Sunday, September 25, 2016

Our side yard, the reveal!

From this...........


To this...........


We will fill the flower bed along the fence with rich top soil and fill that bed along with the bed in the lower right of the photo with flowers. And there are plans to build a shade frame when that has been completed, we will share the end results right here.

You can view:

Part 1, here.

Part 2, here.

Part 3, here.

Part 4, here.

Part 5, here.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

The Side Yard Make Over, Part 5

We knew we had to replace some of the front siding on the garden shed. There was what seemed to be a little dry rot hole in the bottom left corner. Plus there were patches just below the windows when we bought the house, indicating that previously repairs had been made to the shed. With fall and the rainy season coming it was decided that the siding should be next. We should have become suspicious when a little frog came out of hiding when my dear husband placed his hand into a small opening.....


Once the siding was removed, we found more trouble. Actually a lot more, the entire front wall had rotted from the siding inward, including the studs used to frame the shed. The paperwork for the shed was included in a box of information when we purchased the house. The previous owners had the shed built, but they never painted it. In this climate, you must protect every wood surface or in just a few years you have a rotten structure.  


The weight of the windows had to be supported while a new frame was built. 




The front wall framing was built, slipped into place and secured. Then it was time for the siding and the finishing boards under the windows. 

 
Then to make sure we would never have to repair this shed again, a thick protective coat of paint!


This little shed is a great storage shed and mini greenhouse, I am interested to see if I can keep a cherry tomato going all winter long.....

Up next, the reveal!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Side Yard Make Over, Part 4


This bed right outside the door is a garden of herbs, sage and mint are in the bed and the small brown planter is filled with chives. With this bed being completed it was time to fill the birdbath.


About this time we noticed something besides the wild Strawberry ground cover growing in the sand. 

Hosta are relentless! The bulbs were dug out, but apparently small pieces were left behind. Because this is a drain field and we won't ever plant food here, we decided to spray them. And they would die according to the package. So we did....


The sand was raked back and the green shoots were given a dose of plant killer. But as luck would have it, they did not die, they did not even wither or turn yellow. So bless his aching back, my dear husband dug them out again!

See those terra cotta planters in the upper right of the picture? They were next. Each was filled with rich soil and filled with a chrysanthemum. Then placed in the curve of the lava rock line. 


We are getting close to having this project completed and it will be fun to show the yard once it is finished. But you know something else had to have happened.....

Stay tuned for part 5.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Garden Tuesday, the one about potatoes and deer

While we have been busy working on the yard, we have not given up on growing at least some of our food. Unfortunately what we like the deer like as well.....

But I have found one crop that the deer have no interest in, potatoes!

We had a potato that was re-greening and had begun to sprout. So we planted it, and sure enough in a few days, the potatoes were growing, you could see the green tops.


I thought that we would see that the deer had eaten the tops in the middle of the night. So day after day I would look out the window to check on the potatoes. 

I know nightly that deer come through the yard, this 4 point buck paid us a visit just the other morning, stopping at the bird feeder to see if there was anything for him. 


He came up from the greenway/waterway right behind our yard. Walked right past the potato plants, without a nibble along the way. He was in his element and not frightened of anyone or anything. 

Fearing for the roses on the deck, my husband went out to shoo him away. My husband got the look, as if being told that the deer would move on in his own good time.............and finally he did. 


As it turns out, night after night as the deer move through the yard, the potatoes do not interest them. We are happy about that, organic potatoes are expensive here on the peninsula. We are going to try and grow them year round, it rarely freezes here in the winter. 

Score one for the humans! 

Next, I will work on a chicken wire barrier to protect my currants and gooseberries. 

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Monday, September 19, 2016

The Side Yard Make Over, Part 3


We should have recognized immediately that we would want a demarcation line around the sandy beach area because there are bricks edging the flower beds.


Both of us love bricks, unfortunately, we were out of bricks. While it was common to get on a CraigsList ad in Vancouver and find bricks for free, there is no CraigsList here on the Peninsula. In fact, all landscaping products must be transported here, making them quite expensive.

Right about that time, we got a call from the kids in Vancouver. They thought they would come for a visit, was there anything that they could bring to us. Now was the time to have a conversation regarding the changes that would be happening and any landscape materials they might want to be rid of.


As it turned out, the front yard in Vancouver had a lava rock border, and that was an area they intended to change, so they brought those rocks down when they came to visit. Those lava rocks were just what we were looking for! They form a perfect demarcation between the sand and the pea gravel and give a nice contrast to the brick borders.


And we had just enough...............

Stay tuned for part 4.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Side Yard Make Over, Part 2


Once we were back to work on the yard, we knew we wanted the yard to have flower beds as a perimeter. The sandy beach area would be in the center with a walking path around and through the yard, separating the different flower beds from the sandy beach and fire pit.

In the lower right of the photo above, you can see a brick border for the flower bed right next to the garage.  The shadow to the left is the flower bed right outside the front door. That leaves those round pavers as the walking path.

That path, however, is all wrong for the planned layout.......

All of the round pavers were removed and set aside. The gravel was raked, the pavers arranged over the existing gravel, then pea gravel was used to build a safe walking path. Those wheelbarrows and my dear husband got a workout!



It is important to note that everything used in the backyard must be wheelbarrowed into the area, there is no driveway that intersects with the backyard. All the sand, gravel, and rich topsoil were wheelbarrowed into place.

At this point, the yard was taking on the look and feel we were hoping for. We also knew the last problem to tackle was that fuschia bed, or so we thought. Walking in the yard was nice, the pea gravel was even comfortable on bare feet. But it did not take long to realize that there needed to be a demarcation line between the sand and the gravel......

Stay tuned for part 3.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Side Yard Make Over, Part 1

If it seems like a long time since I posted anything of any value here, it is because it has been a long time. So much has happened. Let's see there was lots of work to be done, then there was a surprise medical problem, and then to keep it interesting there was more work to be done...............


This is what the side yard looked like right about the time we got the house settled and the last few boxes unpacked. There are California Poppies, tufts of wild Strawberry ground cover, Azaleas, and Hostas to name a just a few. Not to mention the black nursery pots of rhubarb and mint we brought with us in the move. Plus a couple of ceramic planters full of Dusty Miller and Marigolds.

All planted in a garden bed in the center of the yard, with a rock mulch on top.

Unfortunately, this is the drain field for our septic system.

The last thing you want is roots growing into the clay pipes and causing damage. Possibly the previous owners did not know, but it all had to go! The Poppies went into the compost at the edge of the greenway. The Hostas and Azaleas were transplanted. The plants we brought in the move were moved to better locations.

Then lots of weeding, raking and planning came next.

As before, we wanted to use materials we already had or could get for free or almost free. Plus there were materials at the Vancouver house that we knew we could have because changes were surely going to happen in that yard as well.

We knew one thing for certain, we wanted another sandy beach with a firepit.


Around here sand is free! And is the best place for a fire pit. The little green tufts you see in the photo is wild Strawberry ground cover. You can't get rid if it, but as it turns out, we really like it. Once the sand was spread out, it only took about a week for the little green tufts to start growing in the sand.

Oops! Here is we have to stop working in the yard for awhile, we have to fit in that medical problem I wrote about in the first paragraph........

Stay tuned for part 2.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Wordless Wednesday, side yard mini reveal...


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Friday, September 2, 2016

Old and new from far and wide, September 2016

Hello, we hope your week is going great on this first day in September. Take a look at what friends and other blogger are up to currently or have done in the past. So much information from older posts on just about every blog, today I am sharing these.....


 Photo courtesy of Apartment Therapy

Not just for kids, build an outdoor chalkboard for your own murals too!

Photo courtesy of Premeditated Leftovers

This timeless drink, now with upgrades!



Photo courtesy of Simply Homemaking

Repairing a broken zipper, a skill that I myself would like to learn. 


Photo courtesy of Zero Waste Chef

Prepare oven roasted tomatoes from your garden for long term freezer storage plus a recipe for Vodka Pasta Sauce


Photo courtesy of the Smart Mama

This is a clever idea and one that you will have fun completing. An easy upgrade to that plain concrete entry. 


Thank you for visiting such a busy backyard, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

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Previously from such a busy backyard:

July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016 

February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015

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August 2016
July 2016
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April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015