Another long weekend in the garden and many things got done, or at least as much done as we could until rain run us inside. As you can see the fencing is completely installed and arbor is now in place but still needs few things finished like the lattice on the top back side and then it will be attached to the side of the garden fence. The gate hasn't been installed yet so we're using temporary protection from deer - more fencing materials. Hopefully it will be finished next weekend if weather holds out and stays sunny. But at least it looks more and more like our dream garden. As you can see on the inside edge I planted strawberries - much more than anyone would want to have for eating, but then these are not really just for eating. My hubby tried our home made strawberry jam and loved it so I got 22 plants of Cabot strawberry and 26 of Tristar and planted on the perimeter from front and right side of the garden. Not sure if any of these will have berries in the first year but next year should definitely have more than enough. And of course I still have plenty of my other strawberries in the original garden area. And thought you can't see it closer to the fence every 2 inches or so there are plenty of peas planted and they'll use fence to climb and cover it in green so it won't be so ugly. On the other side of the same fence it's a bit hard to see but I planted all my grapes and two sets of raspberry plants and one blueberry. The blueberry was purchased last fall on deep sale and I wish I got more of them - but we have 4 other bushes that need to be moved so they'll join this one soon. For grapes I got 3 red seedless Reliance, 2 white seedless Marquis, and 2 black Alden. Let's hope they'll take well and will start produce grapes eventually. And of course we started doing some landscaping around the garden area. I planted quite a few peonies, hollyhocks, lilies, dahlias and many more are still waiting as I need to get more dirt in front of the garden. My hubby will try to do that this week while I'm on a road trip. But in anticipation of that area being planted we did a trip to get more greens. Can you say forest moved into the car?? As you can see the two tall evergreens will be used to block some space on the side and back from our neighbors. The colorful foliage will be good for edging and since these are suppose to be deer-resistant I hope they'll help protect y other plants like roses and grapes.And yes, those bright green leafs in the white package are my replacement broccoli and cauliflower. My second wave of seedlings is just too small to get transplanted so these will be planted tomorrow night on the new garden area. Here you can see why I need these replacements - I don't have time to raise them from seed again as I'm losing valuable growth time and you can see what frost did to my current plants outside. So while I still hope they'll recover and produce something I had to think of backup plan and got new ones from growers. But on the good side looks like my radishes survived, even though there is some damage most of them bounced back. And my peas are doing good too - some died out and some dropped first leafs but overall they seem to be recovering and keep growing. You can see they're protected from birds by fencing which will also be used as original support for them to grab on to it and grow - they're supposed to be bush size so don't need full support but it won't hurt. The back two rows are tiny tulips that really got beat up by frost. And on the current blueberry bushes one has some blooms - only 1 out of 4 for some reason but I hope once we move them and get them some acidic food they'll do better. They're just not doing well in all that shade. And yes! First strawberry plant is blooming - it's my Alpine strawberry, much smaller than usual but very fragrant and delish. I love snacking on them while in the garden. They don't produce runners but do grow into pretty large size so I really need to separate them into several plants and transplant into better place. Maybe in the fall I'll do that. I originally planted only 4 bushes and they're more than enough for us to snack on. But then we also had two dozen of regular strawberry plants in another bed and with new 48 or so that were just added I should hope my hubby will be happily snacking while visiting my garden :)
So very busy weekend and lots more to do. Wish I didn't have to go to work and could spend more time at home but no such luck - weekends will have to do.