Tuesday, April 14, 2009

April showers

In case anyone is wondering - busy work, no internet at home, sick, sick, planting flowerbeds, adopting out foster puppies, making curtains..... whew!

I wanted to share some pictures of my still not quite done flowerbed! I have been wanting this for 2 years now, and FINALLY we are getting it in. I have had a couple of bushes still in the nursery pots for over a year!! Basically, I had some things I wanted to transplant to a sunny locale, plus looking at a graying fence all the time is boring.
So the first step, after marking where you want the bed to be is to rent a tiller and chop up the ground and all the grass. This is not as easy as it may sound. It is hard, as the tiller is jerky and vibrate-y, and after a while you loose feeling in your hands. I highly recommend having a husband, brother, dad, male friend, or hiring out the task to a very strong person. I thought I could have done it myself.... HA! Right.
So, this is after step one:

After you clean out the bed somewhat, removing all the dead chopped up grass bits, we added a layer of composted leaves. We also added/put in the green metal edging that you can shape. We had just spent about 30 minutes trying to get rid of the grass, and I don't want it coming back. At least not in my flower bed.

Now comes the fun part of planting things! I got a great deal on a Japanese Maple tree at Home Depot - very excited about that. I started with planting the bigger things that I knew where I wanted them to go. Since then, I've also transplanted 2 larger bushes. I'm now left with a few smaller things to plant, and mulch.

I'm hopeful that I can get this all finished up this weekend - that is if we can stay healthy!! But once I do, I'll share more photos!

I've also been busy making curtains for our bedroom! Easy no-sew kind. I finally found some fabric that I liked, and that was within our budget. You can go check them out at Elizabeth Anne Designs.

Hope everyone is doing well!


Linda said...

I love Japanese Maples. I can't wait to see it planted in your yard.
I'm so going to try those no sew curtains!

Blablover5 said...

Hurray for gardens. I can't wait to have one of my own. For now I have to rely on little planters and hope evil bunnies don't get a slingshot or use the wind to knock them off the grill.

Jenny.Lee said...

I'm glad you are finally getting your garden! I love Japanese Maples too!

Biba said...

Looking forward to seeing pics!

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