Monday, April 28, 2014

The New Potager - Design Complete

I've completed the design of the new potager, and my husband is hard at work building the beds.

We are installing a 4 foot picket fence around the garden to keep the deer out. Nearly everyone I talk to about the fence thinks 4 feet is too short, but there are a few different factors that went into my decision to keep it short. I don't want to block my views of the forest with a tall fence, and a tall fence would look plain tacky so close to the house. From what I've read, deer don't like to jump into contained areas, and with all of the raised beds inside, they will not have a clear landing area. I just don't think they will attempt it. Also, the deer have stayed away from areas close to the house recently. Whether it's because the snow finally melted and they have access to food in the forest, or because we now have a dog, I'm not sure. 

In the next post, I'll share our progress. Until then, we have been enjoying the spring ephemerals that have been popping up in our yard and the forest. We didn't live here last spring, so each new plant that emerges is a nice surprise. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spring Break Birding

Posts are coming few and far between. Despite the cold weather, folks have their eye on summer and my landscape design clients are picking up. The GardenWorks Project is in full volunteer recruitment and planning mode for spring garden builds. Life has been full and good, even more so with the addition of our new family member, Ivy.

We adopted her from Casey's Safe Haven in Elburn, IL, and could not be happier. We weren't interested in a puppy, and so many adult dogs need homes. Ivy is a few months over one-year-old, and is said to be a beagle/shepherd mix. And no, her name has nothing to do with Wrigley Field; I couldn't care less about baseball, and hubby is a diehard Sox fan.

It's Spring Break here in our school district, and the kids and I took advantage of the gorgeous weather yesterday to give a few gifts to the birds. First, we used a mesh bag that previously held onions to fill with yarn and hang in our Viburnum. It's our hope that birds will take the yarn to use in their nests.

Then, we spread peanut butter on toilet paper rolls, and rolled them in birdseed to make a few birdfeeders.

The black-capped chickadees found them right away and had a bit of a party.

And today, it's cold again. But the daffodils and daylilies are pushing through, and things are coming back to life. We are making plans for the new vegetable garden, and can't wait to build it. Life is full, and good.