Monday, April 22, 2013

First BBQ of the summer!

We had the first BBQ of the summer this weekend - hot dogs on the deck at lunch - yeah! It's getting warm fast, though the nights are still down in the 40's. This weekend it was all about the garden again, getting it ready for summer! 

The under-deck area used to be covered in ivy - to the point where it was ripping up the deck boards. I pulled it out of the beds and pruned it way back on the trellis this weekend. Re-mulched the beds and planted a few new plants. Some bulbs have even come up - surprised to see them in an ivy bed so thick! 

Our rock garden area - cleaned up of leaves and planted some lily of the valley. It's tough finding enough shade plants to go here, but we're going to reclaim some stone to make a stone fireplace for this area soon, so it'd be nice to have some flowers in the backdrop!

The veggies are in! Under their little wax paper tepees! These "hats" help keep them warm at night, and protect them from deer eating the shoots - i'm hoping they work, it's all an experiment to see if we can extend the growing season here! 

There used to be a large decorative bush here. We pulled it out this weekend and replaced it with blueberry bushes (4 in total) and rocks reclaimed from the woods - "Blueberry Henge" we've called it! Not sure i'm going to have enough patience to wait the year or two before we get berries!

Blueberry Henge! The stones were originally placed so I could pull the hose around and not damage the plants - but we liked the henge look so much we pulled up two more rocks and placed them on the inside....:)

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