Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Organic Garden and Nicholas House update

I wanted to share a few pictures of our organic garden that we just built in our neighborhood.  We had a man who had resided in Peachtree Park for 50 years or so, and  when he passed away a few years ago, he left money in his will for a neighborhood project.  I thought a small renovation for everyone would be nice.  Apparently people had other ideas.  Oh well...I tried :)
My friend Jan spearheaded the whole thing......You could buy a plot for $300.00.  Farmer D who is one of the premier organic gardeners in the southeast built all the beds and provided the organic dirt for us.  You should really check out his story here.

Here are a few pictures of how it turned out.
This is Farmer D.  He will come to your house and build you a plot.  If you live in Atlanta.

The entrance.
21 plots...all sold out.
We also have bees....
Here is a closeup...learning about bee's was fascinating to me...it's pretty complicated.

Ok...since this is a design blog...here are a few pictures of what I found in someones trash the other day....
Yep...can you believe it???  And two more
Trash...free....all mine!

Nicholas House is in full swing.  Today was the third day and even though I know I have made progress...I still feel like I am  trying to climb a pole that has been greased.  I know it will get done.  We still have Thursday and Friday but we can only work from 9-2 everyday.  Dang it goes so fast, like a second.

Here are a few updates.
You guys remember my room?  Well it was empty but someone moved in before we could start.  I thought I was being so clever to pick an empty room.  Guess everyone is laughing at me now.  Plus it is the second largest room.  I'm not complaining...just saying.  Lots of beds and bedding!

OK...this is how I rearranged it.  Today I went through every bag and folded and hung up.  Yep.  Even though you think it's a lot...it is ALL they have.

Here is a little progress....Stay tuned......

Honestly everyday I have felt like Mel Gibson in Braveheart...
Coming in with a lot of energy and ready to go.  Thinking I can whip this out in one day.  I have been humbled with the amount work it is taking...and it is so hot my sweat was sweating....just threw my  shirt away after the first day.

More later...off to Target for the 100th time this week.


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26 comments:

Erika Ward said...

Your organic community garden sounds like a lot of fun. Maybe Farmer D could come over and do a little something in my backyard. We definitely have the space.

I agree with you 1000% about the work we are doing at Nicholas House. You have really been all hands on deck with this thing. I love working next door to you and hearing you talk to yourself, lol.

It's just hilarious to hear someone speaking your complete thoughts aloud. See ya tomorrow, Babe!

L.Duncan said...

BRILLIANT!!!! I was just wondering what I was going to do about the clothes!!! Okay, great idea. I'm going to go through the clothes and sort things tomorrow. Didn't know I could do that!!!

L.Duncan said...

Just wanted to say something else, nah, thats not a lot!

Jessie said...

I like those artwork! Who in their right mind would throw these out? Well, good news for you, you scored something free and beautiful. Anyway, where are you planning to use the artwork? In the Nicholas House? Or you own home? Just wondering...

Btw, the organic garden looks great!

Have a fabulous day.

Jessie

Tiffany @ Savor Home said...

Your room is looking great! As expected! I love the nighstand!!! I WISH I could have been there all week to help you guys out.

Love the idea of the community garden. And may I just say- Farmer D is a cutie!!!!!

Cindy said...

The garden is fabulous! I just love it. And... i don't know how you're doing it with redecorating that room, with no money, and so little time. It already looks so much better though. Sounds like quite a challenge, whoa... I admire that you have taken on this project, it's really cool...

Cindy

Kathysue said...

Sherry what a great idea to have an organic garden in your neighborhood. You gals are working so hard and I am so impressed with your great attitudes and stamina!!! I know you will look back on this as one of the highlights in your design career. Keep it up sweety I am cheering you on from Calif.Goooooooo Sherrrrrry!!!!! xo Kathysue

Marianne {Style For Living} said...

Holy Smokes, Sherry! You have been busy! The garden is really amazing. Too bad I don't live in Atlanta to have Farmer D come over! Cannot believe what you find in the trash! And, the room is coming along so well. Nothing like a million trips to Target! It will be worth it in the end. xo

angela | the painted house said...

What a fabulous community garden!

Free original sweet art? You've done something right! :)

Your room is coming along wonderfully--amazing what you took on in that space!

Cathy Wall said...

What a wonderful project going on at Nicholas House, your room looks like it has come a long way and I imagine it will be fab when you get through. Good thing you still have time for hunting down bargains in all of the best places!!!! The neighborhood garden is amazing too, what a wonderful gift to your community.
Cathy
BTW got my BHG today, awesome spread, congrats.

The Remnant Room said...

Wow! You have to frame up those water colors! They would make a fabulous grouping. Many kudos for all you're doing in your community! Have a great day!
Paula

Acanthus and Acorn said...

What a great idea for your community! The "trash" you found is just incredible, look forward to seeing what you do with them!

I just saw your post about your floors and dishwasher! I went through something similar, but I think possibly less extensive. Just had my floors refinished and posted the befores and afters. Hang in there!

Splendid Willow said...

You are good!

I love everything you do and I love your attitude. You are part of making a lot of people very happy!

Warm hugs,

Mon

Lissa @ After Adornment said...

Love that your neighborhood has an organic garden! When I have the space someday I hope to have a small one....now I know who to call!
Can't wait to see all of the reveals for Nicholas House. Looks like everyone is making great progress, and I can only imagine how much work it all is....wish I could have taken off work to come and help, but the bills must be paid :(
Oh, and jackpot on that art!!

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

What a great community project. Can I just say that I think your life must be all daisies and sunshine in you live in a place named Peachtree Park:) Love your found treasures. I think it's so awesome that you're part of a great project. Good luck with it!

classic • casual • home said...

I cannot believe you got those water colors for FREE. The organic garden is so impressive.

The Vintique Object said...

Laughing at the thought of you looking like Braveheart! The Nicholas House is going to be fabulous, if I know anything about you.

Kat said...

Love the neighborhood garden! How fabulous! I can't believe you found those paintings in the trash, what a lucky day indeed!

Lisa MendeDesign said...

Love the organic garden! also love your heart for the project! I know exactly how you feel. As an Interior Designer, who is trying to start a charity, take care of children and build a design business and blog, I feel like Linda Blair! At least your pick is respectable...

Julie Khuu said...

That's AMAZING!!! What an incredible source of farmers' fresh goods and all in the name of sustainability...I love this post! Sooooo inspiring! Now if I could get my suburban SoCal city to partake, that would be quite a feat!

xo-Julie

Haute Khuuture Blog

My Interior Life said...

Wow! What a post - too much for one. That garden is amazing! That "trashed" art? Who would do that? Lucky you! And, your room will be fabulous. Can't wait to see the finished product!

eclecticrevisited said...

too fun! awesome about the community organic garden and that you found those watercolors!!!
can't wait to see how you use them...
maureen

Joyce said...

I love the idea of the neighborhood garden. Oh my friend you did a wonderful job at the home! xo

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

One of my father's best friend's runs a non-profit in the Bay Area called "La Mesa Verde", where they also build beds and plant gardens for low & middle income families. I had just been thinking this week that I wanted him to come out and build one in my backyard, but clearly that's a bit cost prohibitive! Farmer D might just be the answer to my prayers, so I'm off to check him out now. Right now I'm wishing I lived in PP...

Mona Thompson said...

The neighborhood garden is a fabulous idea. I would really love that. Keeping you in my thoughts. I am amazed with all you have on your plate right now. Hang in there girl!

Kristen said...

can't wait to see how your room turned out!! great to see you this week! so funny, too - the two little girls in the first photo with farmer D are my best friend's cousins! isn't it a small world??? abbe and izzy...do you know them?!? i painted for them when i first started my business, too. so funny!!