Backyard garden makeover

Here is how poop hill is coming along since I’ve been working on it this spring.  My redesign started with my visit from Amanda Thomsen from the Good Enough Gardening podcast.  It’s a difficult area because it is a small hill that is not easy to maintain.  I reported when I started my work and wanted to give a little update.  Now that I look at the older pictures, I can see a pretty big change.

poop hill with garden boxes

poop hill with garden boxes

 

Here’s a summary of what I have done and what I’m thinking of next.

  • removed the dog run
  • moved the blueberry bushes to their permanent home
  • built two garden boxes from untreated garden timbers and 18″ metal rebar.  I knotched the ends so they fit nicely as you can see below.  The rebar goes into the ground to help keep it stable.
  • built a worm tower and started my on site vermicomposting
  • made a gravel path between the garden boxes
  • moved the rain barrel to the top of the hill to water in the new garden area
  • planted 2 varieties of potato plants, basil, raspberries, thyme, carrots, lettuce, as well as flower bulbs
Potato shoots in composted manure and straw

Potato shoots in composted manure and straw

 

 

 

 

Potato plants in raised bed

Potato plants in raised bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s left?

  • possibly move the granny smith apple tree you see between the garden boxes to my “orchard” on the other side of the fence.
  • get my gutters rerouted so the one in the middle of my yard empties to the side yard and the one near the rain barrel gets routed to the barrel
  • sod the area where the dog run was
  • find better home for raspberry bushes
raised garden bed from landscaped timbers and rebar

raised garden bed from landscaped timbers and rebar

raspberry_bushes_getting_overshadowed_by_potato_plants

raspberry_bushes_getting_overshadowed_by_potato_plants

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