Little Boxes Made of Ticky Tacky

I live in suburbia. Every house looks just the same. The Weeds theme song come to mind about the “little boxes made of ticky-tacky and they all look just the same.”

This is good and this is bad. Bad because, well, every house looks the same. I’d tell you mine is the ‘beige one,’ but they’re all beige. It’s good because when every house looks the same, stealing design ideas from your neighbours is easy!

Whenever a new listing of a house for sale is posted, my wife and I quickly scour the photos online to get ideas for arranging furniture, decorating, or renovating. And just as we get ideas for inside, we get ideas for outside too.

This works whether or not your houses ‘all look just the same’ or not, really. As spring springs and the wheels start turning on the projects you could get together for your garden and exterior decorating, walk around your neighbourhood and see what other people are doing.

I’ve gone and checked out driveway side gardens

driveway gardens

Backyard retaining walls and plastic garden boxes

backyard garden ideas

Sideyard flower beds.

Side yard garden box

All of those within half a dozen houses of my own, all interesting project ideas for my new season with the Scotts Gro Crew.

That last one is the one I like best. Okay, I really like the retaining wall garden the best, but that’s a little above my experience level. Maybe for Season 3 I can get that far. I mean last year was the first year I really got into yard design and gardening.

I built a raised garden bed for the first time, had a bountiful harvest of vegetables, and this year, in addition to switching up the mix of veg, I’m wanting to add some flower beds to the front yard. This in addition to continuing to work on my lawn’s bald patches, and getting the healthy parts thicker and greener.

It’s a big project, so I’m starting to get my supplies ready! Follow #IGrewIt on social to track my progress and others on the Scotts Gro Crew and to share yours too!

Scotts IGrewIt Supplies

I’ve got Scotts Turf Builder Green Max to get deep greening in 3 days, Scotts Coated Grass Seed to jumpstart growth on my lawn along with Scotts EZ Seed to quickly fill in the dead spots.

Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix, Miracle-Gro Shake ‘n’ Feed will get my garden off to a good start. Scotts Outdoor Cleaner with Oxi Clean will help me polish up the furniture and decor to shine in the sun.

I’m starting growing some plants indoors with a seeding kit. We’re going to try some corn, different types of lettuce, beets, carrots, and onions this year.


Those are my plans, you should take the next week or so to get out and wander your neighbourhood to see if you can find inspiration with the new season and follow along with my projects and advice from the Scotts Gro Crew experts.

Here’s a contest to get you ready to say #IGrewIt this summer too!

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Disclosure: I’m a member of the Scotts Gro Crew.

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  1. Shannon May 13, 2016 at 11:05 am

    We usually have a pretty standard veggie garden but this year we are adding cauliflower, cabbage, parsnips, cucamelons and 6 kinds of squash. I’m also sprucing up and relocating a few flower beds as we are looking to sell in the next year!

  2. vicki demunck May 13, 2016 at 11:50 am

    #IGrewIt Starting a greenhouse

  3. tanyab79 May 13, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    We want to start growing many different vegetables when we move into our new home but must sell our current one first. 🙂

  4. Terri O'Donnell May 13, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    We have had a small veggie garden and a strawberry patch so this year we decided to add a flower garden to our front yard 🙂

  5. BobbiJo Pentney May 13, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    This year I have to do everything independently, figure out how to use a tiller and do all the labour on my own. I can do it !!!

  6. heidi c. May 13, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    We have two extensive vegetable gardens but our dream would be to set up a little greenhouse.

  7. Robyn Bellefleur May 13, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Growing vegetables in pots this year. #IGrewit

  8. Tara Betterley May 14, 2016 at 6:07 am

    My Big Garden Project will be the creation a fairy garden.
    I also want to start a small veggie garden. Just need to select the perfect place, (I am researching if I can grow veggies in planters to give me more options.)

  9. buzz May 14, 2016 at 10:15 am

    how fun!

  10. Glogirl May 14, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    The gardening project is my sister’s project and she has started all her seeds indoors and now just waiting for the weather to warm up to plant them in the garden.

  11. maria May 14, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I haven’t gardened before so planting a few veggies will be my big project.

  12. Julie bolduc May 14, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    I have a very very lol small garden of veggies

  13. gene d May 14, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    my vegetable garden
    Last year was a write-off so I’m hoping to grow double the vegetables this year! Need all the help I can get

  14. Jennifer D May 14, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    I want to start a small veggie garden this summer. My focus will be cucumber and tomatoes because they are my faves!

  15. jan May 14, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    #IGrewIt I just got my herb garden done

  16. Elaine D May 15, 2016 at 1:14 am

    #IGrewIt! I am trying to grow some Chinese carrots, chayote and goose berries for the first time in my garden. But I grew tomatoes of all sorts every year and shall continue to do so even though many times I have way too many and have to give many away to neighbors and friends.

  17. Lisa bolduc May 15, 2016 at 1:14 am

    Our condo finally agreed to take a crab apple tree down in my front yard. It makes such a mess in the fall and the roots and damaging my house. So that puts my front garden on hold until then. Once it’s gone I want to make a retaining wall and build up my garden. In the back I have an anti hill so i have to build a planter box and I am gonna try veggies for the first my life

  18. Kris Wilson May 15, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    My biggest gardening project this summer will be starting and maintaining a perennial garden.

  19. Kim K May 15, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    This is the first year that I get to pick from my asparagus patch, it’s been great so far!

  20. angela marriott May 16, 2016 at 8:17 am

    I want to plant and Herb garden. #IGrewIt

  21. Jana Liu May 16, 2016 at 11:54 am

    we are going to try and grow squashes and eggplants

  22. Amanda Fontaine May 16, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    13-120 Ulster Street
    This will only be our second year ever having a garden, we hope to just have success with what we plant like we had last year with our amazing produce we were able to harvest all summer long.

  23. Josh S May 16, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    I hope to grow some cucumbers and onions etc. It is nice to be able to grow some of my own food. #IGrewIt

  24. Wanda Tracey May 16, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    I am hoping to plant some Big Boy and Beef Steak tomatoes, some red onions and cucumbers.My neighbor and I plant different things and then we share them with each other in the fall.She plants things like beets,squash and zucchini.This works out so well for both of us as we both like canning and making relish and pickles.Thanks so much for this awesome opportunity. #IGrewIt

  25. Rebby May 16, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    I always have a big garden full of veggies. This year is no different with 13 kinds of tomatoes, 6 kinds of peppers, 6 kinds of carrots, 4 kinds of beans, and various herbs, kale and spinaches. I’m a tad obsessed!

  26. Carole Dube May 18, 2016 at 11:14 am

    I’m making the garden this year. My first time!

  27. Gord May 18, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    No garden for us this year. Time constraints have put it on the next years list. I will put in some flowers if I can get the time.

  28. buzz May 18, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    You go Carole!

  29. Darrah Bailey May 19, 2016 at 10:19 am

    I actually planted my very first garden with 7 rows and some raspberry bushes.. I will see how it turns out <3

  30. Donna L. May 19, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    I plan to try growing some veggies this year.

  31. Cassie Fancy May 20, 2016 at 9:48 am

    My little ones and I are growing alot of our own fruits and veggies this year . We also painted our own clay pots and the planted sunflower seeds . Teach them early the great skills of gardening

  32. Kevin L May 21, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Hmm, well, our garden really lacks colour lately, so I’d like to grow some vibrant veggies, like tomatoes or eggplants. And maybe even an apple tree or two.

  33. Jenny May 22, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    I just made some raised flower beds

  34. Jasen H May 23, 2016 at 5:11 am

    This year I’m growing tomatoes from seed. Hoping for a good result!

  35. Lushka Smith May 23, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I have limited space, so grow some tomatoes and herbs

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