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May 31

2014 Project #3: The Front Yard Garden

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Now that this is finally finished and growing time to post what I have been up to. This is probably this biggest change to the front yard so far but I really want to make better use of the space and turn it from this.

To this.

I started dreaming about this over a year ago when my garden in the backyard is just too narrow and gets too much shade to really be workable. I had seen a few images here and there of people turning their front yards into garden and figured this is what we are going to do. I took a week off work to get the bulk of the work done back at the beginning of April. Started with building the garden boxes as I am going to the square foot gardening method. Had to remove the grass and put weed barrier down this was a task in of itself.

 

Next up came the post for the fence. With all the deer around here we needed to put a fence in to keep them from the “salad bar”. This to me is the un-fortunate part of the project as I would rather no fence but, was determined to make it as good looking as I could. That said everything is cedar and stained the same as the house to blend in as best as possible. ┬á22 posts later a sore back later they were all in.

Next was the rails and the wire mesh to finish the fence. At this same time I put all the soil in the boxes and finished them off. The soil is all custom made from Mel’s mix formula of a third each of vermiculite, peet moss, and compost. As this was nearing the end of April I planted the first few boxes with the cold weather veggies (cabbage, brocoli, peas, spinach, lettuce etc.).

Also managed to use our old screen doors that said in storage after our reno last year. They work just perfect for garden gates.

This rest is just all planting the veggies. It is amazing how many you can fit into square foot garden boxes.

Over the up coming weeks and months we will be sure to keep post on the garden progress and the bounty we take in.

 

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Apr 07

2014 Project #2: The Stairs

Category: Journal

So I just finished this up this weekend after a few weeks of picking away at it. Our old stair case was looking dated and after 30 years and cats there was just no restoring the railing. Have to say I am super happy with the results and it really wouldn’t have been possible if not for Gerry. Gerry is this retiree that builds rises and treads for super cheap so I had him make me up some. The most frustrating part of the job having to do drywall on the edges of the stairs along the walls, boy do I hate taping and mudding.

Below you can see the gallery of the progress. There is still some minor touch ups and finishing but the bulk of the work is done allowing me to move onto other things.

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Apr 06

2014 Project #1

Category: Journal

Okay we are way into 2014 but i need to update on the first project then post on the more recent. This first one for the year is the entry lockers for the garage. As a family with school kids the backdoor gets crazy cluttered and messy. Being that mess drives me crazy and that I love the idea of entry lockers i decided to build some for the garage as our back entrance is rather small. I have been inspired by these for some time and really wanted to build a set.

First came the selection and purchase of all the wood.

Next was to stain all the wood. I really wanted a black wash on these as it will eventually match the colours in my garage once I get around to painting and finishing it off.

I discovered the use of pocket screws and bought this awesome jig. Makes building furniture like this soo much easier and really helped in my next project. If you ever need to do something similar let me know and you can borrow mine.

With everything pre-drilled it is onto assembly.

And final product. Was very pleased with the results. Now the real hard work is getting the family to use them and end the insanity!

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