Do you ever dream of having a farmhouse garden where you can grow your own food, raise chickens, and enjoy the beautiful bounty of nature? Fixer Upper star and entrepreneur Joanna Gaines is living that dream!
As Joanna wrote on Instagram, “Gardening is good for the soul. Get your hands dirty and plant something today. Pulling weeds, pruning plants, and enjoying the fruits of your labor is therapy.”
Joanna’s best advice for wannabe gardeners is to start small and keep things simple. She started growing herbs since they were useful, beautiful, and easy to grow. On her blog, Joanna warns that herbs will “actually run rampant if you let them.”
She began growing herbs on her windowsill and soon came to love watching her plants thrive. It helped that her children were interested, too. Soon, she was working on a small, fenced garden plot in her yard–where, she admits, a few plants died.
But Joanna and her family learned as they worked and played. And five years later, she had the knowledge and skills to create a truly impressive European-style farmhouse garden.
Her Favorite Plants
Every year, Joanna likes to plant certain veggies, fruits, and flowers for her family–and the diners at the Magnolia Table restaurant–to enjoy. For vegetables, Joanna puts the emphasis on salad greens, peppers, broccoli, butternut squash, and eggplant. She also grows lots of strawberries and watermelons, as well as herbs like sage and rosemary for cooking.
Joanna makes time to grow her favorite flowers as well as food crops. You’ll find honeysuckle, peonies, and roses alongside the more practical plants. She often uses homegrown flowers when styling renovations or photo spreads for her magazine.
One secret to her success? Raised beds! Not only do the beds look more attractive and use space efficiently, but they also make it easier for Chip and Joanna’s little ones to participate in gardening.
Making the Space Her Own
The farmhouse garden makeover in season five of Fixer Upper gave all of us big ideas. But the crown jewel of the project was Joanna’s adorable she-shed. While it looks like a fairy tale cottage, the structure serves a purpose.
The mini-cottage includes shelves for her many gardening and cookbooks, a large farmhouse sink and worktops, storage for all her tools, and a table where she can work.
While we’d love to wake up tomorrow morning and have Joanna’s garden in the backyard, it’s important to tailor the design and function of your space to you and not something you’ve seen on TV or in a magazine.