#Garden Site 2014


#Garden Site 2014

My husband and I recently moved into the rental property we own. It is now no longer a rental property. We are now in process of remodeling and upgrading the house and yard to make it our long-term primary residence. One of the benefits I have received as a result of this move is that I have a large yard / blank slate to plant / create a new garden space. It already has some focal points that I will just enhance.

As you can see from these photos we have a large fenced in area just begging for a makeover.

Apr 2, 2014


This photo shows the area around an old fireplace chimney. I have used what’s left of the chimney as a garden bed and planted roses in it. From what I can see this Spring it looks like they weathered the Winter season in fine shape.


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As you can see from these photos the area is just begging for attention. The plan is to do companion planting. There will be flowers, herbs, vegetables and perhaps some fruit thrown into the mix. It will not all be done this year, but it will be the start of something healthy, nutritious and fun. Most of what will get planted will be housed in raised beds. The reason for this is two-fold: one is so that I can move the arrangement of plantings easily, and two is that I can supply good soil. The current soil is a mess and would take a huge amount of work and new soil to make it hospitable. Raised beds can be moved and are also attractive. Changing and enriching the soil is a whole lot easier in raised beds. Did I mention that raised beds help protect the plants from pets? Yes. I am referring to my 3 fur children who would just love to play in the plants.

I am not planning to do anything major with the front yard this year. The back yard will keep me plenty busy.

My good friend Susan Cooper at Finding Our Way Now has created her own little paradise in her back yard. Mine will be different in content, but I hope it will prove to be just as inviting.

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  1. Looks like you have a nice space to work with, Cheryl. Good luck with it. And yes, raised beds make HUGE sense for those of us over 50 who may have bad knees or difficulty bending. Almost all of the gardening in my yard is containers to make it easier on me. And yes … wouldn't it amazing to have a yard that looks like Susan's? We can dream about it, and make the best of what we have. Best wishes for life in your new home.

    • Cheryl says:

      I had not thought about the benefit of raised beds for challenged persons. Very good point!

  2. JeriWB says:

    Looks like a great space with so much potential. I'm still getting our house back into shape. I don't know if I would ever want to rent it out again and have to come back. Good luck with all your plans.

    • Cheryl says:

      No more renting out for us either. Too many issues involved with it.

  3. change it up editing says:

    If I had this blank canvas to work with, I'd be both excited and terrified! Really looking forward to before-and-after photos as you make this transformation, Cheryl!

    • Cheryl says:

      Excited and terrified is right! LOL

  4. Aw, Thanks for such a nice compliment my friend. I have been packing unpacking and purging to ad nauseum.. UGH. I have not had a moment to enjoy my own garden. I know that your garden will be all that you desire. I so look forward to hearing about your plans and seeing it all come together or you. Hugs, 🙂

    • Cheryl says:

      I SO feel for what you are going through. My husband & I went through this with the move to this house. Hugs right back atcha…

  5. We are expanding our veggie garden this year. The snow is finally gone enough for us to start looking. At the garden space.

    • Cheryl says:

      Very cool…. 🙂

  6. That should be fun, Cheryl. Time to be creative and get a garden that you truly love. Herbs comes to mind. Wouldn't that be a good idea:-)

    • Cheryl says:

      Oh yes, there will be herbs! 🙂