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Week Two: The Six Week Yard Transformation Challenge


Welcome to Week Two of the 6 Week Yard Transformation Challenge, hosted by my friend Nat at projects I hope to accomplish as part of the challenge.

This week was all about preparation.  It’s still too cold to plant much of anything, however, I did get some painting done.  Grab a coffee and come and see this week’s progress.

First order of business?  Paint the deck.

I’m hoping to set up a lot of containers of vegetables on my deck and make it into a cozy little nook that I actually want to hang out in.  This week I cleaned everything off, and painted it a neutral grey.  I used a lot of paint, as the wood hadn’t been stained in ages (if ever) and the stain soaked in really fast.  I hope I have enough paint for a second coat!

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I’d like to paint this little shed beside it, but I’m not sure what colour to go with.  White? Navy? More Grey?  Something else?  Please tell me your opinions in the comments.

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As for plants, I planted this planter full of sweet peas. . .literally the only thing that’s okay to plant outside in my zone at the end of April.

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I also wanted to experiment with milk jug green houses.  I planted beets, lettuce, radishes, kale, and spinach and put them out on the deck at the beginning of April.  Quite a few radishes have germinated, and a bit of lettuce and kale is starting to come up.

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I can’t wait to get out in the garden and plant everything else!!  I literally have no more room on my windowsills or under the grow light for anymore plants.  100 tomato plants will do that. . . I also started peppers, marigolds, nasturtiums, cantaloupe, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower.  Up next?  All my squash.

How about you?  What are you working on in your yard this week?  Have you started your Spring clean up yet?



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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