Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Around the Garden










Finally, the yard is cleaned up, and it feels so good to look around and know it is done. We always have the best intentions in the fall of doing a good clean up so there is less to do in the spring, but it just never works out that way.

I took a little peek under the straw this week, the strawberries have new leaves and the garlic is up! Exciting things let me tell you. The herb bed is in good shape and everything that should be back is. The nettles are doing very well, and our raspberry canes have buds. I wasn't sure they would survive this winter, but they did. The chicken run and coop also got a little clean up this week, and our little hens were quite happy about that.

It rained all day yesterday, and rain is in the forecast all week and weekend, which means that large pile of dirt we had delivered will most likely stay right where it is. Once the sun shines again all the beds will get a little top up with that lovely mix of compost and the new raised bed will be filled. And then the planting will begin!

How are things around your garden?

28 comments:

  1. I love your wooden boxes made from logs, I may have to borrow that idea.
    We have massive rain headed our way, ahem.

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    1. Thanks Tracey. The rain here has been coming down in sheets, the next few days is just some showers and they are now calling for a little sun on the weekend, which makes me very happy.

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    2. Really stormed here today, kicking out my internet very time I turned around, but we kept power which is a miracle.

      I showed my Mike your photo and he will be cutting up a few pines for me that were cut down for a drain field and dragging them back to the house so I can build boxes with them. Thank you for the idea. With most of the children grown I no longer need an acre garden and would like something a little easier for just me to take care of.

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    3. That is awesome Tracey. I hope you will share some photos when they are finished, I would love to see them.

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  2. that is a nice pile of dirt! We are toying with having mulch delivered....Then the beds will look glorious!

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    1. It certainly is :) It makes a huge difference for sure.

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  3. It looks fantastic! What a wonderful garden you have, and so lovely to see plants and flowers beginning to make an appearance x

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    1. Thank you. It is so nice to see the green after the winter we had, it definitely brings much happiness to my days :)

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  4. Hooray for green growing things! Our strawberries are pushing up as well. I just love seeing your gardens! I wish I lived closer. I would love to walk through your yard. It is so beautiful and looks so peaceful. Sigh. Your hen house is just perfect. One day.. One day...

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    1. Hooray indeed :) Thank you. If you ever make it to our part of the world you are welcome anytime. I would love to show you around and enjoy a cup of tea and chat on the back deck. Maybe one day....

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  5. It's looking great! We got some seeds planted in our little greenhouse last week but our veggie patch is still looking very messy, it needs lots more attention!

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    1. Thanks! Yay for seed planting. At least there is still some time to get it all cleaned up :)

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  6. Oh wow... everything looks amazing!
    I can't believe how amazing your chicken area is. I may have to have a chat with you next year when we get set up!!!! Great job!

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    1. Thanks Yanic! Yes, feel free, I would love to chat about chickens and their run and coop. Anytime.

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  7. You have an epic chicken coop! :) At least the rain isn't snow!! My garden is doing pretty well now too.

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    1. Haha, thanks KC! That is exactly what I was saying, although a few drops looked a little like wet snow yesterday afternoon...we just closed our eyes :) I just stopped in to see your garden, it looks lovely, as always.

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  8. Your garden looks great already! Mine needs a lot of work still. I think many plants have not survived the cold winter, unfortunately. We'll see, I have not given up all hope yet :)

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    1. Thanks Simona. I was worried about our plants, but so far everything seems to be okay. Hopefully the same will be true for you plants too.

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  9. Beautiful! Your coop area is great. Did you find a plan for that somewhere?

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    1. Thank you! No plan, just my dad and hubby working together :)

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  10. So fun! Looks like the weather is getting warmer there. Even with warmer temps here, we have not been as organized as you. Our garden is long and flat, so I need to rototill and I still need to clean out my chicken coop. I must say, seeing your pictures does motivate me! Have fun gardening!

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    1. Thank so much. Happy to motivate...get out there :)

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  11. Lovely photos as always...can I ask...Why are you growing nettles?

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    1. Thank you. Of course you can, I have not had any luck finding it wild around here, so I am growing it in the garden.

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  12. It all looks lovely Kim. Great job. xxoo

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  13. Everything looks great! I especially love the use of real logs everywhere.
    I love that your growing nettles! For us it's a full scale garden invasion but I leave them be in a huge area of the yard to dry for tea and for spring eating. On a good note once they get going they will take over quickly :)

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    1. Thanks! Haha, yes I know they will take over. I have them in a separate raised bed all by themselves, just like the mint. I don't want either taking over my gardens. That is exactly what we use them for, we will be harvesting some this weekend :)

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