Thursday, April 27, 2017

Back Yard Project(s) - Part 3

Ok - am doing 2 posts in one day just because we accomplished so much today & I can't wait to share it with you!!

First thing this morning we got out to finalize the cementing in of the posts to the newly installed lattice panels.

A quick check on the back side of the fence shows that we do have a wee short chain-link fence in-between the neighbour's fence. There is 'just barely' enough room for us to squeeze behind to do maintenance or to push vines through or maybe to harvest food if it decides to grow on that side...

A look down the front side just to make sure it is all level. A good long length of south aspect garden space.

Now we move forward to about 10:00 a.m. & the arrival of our dump truck of soil!!!

Yup - a full 15 yards of soil for us to move around. I rather like this idea of bringing in a vast amount of soil in one big pile versus a bunch of bags full of soil. No bags to get rid of!

(I don't have a photo as to what is left at the end of the day - we'll see what I can get up to tomorrow!)

After a solid hour of duelling wheelbarrows, we now have a filled raised bed all set for growing vegetables & herbs this year!!

Wahoo!! This bed has been waiting for us to fill it since the end of January, but the weather just has not cooperated with us until now.

I estimate there is about 5 yards of soil in the bed plus 200 pounds of finished horse manure compost. I hope to have a few rains to settle the soil a bit before I plant for the season.

It might be a week or 2 before I put in transplants but I'm really itching to stick in a few seeds.

 I still would like to get some sand to put in around the stones in the walk-way to aid in stabilizing the stones. As you can see, when we finished this part of the project, there is plenty of sun in the raised bed - it was not yet 11:30 a.m.

I'm curious to see what amount of shade the lattice panels will provide in the summer, if any.

The next stage of today's project was to bring in soil to level out the back yard prior to the sod arriving.

This was a longer process than the veggie bed & there were some serious dips that needed a lot of soil.

The end result looks like something I just want to throw seeds out onto & grow flowers!!

The smell of fresh dirt & sunshine is such a great reward at the end of the day.

We are hoping to install a stone edging around all the flower beds, but that might not happen this year. Either way, I will be bringing in some more compost to top dress all the flower bed at some point in the next month or two after the sod is laid.

Things are really starting to look better out in the back yard for us & we are not yet done... We enjoy spending time out here & can't wait to start growing more of our own food.

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