Yard and Garden Photos

It’s been a while since I posted an update. We’ve been in our house for 3 months now – and everything is going pretty nicely! We finally had the fence put in at the beginning of May. We fenced in nearly an acre – so it was a pretty big project (luckily we hired someone else to do it for us!). The dogs LOVE their new big back yard. I’ve ordered a bunch of vines (ivy, wisteria, miscellaneous berries, clematis) to plant along the fence, and we’re going to try some grapes too. Fun, fun!

We still haven’t hit the last frost date, so the garden is a bit bare. I’m hoping to seed the rest of the vegetables (corn, squash, beans…) this weekend, and hopefully the tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant can be planted in two weeks.

Side view of the garden, the onions are doing well! We didn’t have luck with onions in our (clay) soil before, so hopefully they will do better in our new yard.

Radishes, beets, turnips, Brussels Sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli.


Not too exciting, but here is where the raspberries start. They are planted in a 75′ line – 1/2 standard, the other 1/2 everbearing. Two red varieties (Kilarney and Heritage), one black (Jewel), and one yellow (Fallgold). 6 plants / 18 feet of each variety. These won’t fruit until next year, and we won’t have a “real crop” for three or four.

Blueberries! Four varieties – I hope they get enough sun here. We have to work with the soil to keep it acidic, so I didn’t want them planted by the rest of the garden. These won’t produce a crop for 4 years; we may get a few fruits the third year, but you are supposed to cull most of the flowers until the plants are well-established.

Here’s the view of my house from the north, in the street. (You can’t see the house? Good – we like it that way!)

Side view of the crab apples. Oh yeah, and our new fence. We fenced in just about an entire acre. I have a bunch of vines on order (ivy, wisteria, honeysuckle, bittersweet, and clematis) to plant on the fence. We’re going to try some grapes too (that’s what the holes/mess of dirt in the front is for).

Bluebird house! I hung this the other month. The instructions said, “For bluebirds, hang 4-5 feet high.” And what do you know? Two moths later, we have bluebirds living in it!

Side yard and the shed. No, we don’t have a riding lawn mower.

Patio in the back.

View of the back from the patio, and our willow tree.

View of the pond from the patio. The pond is starting to dry out, and the cattails are coming in.

2 replies on “Yard and Garden Photos”

  1. Lynn says:

    I thought you might be interested for next year: http://www.directgardening.com/detail.asp?ProductID=5940

    You can grow kiwi in Minnesota! The plants take a couple of years to start bearing fruit, but each female plant can produce gallons of fruits, and you can even make kiwi preserves!

    If I had room and expected to still be in this house, I would totally buy some and try it, but for now, I will be kiwiless.

    It looks like your garden is off to a good start and it probably loved the rain we got this weekend.

  2. jessi gurr says:

    Oh, I should post an update – the garden is ferociously growing! Better than I had expected for the first year.

    I actually ordered a bunch of vines from Direct Gardening to plant along the fence, which we did. The plants all came dormant, bare-root; I hope they all survive.

    Maybe I’ll have to look into this for next summer… we still have A LOT of fence to plant.

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