Irisies | The Nerd Nest Gardening

The year, I’m going to share monthly gardening updates! At the end of April, things aren’t looking too exciting in my little urban garden. But I think looking at the progress will be interesting. Keeping a gardening record also helps me learn what works and what doesn’t.

Gardening in my little urban shaded yard is tricky, so I try to work with what I’ve got. The results are a little silly looking, but thankfully my neighbors couldn’t care less.

In April, the prettiest thing in my yard are these irises, which are on their way out. These were a nice came-with-the-house surprise.

Peas  | The Nerd Nest Gardening

My budget is smaller this year, so I’m working on growing more things from seed. I’ve had wonderful luck with peas in the past (though Jonas eats them all before I can get them inside), so we planted those again. I need to make little fences for them to climb on now that they’ve poked up!

Container Gardening  | The Nerd Nest Gardening

I’ve also got seeds going in containers–I planted milkweed to help out the Monarch butterflies (I got donation based seeds here! You have to plant the right kind for your area.) and carrots. Carrots need soil that is much richer than anything I’m going to get in my yard, so they are great for container gardening. I just added some drainage holes to a big plastic tote and added the seeds in! This worked last year, but the bunnies and squirrels got them. This year I’ll be ready for ‘em.

Lemon balm  | The Nerd Nest Gardening

Chocolate Mint Returns | The Nerd Nest Gardening

I’m also waiting to see what comes back on the herbs front. So far the lemon balm and chocolate mint have come out of hibernation.

Find your sunny spot and get silly with it  | The Nerd Nest Gardening

The most happenin’ gardening spot right now is this little corner. It gets the most sun, so it gets the most plants.

Thornless Blackberries  | The Nerd Nest Gardening

The thornless blackberry vines we planted a few years ago should be producing this year.

Pumpkin  | The Nerd Nest Gardening

Lots of pie pumpkin seeds sprouted in our compost, so we planted a few and gave the rest to our neighbor.

Sunflower | The Nerd Nest Gardening

Jonas picked out a few things to plant from the hardware store. He wanted sunflowers (not sure if that will work).

Strawberries  | The Nerd Nest Gardening

He also picked out strawberries, which go in our buried container here.

Raised bed with concrete blocks  | The Nerd Nest Gardening

This will be my lettuce spot! I need to clean up my raised concrete beds from last year.

Starting Indoors  | The Nerd Nest Gardening

I also have a few things started indoors. I love cooking with basil, but it isn’t warm enough for it outside yet. And I’ve been using Pinterest tricks for growing from scraps to re-grow a few things–the romaine is coming along really well!

Urban Garden  | The Nerd Nest Gardening

Urban Gardening  | The Nerd Nest Gardening

It’s a slower start than usual, but we’ll have herbs aplenty and produce alittle before we know it!


This year it’s my goal to complete 52 Projects. Projects can be art, crafts, home improvement, tech, gardening, or whatever else my brain might venture into. They might be collaborative or independent. The point is to MAKE. I’m numbering in the order these projects are shared.

This is project 8 of 52! Check out the other projects: 1: Class Quilt / 2: Valentines with Eliza / 3: Crabitat / 4-7: Refinishing Our Hardwood Floors + Other Room Updates.