To facilitate aforementioned chimney fixing (and also some window updates), we had to move my raised garden, which previously looked like this (just after planting, by the end of summer, this thing is crazy with flowers):
It’s a little sad, because all my perennials have been coming back pretty nicely, and we dug those all up. But, the plus side is that I get to choose all kinds of new things to go in the garden. I’ve been sucked into drooling over plants and seeds and there’s way too much to choose from. This is just a small sample of things I’d love to see in there (all shade tolerant, due to our big ol’ tree):
In the past, I’ve gotten all of our plants from the selection available from Home Depot, but I think I’m going to order plants and bulbs from Burpee this year as well to get some of those nicer varieties in, especially the coleus and the different types of hostas.
I also started some seeds indoors yesterday. Just a couple things, but hopefully I get some good plants, and won’t have to buy as many. I planted some foxglove, lupine, columbine, and then for some ground cover, alyssum.
We also made a couple other upgrades to the garden. When we originally built it, we opted not to put a liner in. We also threw about three years of shredded magazine pages in there for filler. Since we don’t have a yard, just a cement slab, every time it rained, we wound up getting gross dirty water seepage. If it rained really hard, that dirt water would splash up the sides. You can see in the picture above, that the light colored wood is pretty hard to keep clean.
So, we have now inserted a liner, and made some holes for drainage out the back. We also re-stained the wood a darker color, which I am hoping will be a little kinder as far as masking dirt goes. We chose to go with a semi-transparent gloss in Behr’s Russet:
I would put pictures up of the garden…but the yard still looks like a mini excavation site, as we have not actually got all the dirt back INTO the garden. Moving 800 lbs (or if you want to go with Eric’s estimate 1600 lbs) of dirt is not the easiest/funnest task in the world.