I feel like I have SO MANY PROJECTS on the go but I love it... Being busy means summer has arrived. In the winter, I become a shut in and am usually pretty bored so I am very excited to get outside and get dirty - IN THE GARDEN!
I have a big gardening video coming up but I wanted to show you guys what I've been working on. The little plot I made in my backyard! I'm really picky with where/what I wanted to plant. Abra uses the grass/yard to #1/#2 so I didn't really want to be planting FOOD where he was doing that business. Last thing I want is dog shit strawberries... whatever maybe it doesn't matter but I was concerned.
The previous owner of my house had a hot tub (which unfortunately they didn't leave for me to enjoy) BUT they had a stone area with some other bricks set up in the yard. Since we weren't using that area and Abra had never peed or pood there - I figured it was the prefect spot to dig up and start a little garden.
In this photo, I had already started digging up the patio stones. You can see the difference between the left (stones removed) and the right (untouched)
I did this all on my own. I had never done something like this before and It took me pretty much all day to set up... Here's how I did it
Removed all the stones & dug out the junk! Cleared the area of the weeds/plants that were already growing there and moved the dirt around a bit...
I used dirt from The Big Yellow Bag *Not sponsored*
I ordered a few weeks ago to fill it in and create a bit of a raised bed.
Once I was happy with the amount of dirt and height of the garden I covered it with a black mesh to keep in warmth and make it look super professionallll. I used the left over bricks to hold it all in place...
NOW THE BEST PART! BRING IN THE GREENS!
I was posting progress on Instagram and asking you guys what we should plant here! We decided to go with the things we eat/use the most that are fairly easy to grow. Again, this is my first time doing something like this.
I cut holes in the mesh and planted... from left to right: Zucchini, Rosemary, Thyme, Swiss Chard and Two Strawberry Bushes (Hopefully not Dog Shit Strawberry Bushes)
I noticed immediately the robins taking a liking to my new garden and I wasn't having the birds benefit from all my hard work so I got a few U shaped bamboo sticks to wrap some mesh around to keep away anything that is also "hungry"
I carefully cut small holes in the mesh and pushed the sticks firmly into the ground... I used more than I probably needed to, but I wanted extra support just in case, I donno, Wind? Or a bird (fat robin) actually does TRY to land on it *sigh*
Here's what it looked like before adding the plastic chicken wire
I used zip ties to fasten the mesh to the bamboo sticks... I didnt tighten the zip ties all the way, so I could later adjust the mesh if needed. I had to cut 3 strips of mesh, One for each side and one for the top.
The side facing the grass cant be accessed. I mean it can be, but it'll be difficult. The mesh is placed under the stones (in hopes that the animals stay away too) The side that we are looking at CAN be lifted up so I can tend to the plants inside. It can be watered easily from above, without having to move the mesh.
Overall this project cost me about $120
I had some free materials like the stones and used some things from the dollar store (the black mesh for the soil/plants and the zip ties)
I got the plants, bamboo U sticks and plastic chicken wire from Canadian Tire
I didn't use all the soil from the Big Yellow Bag - I still have enough to do this two more times if I wanted to. Oh and the zucchini was grown from a seed in my laundry room (who knows if it'll grow or give us hini's, its an experiment)
I love my garden - I've got other grow projects on the go! Check my Instagram story for daily updates and keep an eye on the site for more updates!
SUNFLOWER GARDEN BONUS
Let me explain my plans with this weird thing in the background of all these photos...
We need to find someone in Niagara to tackle this KICK ASS project we've come up with... Check out David White Design on Facebook and Instagram
This is the first spring, in my first house that I bought and it feels like I've been unwrapping little presents in my yard every day when I go outside in the morning. There seems to always be something new blooming! I've always had a green thumb, but I cant take credit for planting any of these, they all just came up, on their own, with the warmth! I've been sharing the photos on Twitter and Instagram @BruisedBananaB - Here is what it looks like, walking out to my garden every day.
15 days until I move into my new home. I'm so excited for this next chapter in my life, being a home owner! Excited and nervous, new experiences always come with a new set of challenges and silly me, I bought a house in the winter! For my sake, keep your fingers crossed snow doesn't arrive until next year. *Meh, probably jinxing it.
Its crazy to think, I spent the most amount of money in my life, on something I looked at for maybe a half hour...
YEAH, HALF A FUCKING HOUR.
I remember times I've contemplated an $80 pair of shoes for more than a week. But hundreds and thousands of dollars... BAM.
And I'm not talking about the paperwork process. That part is looooong and tedious. I got a lot of practice doing my signature, which I realize needs some improvement. My handwriting on the paperwork makes it looks like a 5 year old bought a house.
The actual time you spend LOOKING at houses is different!
I saw over 20, spending about a half hour to an hour at each. There were a few that I knew right away weren't for me and I just walked out, but you have to understand.... you will never find THE PERFECT HOME.
You will always have to sacrifice something for another. My challenge was finding a cheap starter home that had renovations I could do, mostly on my own and I was happy living anywhere OTHER than Welland (Nothing personal Welland, just too close to family - Srsly, it has nothing to do with the smell)
The first house I offered on, I lost to another bidder. HEART BROKEN AND DISCOURAGED! But that didn't stop my search. It took me about a month, but I ended up with one of the first houses I looked at online (of course) and it couldn't be ANY MORE PREFECT!
It has some different qualities about it, a few weird ones too. Custom glass light fixtures through out the house, some interesting feature wallpaper that I haven't decided to keep or not... A wood stove in the living room to remind me of living in an RV. Awesome, I know.
Here's one of the weirder qualities... Bidet. Uhh yeah, in the bathroom.... There's a Bidet. I can't say I've ever had such a messy poop I needed to shower afterwards, that's essentially what a bidet is, right? For a super clean bum? Or is it to eliminate toiler paper? I guess I'm about to find out, after I give it a thorough sanitation first. New experiences, right?
Do you have any advice/tips on being a first time home owner? Things that are a MUST HAVE for my home, to buy?
Holy shit, what a process eh! I'm in the midst of it right now, and Ive never been so excited! Buying a house has been a personal goal of mine for a long time. Don't get me wrong, I could live out of an RV forever, but Canadian winters are not so kind, and It's not an easy way to live with Ferrets.
The market right now in Southern Ontario is a sellers market, not a buyers. Which means its IMPOSSIBLE to find a cute house for a decent price that doesn't get snatched up immediately.
I was surprised how much of an emotional roller coaster house hunting turned out to be. Just because you fall in love with a house, doesn't mean it HAS TO be yours. The first house I fell in love with, I didn't even put an offer on because of all the "cons" on my list at the end of the house viewing. EVEN THOUGH THE HOUSE WAS AS CUTE AS A BUTTON.
I must have looked at 20 houses... put an offer in on one, didn't get it. Felt discouraged but started the process all over again.
The biggest challenge was keeping an open mind. No matter where I end up, I'm going to make it my own... so finding a place with the small details that are important to me is key. Good backyard, a bedroom for Ferrets, and a really nice kitchen. Enough room for me to grow, and close enough to work.
Hopefully what I end up with, meets all that and goes above and beyond. We'll have to wait and see what happens!
Have you ever bought a house? What were the things about your first house that made it great/not so great? What would you tell a first time home buyer?