We have a new addition to our yard this weekend!
I love birds and watching them eat has always been really fun. We knew with our yard and my garden that birds are an important part of the little ecological community so attracting them here over the winter is going to be big.
Aaaaand, notice I have a few garden beds laid out? My dad, who’s been helping me during the whole garden project, actually cut down trees on his property and brought them here where we cut them to shapes we wanted.
If that’s not special, I’m not sure what is.
These four beds aren’t going to be the entirety of my garden but they’re the center area and will contain a lot of the bulk crops (beets, greens, carrots, onions, green beans, etc). The cucumbers, melons and winter squashes will grow up the deck trellis, the fence line and landscape area against the house will be where tomatoes and peppers will be grown so these beds are just one part. In a couple weeks they’ll be filled with compost, mulch and soil so that they’ll be ready for spring crops.
The stone circles are not permanent, I’m just messing around with shapes for areas that will house perennials like rhubarb and such. I’m using the rocks to map out flow and spaces.
The beds are positioned to promote flow (the only gate to the back yard is on that side) and to prevent erosion. We also placed one log along part of the side walk to insure there won’t be bad drainage.
See it there on the right? It’s fully buried (even though it doesn’t look like it in this photo) but contains the mulch nicely which is important since that will be a heavily trafficked area by the boys and myself.
As far as the sizes, they vary a bit but are generally 7X4ft each. The dimensions are based on the actual tree/log sizes and their imperfection is delightful to me. I want my garden to emulate nature and this is such a great way to show it. They’re also catered to my specific space, which is key.
My dad has been a huge part of this process from good advice, use of his resources and all the thoughtfulness he’s put into it for me. I definitely couldn’t have managed to get a garden with so much character and love if he hadn’t been helping so much.
So now with bird feeding I feel like we’re getting an even more delightful back yard. Shane and I do a lot of ‘deck time’, as well call it, and soon I hope we can enjoy some extra life fluttering around….even though we do have lots of it already.
Aaaaaand the other cutie pie.
Excuse the snot, he’s getting those last teeth and snot is all over.
The weather is chilly and now instead of a cold beer or white wine I’m enjoying mulled cider or a good cup of tea.
And yet looking forward to the planting season:)