Friday, March 18, 2011

Spring Projects: garden gates and raised vegetable beds

The weather hasn't exactly been great here in the Pacific-Northwest, but spring is definitely in the air.  Many trees are fully budded, and some are even in bloom.

We've got a couple of outdoor projects in the works.  First, we constructed this pair of garden gates that separate our backyard from the garage storage/work area.  We frequently store items back behind this area for future projects, etc.  It can be quite an eye sore.  This pair of gates will break the line of sight, and will add some architectural detail.  Eventually, the garage (to the left) and the shed (to the right) will be painted to match the house colors.  That will certainly help make the structures less noticeable.  I ordered gate hinges and latches from Van Dyke's, so once they arrive we can complete the installation.  I'll post a picture of the finished installed project soon.

In addition to building gates, we're moving 5 cubic yards of mushroom/compost mix we had hauled in to fill the raised beds we built in our potager.  It's been somewhat slow going since it rains all the time.  Weather says little rain tomorrow, so with any luck at all, we'll be able to make good progress this weekend!  I can't wait to start planting seeds and get our first harvest.

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