sizing up the vegetable garden

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Now that I’ve got most of perennials happily settled in their permanent places, I’m turning my attention to the veggie garden.  I’d like to put in two raised beds back here. I had raised beds at my old house and they were the best thing I ever did – you fill them up and have perfect, unwalked on, well-draining soil, plus you don’t have to bend over so far to weed and harvest.   The boxes will be similar to the ones at my old house, except that this time I’ll have a 4’x4′ and a 4’x8′.  We want to get them built this summer and filled so that they’re ready to plant first thing in spring – maybe even a fall seeding of a few things if we get them done in time!

 

And yes, those are dandelions in the grass.  The Edmonton infestation includes my own backyard.  😦

 

 

the Orchard garden planted

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After a busy gardening week-end, I’m too tired to write much but here’s a quick look at the orchard garden (north-west corner, above).  What’s here?  Left to right-ish: a purple bugbane, coral bells ‘Red Sea’, variegated Solomon’s seal, 3 deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldtau’; Evans cherry tree, 5 sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, 3 spirea ‘Dakota Goldcharm’, haskap ‘Aurora Borealis’, green onions, and rhubarb.

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South-west corner, above: Veronica ‘Aztec Gold’, 3 sedum ‘Matrona’, coral bells, 3 deschampsia Cespitosa ‘Goldtau’, dwarf cedar ‘Hetz Midget’, Evans cherry tree, 2 bergenia, 2 Boman’s root, Lady’s Mantle.

To see how this garden has developed, click here and scroll down.

the orchard garden in progress

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Digging up grass is hard work so I am planting as I go.  It really doesn’t make sense to do it this way except that I like to see things in place as soon as possible so I can decide what else I want to plant here. And I’m impatient.  I always seem to buy stuff before I have the space ready to plant it in.  I’m not saying you should do what I do.  I don’t recommend it at all.

But this is my favourite part of gardening – the creating!  Here’s the view from a little further back (below).  My goal is to get the areas around the two cherry trees fully planted by the end of May.

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If you’d like to see progress on this garden over time, click here and scroll down.

playing with plants

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I’ve been planning this new garden all winter and can’t wait to get started!  I planned the major stuff back in December which included a circular design for the lawn and an Evans cherry tree to anchor this corner.  But otherwise, it is fun to play.  I picked up these three spiraea shrubs (‘Dakota Goldcharm’) for another spot in the garden, but suddenly realized they would give me more bang for my buck here, because their shot of colour will be seen from the kitchen window.  The dwarf cedar (‘Hetz Midget’) will add some winter colour.  The rest of the area will get filled in with perennials… I’m not sure what yet besides my Mom’s bee balm.  But first…. digging!