…the back 400 square feet of our yard.
In May we planted that very small row of raspberry bushes and now we finally have a vision to work off of! The “bush” (sprig) that Marcus weed whacked grew back and no varmints ate the plants so we are off to the races with our jam garden/orchard/berry ranch.
Last week, we had the giant Ash tree in the middle of our yard cut down. It was really too close to the house (if you look at the snap above you can just barely see the stump in the middle of so much dead grass). Someday it would have died from some Ash parasite anyway. If it were at all to fall toward the house it would have caused significant damage. We wanted to open up the space so that we can build a playset next summer. Cutting it down also meant that we could finally envision what our yard would truly look like without it.
It also meant we could move forward with other remaining yard transformation plans for this year!
Over the weekend we planted the small Bali Cherry Tree you see in line with the raspberries. And I inherited a rhubarb and some chives from some family friends that went into the ground today.
The yellow lines show where we can continue rows with…something. I tried to give a decent amount of space between the raspberries and the rhubarb because both will grow, but the raspberries especially should fill in that area.
The yellow rectangles indicate where the raised beds will go. One bed will be committed to strawberries and bush beans which you can apparently co-plant. The other will be for herbs and then possibly some lettuces. The chives will move from the ground into that bed next spring.
Last but not least yes I know I literally planted all of this stuff straight into grass and nothing that at all resembles a garden. Basically all of this was an experiment at the beginning of the summer and I wanted to see where it would go before I started actively destroying large areas of our lawn.
Earlier this evening, there was actually one red raspberry on this bush that looks like it will give us approximately 14 berries this year. It was so bright (and this tiny twig of a bush is so small) that I could see it from across the yard.
When Critter got home from T-Ball, I told him we needed to go see the new raspberry to which he responded “Oh the watering can.” Watering the raspberry bushes and all of our plants really is his tiny tot chore.
When we made our way down to the bushes we watered them and then stopped to admire the one red berry on the bush.
I looked at Critter and asked him if he wanted to eat it or leave it for the bunny (we have a baby bunny who lives in our yard). He chose eat it and so I plucked this one small berry off and after inspection, handed it to him.
He popped it in his mouth and gave me the biggest grin. He ate the berry from the bush he has been taking care of for the last month! He finally got to see how the thousands of raspberry he eats every year begin! Now he wants to eat the unripe ones too!
(Me: Absolutely not.)
Next year there will be more berries. There will be more edible plants. But this year this one berry is really pretty special.
Our garden is starting to blossom!
Apparently this Iris is pink?
I had been told to expect purple or yellow but this is nicer in my opinion.
And these are the hot pink Peonies we have.
I had never seen one like this before – after doing some research, I think it is a variety called “Mikado.”
I also have a tiny white Peony as well. This was a transplant from last fall so it will be interesting to see how it grows up!
Last but not least, the Raspberry Bushes.
Marcus accidentally weed whacked one (I know, we all mourned) but we’ll see if/how it bounces back in the next year or two.
I should probably cut down the grass between the bushes or do some sort of hoe-ing of the area so that it is just dirt. In time. I’d also like to add some rhubarb plants here and do a small, sunny jam garden that is low maintenance.
I cannot remember if I shared this, but we finally committed to a landscaper whose final quote came in SIGNIFICANTLY lower than what we were initially seeing (and he was recommended by Bruce, so legit) and our project should start in the next two or three weeks, so that is exciting! Once they’re done, I’ll be able to plant and relocate our current crop of Irises/Hostas/Day Lilies and we are going to have a pretty spiffy situation.