Among the changes to The Glade as part of the renovation will be a larger, central front door. While the new option is exciting, like every change, it means other subsequent changes will be necessary.
One of those changes will be the path, currently brick herringbone, leading up to the front door.
The run of this walkway will need to be redesigned to accomodate a larger front entrance porch and should complement the materials used to make the front and side porch surfaces. I’ve been considering of what the decks of the new porches should be made.
Concrete – The landings near our entrance doors are made from formed concrete. They’re very basic and not very attractive.
Some of these elements are can work together to give a distinctive look. For instance stone can be bordered by brick to tie the different materials together.
There are 16 smaller squares in each 4 by 4 square in the garden.
Each of these crops has a unique spacing in a squarefoot garden. Perhaps the most unusual are the peas. Normally a square is planted with 1, 4, 9 or 16 plants evenly spaced in the 1 foot by 1 foot square.
Peas and beans, however, use 2 rows of 4 (thus 8) plants per square.
The second crop is collards which have 4 plants per 1 foot square.
Finally, Charlie planted a variety pack of radishes all of which are planted 16 to a square.
Peas, collards and radishes can withstand some mild frost and benefit from cool weather. After planting the seeds, Charlie watered them
and topped them with an old window to keep them warm.
Maybe one day we’ll actually make some cold frames from our old windows.
Do you use a cold frame? Have you begun your spring planting yet? What are you favorite crops?
We planned our 2012 garden here and here. This summer we’re going for a potager style with a more formal entrance than we’ve had in the past.
We started the entrance by dividing and transplanting lilac on the outer edge of the planned entrance area here.
Between the lilacs on either side of the projected gate we’re transplanting 6 lavender plants: 3 on each side. One of the plants has been growing for a few years in a square in the vegetable garden. (The big green blob in the 2nd row, 2nd column in the groundplan above.)
Charlie trimmed it back hard to make it easier to transplant. We also have 5 scraggly lavender plants on the west side of the foundation which need to be moved for the renovation we’re planning.
Charlie leveled the soil between the lilac bushes and planted the lavender.
We accented the main path by clearing the lamb’s ear where the path begins at the edge of the driveway and laying 4 river stones we had picked up on vacation some years ago. (For a better look at the lamb’s ear refer to the photo above with the yellow-circled lilac bushes.)
Eventually the river stones will be impressed into the soil with only a stepping stone remaining. Then we’ll plant some of the plentiful indigenous moss we have growing throughout the yard.
We hoping all the rich, dark soil will soon be covered with new growth.
Every project in the garden counts on growth in the future.
Do you have a hopeful project? Is it too soon to get started?
I’m typing this post with my right hand only since I had my left shoulder operated on a few days ago. It’s healing very well but I have a huge sling/icing contraption that keeps my left arm fairly immobile.
In the mean time I took a stroll through the yard a couple of days ago and saw shoots of daffodils.
Like any large yard, we have microclimates: some parts of the yard are warmer and some are cooler. In front of the Cottage which has some nice morning sun, the daffodil buds were starting to open.
Sure enough the very next day these yellow daffodils are in bloom.
These 2 photos are of the very same flowers shot one day apart. It won’t be long before spring is truly here and all the bulbs will be blooming. My favorites are the delicate white ones that bloom later in the season, in the mean time I’m truly grateful for these yellow harbingers of warmer weather.
I love that daffodils are also known as jonquils as well as narcissi. By which name do you refer to them?
Most of our house is built over crawl space. There is one underground room that houses our furnace, hot water heater and sump pump.
Last year during Hurricane Irene our electricity went out and our basement flooded because the sump pump stopped working.
Water climbed up the walls about 6 inches and covered the pilot light in the hot water heater. We had an issue relighting the water heater but that has been resolved along time ago. (We couldn’t live without hot water, after all.)
The walls were another situation entirely. On the bottom of the cinder block walls grew a soft white crystalline fuzz that looked something like polyester quilt batting or fiberglass insulation.
We knew it had to gooooooooo.
So Charlie dressed in his hazardous materials uniform and washed down the basement walls with a chlorine bleach mixture.
Then he rinsed the whole place with water which he sucked away with our wet-dry vacuum.
I don’t go down the basement very often but it looks and smells much better.
Now we just need to add a few shelves or cabinets to hold the paint and tools we keep down there.
Do you have a dirty (but necessary) job awaiting you?