I posted a few weeks ago about the big push we’re making on the landscaping and gardening front this year. Having spent a big chunk of time out there, I thought it was time to post an update. Where before we had beds with a few plants amid a really ugly mishmash of red stained mulch and white stones, we now have beds that look like this:
Here we see just one of the thousands of things you can do with the rocks you unearth. Build cairns. The tricycle is a decorative plant holder, much to the dismay of my four year old.
We hate the stone border visible in the above and I have removed a lot of it this Spring. On the south side of the front of the house (other side of stairs from above) I also broke up the straight line so that the whole thing now looks like this:
Which also contains a baby cairn in the background. Soooo much nicer than what was there before.
Out back, off the patio, is the first garden I carved out when we moved here. It needed a refresher and a new edge barrier and now looks like this:
The edge barrier is black plastic and is beneath the stones – yet another useful purpose. The decorative stone near the wheelbarrow has our children’s handprints in it.
On the patio, the herbs are coming along in their container pots. Here are the two kinds of oregano and the chive:
The ones in the above shot are next to the garage wall. Behind the garage is a new strip of garden we put in to replace a weed overgrown swath of gravelly stone. Like so:
You can see the black edging border here since I have not added the stones yet. In the background you can see our stunningly underutilized canoe, which I finally evicted from the garage because I was tired of tripping over it to get to anything. Long term, I want to put in a pulley system to hoist it up to the ceiling above the cars.
Behind the other end of our vaguely U shaped home is the garden I’m working on now. It gives a sense of what the others looked like a few weeks ago. Slide please.
Dude! Wake up!
The edge of this garden used to be where the drainpipe ends. I blew it out and added a curve to mirror the other side. I’ve added the edge border from here all the way around to the south side of the house, around the corner from this vantage point. Now I’m waiting on getting a big stack ‘o newspapers to use as weed barrier under the mulch before I can finish it off.
I’ve also weeded the four wedges in my circle of raised beds that will become the vegetable gardens in a few weeks. Not particularly interesting or exciting enough to post, I’m afraid.
And that’s what I’ve been doing outside our house when I’m not mowing the lawn.