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Welcome Birds, Butterflies, and Bees

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We have been planning for quite some time to put in a garden specially designed to attract birds and butterflies.  We’ve also struggled with this crazy area next to our garage that seemed dedicated to growing pricker bushes and tall weeds, which dwarfed a large azalea bush, and the whole area spilled down into the lawn.  Thursday night we placed a big order with White Flower Farm and yesterday and today (despite attending three parties in that 48 hour period) we prepared the area for the plants.  It really was more hard work than I expected it to be.  When you say “we’ll rototill it, put down weed barrier, and mulch” it sounds pretty easy.  But really it takes longer than you’d think.  I really wanted us to do a good job with this and try very hard to eradicate the weeds and weed bushes (I started last fall to try to clear the area) so that we can have a pretty area there.

Here is the start:

Then we rolled out these black weed barriers, something which also took more fussiness than you’d think.  Right now it’s all weighted down with rocks to keep it in place, and the edges are extra secure.  Because I have daffodils growing and the azalea bushes and a hydrangea (which I ‘m hoping will now thrive once it’s no longer choked by weeds) I had to cut holes for them and find a way to make it fit.

Paul dug out the edge and put in bricks to make proper steps.

I picked up three perennials at Lowe’s to pop into the ground, too.  So now we just await a delivery of mulch to spread around, and then we will add the other plants, birdfeeder, birdbath, etc.  I think it will really be quite lovely eventually.

In addition to that yard work we finally created a trellis (stakes and twine) for the peas:

Peas grab on to the strings so quickly that you realize their little feelers are almost moving so quickly you can see them.  Which is kind of creepy to think in your garden the plants are moving all around you.

And I decided to use a usually just weeds and mint area to make a bean teepee for the kids.  When the pole beans grow up these sticks they will make a little hideout that they can sit in and eat beans.

By the way, here’s what the asparagus looks like now.  This is just year two, which is why we only ate a couple of spears and let the rest look like this.  Next year we should be able to eat it all up.

And finally, it’s not spring if I don’t take a picture of a nice fat peony bud:

By the way, this weekend had unseasonably hot weather so all this intense gardening left us hot, sweaty, dehydrated, and pink!


About Sarah

I'm a librarian living with my lovely family in a gorgeous spot of New Jersey, where we raise chickens and love the outdoors. I try to find enough time to indulge all my hobbies-cooking, photography, gardening, sewing, and I write about it all on my book blog & personal blog.

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  1. Everything is looking so awesome! Your hard work will definitely have lasting payoff. My asparagus is looking a lot like yours right now. I’m on year three, but having planted from seed they say it takes 4 to get to really having a good edible crop. I’ve had a couple of finger-size stalks, but not enough for a real meal. At least I’m learning patience!

  2. Wow, that is a lot of work! We did an hour’s worth of weeding and planting yesterday and wowee it was hot. I don’t envy you all that gardening in that weather! But, of course, it’ll be worth it in the end!

  3. The best thing ever was that Clark, unprompted, brought us out glasses of water! Wasn’t that thoughtful? We didn’t even get around to planting all the seeds we still need to. We figured waiting a couple more days would be fine, though.


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