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Post  jimmy cee on 4/29/2013, 8:52 am

KittyKat
I like the looks of your project, I love the idea of an aerial view..hmmm..maybe I'll need to climb our pear tree to gets some of ours.
Your layout seems very meticulous, compact, and well planned.
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Post  kittykat on 4/29/2013, 12:04 pm

@jimmy cee wrote:KittyKat
I like the looks of your project, I love the idea of an aerial view..hmmm..maybe I'll need to climb our pear tree to gets some of ours.
Your layout seems very meticulous, compact, and well planned.

Thanks, jimmy cee! Much appreciated! It was completely by-guess-and-by-golly, though. If you go back to the beginning of this post and watch the progress, you can see that... The actual raised beds were leftover from an old tenant after they moved on, so I repurposed them. Then needed to cover them from the birds/cats... then needed to tend the plants better, so built the fence instead of the cages... then added another bed.. then expanded the fence (cause it was too squishy in there) and moved in my potting bench... then chopped up the last garden bed and added the two ends to the smaller bed... etc., etc. But it's been FUN and I love the ideas I get from everyone here! And the Junior Gardeners are having fun, too, and are excited to try the fruits of our labours. Love it!

Thanks again!

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Post  kittykat on 6/12/2013, 8:34 pm

Updated pic on my SFG.  I have most of the walking area mulched now - looks SO much better than cardboard!



Sadly, though, we have to sell the house.  Dagnabbit.  But I carry my knowledge with me and will hopefully be able to create something lovely and fun in our next place.
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Post  GWN on 6/12/2013, 8:38 pm

"Sadly, though, we have to sell the house"   
I sure know how that feels, I have left behind many many gardens, and I live in constant  fear of losing this one.  Your garden looks beautiful, hopefully it will help sell your house.  Moving somewhere else in BC?
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Post  kittykat on 6/12/2013, 8:55 pm

Thanks Gwn.  I've poured my heart and soul into my yard here over the last 14 years.  It is hard to let it go.  But that's the way it goes sometimes.  Yes - I'll be moving somewhere else within my community, so not a long-distance move, thankfully!
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Post  camprn on 6/12/2013, 9:56 pm

Kitty I see fruit trees... what have you got there? Also, are those pink spikes behind you fabulous SFG digitalis 'foxglove'? I love those!

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Post  GWN on 6/12/2013, 10:27 pm

 I've poured my heart and soul into my yard here over the last 14 years. 


Oh manoman... I feel for you. We have made SOOO many raised beds, and started SOOOO many asparagus, and fruit trees, I feel like a gardening company.... 
I really hope you find a place you can continue to grow.  The cool thing about SFG is that you can start over without too much wait, because the soil is built right from the start.
The hardest part, last year we went down to Eugene Oregon where our last house was and the new owners had torn down our hoophouse greenhouse and much of our raised beds.
That was really sad.Sad
I hope you are able to rebuild your garden quickly, and living coastal BC, you will not have to wait as long, as up here.
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Post  jimmy cee on 6/12/2013, 10:31 pm

Pouring your heart and soul into a project that will eventually be lost can be traumatic, however just consider the enjoyment, satisfaction, and knowledge you have because of it.
You will move on and be much better for the future...
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Post  kittykat on 6/12/2013, 10:51 pm

"The hardest part, last year we went down to Eugene Oregon where our last house was and the new owners had torn down our hoophouse greenhouse and much of our raised beds."

That's one of my fears...  My plan is to at least pot up specimens of my perennials and try and take cuttings from my shrubs to see if I can carry some of my work forward.  But to come back here and see it all gone to seed or torn down or not tended would be heartbreaking, for sure!
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Post  kittykat on 6/12/2013, 10:53 pm

@camprn wrote:Kitty I see fruit trees... what have you got there? Also, are those pink spikes behind you fabulous SFG digitalis 'foxglove'? I love those!
 
Hi Camprn...

Yes - those are foxglove.  I had a couple around here and they have made babies year after year!  I just love them.  I'll be potting up some of those to bring along with me for sure!  You can see a nice cherry tree, about 9 years old, in about the middle of the picture, and then behind the row of bushes to the back of the SFG there is an old apple tree.  I have another younger apple tree, too, and a plum (that never seems to give us any plums).
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Post  kittykat on 6/12/2013, 10:55 pm

@jimmy cee wrote:Pouring your heart and soul into a project that will eventually be lost can be traumatic, however just consider the enjoyment, satisfaction, and knowledge you have because of it.
You will move on and be much better for the future...



Yeah, I know, jimmy cee. Thanks for your kind words.  I have tended this patch of ground well.  I've done my best and will go forward with what I've learned.
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Post  kittykat on 5/10/2014, 10:56 pm

Well, I thought I'd post another update pic.  The house and property are still on the market, but not sold.  This is the first year that I've been gardening that my garden area is completely built and all I need to do is tend the beds and plants.  We're off to a slow start and I haven't even got the SFG strings in place yet.  I've been busy potting up perennials and bulbs to carry forward to the new place, wherever that will be. 

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Post  sanderson on 5/11/2014, 2:01 am

Lovely garden. The arched trellis is especially decorative.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/11/2014, 8:26 am

That looks really nice, Kittycat!
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Post  GWN on 5/11/2014, 9:59 pm

This is the first year that I've been gardening that my garden area is completely built and all I need to do is tend the beds and plants. 

I am envious, have never quite gotten to that stage with gardening.  Maybe soon

Thanks for the update, it looks great
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Post  Kelejan on 5/11/2014, 10:03 pm

@GWN wrote:
This is the first year that I've been gardening that my garden area is completely built and all I need to do is tend the beds and plants. 

I am envious, have never quite gotten to that stage with gardening.  Maybe soon

Thanks for the update, it looks great

GWN, do you really want to get to that stage?  What on earth will you do with yourself? I always thought it was the journey that mattered.
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Post  GWN on 5/12/2014, 9:41 am

GWN, do you really want to get to that stage?  What on earth will you do with yourself? I always thought it was the journey that mattered.

ha ha......   I am just tired of pulling quack grass... it seems to be all I do anymore.
Looking forward to real gardening, and my back is too
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Post  kittykat on 5/12/2014, 12:56 pm

@GWN wrote:
ha ha......   I am just tired of pulling quack grass... it seems to be all I do anymore.
Looking forward to real gardening, and my back is too

Man - I have that stuff, too!!  I think it came in in some topsoil or something we had brought in when we raised up one of our lawns.  The stuff is horrible and it's everywhere in my yard now... arrggghhhh

And thanks, everyone!
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Post  HDMama on 5/26/2014, 3:13 pm

It has turned out beautiful. I too have worked hard and had to move. It's bitter sweet. Once I saw my new places, I had new dreams of creating. Hope you get to enjoy a harvest.
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Post  Goosegirl on 5/26/2014, 6:59 pm

@kittykat wrote:
@GWN wrote:
ha ha......   I am just tired of pulling quack grass... it seems to be all I do anymore.
Looking forward to real gardening, and my back is too

Man - I have that stuff, too!!  I think it came in in some topsoil or something we had brought in when we raised up one of our lawns.  The stuff is horrible and it's everywhere in my yard now... arrggghhhh

And thanks, everyone!

In recent years I have discovered 2 things that will successfully crowd out quack grass:

1. Egyptian Walking Onions (beware - they can take over the world)
2. Phlox (the tall stuff for sure, have not tried it with the low, creeping phlox)

Since I do not need 40-50 feet of EWO's  Shocked , I plan to fill my trouble area with phlox.

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