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« on: May 31, 2018 04:56:03 PM »

We've been working on this for ages and I think it's finally, finally at a point where I can stop spending all dang day long every single day sweating in the yard, whew!


After all the gardening I borrowed a neighbour's powerwasher, cleared all the junk and garbage off that concrete and got it all sparkly clean.


All the little baby veggies, yay! They make me so happy Smiley. I've been saving eggshells, regular and from Easter, ha ha, to put around the seedlings for nutrients but also keeping away slugs, eww!
We planted many types of tomatoes, peppers and lettuces, 2 varieties of kale, 2 types of beans, cucumbers, zucchini, snow peas, nasturtium, parsley, basil, thyme, oregano, snap dragons, watercress, lemon sorrel, and there's a big bucket of raspberry from the neighbour that keeps coming back every year.


To get to this point we had the boxes built and filled them with dirt, replaced the fence on the left hand side, had an old garage taken down and hauled away then moved the boxes and dirt across the yard into the space the garage used to be in. We pulled up an interlocking brick path in the far back yard and used the bricks to make a walky path around the boxes. I also shoveled about 2 cubic yards of dirt out of the far back and into the alley (to get it out of the yard but also to smother the crazy weeds out there, I'm going to top it with landscaping fabric and straw. It will only last a year or two but still, that's better than the usual jungle out there!). I am still pulling up stones from the far back to move to the front yard but LOOK AT HOW AWESOME THIS IS ALREADY!


We're saving up to have the back fence replaced and a deck built in the far back from the end of that concrete to the back fence. It is going to be the nicest yard evar!

We had the boxes built 2 years ago and planted mostly cherry tomatoes which seeded themselves and came back the next year. This summer all the dirt got moved across the yard so I assumed any seeds would be deep in the soil and not be able to sprout up. WRONG! They are popping up all over the place! I've had to pull some out because those suckers grow Way Huge and would take over everything but I did leave a few of the intrepid wee things just to see how they'll do.
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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2018 12:36:35 AM »

It looks amazing!
Your hard work has really paid off.
And when your veggies and other plants are fully grown, it will look even more wonderful.
Now you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy the results of your work.
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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2018 04:32:59 AM »

Great job CLM!
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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2018 05:00:02 AM »

Thank you Smiley. The man was out there at 6am doing his morning meditation, ha ha. I realize I have another full day outside, or at least until the forecast rain starts up, to finish up a few more things. My crafting time has been sorely infringed upon these past few days though so I may find myself up in the attic instead Wink.
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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2018 05:49:54 AM »

What an amazing transformation! So nice to look at and so useful and practical!
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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2018 06:01:06 AM »

I keeping thinking about Ludi's comment when we first had those boxes built. She said "Take that, concrete!"

LOL Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy, take that, concrete, indeed!
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2018 08:07:38 AM »

It counts as crafting time!
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« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2018 08:34:50 AM »

Wow - it looks phenom!

MARGARITAS AND BELLINIS AT CLM'S THIS SUMMER!!!!!
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« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2018 01:05:17 PM »

Wow - it looks phenom!

MARGARITAS AND BELLINIS AT CLM'S THIS SUMMER!!!!!

Anytime! You do know where I live Wink.
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« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2018 11:37:40 PM »

Awesome!  It already looks great, and the future additions will just be the cherry on top!
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« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2018 05:25:40 AM »

I added some one month photos to the first post. Things have gotten VERY GREEN, wow!
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« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2018 07:36:17 AM »

Oh, your plants are growing well!
So beautiful green.
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« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2018 10:28:36 AM »

WOW! So lush! So verdant! So plentiful!
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« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2018 08:16:24 AM »

First big harvest of the year! Watercress, parsley, lemon sorrel, red and green kale and all sorts of lettuces, whoo. I've been round to the neighbours to pawn some off on them and a few friends are coming by today to take more off my hands. It's not possible to eat it up ourselves, we'd need another fridge to store it even if we could devour all those greens. I've got to learn how to stagger the planting, I'm working on the plan for next year.


The kids and I have been out there for hours already today picking, cleaning, rinsing everything in iodine solution then clear water. It's ready to eat, I know what we're having for lunch!
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« Reply #14 on: July 08, 2018 06:16:34 AM »

The kids and I have been weeding the very back of the yard where we removed a small shed, brick path, rock path, and are taking out some railway ties. I finally got my part completed and you know what I found? Nearly TWENTY rogue tomato seedlings! They are all quite small still but this is about the time we went away last year for 2 weeks and when we came back things had quadrupled in size so I have hope for those little sprouts. We're not doing anything with that part of the yard until we save up to build a deck, hopefully next year, so they have free reign to create a tomato jungle, mwah ha ha!
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« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2018 06:06:29 AM »

We made the mistake of putting tomato cages around the zucchini, I didn't know they would grow so enormous and want to spread out so very, very much. As a result there were a few zuccs hidden in the bunched up branches that we never even noticed until 2 days ago.


Of course I had to make zucchini bread! The smaller loaves are banana, one gluten free for my sweetie.
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You have made a beautiful yard. I'm jealous.
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« Reply #17 on: August 20, 2018 02:28:30 PM »

Aw, don't be jelly. Come by, there's enough to share. Just look at the monster tomatoes we're getting!
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« Reply #18 on: August 21, 2018 08:48:09 AM »

That is definitely NOT a tomato!!!!!  Shocked  That is a pumpkin shaped gourd!!!!! Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin  (jk, I know it's a tomato)
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« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2018 11:38:26 AM »

I've been delivering little baskets and bags of stuff all over the neighbourhood, when it starts coming in you gotta be ready to either can it or share it! That tomato though, oh boy...
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