We never had the time, so the plan was always, once I retire....
Well, I have been retired since 2013 and there is no more health crisis looming on the horizon, so this is the year.
As Jean and I are planning the landscaping of the back yard, realizing our plans are, well, not cheap :-), we decided on a phased approach.
This year we will set up our gardens to produce both vegetables and to grow some flowers for the numerous flower beds.
First up was her pop-up greenhouse, roughly were we think it should go, then setting up raised gardens.
Then we got a load of woodchips for around the trees and beds
Big bag of wood chips being loaded in her pick up truck
It quickly became obvious that buying raised gardens made of recycled PVC was more economical. Yes, it could be done cheaply using pressure treated lumber, but I don't like the idea of dangerous chemicals leaching in my vegetable thank you... I am not a big fan of pressure treated wood. Would love Western Red cedar, but its kinda pricy here on the East coast..
Add to this that one of these raised garden kit is expandable and has a frame and removable greenhouse cover and other accessories, such as a framed treillis for tall veggies and the math is a no brainer. It also greatly facilitate setting it up, not having to rototill and etc.
Instant gardens, some assembly required...
Once we sorta figured out where the yard features would be: Trees, new deck and new garden shed, sitting area under a pergola, water feature and etc... We knew where to set them up by the greenhouse. I also bought a Veg-Trug with its attached covered greenhouse cover and another cover to keep the pest off, during the hot summer months. This will be set up behind the raised gardens.
Add a rain barrel to feed an automatic Solar drip watering system and a portable sink in the green house (fed from the house) and we are in business.... :-)
First we set up the two 4 X 4 ft raised gardens
That took, one pick up truck load of soil, transferred
with 5 trailer loads behind my tractor
Both raised gardens filled, awaiting raking.
After a few days of torrential rain, I went back today and started the seeding of our first vegetable garden: Cucumber, basil, yellow bean, green bean, radish
Phew those seeds were heavy, thankfully I got my trailer out :-)
Next up to go would be the Veg-Trug, which just got delivered today. I have of course a few woodworking related projects to make this all happened: A raised platform for the rain barrel, a post for the automatic watering system and a small gardening tool shed on a post besides the gardens.
Later we will plant a tree in Heather's memory so I can cut down the tree by the house deck and replace the deck by a bigger one (probably next year)
Before this happens, I must build a new access road to my back yard to bring in heavy material. I will also need that access to bring in tons of paver bricks for the walk ways and etc.
Then there is the fencing around the back yard for Rudy and a gated arbor trellis for the garage side of the house.
Finally a water feature (type yet undetermined) and a fancy cooking area, love the idea of having a wood stove in the yard...
Annual Canadian ritual of paying our taxes :-)
Yes, pic is the Manneken pis from Belgium
But first I am waiting for the taxman final assessment to know how much I can afford this year... :-(
There goes my tools budget, yet one more time. Its a good thing I have enough tools to keep me going in the mean time :-)
Bob, the backyard planner looking for a cold one