Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Around the Garden

New raised bed complete, and all beds topped with soil

View from the front porch looking out back

Ready to be planted

The back beds, still in need of a soil top up

The herbs are doing great

Another view of the back beds

Looking towards the front of our property from the little cottage in the backyard

Raspberry canes

The newest addition to Reece's play space...a mud kitchen

Well the sun is shining again, after almost a week of rain. We had the topsoil delivered on Monday last week and the rain started Tuesday. It so was so hard to sit back and not be out there moving soil, and planting. The sun finally came back out on Monday, and the last two days have involved moving most of the soil. The new raised bed is filled, and the front raised beds have all been topped up. The flower beds around the house also got a lovely layer of fresh soil. Next up, the back raised beds need to be topped up, and then some seeds will go in the ground.

I do love how the rain greens everything up and starts to bring that lush feeling back to our space. The leaves on the trees have not blossomed yet, but I know they will soon. And while I wait, I have been keeping an eye on the raspberry canes. They look great, and all of them survived the winter.

Yesterday, while I moved soil and Reece chased chickens, Justin got busy with some wood we had laying around and created a mud kitchen for Reece's play space. It looks awesome and an excited little man was busy creating as soon as it was finished. We have plans for another new addition to the play space this summer, and as soon as we get started I will be sure to share some pictures.

How are things around your garden?

26 comments:

  1. Its looking great! I love the mud kitchen. And your beds - they all look so beautiful and tidy awaiting there little plants and seeds. Your property is gorgeous. How bigs the cottage?

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    1. Thanks so much! Cottage is just about 100 square feet, perfect size for a little wood stove and a futon...although we still need to get the futon :)

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  2. what an amazing space! and surrounded by all those trees! siiigh

    could my Miss6 come visit? she was asking just last night about making mud soup. we have no garden. but i promised to take her to the muddy river nearby.

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    1. Thank you Monica. Your little miss is more than welcome, and you too. I would love to sit on the back deck with you chatting, enjoying tea and watching our kiddos play :)

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  3. That mud kitchen is so much fun! An so does your plot... your gardens look the way we want ours to look in a few years. (We are adding about 150sq a year)... I can't wait to see everything you'll be growing!

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    1. Thanks Yanic. Little man has been cooking up a storm :) Will share the details on seeds soon, but really it is the usual. We have come to know after all these years what grows well here and what doesn't, as well as the things we want to put by for the winter and the things we want to eat a lot of for the summer. So that is what we grow.

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  4. I love you garden Kim, but I am really smitten with the mud kitchen for Reece. I would love have had one for my babies, they all loved playing in the mud.
    My plants are doing well, except for the sage, it's looking a little sad.
    Happy Wednesday.

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    1. Thank you Tracey. Hope that sage comes around...I love sage :)

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  5. Oh that outdoor kitchen! I hope someone puts your back yard in a magazine. Because it's totally magazine worthy! :)

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  6. the sun has been out more around here thankfully, I was getting a little tired of the clouds. That mud kitchen is wonderful! You know I used to be an expert mud pie maker back in the day ;)

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    1. I bet you were. I think I will be an expert very soon :) We were getting a little tired of the clouds and rain too, happy to have a few days of sun. I think the rain is coming back tomorrow. Oh well, the gardens need the water too, right?

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  7. It's all looking great, but I especially love the mud kitchen. That looks brilliant.

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  8. Your yard looks so peaceful and lovely. Great place to hang out on a summer night. Cannot wait to see what your garden grows!

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    1. Thank you! We do love hanging here. Once we get a fire going, and the sun starts to go down it is really lovely.

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous!! We just built some new beds this past weekend, and we can finally see things growing now! Here is a garden tour http://littlemountainhaven.com/new-garden-beds-part-1-garden-tour/

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    1. Thanks! I love when things start to grow, so exciting!

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  10. A mud kitchen!! What a great idea!!

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    1. Thanks! It has been very well used so far :)

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  11. Such a beautiful backyard you have, dear friend! And that new mud kitchen is just fabulous!

    No sooner did we get our raised beds finished than I started picturing a chicken coop in our yard too. I really just need to take the leap I think! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Shel. I think you do need to take the leap, you guys would love having chickens :) Do it!!!!

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  12. I LOVE THAT MUD KITCHEN !!!!!

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  13. what a gorgeous space. and the mud kitchen looks like a hoot!!

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    1. Thanks, he has been having quite a bit of fun with it :)

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