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Well, it's that time of year again..

 

We started another project in the backyard.. Today had me lifting a pallet of pavers into the apartment.. Home Depot delivered 110 pavers to the gutter. They couldn't make it to the sidewalk

 

this is from like 4 or 5 years ago.

 

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here is a picture of the old layout.. What we did was, remove all the dirt by the back fence and transplant the lenten roses along the side.. After removing the brick and the flowers, we have pavers put down. Had some benches made, having a table made.

 

We also moved the big green egg back, put it on some broken slate tiles and also dug up the one bed on the same size and will fill in with rocks.. also connected the bed along the right side.

 

have to go out and buy a few hundred pounds of rocks.

 

the missing patch along the right hand side fence are our hydrangeas. they will be blooming soon.

 

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benches hold three to 4 per side and then two at the head of the table.. We will eventually string lights.. It just opened up the whole backyard and gave ourselves a private table back there..

 

 

pavers are a buck a piece from Home Depot.. So, 88 tiles was 88 bucks.. the expensive thing was the perma sand you pour underneath.. 11 buckets at 21 bucks.. cray.

 

 

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Well, it's that time of year again..   We started another project in the backyard.. Today had me lifting a pallet of pavers into the apartment.. Home Depot delivered 110 pavers to the gutter. The

i took these last evening while picking basil for dinner. proof that you don't need to have a perfect garden to get decent harvests. compare with similar shot of pristine garden at the start of the s

Eh. Doesn't demand matter too? Comparing Toronto and Montreal, we've got arguably better farmland here, but they've been miles ahead of us until very recently. But there was no demand here, of course.

finally weeded the garlic bed today--will mulch it tomorrow. of the herbs only the oregano and lemon verbena survived the brutal winter we had this year--the sage died, and shockingly, so did the mint. the garden is terribly weedy--but hopefully it'll be tilled/turned over tomorrow and then i'll start putting everything in over the coming week: a lot of tomatoes as usual and peppers and chard; going to try cauliflower again and carrots and radishes too.

 

i'm going to try my best to do a better job of controlling weeds from the get-go this year. the plan is to lay down lots of plastic sheeting between heavily mulched beds.

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finally weeded the garlic bed today--will mulch it tomorrow. of the herbs only the oregano and lemon verbena survived the brutal winter we had this year--the sage died, and shockingly, so did the mint. the garden is terribly weedy--but hopefully it'll be tilled/turned over tomorrow and then i'll start putting everything in over the coming week: a lot of tomatoes as usual and peppers and chard; going to try cauliflower again and carrots and radishes too.

 

i'm going to try my best to do a better job of controlling weeds from the get-go this year. the plan is to lay down lots of plastic sheeting between heavily mulched beds.

 

 

A double layer of the weed sheeting etc will be very helpful here. The fine micro mesh allows water to drain through and into the ground, while preventing weeds from rising. With two inches of rock or three inches of wood chips, etc you'll have a solution good for several years. I've found that replacing the sheeting ever few years and moving the decomposed chips to the compost heap works well.

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N has her Jerusalem artichokes that are ready to harvest, but has been way too busy to harvest them. Also, she's trying to not be in the garden at the same time as the old biddies, which considerably narrows the harvesting window. She's waiting until we set up shop in CA to begin gardening again.

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i'll be making a window sill herb garden again, soon. my mom offered me run of her large (for nyc) garden, but it hardly seems worth the effort, given all the squirrels, raccoons, killer birds (cardinals & bluejays) & opossum who will surely eat everything before i can get to it and the feral cats that will pee on everything else. trying to decide if the window sill garden should start from seed, seedlings or established plants. i feel like seeds will give the best chance of having a clean garden.

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I used a dude. But, what he did was make this make shift wood thing. It was a thick square piece of wood attached to 2x4. He leveled the soil, poured out the sand, put the paver over and re leveled it. He then put a piece of wood over the paver and hit it with a mallet.

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My mustard greens have gone bananas - all that rainy weather I guess. I planted two tomato plants, a black krim and a sungold and I have about 6 other volunteers which I didn't have the heart to prune (I actually had/have a zillion volunteers). They actually seem to be strong plants that are starting to show signs of fruit. Kale was looking dicey and I finally realized it was getting too much sun so I moved the pots to a more shaded area. I just got another plot which I seeded with chard, more kale, arugula and flowers.

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my tomatoes are generally doing well. the sungold has already put out a lot of fruit. the peppers are also doing well--i planted a bell variety called flavourburst and it's already putting out fruit; ditto for a hot variety called hot portugal and the sweeter corno di toro. the asian hot peppers have lots of flowers. the cucumber is also expanding and putting out flowers. garlic scapes are almost ready to be harvested. cauliflower and broccoli seem to be growing a little slowly. will give them some nitrogen-heavy fertilizer soon.

 

i was late to seed my basil, chard, arugula and cilantro but they seem to all be coming up. less sure about the carrots. we had a lot of torrential rain right after i planted everything and i worry that seeds drifted or got exposed or got buried too deep.

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I have a meyer lemon tree that had multiple small lemons on it. Something has sheered them off. Out of about 40, there are 6 left. I've looked for insects, but can't find any. There are some webs on the lowest leaves. But none where the lemons were starting from the blossoms. Does anyone have an idea what it might be and how to prevent this next year?

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