Suffice to say, I have been out in the garden all week and simply enjoying every minute. I have been pretty productive and can not wait to show you what we have done so far. It looks like our Gardening to do List, will be completed a lot sooner then expected. Here is a recap of the things I wanted to have completed for the end of May:
I have been able to set up the greenhouse and it is working well. I will have a better idea once all my tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers start growing, but as of right now it is great. I really love having my own little space that I can retreat to. The greenhouse is about 6ft x 4ft, which is spacious, however when we decide to purchase the real McCoy, I will be going slightly larger at 8ftx6ft. Hey, you can never have too much growing space. Pics to follow.
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I was looking foward to building our own raised veggie garden wooden planters. Wow that is a mouthful. Raised Veggie Garden Wooden Planters, say that 10x, while tap your head and rubbing your belly. Hard.
Regardless, it was my intention to build it from scratch, however a few things came up, such as Stephen's surgery. My poor McNotwell suffers from Rhintis and had his Adenoids removed due to severe inflammation. He is doing fine, funny thing, I was advising everyone he was getting his Androids removed, HA HA! If he did have inflamed robots in his nose I can definately see how the would be uncomfortable. So what does this have to do with my wooden planters? Everything. Since Mr. McNotwell was well... not feeling well, I could not ask him to pick up the materials with his van. So instead, I did the next best thing. I ordered online.
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These planters are great as they are modular and you can easily change the configuration. Adding more planter space is mega easy, as the wooden planks just slot into the wooden posts. The beds are completely environmentally sound, hard wearing and the very best thing: they are treated with a non-toxic preservative that will not kill the worm & bugs in the compost or spoil your plants. I love the idea, so I ordered two! We should receive them for tuesday. Veggie Heaven!
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Create a potential mini wildflower patch in the backyard: WORK IN PROGRESS
This job is contingent on installing the raised beds. Once these beds are up and running, I can use the compost pile to fill the planters and get busy on getting that mini meadow completed. I am intrigued on how this will come out. Watch this space.
Front of the House
Create a small porch area in front of the house. PURCHASED Pergola.
I drafted a creative solution for our front door. I have created a mock up of what I would like, which sas really helped to steer me in the right direction.
This is our current door:
To our Mock Up:
I have purchased a small pergola for the front door. As with the planters, this was a project that I wanted to DIY however after much calculations, it was deemed cheaper to buy it made then to buy the raw materials. How does that work out? I have not a clue. Mass production maybe?
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I wanted to add a bit of curb appeal to our otherwise grey drab house. The cheapest way was to create a flower bed in the front yard. It was hard work people, but I wanted to do it right.
I will document this flower bed progress this season. Hopefully by July/August this should look bright and colorful. Unfortunately, I could not do anything to "prettify" the yucky manhole cover. Any Suggestions would be much welcomed.