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I am both nervous and super-excited to start working on this project! We have been working on many home projects since we moved into our house 2 years ago. But it is now time to give our front yard so well-deserved treatment. We can’t wait to create a beautiful curb appeal with a vegetable garden and flowers beds. And this is the first week of our 6-week front yard transformation challenge.
UPDATED March 27, 2018: The next round of the challenge will launch on April 20, 2018. Please sign up to receive more information and links to the link-up page at the form below 😉
Front Yard Transformation Challenge – Week 1
The Current State
As you can imagine, there will be many pictures to share with this transformation. Some of the pictures below were taken last summer.
The front yard is uninspiring and looks almost neglected. Well… at least weeds add some colour… 😉
We do have a few evergreen trees growing between our and the neighbours’ property and have started planting flowers on the slope at the front of the front yard.
And we have 2 areas with flowers and herbs at the back of the front yard close to the home.
This is where we start now.
But there used to be before now as well 🙂
Before the Current State
We had started some clean-up work at the front yard right after we moved in two years ago. There were hedges growing right in front of the basement windows and besides the garage.
Image source: Google Maps
We decided to remove them all. After we had done that, we discovered a few beautiful plants coming up in the spring and summer, including this beautiful peony, and a rose.
They were hidden by the hedges.
I am sure they are much happier now 🙂
Now to the more exciting part!
Our Vision and Plans
There are no bylaws in our municipality which prohibit front yard vegetable gardens. So we are happy to be able to add a few gardening beds there. As I have mentioned in this post, our front yard faces west and gets most of the sun during the day.
As we have had a few of hot summers with watering restrictions, I think it would be better to grow heat-loving veggies and flowers instead of the lawn there.
We do harvest rainwater, so we are hoping to have enough for the plants during the hot summer weeks. Yes, I am saying weeks, as saying months would be too optimistic. We are in Canada, remember? 😉
Some of the good-looking vegetables we are planning on having there are determinate tomatoes, eggplants, mini bell-peppers, scaloppini, and beans. They are very attractive both at the blooming and fruiting stages.
We are lucky to be surrounded by enthusiastic gardening neighbours who have been supporting our gardening journey so far. So we are hoping they will be supportive of this adventure as well.
Are you ready to join the party?
If you haven’t read my first post on this challenge, check it out now. Because the weather has been nice, and we are optimistic about an early spring, we have decided to start the challenge as planned. However, we are doing it on our own now.
A few bloggers have already contacted me indicating that they will be happy to join the challenge but their gardens are still covered by snow.
If this is the case for you too, please note there will be another round of the challenge in late April with a link-up page. More information will be available in the email.
There will also be a “check-in” or better say, show-off in mid-July as well. As you know, plants need some time to establish.
Do not forget to sign up for the emails notification if you want to join the link-up page and share your project there.
If you don’t own a blog but will be willing to share your images with us on either Facebook or Instagram, follow us @simplefamilycrazylife and feel free to tag #yardtransformations2018 so we can check out your progress and feature the most interesting projects on the blog too 🙂
Now, back to work on our Front Yard Transformation Challenge!