It’s been about 2 months since I completed the 6 week Yard Transformation Challenge, which was hosted by my friend Nat at Simple Family Crazy Life. So I thought I would check in and give you an update. Just in case you missed it here are all 6 glorious weeks!
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If you have been following along with my adventures in our garage, you will be excited to see that I have followed up on my threat to stain and detail the work bench. This is all part of my plan to personalize the garage.
Holy cow, it’s already been over SIX MONTHS since we moved into the new house! It really doesn’t seem like that long. If you read my post, when we moved, you will know that I was worried that there wouldn’t be enough new home projects to keep me busy. Ha ha!! Oh yeah, there are projects… [Read more…]
Every now and then I do a project that I really love. This is one of those projects. I did this garden tool storage wall as week 5 of my 6 week yard transformation challenge. Every time I walk into the shed and see this fabulous tool wall, it makes me happy. I’m all for a little extra happy in my life. Here are all the specifics of how I pulled this garden tool storage wall together. And how you can too!
This is my front porch. Not really a porch by Southern standards ;-)but that’s okay, we don’t hang out here much. I won’t be hanging a swing or putting out chairs, but I can add a punch of colour with some well placed flowers. Here’s how I put together my front porch planters. [Read more…]
It’s time for the Yard Reveal! Thanks for hanging with me through the 6 Week Yard Transformation Challenge hosted by my friend Nat over at Simple Family – Crazy Life
One of the things that I love about challenges is that it really pushes me to get things done. And I am really happy with what I got accomplished over the course of this Yard Transformation Challenge. Check it out! [Read more…]
Its week 5 of the 6 Week Yard Transformation Challenge, hosted by Nat at Simple Family Crazy Life
Garden Tool Storage
This week, I did some work on the shed. Specifically the garden tool storage area. I have seen a few different examples of tool storage walls. This is my version, and it’s my favourite – I LOVE IT!! I will do a detailed tutorial of this project separately. But here are the highlights: [Read more…]
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Welcome to Week 4 of the Yard Transformation challenge, hosted by my friend Nat at Simple family crazy life
I’m super excited to say that we have completed staining our fence!!! Yay. We did this in pieces. I pressure washed portions as I was ready to stain them. I started by doing the hardest parts first. The back fence is shorter, but has that horrible lattice top that I HATE. It’s awful to paint. I had to work around the roses and existing flowers, so I opted to get these parts done first, and saved the panels without any obstructions for last. This is when Greg decided to help with the staining…hmmmm. We ended up going with the BEHR Semi-Transparent Stain. Here are a couple of shots of the finished fence and planters.
Here is what this planter looks like in July when the Lillies are in bloom. This is 2 months after the above photo
Here is the strawberry garden update. We lost 2 of them, but no worries, these guys propagate like crazy, so in a few months this bed should be all filled up. I’ll drop in another update later. Also, it’s super hard to grow grass under here, because it’s always in the shade, so I bought some dense grass seed by Scott’s. Hopefully it will fill in. Stay tuned for updates. By the way I’m thinking about moving the little cherry blossom tree to a better location, I think the original owner planted the tree first, and then added to raised bed after.
I did a quick pop of extra colour by adding this beautiful hanging basket. I may add a couple more. I love these super cool hooks that pop into the top of the post cap.
I will also be adding some instant colour with annuals but haven’t made that trip to the store yet. Right now the yard is FULL of greenery, and I’ just waiting for everything to burst forth!! It should be pretty amazing by week 6!!!!!
It’s a bit of a short update this week. But getting the fence stained used up most of my time. But I have some BIG updates planned for the next 2 weeks. Please come back and check in. It’s really starting to look fabulous in the back yard.
See you next week
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Welcome to Week 3 of the Yard Transformation Challenge, hosted by Nat at Simple Family Crazy Life
So happy that you came back to see where we are at the half way point of this challenge.
I’m really not an expert on lawns. And I have to admit that Greg is really taking the lead on this. I have started to do some reading and research so hopefully by next year, I will actually be able to provide some information based on experience! In the mean time , I checked in with my Dad, who has a pretty flawless lawn, and he told me that he has always used Scotts Turf Builder so we did too! As above we used the Turf Builder, Scott’s Lawn Response 9-1-1, which is a mix of fertilizer, soil enhancers and grass seed. And also an additional bag of grass seed. And speaking of family. My Grandma used to have the MOST beautiful gardens. I always remember being a little girl at her house, and picking snapdragons to use for finger puppets. And I remember her telling me years ago the the reason her garden was so fabulous was because she used Miracle-Gro Did you know that this fertilizer has been around for over 150 YEARS!! I just bought this one, so let’s see how my flowers do?
Fence & Pressure Washing
So after quite a bit of debate, and honestly even more paint samples. I ended up going with the Cappuccino semi transparent stain by Behr. It’s a bit more solid than I wanted. But I think that using transparent on a fence that is not new, shows a LOT of imperfections. I bought one gallon (that’s 3.78 litres for those of us in Canada 🙂 And that covered 3 panels and 2 planter boxes, I have TWENTY-TWO MORE panels to go, and that is not including the back side. So, I bought a 5 gallon bucket of stain. That was a bit more expensive than I thought it would be at about $275 Canadian dollars. Well, there’s no going back now! Here is what it looks like with some of the staining done.
The roses are doing their thing for spring. I have added in rose fertilizer I’m thinking about pruning down a few of the bushes that I left tall, or all of the blooms are going to end up way above my head! I did leave one of my climbers really high because it’s forming a natural canopy and will be really beautiful when it’s in bloom.
I went with the coiled plastic edging for these little trees. It already looks better. To “install” it, I put it in the intended spot, and then used a turf edger to cut into the dirt around it. Then I used a rubber mallet to pound it into the area where I had cut into the soil. Once it was in place I pulled up any grass that was inside the border – done!
We have this little free standing planter box in our yard, that had nothing in it. One of the ONLY areas without flowers. I assume that the previous owners probably used it for herbs or some sort of veggies, but it’s not very big. I decided to fill it with strawberries. And I decided to do a little experiment, and bought 6 different varieties, to see which ones grow the best, and also which ones we like the best. Here is what it looked like before I planted them (this piece isn’t stained yet either)
I’ll give you an update on this area over the next few weeks. Here are the variaties that I planted:
And here is the start of our strawberry patch! Angus (the cat) LOVES strawberries, so I may end up having to drag him out of here, once he figures out how to get up here.
There are a lot of perennials in the gardens, but I still want to add in some annuals for that quick pop of colour. I made my first trip to the garden centre this week, it was still too soon for some of the flowers that I wanted but and I still left with a couple of calla lillies, and another clematis, there are already a few along this fence as you can see below. I bought one called Pink Champagne I also scoped out a really cool garden ornament that I’m thinking about going back to buy. If I get it, you will see it next week!
I also bought a couple of coleus in a beautiful shade of red. I was going to use them in planters in the front yard, but they look so nice tucked into the garden, that I think I will have to go back and buy more for the front yard.
We have been looking at a lot of furniture. There are so many beautiful sets to choose from, it’s hard to make a decision. My one concern is that the patio is 12 x 30, which isn’t really that deep, so I don’t want to jam so much furniture on it that you can’t get around it. But having said that, I would really love to have 2 separate seating areas. At this point I’m still looking around to find something that speaks to me!
That wraps it up for this week, please come back next week!
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Welcome to Week One of the 6 Week Yard Transformation Challenge, hosted by my friend Nat at Simple Family-Crazy Life. Nat is starting her second round of the challenge. She did her front yard in the first round.
I have to admit our yard is actually pretty nice. It just needs a little TLC. This house was built in 2014, and we just moved here in November of 2017. So this year will be our first spring and I’m SUPER EXCITED to see what comes up in the gardens.
But it does need some work. I don’t need to dig up the yard, but I do need to do a lot of maintenance. Here are the things that I hope to accomplish in the next six weeks:
Strip and Re-Stain the Fence and Planter Boxes
The fence actually looks better in this photo than it is, but as you can see there is a lot of it. This portion is in the back yard, and since it backs onto a municipal right of way, we will be staining the back side of it as well.
Ick. See all the algae on the planter boxes? yuck.
I think this might take a good chunk of my six weeks, I will probably tackle it a bit at a time. I’m a gemini so I can’t ever make my way through anything in one shot. It’s a lot of a little bit here and a little bit there.
Our lawn needs quite a lot of attention. Big sections of it looks like this:
The yard pretty swampy in the winter, and this January we got FOUR TIMES our normal amount of rain, so there are quite a few spots where there were puddles, and now there are bald spots.
We have three little trees in the back yard, and I don’t even know if they are fruit trees or flowering trees. I think they are probably flowering but time will tell. They were just planted in the grass with no borders or dirt. I have already added some dirt, but still need to put borders around them.
We also have a 12′ x 30′ patio that needs to be pressure washed. Not to mention all the pressure washing that needs to happen before the fence can be stained 🙁
Prune and Train the Roses
The people who owned the house before us were good gardeners. And they left us 13 rose bushes. I added one that I brought with me, so now I have 14. When we got here , they were way overgrown. I have grown roses in the past, but only hybrid teas and floribundas. There are a few climbers here, so this will be new for me. But I’m looking forward to figuring them out.
Refinish the Daybed
Last year I did an outdoor daybed. I built it out on my condo deck and then I had to cut it apart to move it. Now I need to reassemble it, and change the colour to something that goes better with the house.
Identify and Label the Plants
Mostly it’s the roses that I want to inventory. But I have a whole yard full of plants, that are new to me, so the best way to figure out what to do with them, is to figure out what they are!!
Add Some Colour
I have added a little splash of colour here. I love this little bird. Maybe because I have real blue jays! Forgive the photo, these guys don’t stand still, so its tough to get them in focus.
A few other things I want to get done include:
Paint the Outside of the Shed
No guarantees that I will get all of this done, But I’ll try!! We have one of those little vinyl sheds. And it’s new and clean and pretty nice. But it’s not the same colour as the house. And yes, I am that anal about these things. So, I intend to paint it to match the house. I’ll need to pressure wash it first…Add that to the pressure washing list above!
Organize the Inside of the Shed
The inside is just open space. And since we moved we have just been jamming stuff in there. Here is what it looks like now.
One other thing I would love to accomplish is to deck out my patio with new furniture. But no gaurantees on this piece as I’m SUPER PICKY. And it takes me forever to make a decision about buying anything. But it is six weeks away, so it’s possible!!
So that’s the list. No promises on the patio furniture, but I’ll try to get everything else accomplished in the allotted time.
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