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The Making of the Garden – 2016

May 17, 2017

I know its been a while since I posted but I wanted to post about our garden. I just love going back through the blog to see our past wild adventures and this is one of our best one yet!

After visiting beautiful gardens during our trip in Mexico, I got the itch to renovate our backyard. I really wanted a cozy space where we could lounge and relax. Mexico is known for having beautiful courtyards where people spend a lot of time relaxing, dining and hosting and I really wanted to recreate that feeling in our house.

In spring of 2016, we removed three trees that were sitting near the retaining wall. I hate cutting trees down but these were very close to the house and needed to go.

We also spent nearly all of our summer removing a trench of rocks that were at the back of our property.  This was definitely one of the most challenging and daunting parts of this project since it was difficult to carry them down the stairs.  We posted an ad on craigslist for free rocks and we probably gave away half of them; the remainder we had to haul ourselves.


We also built the raised beds at the beginning of the summer but we had such a hot and dry summer last year  that we we didn’t do much else.

Here they are, all built and stacked in our back patio.


During the fall,  Bill moved the blueberry trees, removed the grass and tilled the areas where the raised beds were supposed to go, and installed an irrigation systems for the garden beds. We also installed a small pergola and the raised beds, added gravel in the garden area, planted creeping raspberry in the retaining wall and a hedge of baby Jade boxwoods.


Oh man, I can’t believe how much we did. It makes me tired just thinking about it.  At the time, that picture was a “total” make over. Everything looked so different but looking back at it  now, the yard looks so bare.

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