Can You Dig It?

Alex Svetlovsky Gardening

One of my favorite parts about our home is that it is situated on a large corner lot with a clear view of the Gatineau Hills, and it has tons of room to entertain outdoors. The yard is sloped, especially on the side yard, which adds extra challenges for building anything but we imagine it would be excellent for a slip-n-slide. Learn how we tackled the sloped garden by adding raised garden beds.

Last summer we started our first major DIY and built a fence to enclose the yard on 3 sides, as we previously only had a fence on the back of the property.

How To Build A Fence

| what the back yard and side yard looked like before |

At the same time we decided to start building a front raised bed to go on our sloped yard. To create the front garden bed Stephanie and I placed the stones to create the shape we wanted, and then using a shovel removed the grass for that shape, and we dug down a small trench large enough for one stone from the bed wall to be full underground.

DIY Raised Garden Bed

| trying to figure out the shape of the front garden |

For the bed we decided to have one bed slightly higher than the next. Here you can see inside the bottom bed which we have yet to fill with soil. In the back bed we added boxwood and a lilac bush, a favorite of ours in the spring as you have the wonderful scent when you enter or leave your home.

DIY Raised Garden Bed

 | stones done for the garden bed and boxwood and lilac plants have been added |DIY Raised Garden Bed

| front lower bed with planted tulips and iris plants |

Just with the stacked stones the wall held up very well for an entire year, but after building our fence (which you can see behind me in the photo) we knew we wouldn’t need to move the front garden due to it intersecting the fence so we carefully removed the stones and added a stone glue designed for patio stones and this time glued each stone to the next so now our wall is extra solid.

Alex Svetlovsky Gardening

This year our big outdoor project involves starting to adding garden beds in the backyard. In time we hope to add retaining walls to make a stepped garden, but for now we are working on sculpting some serious arm muscles as we dig out all the clay and fix the soil by adding manure, compost and top soil to create our garden.

Alex Svetlovsky Gardening

| here is our lovely fence that we built and the starting of our garden |

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8 Comments

  1. Santa
    June 10, 2013 / 2:23 pm

    Can’t wait to see the completed garden and all those pretty plants! 🙂

  2. Santa
    June 10, 2013 / 2:23 pm

    Can’t wait to see the completed garden and all those pretty plants! 🙂

  3. June 10, 2013 / 2:33 pm

    I hope to post photos soon, so far have planted a crab apple tree, roses, peonies, and an assortment of herbs, fruits and vegetables.

  4. June 10, 2013 / 2:33 pm

    I hope to post photos soon, so far have planted a crab apple tree, roses, peonies, and an assortment of herbs, fruits and vegetables.

  5. msdowser
    April 16, 2015 / 11:20 am

    I love what you have done. You’ve totally changed your home in a most positive way. I am wondering why the tree is planted so close to the side fence though? There doesn’t seem to be any allowance for future growth?

  6. msdowser
    April 16, 2015 / 11:20 am

    I love what you have done. You’ve totally changed your home in a most positive way. I am wondering why the tree is planted so close to the side fence though? There doesn’t seem to be any allowance for future growth?

  7. April 16, 2015 / 12:23 pm

    The trees were planted by the city, and not myself so there was little flexibility on that part.

  8. April 16, 2015 / 12:23 pm

    The trees were planted by the city, and not myself so there was little flexibility on that part.

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