April162014
Malcolm was “helping” me with the cucumber trellis. Really he just loves to dig for the dirt clods and then chew them up. He’s a goof ball. Old fence panels were used to form a teepee type structure for the cucumbers to climb up. Ill plant some celery or greens in their shade later on. I added some purchased mushroom compost $5 and general purpose compost $8 to our native soil. I split one bag of each between four rows. Bungee cords  were found in the basement “junk drawer”. Total cost for this project $13

Malcolm was “helping” me with the cucumber trellis. Really he just loves to dig for the dirt clods and then chew them up. He’s a goof ball. Old fence panels were used to form a teepee type structure for the cucumbers to climb up. Ill plant some celery or greens in their shade later on. I added some purchased mushroom compost $5 and general purpose compost $8 to our native soil. I split one bag of each between four rows. Bungee cords  were found in the basement “junk drawer”. Total cost for this project $13

April152014

Our parking strip was a mess. Now it is less of a mess. I am debating what to plant here this year if anything… the neighborhood dogs like this area quite a bit and their owners don’t like to clean up their messes. 

3PM
Nick built these raised bed boxes for me out of scrap wood we had laying about and a few old windows from my childhood home and leftover deck screws. I need to do a little more work on the windows, currently they are propped up by leftover nursery pots and could use a good cleaning. I am excited to see how they work for us. I used two bags of purchased mushroom $5 and general purpose compost $8 along with native soil to fill the beds. Cost = $24.

Nick built these raised bed boxes for me out of scrap wood we had laying about and a few old windows from my childhood home and leftover deck screws. I need to do a little more work on the windows, currently they are propped up by leftover nursery pots and could use a good cleaning. I am excited to see how they work for us. I used two bags of purchased mushroom $5 and general purpose compost $8 along with native soil to fill the beds. Cost = $24.

3PM

Photos from March 2014. I get so excited with the first signs of spring! My garlic survived the squirrels and the snow, rosemary was/is blooming, the chickens were happy with the spring bugs and I got some things started in a windowsill. My sister even let me help her plant an apartment sized herb garden! 

3PM

I have been hoarding photos for the past few months… This group is from February 2014. We tackled the wet basement problem via a French Drain. It was a big project but I am glad we did it. I also learned I am pretty good with a crowbar and screwdriver when it comes to fixing flat tires! 

October172013
This is the old lady of the coop, Bertha.

This is the old lady of the coop, Bertha.

5PM
I have a line of fruit started in the backyard. The disheveled looking chicken wire is protecting my infant raspberry patch from the chickens and dogs, the espalier apple tree (planted today!), and not pictured is a honey fig. The backyard is starting to show potential! Next step is planting the companions.

I have a line of fruit started in the backyard. The disheveled looking chicken wire is protecting my infant raspberry patch from the chickens and dogs, the espalier apple tree (planted today!), and not pictured is a honey fig. The backyard is starting to show potential! Next step is planting the companions.

5PM
My attempt at an apple tree selfie… I am proud to say I planted the six-varietal espalier apple tree my parents so generously gave me for my birthday! I ran out of room in the front so she now lives in the backyard. The chickens kept me company while I dug, they loved the bugs that I unearthed! As companion to the apple, I will be planting:
Garlic, hyssop, nasturtium, and possibly some daffodils just because I love them

My attempt at an apple tree selfie… I am proud to say I planted the six-varietal espalier apple tree my parents so generously gave me for my birthday! I ran out of room in the front so she now lives in the backyard. The chickens kept me company while I dug, they loved the bugs that I unearthed!
As companion to the apple, I will be planting:

Garlic, hyssop, nasturtium, and possibly some daffodils just because I love them

June42013
June 2013: Our little front yard garden is growing

June 2013: Our little front yard garden is growing

April242013

We are making progress in the front yard! I know there is a lot of dirt showing right now but there are lots of baby plants waiting to be installed over the next few weeks. I am pretty excited to see how my tomato guilds work out in two of these rows. The row to the right, closest to the drive way, is the start of my blueberry hedge row

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