We have been enjoying some warmer-than-usual temperatures. Things are beginning to turn green. The grass is tall enough to need cutting. And, winter has left the yard with a bit of a mess. So we're taking Saturday and turning it into Yard Day!
We're doing our best to make the most of our time as we live through our current "Stay At Home" order. But this past Saturday was the perfect day to get outside and do a little work AND have a little fun. But before we talk about the fun, let's talk about the work. We declared Saturday, Yard Day!
Having a new home is exciting, especially when you start thinking about landscaping, planting, and creating an outdoor space that you love. We have no shortage of DIY projects planned; indoors and outdoors. Amy has already started a few projects indoors, but with the weather as nice as it is, Saturday was all about getting a few outdoor projects started.
So the first project we tackled was a new bed behind our shed. When we lived in Somerset, we had a couple raspberry bushes that produced a ton of berries. With the raspberry bushes, we have made a number of backyard gardens of various shapes and sizes. Being in our new house, we will most definitely have a garden in the backyard, and one of the very first items that Amy wants to plant is a couple raspberry bushes. So we're planting 2 raspberry bushes.
So, we picked up these, Grow Your Own, fruit bushes; two raspberry and one blueberry. The first is a Fall Gold. It looks like it's fruit is going to be a cool gold or yellow color. The second is a Brandywine; a cool dark red color. The third is a blueberry bush that we'll talk about in another post. For now, it's all about our raspberries.
We have this space behind our shed that should serve as a great spot for our raspberry bushes. The space isn't huge, and it's now usable for much of anything. There's about 3 feet of space, then a hill, so it's a great place for our bushes. Plus, these spot should pick up plenty of sun all summer long.
Step one, tear it up! It's a small patch, but it still took some hard work to the area ready for the bushes. We mapped out the area, cut the edge and trench, and started digging, turn, and mixing up the soil. Fortunately I had two helpers; Aiden and Asher, joined me to dig it all up.
The process is simple; tear off the grass, turn the soil, and mix it all up. This would be super easy with a rototiller, but we don't have a rototiller, yet. However, the boys and I got our hands dirty and tilled the soil.
It was super fun to spend some time with Aiden and Asher. And I was really grateful for their help. For as much as I really enjoy playing in the dirt, their help, and the time working with them is going to make these raspberries all the more sweeter.
And there you have it, our new raspberry bed. The picture doesn't show it, but we planted our Fall Gold and Brandywine raspberries. Both roots already had some new growth on them, so we're hopeful for a good growing season.
Over the next couple of weeks we'll be sharing additional posts with updates on how things are growing. The raspberries are are only one of the projects that we finished up on Saturday. Amy started a bed with some flowers that we're hoping to see grow around our deck. We'll share that post in a couple of days!
Check in with us tomorrow, here on the blog and vlog. Breya and I started the seeds for our vegetable garden. You can see that video and hear what we are hoping to grow this summer in our new garden.
Thanks for joining us today! See you next time!
- the higham family
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