Sunday, July 19, 2020

My Vegetable Garden and Kitty Outdoor Play Area Tour


Hey ya'll!  I know I've been bad and I have not shared any pictures of my flower garden this year.  I have just been so busy renovating a large flower garden, and creating a vegetable garden (with the help of my husband who does all the construction and back breaking labour) that I haven't had time to take flower pictures.  I still do not have flower pictures to share, but I do have a couple of videos of our new vegetable garden.  It's still not done (and at the rate we're going it won't be finished until fall), but I wanted to give you a little preview of our progress so far.  The top picture is what the garden looks like now, then I have "in progress" pictures below the videos.

Even though we started working on our garden as soon as the weather was warm enough, because so much construction was involved to build the beds and pathways, the plants were a little late getting into the ground.  So if it looks like my plants should be bigger by now, or producing more veggies by now, that is the reason why.  We also had a woodchuck get into our garden before it was completely fenced in and he ate most of my salad greens and broccoli.  

Anyway here are a couple of videos.  The first one is ten minutes and gives a complete garden tour where I share all the veggies I planted.  The second video is a short three minute video of our cat Jackson venturing outside for the first time in four years.  When we designed the vegetable garden, we wanted it to also be a little safe, enclosed, outside playground for our kitty.  We have lots of feral cats, coyotes, fox, and predatory birds in our backyard, so we do not let our sweet, beloved kitty outside.  With the new garden, now he can enjoy being outdoors and stay safe at the same time.



Finally, here are a few pictures I took of the vegetable garden in progress.  The picture below was taken from inside the house looking out.  This was before the fence went up.  You can see the vegetable garden through the sunroom windows.  I wasn't sure how I would like that, but now that's it done I love it.  It's as if the vegetable garden is part of the sunroom now.  


View from the balcony in the sunroom.


This picture gives a view of the outside of the sunroom.


And here is a view of the garden extending from the south porch if I were looking west standing in front of the garden off of the sunroom.


Here I am standing in the far west side looking east.  This is the garden off the porch, in the distance is the garden off the sunroom.  The gravel path separating the two garden still have to to be paved to prevent weeds.


These two pictures face south and shows my garden shed in the lower garden along with my perennial flower gardens.







I hope you enjoyed my videos.  I'll be back with another one when it's completely finished and hopefully some flower pictures too!

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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28 comments:

  1. que pasada todo lo que tienes en tu casa, me encantarĂ­a, a mi solo me han salido rabanos y sandias.

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    1. I hope to have watermelon. I planted one, but it seems to be growing slowly and we don't have a very long summer here in Wisconsin.

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  2. Very nice on both counts. Thanks for sharing with us. Very nice.

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  3. That looks incredible! What a big undertaking but one that you'll enjoy for years to come.

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    1. Yes, it was a big undertaking and took us a lot more time than we thought it would, but it's so worth and the investment will definitely pay off. I've already noticed a big slice in the grocery budget.

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  4. The view from your home is amazing and I like your garden. It look very beautiful. Also your kitty is so cute.

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  5. Wow what a beautiful garden you have. Everything looks so perfectly cultivated and organised. We have such a tiny garden, I wish we had more space so we could too grow some lovely home grown vegetables xo

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    1. Thank you. This is actually a small amount of space in front of our house. I have a huge large, but its mostly flower gardens and shade. This was the only spot that got a lot of sun suitable for a vegetable garden.

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  6. Your husband did an amazing job building the fencing around the garden. And I'm jealous at all the veggies you're growing! I think I need to extend mine to make room for zucchini and beans. Would you believe I've never had much luck with radishes!!! I think it's because it gets too hot too quickly here. Also never had much luck with broccoli or kale probably because of the same reason!
    So nice that Jackson can now be outside too!

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    1. Yes he did! He worked so hard! Yes, radishes, broccoli, and kale are all cool season crops. Try planting radishes in the fall. I'm gonna plant some more myself. My broccoli isn't doing well. I have two different varieties and one seems to be growing better than the other. They are both just leafy and I'm not seeing any "fruit". My kale is actually very small compared to my friends. Her's is huge, but I noticed she had it growing on the side of the house where it gets some shade. I think next year I will be so much better prepared and will plant things in different spots and they will do better. I have to remember to take notes , make a garden calendar, and a sketch.

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  7. Wow what an extensive vegetable garden you have there.

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  8. Years ago we lived in a home with an enclosed outdoor area for our cats. It was great.

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  9. Wow!! What a great garden. I have always enjoyed seeing photos of your lovely yard. Thank you for this guided tour. And Jackson's new space!! I am sure he is in pig heaven. Our kitties go out in the back yard and one likes to jump our rock wall so we have to be on guard. We are talking of raising the rock wall all the way around so the kitties can be outdoors but not stray. They love being out there!!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, Jackson loves it outside. He runs down the stairs and stands by the door like a little puppy dog asking to go outside. That's great that the rock wall you have helps to keep your kitties in.

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  10. Oh my goodness! I love everything about this! What a beautiful home.

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  11. Your vegetable garden is a DREAM !!! Absolutely love it.

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    1. Thank you! When my husband first described to me what he wanted to build, I just thought it sounded hideous. But it's such a beautiful space now.

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  12. This is such an amazing area you've created!! It not only serves purposes but it's also beautiful to spend time in- love it!! Have a great weekend xx

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  14. Your new vegetable garden is absolutely beautiful! Very cool that it is well fenced. Obviously, Jackson approves! Thanks for sharing with Creative Compulsions!

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