Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Garden Remodel - Part 1

 I told you we are working on a garden remodel project and the first phase was completed today.  The new cross-fence is in!  We robbed 20 feet from the unused front side yard by moving the fence forward and putting in a gate so we have access to the front yard from this side.
 This is the "before" picture.  You can see why I didn't want to show it until we made some progress!  The old fence was bent from a snowball bush falling on it during a Winter snowstorm a couple of years ago.  The flower bed on the right side used to be filled with iris (my favorite flower) but I took them out because I couldn't keep it weeded.  The elderly neighbor next door doesn't keep up her yard and the weed seeds just showered into the bed all year long.
 All of these pictures are taken from the front yard, looking in to the back yard.  On the other side of the fence there is a rose garden that has seen better days.  We have already started taking out roses and planning how new ones will be positioned. This is the sod coming out before the fence went in.
 A patch we had to leave so the fence installers could see the locator's marks.  Soon to be gone now!
Stay tuned.  A raised bed for vegetables is coming, as well as replacing the tired roses that are coming out and a new "hedge" of blueberry plants in the old iris bed.
I cannot believe how big the space looks from the back yard.  It is like we got more real estate without moving.  Should have done this years ago.  I have to run back outside now.  My eyes aren't filled up yet!


Casey Uhrig said...

What did u do with the roses?

Annette said...

I love that shiny new fence! It's too bad about the irises and roses but the new plan sounds exciting. Can't wait to see!

GardenofDaisies said...

Great idea to move your fence forward to get the space in back that you needed. Sounds like you have a LOT of digging ahead of you, but it's all going to be worth it when you have homegrown vegetables and blueberries at your table. :-)

Annette said...

Oh, how fun!! You will love having the blueberries!! I can see them now. And the raised beds. Such fun. And you could even plant a vine on that fence. I only say that becasue I love vines and our fence (deer fence) won't support a vine and it makes me sad. Can't wait to see more after pictures.

Curtains in My Tree said...

Good Luck with the garden
my daughter lives west in Venonia and she doesn't get enough sun to grow much . Maybe little more sun in Portland ?
I love a garden, I will have a tomato and green pepper plant in my flower bed on my patio.
I even put tomatoes in the freezer for soup last year

Looks like your moving right along digging up the grass for the garden, keep us posted

oldgreymare said...

How exciting! As tired as I am from a week of garden work it is incredibly satisfying... Enjoy. Lots more pics please.

vintage grey said...

Great idea!! Happy gardening! xo Heather

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a great idea for adding space to the more useful backyard. I sure wish I had room for a vegetable garden, I'm jealous.

Laurie said...

How wonderful! I remember when we did our back patio I felt like we had added a room to the house!!

Lana said...

Kathy, I came by your blog today for the first time, although I have read your comments on Suzan's blog for quite some time. I LOVE your tiny finds from our past...Love those 1940's and '50's stuff!
I am especially jealous of this beautiful garden plot on your side yard! Wow! Some Oklahoma tomatoes would grow so well in there! Wishing you happy gardening and happy collage "booking"! (Lana)