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Phew! I cannot believe we have completed our 6-week backyard vegetable garden makeover. I have very mixed feelings about this project. On the one hand, I know we have done a lot this time and I like the results. On the other hand, there is still so much to do in this space. Anyway, our Yard Transformation Challenge reveal is here!
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Here is what that part of the vegetable garden looked before:
And here what it looks like now 🙂
Our wish list for the project included the following items:
- Add more flower and vegetable beds in the garden – check.
- Add a vegetable bed in the greenhouse – check.
- Build an arbour – check.
- Budget – up to $500 – check!
Lumber, soil, compost, and plants – all that together came up to a bit under $400 (in Canadian dollars).
It looks like we were able to accomplish it all. But! As I said, I have the mixed feelings about the project. Maybe it feels like that as I want all of our plants blooming and producing here and now. But…
Gardening is a slow process
Well… it is actually an always work-in-progress project…
I want our climbing rose to be huge and blooming now 🙂 Same is with the clematises on the other side of the arbor.
I want the lilies and other flowers in the flower bed to be blooming as well. Who said I am being impatient?
I am the most patient gardener in the world!
Yes, I am being sarcastic as well… Though I do seem to have the patience to grow plants from seeds or cuttings, I find it hard to accept the fact that they may not even flower the first season…
But I am learning 😉 I am a veeeery slower learner, I guess… Haha.
Anyway, here are a few more pictures of our backyard makeover.
And a few pictures of what is growing in there now.
The water bottle is to keep them warm at night. Yes, it is still pretty cold here at nights… But you can see the tiny cucamelons growing there already 🙂
These tomatoes plants are a tiny variety that can be grown in containers. It is a perfect solution to those who don’t have a lot of gardening space or are growing a balcony garden.
We got the seeds from Gayla Trail at You Grow Girl. I also have her Grow Curious book and it is full of great information for the gardeners of any level 🙂
Fruit trees in our garden
We have two sour cherry trees and a sweet cherry tree that we added to our garden last fall. They seem to like it here and we are hoping to harvest a handful of cherries this year.
No, there might not be enough for a pie or jam but it is just a beginning!
Remember, gardening is a constant work-in-process.
And didn’t I tell you I am patient?! Lol.
So, what do you think of this Yard Transformation Challenge reveal?
Do you see what I mean by I want a little bit more?
Yes, we do have plans for more.
Future Gardening Plans
We want to add a sitting bench to have a place to just sit and watch our garden grow and the birds and bees visit our garden 🙂
All of those benches are so cool! But I think my favourite one is this:
Isn’t it cute? Isn’t this butterfly bench so garden appropriate?
Also, we want to add a drip irrigation system to all our garden beds next year. It is going to be another big project to work on and we will be doing it DIY.
So, remember to stay in touch 🙂
If you are working on your garden makeover and would like us to check on your progress, tag @simplefamilycrazylife and #yardtransfomations2018 on Instagram. We will be happy to see what you are working on 🙂
Don’t forget to check out the other participants’ posts here 🙂