June 28, 2010

garden update: what i've been up to in the backyard

There's been lots of progress in the yard in the last few weeks. I never thought I would get to have a vegetable garden here with all the shade, but it's finally happening!

Step 1: Long row of evergreens along the chain link fence are removed.
This is the view from the deck. Ugly stumps remain. And it looks so bare! What is that garage next door? I couldn't even see this before! The view is taking a little getting used to, but it's all a big improvement and a good start to a new yard. I now have sun and can have a garden.

Step 2: Raised beds assembled, laid out, filled and planted.
They look best and will get the most sun here. But something must be done about those stumps. And the hideous chain link. And the view of my neighbor's driveway and house. Ugh.

Step 3: Willow fencing
I found this great willow fencing from Gardener's Supply and ordered it up immediately. It's affordable and easy to set up. I attached this to the chain link with garden ties and it's pretty secure. Most importantly, it does wonders for hiding all the ugliness and adding a semblance of privacy.

Stay tuned for more garden updates—this is just the beginning! To come: repairing the lawn, edging, building stone wall to cover concrete ledge at the back fence, more plantings, a new deck.

3 comments:

Rene @ cottage and vine said...

The willow fencing makes the biggest difference. Congrats on your veggie garden.

BTW, you won the giveaway :)

-Rene

Erica @ Decorica said...

I like the natural color of the willow fence, it's soft looking.

Anonymous said...

Gutsy move taking out all those evergreens. Having the one big healthy deciduous tree in the yard is key. A little shade, a little sun. Nice!

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