Spring Cleaning Outdoors

Friday, 6 May 2011

I finally got a few things done outside after vacation. The cushions are out, the plants are potted and happy and I even have a new "umbrella" tablecloth (it zips to fit around the table umbrella). Lily helped me clean up the deck.

My garden is ready with 13 plants (Better Boy tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, squash, zucchini, green bell pepper, banana peppers) in the ground, a 1/2 row of red onions, a row of green beans and a 1/2 row of green onions and a 1/2 row of radishes. I also started a strawberry patch with two medium-sized plants.

My herbs from last year have exploded! Check out the oregano and the chives. This is apparently a great place for an herb garden because of the sunshine. The little birdhouse you see was built for me by my grandfather (my mom's dad). He is a skilled woodworker.

I also finally shook my fist at winter and planted marigolds in the window boxes. Why marigolds? I'm hoping they block the bugs a bit. The slugs seemed to love my house last year. I also bought a small hosta and look at my little tree! I planted it last year and it lived. My concrete front step needs to be re-finished and I'm not sure of the technique. Any advice?


Kate said...

Very nice! I've been doing the very same thing - but your yard is much prettier than mine!

Found you through Blogathon 2011.

LizP said...

For your concrete step you could go to your local home improvement store (Home Depot/Lowe's) and ask one of their cheerful professionals. I know they make concrete sealant but I've never used one.

Your yard and house are so cute!

Denae said...

Kate - Nice to meet you! Thanks for checking out my blog. I'm heading over to yours as well.

LizP - Excellent idea. I'm thinking of kind of doing a "tile" job with stones...