Thursday, May 15, 2014

Raised Garden Beds and Flowering Bushes

Starting today's post with some beauty before the soil amendment. Rhododendron at its best.

DH's favorite Azalea was damaged when I was doing some cement work and although I couldn't find the exact color replacement this orange beauty comes pretty close. Took 5 years to bloom with any abundance. 

Diesel and Peaches like to tear around the yard when they are 'play fighting' and the garden area was always 'fair game'. This is the before garden cleanup begins view. The kale lasted all winter and went to seed a couple of weeks ago. Herbs wintered fairly well.

Over a few days I weeded (bagged for green recyling), added to the two beds some compost, 8 thirty-five litre bags of sea soil and 6 twenty-five litre bags of garden mix soil to raise the soil level and condition. Mixed with a hoe. Moved my composter out of the garden area (after I removed a few buckets of well done compost).

Didn't move it very far though, still convenient to the deck steps for adding green scraps and turning. Took several work sessions over a few days including shopping for the sea soil and some more green support posts. Cut up an old Christmas themed plastic tree skirt to make little banners tied to string to blow in the breeze and used wire and stick supports to keep the dogs 'out'.

Very sophisticated 'dog fence' surrounding the two beds. The amount of 'racing over and pee-ing on plus a bit of digging made it essential this year to construct (with DGS) a way to keep Diesel especially from wreaking havoc.

This year I picked my garden plants/flowers from the Laity Spring Plant Sale. Huge variety under several tents. 

Update on the fences. Picked up the white folding fence at a gs Saturday afternoon. Moved the other piece of wire fencing to the left side and now - no dogs allowed in the garden. Happy.

Very small garden area, marigolds and nasturtiums for borders. Herbs and tomatoes in the left bed. Right bed has one ornamental spinach plant, rows of bush beans, peas, carrots, radishes, sweet peas, Cosmos and kale. Update: Planted pole beans Saturday. Peas have started to show and the radishes are defining the carrot rows.

A few nasturtiums are left to plant. Something with very thick leaves has volunteered in my tomato bed. You can see one oval leaf in the photo above. My sister thought maybe squash. This is where I added the most compost. I am suspecting either squash or pumpkins and I may have to move them. 

I had a lovely visit from my sister on Wednesday for lunch and it is so great to get sister hugs and sister memories and have sister talk.

This makes me smile.

Thanks for visiting today.
See you next Monday.


  1. We've just started planted a few perenials ( in our new to us garden ) and the squirrels at the heads off all the rhododendrens - how do I stop them from doing that LOL ???
    Such beautiful flowers !

  2. You have been busy!! I love your inventive way of fencing in your garden! You do what you have to do and I think it looks charming! Sister visits are great morale boosters.....I don't know what I would do without mine! I know you have a brother - Rob - but I didn't know you have a sister, too!

  3. How wonderful! I'm trying hard not to covet those amazing raised beds. Looks like the perfect way to garden this year.

  4. On second thought, I'm pinning this on my 'Gardening' board. I'd love to replicate it in our backyard. Our current garden is 50 x 50 feet and more than I can do this year.

  5. I haven't put out any flowers since the year Mom got sick. I need to get back to that. I miss doing it.

  6. Joy ... love your raised-bed gardens. I wish I could raise mine high enough so I don't have to bend over to tend to them. Yours look lovely and starting with good soil in the best thing. I am sure my garden soil is awful because it has sat dormant for several years.
    Good luck and good eating.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  7. Yard work is not easy, but I enjoy doing it. You have a big one to keep up as well. The flowers are do pretty. Thanks for your visit.

  8. Hope the dogs will respect your garden - lots of work there. You're off to a great start!

  9. That's what is good about a container garden. Dogs can't wreak havoc! Your garden is coming right along. I'm glad you had a good time with your sister.

  10. You make me wish I had a place for veggies - I wonder if I might venture to try this some day! thanks so much for linking up to Fishtail Cottage's Garden party this week! xoox, tracie

  11. We have a raised veggie garden and it's the only way to go - warmer soil temps means longer season of gardening for this Canadian gardener.

    Popping by from Fishtail Cottage.

  12. You have really been working hard. Looks great! Sister time is the best! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  13. Thanks for sharing at Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday!

  14. i'm loving the garden and fencing! i could see your dogs buzzing through, wreaking havoc and peeing on whatever they wanted, too (i have 4 big dogs, too - and no garden!) :)

    thanks for linking in! really nice to have you join!

  15. Lots of work for sure. Hoping your fencing keeps the dogs out so your hard work pays off.

  16. Wonderful post. You are certainly working hard.

  17. Looks like a lot of work but I am sure it will all pay off at harvest time

  18. I like your raised beds and the folding white fence is really cute. You have been a busy gardener!

  19. It's wonderful to see flowers and garden beds again. We had such a long, hard winter here in Michigan. Happy Pink Saturday!

  20. You have a beautiful garden and sweet pets! It is hard for them to respect our areas. A friend of mine rents her moms townhouse. Their puppy is deaf. He tangles himself around the two little bushes on the front of the house. He killed them off so Monica and her hubby had to replace them! My hubby wants to make a couple raised beds. we will wait and see what this summer will bring! Thanks for sharing.


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