Ta Dah!!! Raised Garden Beginnings...and Happy Pink Birthday!

Hello my Sparkly friends!
So It's Pink Saturday's Fourth Birthday-
This is me being pooped after gardening.
Thanks so much for your comments on my raised garden post last week. 

 I decided to go with the spiral bed after all like the one above from Pinterest.
I won't be copying exactly for this one- and it is not finished- this is just the primary blocking and ground clearing.

 I forgot to take a before pic- but just imagine a big jungle of tall weeds all jumbled together!
Today I woke at 5am, and was in the garden by 6.  

This is not typical Tobi I'll have you know. 

 Although I truly love my sleepies- also 

love arising at dawn and being there when the day wakes up.
So that's what i did this morning!  I was tossing and turning all night planning which plants I would move to which place... and in the end I wound up with this!  
  I even put all of my tools away-  
instead of leaving the yard 
look like a landscaping truck exploded on it.  

You see- I have ADD and sometimes I go off and start another project before actually finishing the first.  This is not one of my best qualities- but today I made sure to finish what I had started... at least the Phase one of this project!

So Here's What I did:
First I pulled out all of the weeds and trimmed back my Peegee sp? Hydrangea and spreading Rose bush

Then I dug up all of the plants I would be saving: My Sedum, two small Russian Sage plants, a Butterfly Bush that was getting too big for the front bed, my strawberry plants and these yellow fast growing tall flowers that I don't know the name of!
The sedum went at the back of the spiral, The Butterfly Bush went to the left corner behind the spiral, along with the two Russian Sage and Yellow unknown flower not yet in bloom! 
 I put them behind because they grow "like Stinkweeds" (lol my mom used to say that, can't say I even know what a stinkweed is!)

I then placed my fountain in the middle- (Setting that up will be part two)
I hadn't planned for a fountain, it was kind of a spur of the moment sorta thing- but I think the soothing sound of water trinkling will be nice from the porch.
Oh- and I placed a hosta that was hidden under all those weeds at the entrance.
So after all of this work, I took a nice pink bubble bath,
Put on my prettiest Party Dress 

And here I am wishing everyone a pinkaliscious weekend
 and to
 Miss Beverly- 
Thank you so much for getting us all together every Saturday for the past four years!  I have made a lot of friends here and me and the Pixies LOVE YOU!!!
(even if our grammar stinks!)
Stay tuned for Part Two- Setting up the fountain and
Part Three: Creating a pebble mosaic walkway!
Ta ta My lovelies!
Sparkly Hugs,

Lovely Raised Gardens!

Hello my sparkly friends!
Well, Mother's Day is officially over... so that means it's time to
 get your plants in the ground if you live in the North East
 like me and the Pixies.

 I really wish sometimes that I lived in a place 
with an extended growing season, but I really DO LOVE having the snow in the winter, even though we had none this year.

So let's talk about raised gardening. 
 I have a side lawn that has full sun in my front yard 
(where the  pile of topsoil with weeds
 growing on it that became known as the
and had my husband threatening me with Preen when i wasn't looking to get rid of the weeds  to  stop the neighbors from whispering about us) 

 is located.
The great lesson it taught me is to buy topsoil only in bags,
Especially if you are planning to grow veggies in your raised bed because the bulk topsoil comes from various locations and you have no idea what kind of pesticides and chemicals it contains!
 So I am planning to create raised beds in which I will raise lots of vegetables

and decorate with flowers so they will be pretty too!
I was planning on making rectangular ones like this

and lining them with chicken wire on the base so I don't have to worry about burrowing critters, and will use white pebbles in between and around the beds.
Then I will make a pretty flower bed close to the curb.
Easy Peasy- right??
But I really keep falling in love with the circular ones...
Help me choose!!!

The images I used in this blog are from Pinterest
 If you would like the source
visit my Pinterest board
 "Raised Gardens" 
Linking to
Pink Saturday
Outdoor Wednesday 
Pink Saturday
Ivy and Elephants