Saturday, January 30, 2010

How many days 'til spring?? It's 13 degrees outside today and I'm dying for warmer weather. When we moved in in October, we did a few things outside. We built a fence for beagle containment, trimmed the front bushes and bought a reel mower. (Yes, we're those people who downgraded from a gas-powered mower to an old-fashioned human-powered mower!).
But besides those things, we didn't have the opportunity to do much outdoor work. So, come spring, the outdoor environs are uncharted territory!

Here are some images inspiring me to get through this bout of cabin fever!

I'd love to have a raised vegetable bed. As we discovered when drilling fence post holes, our yard doesn't have the best dirt. Also, the raised beds warm up sooner in the spring, dry out faster after rains (important in our wet backyard)and keep the soil fluffier (for a lack of a better term). I'll be planting the usual suspects: tomatoes, basil, cukes, zucchini, etc.

Also, I'm looking forward to doing a little landscaping along our retaining wall. I like the look of bright, fresh sweet potato vine and it seems to be pretty low-maintenance as well.

Have any other landscaping suggestions for me?

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