Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Backyard projects

For anyone who owns a home you know what I mean when I say that the work is never done. There is always something to do. Always.

Ron and I have already been working hard in the backyard this year on a few projects that have really needed to be done.

First and foremost, Ron built a beautiful new enclosed garden for me (complete with working gate to keep little munchkins out. Ahem. Steph and Jen.) Oh....and hopefully it will keep the bunnies out, too. I'll keep you posted. A few weeks ago I planted the lettuce, onions, and I transplanted the strawberries from my previous patch of dirt. This weekend (after the last fear of frost) I will have all the veggies planted. Fresh veggies = YUM.

Secondly, in order to build a bit more privacy into the backyard experience we have started to add privacy bushes along the perimeter. We started with a small area on the side yard where we added 5 more forsythia bushes to the 3 that we had planted a few years ago. These will spread out and provide a nice hedge in a few years, as well as a gorgeous yellow color in the spring.

Here is the before:

Here is the after:

Then comes the big project. We ordered 28 Thuja Green Giants (which were delivered a week ago and are now sitting on the back deck). We are planning to plant them 5 feet apart along the entire length of our back and side fence. These plants grow 3-5 feet a year and in a few years we will have almost complete privacy (which is a far cry from what we have now).

Gotta love yard work.


psucolleen said...

Oh how I love forsythia! I have no idea why I don't have any planted... I really should. And the veggie garden looks fantastic!! It'll be sprouting before you know it!

Scrubbysue said...

Looks great! WOW! lots of hard work!

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