5 Jun 2013

MY LITTLE GARDENER & A BEFORE TOUR

We have been busy working outside in the garden the past couple of weeks.  Little Pilot is becoming quite the gardener. :)  

Today, I wanted to give you a a quick "before" tour of the garden we have been tackling {or just an excuse to post some pics of Little Pilot :) }.  We first made this garden last year and here is a picture of it right after we had it cut out and the cedar fence/screen installed:  
 We had just started planting a few things at this point: blueberries and strawberries, herbs,  flowering standards (hydrangea and lilac) and more hydrangeas in front of the cedar fence.

But this is what it looked like this spring:
Yikes! Right?  All that grass we took out came right back.  Obviously we didn't end up mulching the garden enough or should have put some kind of weed barrier.  We also have a black walnut tree in our yard and discovered that it is toxic to many plants.  That may explain why our blueberries, rhubarb, etc. are not doing very well.  So, basically, this year we had to start over and turn this garden bed again as well as find some plants that will do better near our black walnut.  

In the photos of Little Pilot you can see we've already gotten a start on this project.  We have built some raised garden beds for my berries, veggies and herbs in hopes that they will grow better.  The blueberry bushes and rhubarb need to be transplanted and I have plans to add some flowers to either end of the garden.  We also have to add a ton of mulch to try and keep that grass from growing back.

I read somewhere that marigolds are good to plant near vegetable gardens - they attract "good" bugs or something like that.  Little Pilot had fun planting them.  He was excellent at digging the holes (soil was flung quite a distance), taking the plants out of the containers (many a marigold lost their bloom) and placing the flower in the hole (sometimes upside down and/or sideways).  It was so much fun watching him try and do it all by himself that I forgot to worry about him destroying the plants in the process. :)

Right now I'm in the process of getting some free plants from Mummu's garden and hope to have the garden looking good enough for a reveal soon.

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8 comments:

  1. All that hard work from last year and now you have to turn around and do it again! Urgh!
    I'm loving your raised garden though! I love letting the kids work in the garden with me too! Can't wait to see the reveal!

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    1. Definitley, urgh! At least we get to change the design a bit this time which makes it more fun.

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  2. I am jealous of your garden. I wish I could have a garden, but the deer would eat it all!

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    1. We have a lot of squirrels around here. So we'll see how the garden beds do. I think I may have to put up some nets over the berries. I'm jealous of your deer though. :) We used to see them all the time when we lived in the country and I kind of miss them now.

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  3. Maybe I should plan to do some potting when you guys come over so that I have an experienced helper in Little Pilot! :D I'm sorry you have to do the work all over again. I've had that happen to me once. Which taught me to do really serious weed barrier the next time around. Some plants just keep coming no matter what you do. :) Love the photos and cannot wait to see how things will look when you are done. I think you have a great garden full of wonderful possibilities. :D

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    1. I'm sure Little Pilot would love to help as long as you don't mind a little dirt flinging and some flower breaking. :)

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  4. Grass is such a pain, isn't it?! It won't grow where you want it to, and it won't go away where you don't want it. At least that's my experience. Rhubarb! Exciting--we tried rhubarb once, but it didn't make it--not enough sun at the old house. Can't wait to see the reveal :)

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    1. So true about grass. It loves to grow where the garden is, but is all patchy where we actually want it. We just transplanted the rhubarb today a little further from the walnut. I'm hoping it will do better. I love baking with rhubarb.

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