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I can’t wait for the summer! Ok… I agree. Let’s have spring first 😉 I love Spring. And my husband and I like working in our small backyard garden. We have been slowly transforming it into a veggie garden and have shared our small successes and big failures on the blog and Instagram. However, it is now time to take care of our front yard as well. We’ve decided that it will be great to challenge ourselves to a new project. What do you think about a 6-week front yard transformation challenge?
As you might know, we live in Canada, but in one of its warmest parts. And because it is one of the warmest parts of Canada, we could already see our garden plants waking up just a week ago. We had snowdrops blooming and even some summer plants popping up through a layer of mulch and leaves.
And it might sound all nice and optimistic until we got hit by another snow storm…
Yes, this is how it looked like here two days ago…
But, while the ground is frozen again, we can do one thing in the meantime 😉
Plan for a new gardening season
I was born in May and maybe it was also one of the reasons to love spring. While we are waiting for that beautiful season, there is a lot of thinking and planning, and chatting happening in our house.
This is going to be our third spring in our house, and it has been busy here. Between the house work and renovations, and a lot of organic gardening, there is one thing we learned very well:
Take it easy and do it one small step at a time
If you can afford to hire help and do it all at once, good for you! Just go ahead and renovate it all, so the house is messy for a certain period of time but it gets all done after that.
We, however, cannot do that. We are a simple family working full-time, paying mortgage and bills. And we have been renovating our house one little project at a time and working in the garden building one new gardening bed at a time.
Plan for a new project
We have a few projects planned for this year but are thinking to start it with the front yard transformation. There are a few reasons for it.
- Financial – at this moment it looks like the most affordable project on our list. We are planning on doing all work on our own and with the available resources and materials. The plan is to obtain as much of the needed materials for free or for a reasonable price. We are thinking about $500 investment here for the most. (I am typing it now and hoping it is doable)
- Aesthetics – we have already done some improvements removing many of the hedges and bushes that were blocking the house. We have planted a few smaller fruit trees instead and added a few perennial plants already. But we want to create a beautiful cottage atmosphere here so we are planning on adding many more 🙂
- Practical – our front yard gets more than 8 hours of sun on a sunny summer day. This makes it a perfect spot for some of the heat-loving vegetables. And because our backyard garden is limited in size, we are hoping to utilize some of the front yard for growing vegetables as well.
Well, it is the end of February. Last weekend was cold but sunny and we were hoping we would be able to start the project the last weekend of February.
Hahahahahaha……. This was Mother Nature laughing at us.
It has been snowing on Friday. According to the weather forecast, it will be snowing even in the first week of March…
Man proposes, God disposes
So, we are hoping to start working on this project the third weekend of March – March 17. I think it is a good date.
(It must be a good date as it was my grandpa’s birthday, and he was a very good and hardworking man)
In terms of the time-frame for the project, we first thought that 5 weeks will be good enough as we are not planning on anything extraordinary like building a pond or such. But, because it is spring, and it is spring in Canada, and it may still snow a little and will definitely rain a lot, it is better to give ourselves one additional week to stretch 😉
Once again, Mother Nature might laugh hard at our plans, right?!
But we will learn to adapt.
So, what do you think?
Would you like to join “the party”? Would you be interested in starting a back/front yard transformation challenge with us then? It doesn’t have to be a huge project and we would love to keep it low-cost.
If so, make sure to follow us on Instagram and tag #yardtransformations2018.
If you have a landscaping company and are interested to be featured as a designer with a project,
or you are a blogger and will be willing to link-up,
comment below or subscribe to our email list to get a notification with the link-up information. Every week we will be linking up our projects updates with the official reveal date on April 21.
For my fellows’ Canadian bloggers, if your ground will still be frozen and covered with the snow in March, just comment below and let me know. If there is more interest in the challenge from the Canadian bloggers, we may push the starting date even further.
I believe it will be fun!
Are you in?