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14 avril 2012 6 14 /04 /avril /2012 17:37

Dear readers,


Chers lecteurs,


First, to all of you who are worried about the hedgehog, you can breathe again, he recovered from his misadventure and he went back to his usual hedgehog night life, which means I don't see him anymore.


After saving that fat hedgehog, I kept working on the side garden... It's far from finished, but I'm proud of what it looks like these days...


J'ai passé cette semaine de congé de Pâques à travailler dans le deuxième jardin, celui qui servait plus ou moins de dépotoir auparavant...


That part of the garden used to be a dumpster and later a very dirty henhouse.





I spent last spring picking up weird things out of that part of the garden, dreaming it would one day be a beautiful place.


Après avoir passé le printemps dernier à ramasser de tout et de n'importe quoi dans ce fond de jardin depuis des poteaux en béton jusqu'à des truelles de maçon, je l'avais fait réengazonné à l'automne. Mais au mois de mars, la mauvaise herbe qui avait ses habitudes dans le coin avait repris le dessus...


I had a gardener help me to sow grass... But he couldn't do any miracle on a land that had never been taken care of... So at the beginning of spring, it looked like this...




I should have taken the picture when the cat was there: the weeds were so high I couldn't see him!


Je me suis d'abord dit que je n'y arriverai jamais toute seule... Puis, comme je n'avais pas le choix, je me suis mise au boulot!


For a few days, I wondered if I had it in me to tackle such a task...


Then I thought nobody was going to do it for me...


It took several afternoons as there was no way my lawnmower was going to survive this, so I first used a "débroussailleuse" (I'm sorry but can't find the correct word in English... so please picture a very noisy tool that cuts weeds).

Here's what I got:




Not the perfect "English lawn" yet... But I'm still working on it... I added some seeds on some spots when I removed lots of weeds... We'll see.


Ce n'est pas encore un gazon parfait... Mais je continue d'ôter les mauvaises herbes... à la main, bien sûr!


As you can see on the above picture, I hadn't taken care of the borders...


That was the next project... I had wanted a "strawberry field forever"...


L'étape suivante a été de désherber les bordures pour créer mon "champ" de fraisier...


I removed all the weeds on the back border with my little hands and then went shopping for some strawberry plants.


Before, when my back was okay... Avant, dos sans douleur...




Half way done, back hurting... Pendant, dos en vrac...




And... Après, plus de dos...




I bought different kinds of plants, so I'll see which grows better in this area...




And I labelled them, because I'm pretty sure I won't remember which is which in a few weeks.





Somehow, I managed to squeeze an other tiny garden project during Spring break... So to be continued...




Magali, from her very own strawberry field xxx



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Mandi McClure 16/04/2012 11:48

What a lovely little garden. I have got to get a few strawberry plants for our little garden soon, before it's too late.

littlewhitehouse.over-blog.com 16/04/2012 21:00

I've seen on your blog that you must have hot weather where you live, so plant on! Here we usually say that nothing "from the South" should be planted before the "Ice Saints" (which means before
May 17th), but I took the risk with the strawberry plants!

Mam 16/04/2012 08:43

Quel travail ! Mais tu as un joli petit verger... et bientôt les fraises seront mures !

littlewhitehouse.over-blog.com 16/04/2012 20:50

Suivant tes conseils, j'ai décidé de retirer les fleurs d'avril, au moins sur les fraisiers les plus à gauche car ils sont plus à l'ombre...

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