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Week 4: Yard Transformation Challenge


It’s almost May Long Weekend and I have been super busy getting my yard and garden ready.  Come see my blood, sweat, and tears in this week’s edition of the yard transformation challenge.

Thanks again to Nat of Simple Family Crazy Life for hosting this challenge!

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This week we move to the front yard as I tear down the old rotten potentillas (yes, they really were rotten) and put in two more raised garden beds.  These ones are much nicer than the old ones.  The plan is to eventually add one or two more, but I’m waiting until it’s our turn to have our pipes removed and our front yard dug up.

It all started with two yards of soil and one yard of mulch being dumped on my street.  These piles look innocent enough, but have you ever shovelled and moved two yards of soil?

It’s exhausting.

Missed the other weeks of the Makeover?  Here’s Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3.

I tried to get it all done in one day, but I had to split it up into two.  Unfortunately I didn’t have the option to leave it longer, as there was a high likelihood of one of my neighbours complaining about unsightly piles on the street.

Thankfully the mulch was considerably easier.

I’m also seriously in love with my vinyl raised garden beds.  While my cheap DIY solution works for now, after one year the wood is already starting to warp.  The vinyl ones will last forever and are really durable.  No flimsy construction here! They’re also a local company close to Saskatoon, so win-win.  Order yours here, they ship to the US and Canada.

As for the reveal?  You’ll have to wait until next week when I share everything that I’ve planted.

Next week I’ll be working up the soil in my garden and planting the rest of my raised beds with my seeding square.  I’m so excited that it’s finally Gardening Weekend in Canada!! (AKA the May Long Weekend)

Will you be square foot gardening or using traditional methods?  Here’s why I’m switching to square foot gardening.

Like the template in the picture?  Get yours, plus 3 more here.

Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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Hi, I'm Kristen and I help new gardeners learn to grow their own vegetables and beautify their yards. I also share recipes that use all that delicious garden produce. Grab a coffee (and your gardening gloves) and join me for gardening tips, simple recipes, and the occasional DIY, all from the lovely city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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