The new and improved Yarnstead gardens

Maybe this should be titled “The new and improved Yarnstead gardener” to reflect all that I’ve learned about myself and my life lately! Spring zoomed past in a flurry of school events, settling in at my new job, rain, a whole lot more rain, and the inevitable weeds. No trouble recovering after a polar vortex winter for them! Clearly change was needed. So, as I did last year once or twice, I spent a lot of time staring at the garden, staring at the backyard, and trying to figure out what I wanted. While I don’t really mind weeding, I don’t have hours a week to do it. I wanted to be spending my precious “free” time doing what made me really happy, and weeding wasn’t on the list. But gardening was on the list, so a big garden remodel happened. Ironically, that took up a lot of precious free time, but I am really pleased with the results.

Cold frame, doubled in size with extension kit, in new bed in background, with small raised bed in foreground
Cold frame, doubled in size with extension kit, in new location in background, with new small raised bed in foreground. The kids helped me build the larger cold frame and its bed. Juliet the tomato guard was my idea, however.
Part of blueberry bed with container (seeded with nasturtium and lettuce)
Part of blueberry bed with container (seeded with nasturtium and lettuce)
New raised beds in area of original garden. Asparagus and garlic in background.
New raised beds in progress in area of original garden. Asparagus and garlic in background. And if it looks like I built them out of the miscellaneous bricks and blocks accumulated over the last 15 years, that’s because I did. Long live recycling.

Established things like asparagus and raspberries will stay in their original areas, but unfenced; old fences around here are safe havens for stubborn weeds. The walking onions, when they arrive in the fall, will go in next to the asparagus. Everything else will be in raised beds or containers, where I have a fighting chance against the weeds; I’ll fence them in as needed to keep the bunnies out.

This is my current favorite knitted thing! Yes, it's a fake wasp nest.
This is my current favorite knitted thing! Yes, it’s a fake wasp nest.

Here’s another addition to the yard. Yep, it’s one of those wasp decoy nests,a KNITTED one, and it really works. I have a lot fewer wasps hanging around our deck now, much to the relief of Lawnmowing Boy. It’s a great pattern by blogger and knitter Robin, available on Ravelry. Check it out if you would like to have your wasps relocate.

During all that soul-searching and reorganizing, summer arrived. I got back to spinning just because it’s fun (so awesome that you get yarn out of it!!!) and was on the “makes me really happy” list. Making bread, going to the farmer’s market, freezer jam, blogging, too. What will be in those new raised beds made out of bricks? Morning glories to climb the bedstead trellis, a few extra tomato and cucumber plants, plus cosmos, marigolds, and hollyhocks for a dye garden (also on the really happy list)!

I was not one of the lucky ones chosen for the Dinner: the Playbook challenge, but I did receive a consolation prize of a week of recipes. So watch this space for more cooking adventures!

5 thoughts on “The new and improved Yarnstead gardens

  1. So glad your wasp nest has been working. Goldfinches started attacking mine today – they must want the materials for a nest. It was pretty funny to watch!

    Your garden is fantastic. I love love love the headboard in your garden – is it a trellis for something to climb? What an excellent idea!

    1. Hi Robin! Yes, last year I grew some cucumbers by it but from now on, it’s all morning glories 🙂 I found the headboard leaning against a streetlight near a friend’s house. I thought if it was not too heavy, I’d take it. It looks like wrought iron but is very light, so I tossed it in the back of my van and brought it home.

  2. I love the knitted wasp nest. If only you could come up with a knitted something that would lure mosquitos to a central location preferably away from my garden!

  3. Pingback: In which I plug a few garden blogs and wax poetic about my freezer | Yarnstead

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