I ordered some seeds, purple carrots, purple beans, vine beans, lettuce, lots of flowers (plumey things and holy hocks), purple potatoes, and also a nifty wooden tool to make seedling pots out of newspaper (so excited about it) .
All the seeds are either from T&T seeds or Richler seeds.
I plan to buy tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, mint and basil etc. from Humber Nurseries and maybe a shrub or two for the front flowerbed as well as fillers for the planters. I hope that my Cana lilies survived the winter or I will have to buy more.... I will likely not be able to control myself and will buy more stuff than I need lol
I promise to share photos of last year and of this season too and share what is happening (I will post pics late this week as I am still working).
Places I Buy Stuff for My Backyard:
-Costco has the best deal on potting soil that I have ever seen, they are huge bags and sometimes they have rebate coupons
- plants, Humber nursery , Costco too
- outdoor goods, Homesense, JYSK, IKEA, Home depot and Lowes
Yard / Garden List:
Backyard:- remove remaining old fence and replace with a bamboo wall ( our yard backs up to a school chain link fence)
- remove tall scraggly cedar tree in the same area
and make a raised flowerbed (with cedar planks or resign boards) that runs the full distance across the back yard
- add some kind of solar lighting across this back area along the fence
- plant Cana lilies, elephant leaf, tall grasses, tall burgundy plumed plants (Moose turned me on to them last year, I'm expecting some to pop up on their own) and other tropical/lush bright plants. *** I forget all the names, but I have the seeds and plant tags saved from last summer
- finish adding mini pergolas to the top of our new (well, new last year) fences (either sides)
- figure out what veggies to plant in the side back yard bed. Last year we had too many tomato plants, and peppers, basil and mint, eggplants. We need to slash that list and add the runner / vine beans so they can grow up the pergola (with the help of some string)
- see if the raspberrie plant in the tiny bed (shared with a grape vine), survived the winter(there was a second one, but it got smushed when the fence was built last year )
and either plant new ones or figure out something else AND build a raised bed (likely again with cedar planks or resign boards)- buy potting soil from Costco
- buy Bulbs from Costco (Elephant ears, lily of the valley, hostas)
- plant lots of planters with Cana lilies and other Limey green plants (I believe 'potatoes vine' was my fav. last summer) !! We got two new ones at Humber Nursery on the family holiday. We paid $40 each for 2 very tall resign planters, normally $200 each! I nearly had an accident in my pants I was so excited, I had been eying them all summer whenever we went there
That makes 6 resign planters and 1 green one (from home depot USA), not to mention the houseplants that will summer ext.
Other Backyard Projects:- buy a wooden hammock stand, you know it kinda looks like a boat spine
- find a double of the chaise lounger that we bought at Home Sense last spring (we have another, it's sexy looking but not comfy unless you are on your back) so DH and I won't have to fight over the one anymore
- replace the siding on the house where the stupid previous owner used tar, cement to attach tar paper to the siding . There was 2 hideous planters with overgrown (like we couldn't open the patio doors properly) cedars. That was ripped out last summer and the area was interlocked last Fall.
- replace the clear corrugated roof on the open ext side building-structure ( it's not a pergola, but I don't know what to call it
- add hooks for a hammock under the above area
- have DH fix the BBQ so I feel safe starting it , also, paint the propane tank yellow to look like a Lego head!
- Two big projects that likely won't happen but a girl can dream: replace the sliding doors with new sliding OR French doors, tear out the useless man door (which is interfering with my craft/ sewing area inside) and equally useless side car window and put in a reg. window OR a horizontal window way above eye level (just for light, wouldn't have to open)
- put up nifty hose dispenser from Lee Valley (that I got for my Birthday last summer!)
- fix the inner gate that cracked in a recent storm
- replace the dated lattice with left over bamboo wall
- figure out some way to hide the pool pump and mess in that area (there is a white curtain there now, but it doesn't quite cut it)
- measure and make gingerbread trim to finish off the shed
- paint a mural OR find something interesting to put up on the shed wall that you see first when you enter the front gate
- plant either beautiful flowers in the new "C" shaped raised bed OR plant veggies (or maybe both) in front of the shed/ mural, side fence, front fence
- add a table and chairs in this area, or adorondak chairs or nothing at all
- fill the front extended bed with Cana lilies and other plants or shrubs and hostas
- decide if we are going to remove the overgrown cedar bush blocking our view when we exit the drive or leave it or replace with a skinny interesting tree
- decide if we want to extend the limestone sidewalk that we put in last Fall AND decide if we are going to put a raised limestone rock wall around the circle bed of the stupid overgrown cedar bush.
- add more day Lilies to the existing round bed
Not totally related:
-paint the ext of the house stucco at the front and side and replace the balcony floor with resign planks ( I can't for the life of me remember the proper name
- replace the Tudor rotting wood trim with resign boards (already have them)
- replace the front door and half sidecar window with something that suits the age / design of the house
- make a mail box that can hold small packages ( so they can be left safely, cause we cant be at home to receive/ sign for them
- DH seriously wants to install some kind of solar heating for the pool so we can still be swimming in October lol
Good grief! Good thing I quit this show, I'm gonna be busy!