Pollinator garden update!

We had a nice load of wood chips dropped off here at by a tree trimming service that was working in town!

That’s a lot of mulch! 

I finished up the pollinator hotel this week and the Mr. was able to put it in a great location with lots of sun!

I mostly spent my time putting down weed paper and making walkways! I’m pretty sure that my neighbors think that I have lost my mind at this point!

Walkway to the right and another flower bed to the left 

It’s not a huge place, but the pollinators and I am going to love it!

Top view! 

I’m going to plant some sunflowers along the fence! Hopefully they grow ok! And, I’m going to put some nasturtiums in those hanging baskets.

Woodchips spread and the chickens are behind that door! 

And those hooks were hand crafted by my favorite blacksmith! They are still beautiful!

I love the shadow it casts! 
I love the simplicity of this one! 

And here’s the upcycled birdbath that the Mr. put together!

I’m hoping the birds like it! 

I still need to get a lot more compost and hope that the seeds that I started will come up! This is going to be a mix of mostly native plants, but also other non-native varieties. There will not be any invasive species! Just trying to give the birds, bees and butterflies a nice pollen and nectar source! And, I’m hoping to eventually have a certified wildlife habitat!

Seedlings are popping up!!

It is starting to get more plant-y here! I haven’t put much in the soil yet, but what I did start this early is starting to pop up! I  was so excited to see that my first pepper plant was already up through the soil!

Golden cal (orange sweet pepper) 

And I had no intentions on growing onions from seed, but when I got the Walla Walla onion seeds in a swap… they just ended up in the soil!

Onion seedlings! 

This weekend will hopefully not be bitterly cold, so that I can start putting down cardboard and wood chips to kill back the grass in the pollinator area. We are lucky to know lots of tree trimmers!

Big pile of wood chips! 

And inside the house my African violet has finally bloomed! This baby started off as a single leaf cut from a plant with rooting hormone put on it! Now, it’s a full grown and beautiful plant!

A year and a half waiting for this bloom! 

Over the past couple days, I have really been wanting to get outside and do something in the garden.  But, I’ve had a nasty cold and the weather has been feeezing! So, I decided that I would work on some seed tape instead! I will have to make a tutorial on that soon! And I will post back how well it works!

Seed tape! (Carrots) 

And here is a preview of the top portion of my insect hotel:

Isn’t it beautiful?! 

We used knotweed that is growing by a creek here and some drilled out branches that I pulled out of the woods. A lot of work, but $0!

And lastly, I just noticed this saying on the back of the migardener seeds:

Grow big or go home! 

Im planning on growing big with the garden expansion that we are working on! Are you planning on growing big this year?! Whether you are or are not, keep blooming!

Working for the weekend!

The weather was above freezing this weekend! So, that means that we were working! We went out and got a truck load full of compost to start getting the pollinator area ready! (The orange line is where the walkway will be!)

Filling in flower areas

We will be putting down lots of cardboard and wood chips that will give the plants plenty of room to expand! And, the Mr. won’t be cutting all that grass! (That was a section of his part to cut, I cut around the house! Didn’t want you all to think I was lazy!)

I also have my gardens all planned out! I’m so excited to get these plants started! I’m going to have a ton of seedlings going in the months to come!

The garden is planned! 

We are finishing up the birdhouse gourds! Look at this beauty:

Birdhouse gourd! 

The Mr. helped me get an idea together. I had a lot extra spoons that I had bought for a different purpose, but we turned one into a plant marker. We are going to use these to mark the flowers in the pollinator garden! (Not sure why he put beans on this one! 😆)

Garden marker! 

And that sun helped us to make lots of power!! We made about 193 kWh in 3 days!!

Solar power! 

The Mr. also installed this vent cover on top of the camper to protect the bed area from rain and weather!

He’s amazingly handy! 

Up next will be this big project! We will be putting up new fencing around the garden and expanding it!

This area is going to be a lot of work! 

I love being able to get my hands dirty and do hard work! I hope that you enjoyed your weekend!! Did you all accomplish any projects?!