdoor Decorating & Entertaining ideas, as well as Build-it & Paint projects.
Then, on May 26th, we invite you to come back for one big OUTDOOR EXTRAVAGANZA link party, where you can share your own outdoor projects and discover something new!
To kick things off, we’re sharing our PLANTS & FLOWERS projects today…
If there’s someone in your life who’s a gardener and foodie, this “Grow a Tomato Sauce Garden” gift basket is perfect. Still trying to come up with a Mother’s Day present? You can put this gardening kit together in almost no time at all. Or consider it instead for Father’s Day, a birthday, for the hostess or any other spring occasion.
I started with a quick trip to a local garden centre to pick up the herbs and tomato plants. Tomato sauce can be made using all kinds of ingredients, but for this one I selected:
- Roma Tomato
- Cherry Tomato
I also grabbed some onion bulbs and a package of carrot seeds.
As with most plants from the greenhouse, these ones came in unattractive plastic pots. So, I decided to transfer them into inexpensive terracotta pots.
To keep track of the plants, I created better looking garden markers too. You can place the labels that came with the pots into an envelope and tuck them into the gift basket. Quite often, they contain additional information for optimal growing conditions or recipe ideas, so pass them along.
See how I made these vegetable and herb markers.
Almost any basket or bin will do. Just make sure it’s large enough.
I selected a galvanized one that can double as a planter or be used for summer entertaining. I have a similar bin that sits on the bottom shelf of our outdoor bar cart. Filled with ice, it’s perfect for cold beverages.
For the liner, I used tissue paper for some height covered with an oversized tea towel. I also used some shredded paper on top to keep the tea towel from getting dirty.
Then, I assembled the whole basket starting with the potted plants.
For the onions, I simply removed the cardboard label from the top, cut a bit of the plastic mesh down and tied it up with jute string. I added the onion label to the same envelope as the herb and tomato labels and placed them all into the bin.
I tucked the carrot seed envelope in between the pots too. Feel free to add other seed packets, like celery or spinach.
To finish the whole thing off, I printed a “grow your own tomato sauce” card and attached it to the bin with a tiny clothespin.
Here’s the graphic I created that you can download and print onto a 4×6 card or envelope (for personal use only). I got the vintage basil herb image from the graphics fairy.
Simply click on the image to download and save as a PDF. Choose these settings: 4×6 paper size, fit to page and black and white on your printer (or colour if that’s what you prefer).
Have someone in mind who would love this tomato sauce garden kit? Pin it for later!
Ready to take a look at the other Plants & Flowers projects?
Some of my blogging friends are sharing their own outdoor gardening ideas. Stop by and say “hello” (we love comments and shares)!
How to Give a Basic Clay Pot a Beautiful Copper Patina Finish by The Happy Housie
Faux Succulent Bird Cage Planter by Making it in the Mountains
Tomato Sauce Garden Gift Basket by Satori Design for Living
Paint Dipped Succulent Log Planter by The DIY Mommy
Front Porch Planters by Craftberry Bush
Spring Patio Flowers by Elliven Studio
The Best Tip for Filling Large Planters by So Much Better with Age
Be sure to come back next Thursday, May 18th to see our Outdoor Decorating & Entertaining projects. Also, mark your calendars for the Outdoor Extravaganza wrap-up link party on Friday, May 26th, where you can show us what you’ve been doing to get outdoor ready!
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