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Garden 2024 followed by Garden 2023, 2021, 2020 and Garden 2019


Photos by Susan Kramer and Stan Schaap

 

Garden 2024 – New back-side patio fence section

 

1.  February 10, 2024 – Today Stan installed this section of bamboo fencing (an upper layer and a lower layer) in the side-back corner of the patio at the side of the bench. Supporting the bamboo are 5 horizontal 2” by 2” posts screwed to the visible 4’’ by 4” posts using ell-shaped brackets. 1” by 2” trim boards hold the rolls of bamboo sheeting in place, in addition to many screws with washers you can see as gray penny size dots. The next photo is a view of the space before this fence was built. It feels like a tropical space with the palm tree. That is a bare apple tree. Overhead is an arbor.

 

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2. February 10, 2024: A view of the space where new fence panel was built: space is behind the bench in front of the sidewall of the neighbor’s shed.

 

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3. April 28, 2024 – In the greenhouse: 3 tomato plants and Swiss chard; using rainwater from wood shop roof to water. The support pole in each pot has twine at top and is strung around the rafter above for growing support.

 

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4. April 28, 2024 – Another view of tomato plant and Swiss chard.

 

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5. April 28, 2024 – At left, the fig tree now has leaves and 1” diameter figs all over – counted at least 50. Can see the twine on the top of tomato poles.

 

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6. April 28, 2024 – fig tree with leaves now, and at least 50 1-inch figs. Herbs in pots below: parsley, rocket, chives, celery. They over-wintered in green house.

 

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7. April 28, 2024 – Fig tree with new leaves basking in the sun from the south.

 

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Garden 2023 – New back garden wooden greenhouse September 2023

 

1. September 17, 2023 – Finished greenhouse! New greenhouse design and build along back fence by Stan Schaap. 7’4” wide and 4 feet deep. Walls 7 feet high (for tomatoes). Floor of mixed pavers to hold heat. Center front door. Pots mostly 1.5 feet wide at rim – 9 pots. Back wall    a double door for access to maintaining backyard fence. Walls clear rippled polycarb, (which is double thick with air space sandwiched in). Studs 2” by 2”. The process is in photos that follow.

 

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1a. September 29, 2023 – Stan added an overhang to the entrance; side view

 

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1b. September 29, 2023 – Stan added an overhang to the entrance; front view.

 

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New Solar Heater next 3 photos

 

1c. November 1, 2023 – we added and filled with water a 100 liter (26 gallon) black rainwater container to act as a solar heater. It absorbs heat from sunrays during the day and radiates the heat at night to keep the greenhouse above freezing temp. in winter. We’ll update this page after winter to report back how it worked.

 

 

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1d. November 1, 2023 – the black rainwater barrel now used as solar heater. Filled to brim with rainwater from our woodshed rain barrel – 9.5 buckets.

 

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1e. November 1, 2023 – Another view of solar water heater in place. Tomatoes still growing. Chives thriving. The temp. has been above freezing so far.

 

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2. September 17, 2023 – plants getting settled in for Fall and Winter – Stan added a potting shelf to right inside front wall.

 

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3. September 1, 2023 – New greenhouse design and build along back fence by Stan Schaap. 7’4” wide and 4 feet deep. Walls 7 feet high (for tomatoes). Floor of mixed pavers to hold heat. Center front door. Pots mostly 1.5 feet wide at rim – 10 to 12 pots. Back wall to be a double door for access to maintaining backyard fence. Walls (not attached yet) to be clear rippled polycarb, (which is double thick with air space sandwiched in). Studs 2” by 2”. Photo by Susan in early morning.

 

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4. September 5, 2023 – Stan took this photo from the top of ladder to show more of roof framing. The wood is painted a golden shade before construction. Note screened air vents at base of side walls

 

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5. September 5, 2023 – Green house framing showing some of tools used and Stan’s wood workshop. Photo by Stan.

 

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6. September 17, 2023 – Closeup view of back wall double doors opening in for access to fence behind. Solar fan under eve.

 

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7. September 17, 2023 – view over backyard fence. Stan’s wood workshop to right.

 

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8. September 17, 2023 – side view showing sage garden at foot which receives water from eves in a small rocky stream down to sidewalk. A similar rosemary garden at far sidewall.

 

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9. September 17, 2023 – truss construction for greenhouse roof.

 

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10. September 1st – a variety of tomatoes. Some from seeds directly from large tomatoes and some from plants from nursery. Cucumber from nursery plant.

 

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Garden 2023 – New front yard garden

 

 

1. January 22, 2023 – The largest pot is 2 feet across at the rim. This new arrangement gives the pots the morning and noon sun, facing east and south. It’s an experiment.

 

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2. January 22, 2023 – under the plastic bubble-wrap tent is Swiss chard that has been growing from last summer. It is withstanding freezing temps.

 

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4. January 22, 2023 – the large pot on the porch will be for a tomato plant. There is an overhang to the porch that I hope will protect the plant from hail. The covered plant next to it is parsley still growing from last summer. The first plant at sidewalk level is peppermint also growing from last summer.

 

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5. January 22, 2023 – Another view of pot on porch for a tomato when the weather warms April, probably.

 

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Garden 2023 – Mini Tomato Greenhouse, Front Garden

 

1. March 12, 2023 – Mini plastic greenhouse, front garden next to picture window.

 

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2. March 12, 2023 – a chicken wire roof attached with 24 ties to steel frame under plastic to prevent roof from sagging in rain. It was effective.

 

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Garden 2023 – New Tomato Shelter – Back Garden

 

1. February 28, 2023 – Tomato shelter against back fence with small brick patio to work from. Floor of shelter is black garden cloth. Sides and front are plastic. Top is corrugated poly. The intent is to keep hail from shredding tomato plant leaves, rather then warmth. One tomato plant per large pot. Yellow flowers in center pot; companion planting to attract bees for pollination of tomatoes.

 

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2. February 28, 2023 – Another view of tomato shelter.

 

 

 

3. February 28, 2023 – Side view of tomato shelter.

 

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4. February 28, 2023 – Transplanted 3 year old fig tree. Previously planted under tomato shelter.

 

 

 

4a. August 5, 2023 – Our first luscious fig from the top of the tree:

 

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4b. August 5, 2023 – our first fig from this tree. Shown with salt shaker to show size.

 

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4c. August 5, 2023 – Our first fig. It was luscious. We shared. LOL

 

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Garden 2021

 

1. September 29, 2021 – Palm repotted in larger pot and installed in new raised bed next to 2nd patio. New 2 meter high fence installed today with hardwood and concrete poles and foundation. The 3 trash bins will sit, hidden behind the ivy hedge next to the new fence. I wrap the growing point and fronds on the palm with garden fleece in winter. The palm is about 10 years old.

 

 

 

2. September 29, 2021 - Palm repotted in larger pot and installed in new raised bed next to 2nd patio. Stan built the raised bed from the repurposed hardwood poles of the old side fence.

 

 

 

 

 

3. September 29, 2021 – new 2 meter high side yard fence installed today. Hardwood with concrete poles and concrete footer.

 

 

 

 

 

4. September 29, 2021 - new 2 meter high side yard fence installed today. Hardwood with concrete poles and concrete footer. See sun coming through. This photos were taken about 6pm after a stormy day, but the fence was installed anyway. The neighbor dried the 2 workers clothes in his clothes dryer.

 

 

 

5. September 29, 2021 – a view of the new side 2 meter high fence. Our 3 big trash containers will sit, hidden, between the ivy hedge and the new fence on concrete pavers.

 

 

 

6. October 19, 2021 – Stan built the planter (1 pallet) and fence (2 pallets) from recycled wood pallets. The plant is a recycled floribunda red rhododendrum, and the fence is 2 pallets standing on end and attached to posts, then the existing ivy was draped and arranged from the existing trash hide-away fence. The planter was made from wood that Stan pulled off the pallet and reassembled to the almost square planter.

 

 

7. October 19, 2021 -  The existing ivy was redirected over the (closer) additional fence that Stan made of 2 pallets standing on end. Now, behind the enclosure is room for 3 big trash cans, and several pieces of Stan’s bike cart and the wheelbarrow. Susan laid recycled red bricks under the items to keep them out of mud.

 

 

 

8. November 17, 2021 – Stan recycled 2 wood pallets from the fence project to make a half-high front wall for the cold frame to keep out hail. See a few apples still left on the tree. They were delicious.

 

 

8a. Previous view of cold frame with Swiss Chard growing year round:

 

 

Garden 2020

 

1. May 20, 2020. Fig tree planted for Mother’s Day. It has tiny pea-size figs growing. Planted just inside back gate. About 6 feet tall.

 

 

 

2. August 2020 – new section of alley fence, moved back 8 inches to accommodate row of 6 half-wide pavers. This was a 2 week project involving digging out the old bushes and fence posts that were previously attached on the front side of the down spout, putting in the new posts and fence, planting shrubs in front, digging out soil to lay 6 new half pavers, planting ground cover in empty spaces. This gives our neighbors more room to get into their shed, walking their bikes in. They were appreciative.

 

 

 

3. August 2020 – new patio and trellis for Stan’s bike and barbecue

 

 

 

4. August 2020 – plants hanging on new patio trellis; bird feeder at left with pole wrapped in copper pipe to deter snails.

 

 

 

5. August 2020 – new space for 3rd recycle bin. What I did to make the space was fold the ivy fence out to a straight line, from the point where the ivy is shorter, and Stan added a brick patio for it to stand on.

 

 

Garden 2019

 

1.     November 2019 – Yay, Stan built a beautiful 6 foot high fence and Susan laid the 4th row of used pavers. Photo by Stan Schaap.

 

 

 

 

2. November 2019 – Preparing to build a wooden fence along our back alley. (View is neighbors back garden.) Going from 3 to 4 pavers wide, and going from and ivy hedge to wooden,(see following photos). Photo by Stan Schaap.

 

 

 

1.     November 2019 – Preparing to build a wooden fence along our back alley. (View is neighbors back garden.) Going from 3 to 4 pavers wide, and going from and ivy hedge to wooden,(see following photos). Photo by Stan Schaap.

 



 

1.     Way back in 2007 – Susan and Katje our cat, on narrow 3 paver wide pathway in front of old hedge that we cut down to build the above wooden fence. Photo by Stan Schaap.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earlier in the summer 2019:

 

How we built the main greenhouse:

Greenhouse construction from a kit

1.  March19, 2019 - Introducing our new north-west corner garden, featuring a new 2-person teak bench sitting on 1 foot square pavers with medium size gravel surrounding. The large bush in the center is rosemary and is several years old. Photo by Susan Kramer.

 

 

 

2. March 19, 2019 - Here we see the inside of the glass house with a view through the side wall of the new covered cold frame. The plants directly underneath the cover are pots of Swiss chard that overwintered successfully. The pots just in front of the covered area are various herbs I just planted, except the chives which overwintered while sitting next to the Swiss chard. The tee-pee to the right will support pole beans this spring. The new bench is just visible to the left. Photo by Susan Kramer.

 

 

 

3. March 19, 2019 - Another view of both greenhouses and the new spice garden in front which is exposed to the weather: 2 kinds of mint; chives; rosemary; oregano. The palm tree plant is still in the glass greenhouse but will be rolled out soon. It overwintered there safely. The Buddha statue is one that is very popular in Holland. Photo by Susan Kramer.

 

 

4. March 19, 2019 – another view of our new bench nook … This photo was taken about 11:30am and just beginning to receive the southern sun. The cats and I like to sit here for short periods of time. It is sort of secluded for contemplation and meditation. It is a blessing. Photo by Susan Kramer.

 

 

Page will be updated during the summer …


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