Backyard Redo #5: 2011

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Blog entry by Al_PG posted 09-09-2011 09:28 AM 4235 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I thought I would do my annual update of my backyards progress while the weather was still nice and some of the roses are still out.

Most of what I planted last year came back with the exception of 2 grape plants, but talking to someone else this year their grape didn’t come back as well so it might just had been a bad year for them. I replaced the 2 grapes with a different variety.
My snow was gone by April 20 this year and like always I was eager to get outside. The list of what we planted this year is:
Apple tree – Hardi Mac. (This replaces the Honeycrisp the dog ate last year)
Saskatoon bush

6 mail order roses (from Costco)

Grapes – 4 Beta, 1 Prairie Star

6 Clematis for the arbour things I made at the patio area.

4 Blackberry Bushes ‘Black Satin’ (Not sure if these will survive the winter, but trying anyway)

2 Hazel nut bushes
2 Cranberries
3 Roses beside the gas meter and air conditioner

7 roses on the top of the wall

2 black walnut trees
1 butternut tree

For the garden boxes this year we planted: some more strawberries, peas (they did great but aren’t pictured because they were finishing and we cleaned out that box already), cucumber, potatoe, squash, pumpkin, carrots and various herbs. We also planted onions and lettuce that didn’t come in and beets that the dog decided to dig up.

I don’t think much more will happen this year, maybe paint the fence if the weather is nice.

-- Alan - Prince George

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posted 09-10-2011 07:38 AM

Wow – I love this backyard, and it’s huge!

For what it’s worth – if you can manage to paint that fence as you mention at the bottom of your post, I think the whole look will “pop” twice as much. It’s definitely a job for a sprayer, not by hand – especially if that’s a board on board fence which is what it looks like. Plus – the higher those perimeter plantings get, the harder it will be to paint. Really love the garden boxes – and the levels with the retaining walls.

This is a really gorgeous piece of property you have here. Even the view of the adjacent neighborhood and the woods/countryside beyond from your elevated vantage point. Looking forward to see how this all evolves forward!

-- Mark, Jersey Shore,

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hardiness zone 8

posted 09-10-2011 01:14 PM

Just curious where you bought your gas meter and air conditioner… really sets off the red bike quite nicely!!

Just kidding! Great backyard. Need to move somewhere with some nice sized property to work with as well..

-- Steve, Vancouver, WA

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posted 09-10-2011 04:47 PM

Looks really great, Al_PG. You’ve worked wonders on your property.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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posted 09-12-2011 08:41 AM

Thanks all. If the fence doesn’t get done this year it will be done in the spring. I don’t have any plans for more planting next year just maintaining what we already have and replacing anything that doesn’t come back.

-- Alan - Prince George

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posted 09-12-2011 11:19 AM

Looks fantastic, Al, that Master Gardner course, extensive planning and hard work have really come together to make a lovely place for your family.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 09-25-2011 05:15 PM

you have made great use of your yard and the slope and everything looks amazing.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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