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Just One More...

24 May 2012
Rainy 13°C / 55°F

Life is a work-in-progress and gardening ain’t no different.

Having expended lots of time and effort (not to mention a few bucks) on what I thought was the FINAL layout of my “lawn conversion” raised beds, I’ve now added another.

I had to do it.

There was too much precious full-sun space going wasted and so I built just ONE more bed. I hope I haven’t “spoiled” my layout – I don’t think I have. I measured up the gazoo to ensure that I could still get my wheelbarrow in, out and round about. And then I whizzed round with the wheelbarrow just to make sure.

I have a plant in the process of hardening off to occupy the middle of the new bed, and anything else (I’m thinking loads of dill and cilantro) is going to be a bonus.

Main Photo: The latest ‘work in progress’ – still gotta remove the rest of that “red” mulch that the NG installed…He was trying to be helpful! :)

Photos 1-3: Assorted hot peppers fruiting: Ring of Fire, Jalapeno and Hungarian Hot Wax.

Photo 4: Half of my favourite rhodo.




Wow your backyard looks great.

Posted on 24 May 12 (over 3 years ago)


Folia Helper

United States7b

It really looks spectacular! and there is always room for one more…
I can’t believe you have peppers fruiting already! Impressive.

Posted on 24 May 12 (over 3 years ago)


Posted on 24 May 12 (over 3 years ago)

It’s gorgeous, LouiseM!

Posted on 25 May 12 (over 3 years ago)

I love the pic of the layout of the gardens. It is very impressive (as is the fact that you have peppers!)

Posted on 25 May 12 (over 3 years ago)

Your garden looks great. I’m sure it will provide extra space for your favourite fruit, veggies and/or flowers.

Posted on 25 May 12 (over 3 years ago)

It looks great and I am interested to see how much farther ahead plants are with you.

Posted on 25 May 12 (over 3 years ago)

The garden looks wonderful!

Posted on 25 May 12 (over 3 years ago)

Looks amazing! Just gorgeous!

Posted on 25 May 12 (over 3 years ago)

Geez Louise! Awesome looking garden you have there. I am jealous!

Posted on 25 May 12 (over 3 years ago)


Folia Helper

United States6b

Looks just grand! Nice job!

Posted on 26 May 12 (over 3 years ago)

I just love your gardens. Which is the latest addition?

Posted on 26 May 12 (over 3 years ago)

I think it all looks fabulous! So much better than a huge expanse of lawn. Is the new bed in the picture?

Posted on 26 May 12 (over 3 years ago)

I can’t believe you have fruiting peppers already! The extra bed looks a good fit – neat layout.

Posted on 27 May 12 (over 3 years ago)

I bow before you, I am in awe! I think I need to print off a picture of your garden layout and keep it as my inspiration. Perhaps one day my garden could be so organized. :) Where are all the cats hiding?

Posted on 27 May 12 (over 3 years ago)

You most certainly did not spoil a thing with that new bed. The layout is perfect, and your garden is lovely. In fact I am waaaaay jealous! :)

Posted on 27 May 12 (over 3 years ago)

You have created a garden to rival the famed Hanging Gardens of Babylon!! Alright maybe just a little hyperbole in the last statement but it is a very impressive layout, very impressive….

Follow up on what the others have stated, how do you have fruited peppers this early in the season and what size pot are you growing them in?

Posted on 28 May 12 (over 3 years ago)

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments – you’re making me blush! :) Should have clarified that the new (and final) bed is the long skinny one in the middle of the layout. Originally I had thought to leave space to put a table but since we renovated our kitchen deck last year, the outdoor table has gone there as it’s more convenient for dishing up plus we get to look down on the garden which is rather nice.
As for the hot peppers, they are probably fruiting already as they are living a pampered (and warm) existence in my dining room/greenhouse. (They might go outside on a deck in late July if/when the weather really heats up.) I potted them up for the final time this last weekend into 2 gallon pots.

Posted on 29 May 12 (over 3 years ago)

Love it!!

Posted on 30 May 12 (over 3 years ago)

Wonderful layout. Keep up the good work.

Posted on 31 May 12 (over 3 years ago)

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