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Things that grow!

Hardening off my plants, want to get these babies in the ground soon!

Hardening off my plants, want to get these babies in the ground soon!

I’ve been pretty busy during the day this week.  College classes are done, so my husband is home during the day, which gives me a bit more freedom.  The days have been sunny and rain free, which mean I’ve had some opportunity to get out there and garden more.  Yay growing stuff.  Too bad it’s not as easy as Harvest Moon…

So the main areas I’ve been focusing on are the beds behind the garage (from now on, referred to as “Weedville”) and the Vegetable gardens in the middle of the yard.  Weedville is a disaster.  It’s been three years that I’ve fought with these beds, and three years it’s kicked my butt.  This year…those beds are gone.  Well, they will be by the time I’m done with them.  I started with just basic clean up, and then I tore up the cement/gravel that was there.  For some reason, the previous owners put in cement walkways, but they are covered in dirt and weeds, and pretty much useless.  I also got rid of the frames, which were warping away.  There’s only a few plants I’d keep- mainly my cranberry bush, and I’d like to keep some mints, though I need to contain it.  I didn’t realize how invasive mint actually is.  I know now…at least it smells quite lovely back there.

Weedsville.  Soon to be Quiet, soothing oasis patio and pond garden

Weedsville. Soon to be Quiet, soothing oasis patio and pond garden.

My plan is to level the ground, cover it cardboard, sand/gravel/pea gravel.  Bam, patio.  I’ll probably stick in a few plants and herbs, and I also have a pond kit.  It won’t destroy the weeds forever, but for the remaining year(s) we stay, it will do.  Hopefully it’ll make it look nice, and give us a nice place to hang out in the back yard.  It goes out a good 10 feet, so there would also be room to bring the fire pit over, chill out at nice.  Ideally I’d like to toss in a lightweight gazebo.

As you can see in the pictures…I have a lot of work ahead of me.

As for the veggie gardens, there’s not much left to do.  Today I added a border, as my grass and these purple flower runners keep creeping in.  The weeds weren’t as bad, but I covered the ground with plastic weed cover.  The soil is warming nicely, and I think by next week I can put some stuff in the ground.  I have a lot growing in my kitchen at the moment, and today was the first day of hardening them off.  Since I have this border, I can also buy some bird netting and get my corn and sunflowers out, and hopefully they will be protected from the evil groundhog in my yard.  Last year the little bastard at ALL FIFTY of my sunflowers.  I almost cried.  I probably did cry, so traumatized that I’ve forgotten…

Veggie bed, almost ready for some veggies! I still only touched about half the space I originally allocated.

Veggie bed, almost ready for some veggies! I still only touched about half the space I originally allocated.

I’m happy with how it turned out.  It’s not perfect, nor was it my ideal “look”.  It’s what I could afford at the moment, because honestly, it’s mind blowing how expensive this stuff is, or how quickly it adds up.  For now, it’ll serve.  By that I mean, I have a nice place to garden, and hopefully with minimal weeding.

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