25 Jun 2013

GARDEN PROGRESS TOUR

We've made some progress in the garden.  Yay!  Last time I showed you what it looked like this spring:

And here it is now...
I think it's looking a little better. No?  The biggest difference is the cedar raised garden beds that Tech Guy built for me.  We originally planned to just have the two larger ones with an herb snail in the middle, but then I thought it would look nice and clean to have the herb garden in a raised bed as well.

I really like that we decided to make the ends have this modern take on a dovetail joint.  

The bed on the left is filled with strawberries.  We may still have to build a net to keep the squirrels out.  The smaller bed holds the herbs.  I put the mint in its own pot since it tends to takeover.  The bed on the right is filled with some veggies:  peppers, leafy lettuce, peas, celery and carrots.  We'll see how they grow with our black walnut.

The flowers in the garden were mostly not flowering yet, but they were pretty much all transplanted from Mummu's garden.  I tried to mirror the plants on either side of the bed for some symmetry.  

The flower garden is going to be a bit of an experiment to see which flowers will thrive near the black walnut tree in our yard.  Mummu gave us some irises, echinacea, pin cushion flowers, a white bleeding heart, and flox.  We already had an iceberg rose in there and transplanted some tall flowers from our front garden (don't know what they're called).  I chose to put in flowers that were either white or some shade of purple, but may add some other colours once I see which flowers flowers do well.  It will also be fun to see how this garden changes once all the flowers begin to fill in.

There are a couple of other DIY projects near or around the garden as well.  Tech guy built the cedar fence to provide some privacy when we're on the deck.  We used this plan.  I planted some hydrangeas that are doing okay below it.  I'm really hoping they will continue to do well.  I think they will look so nice when they're mature against that fence.

We also have some hydrangea standards flanking the two larger raised beds and Tech Guy made the tree stakes out of some copper pipe from our basement reno, which is still on hold while we do all the waterproofing to the house. :(  I really can't wait to get that space going again. 

Were you worried that I forgot to add these guys to this post?
I wasn't able to get too many photos with the boys since Co-pilot kept eating the mulch. :)  

That's our garden for now and I'm really hoping it will fill in nicely over the years and that we'll have lots of pretty flowers (my fingers are crossed!).

17 comments:

  1. I gasped when I saw the after picture! These boxes look fantastic, and unique...haven't seen that design before. Your garden is going to look great all filled in in a few years. Love the symmetry of the plan too...an organized garden is always great!

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad we made the boxes. It helps to make the garden look a little more substantial before the flowers/plants really grow in.

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  2. Little better???? It's a whole lot of difference in those two and what you've done looks amazing. Love those raised boxes. And yes, I was starting to wonder about where the two little darlings were lurking. :D

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    1. I seem to have a really hard time writing a post without at least one picture of my pilots! :)

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  3. Your garden is looking great! Hopefully now that your flowers aren't really sharing the same soil as the tree, that they will grow! I can't wait to see all the colours!
    I love how you guys built the boxes. Looks awesome!

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    1. Thanks Kathryn. We were thinking the same thing when we built the garden beds. It'll be fun to see what will end up growing there.

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  4. Oh wow, what a fabulous garden. Love it. I would love for you to link this up to my 170th Inspire Me Tuesday party that is ongoing. - -http://www.astrollthrulife.net/2013/06/170th-inspire-me-tuesday.html Hugs, Marty

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  5. ooh, it's looking fabulous! I love how you did the garden beds with the joints. I'm impressed with everything you've gotten done--I've still got my one lonely garden bed waiting for us to build it some friends :)

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  7. I love the way your raised garden beds look! So pretty. I might try adding mulch around my home's raised garden beds.

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  8. These are nice-love the dovetail looking ends.Your vegetables and herbs should do well.

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  9. I love the raised beds. Your garden looks wonderful. Thank you for sharing. It's my first visit to your blog. Can't wait to look around.
    Blessings,
    Kim

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  10. Great job with the raised beds. You will get many years of enjoyment out of your garden. Don't forget to rotate your crops every year. Hugs, Holly
    http://coconutheadsurvivalguide.com/blog/

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  11. These raised beds look fabulous! What a beautiful garden you have. I'm stopping by from Tatertots & Jello (#26 Easy & Flavorful Italian Chicken #37 Favorite Crock Pot Recipes) Have a great weekend!

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  12. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    Your garden is beautiful! Tending to a garden is so incredibly relaxing and rewarding. Thanks for sharing your photos!

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