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Spring is here! Literally! It was so warm and sunny today and it looks like it will be warm for another week. Halleluja! And it is time for a second round of the Yard Transformation Challenge 2018!
This time, there will be other bloggers joining us for the challenge, and it is going to be fun! Make sure you go to the Challenge page and check out their projects! I can’t wait to see them all!
Anyway, if you have been following us for a while, you know we are just finishing our first round of the YTC. It has been a lot of work and a few lessons learned. Hopefully, the weather gods are kinder to us and the other participants this time 🙂
So, here we are,
Yard Transformation Challenge 2018 – Week 1
Here is what a part of our backyard looked like today:
As you can see, we have a designated area for our vegetables garden with a few raised beds.
We are planning to add another vegetables’ raised bed for vegetables there, and to build an additional one along the lawn line for flowers and beans.
Also, we want to add an arch in front of the greenhouse and add a few climbing plants there. First, we thought to add kiwi plants there, but it turns out they can grow huge. We don’t really have a room for their long branches there…
What do you think?
Do you have experience growing kiwi?
If so, please do not hesitate to share it with us in the comments below 🙂
But at this point, clematis and maybe a climbing rose will be good enough there.
We are also thinking about making a few videos of the process. Would you be interested in a video tour of the space or the transformation process?
Once again, we are hoping to keep it within a $500 budget. I am sure we won’t need to go that high even. But it is better to overestimate rather than the opposite.
And, as usual, we are aiming at using as much of the freely available materials as possible. It is all about making it sustainable, affordable, and fun!
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Our backyard garden site is pretty challenging. Though it is located on the south side of the lot, it is surrounded by a few evergreen trees. Thus, it doesn’t get a lot of sun during the day.
That was one of the reasons we decided to build a front yard garden this year.
Despite living in the city, we have a few natural trails in the area and get wildlife visitors here as well. Birds, squirrels, and raccoons can be mean and destructive.
Also, living in the Pacific Northwest region, we are “blessed” with rainy springs and summers. And unlike in the southern regions, our rain can be pretty cold even in summer.
With all that, we are still pretty optimistic and are hoping for another successful gardening season 😉
Now, let’s the Yard Transformation Challenge 2018 begin!