4.06.2011

Shacking Up With the Styleses {Backyard}

Happy afternoon/early evening all! We just got back from the Cardinals game, thus the late post today. But don't worry, I'll make it a short & sweet treat for you. :)

We spent the whole of yesterday in the backyard, cleaning it up, building a raised bed and wheeling one ton of compost/topsoil from the truck to the garden. Thus, I thought we'd stop there next on the home tour (plus my craft room is a mess!).

On Monday we trooped out to St. Louis Composting in Valley Park, and it was amazing. They have tons and tons of compost for every kind of purpose you can imagine. It's all neatly piled by type (see photo below), and if you have a truck you can pull it in there and they'll dump however much you can handle into the bed (we got a cubic yard of their garden mix for $25).


I actually took a video from inside the cab that you can watch below; I felt like I was in one of the jeeps in Jurassic Park when the T-Rex gets loose (yeah, I'm a nerd).


The owners, a husband-and-wife team who started the company in 1992, are passionate about reducing landfill waste, so it was a breath of fresh air to make a visit. Their website is also full of gardening tips, so check it out if you have a chance.

The rest of that day and Tuesday was spent getting things built and ready for all this compost. There was already one raised bed that had been built by our landlord, so the handy hubs took out his pencil, tape measure and circular saw and built a second one on the opposite side. Right now we know we want to plant tomatoes and peppers, and our friends are planting some rhubarb. The rest is still up in the air.

The left side of the yard has had all the rocks removed and sod planted in their place. The right side needs the same treatment, but we'll probably hold off until the fall and then dig it up and plant grass seed. To the right of the garage is where we're going to dump all the rocks, pull up the weeds and maybe plant a little succulent garden.




We also have a concrete patio area that we're looking to furnish with a table and chairs for outdoor dinners. The hubs also wants to string some white globe lights from the porch to the garage to give things a bit of a romantic glow in the evenings (at least that's what I'm assuming he's thinking, ha!).


There really isn't anything new or thrifted back here. But there is a TON of gifted stuff that isn't pictured: a special shout-out to my dad, who gave us some essential gardening tools and let us borrow his sweet compost wheel barrow. We couldn't have done all of this without either of them! :)

Any vegetable gardening tips from you experts out there?? Or any St. Lousians who can tell us what has worked well for you in this climate? 

{Images by me}

4 comments:

  1. My back still hurts from all of this earth-moving.
    -The Hubs.

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  2. Aw...poor hubs. Perhaps I shall reward you with "unbelievable" lemon pie? :)

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  3. Hi Beth, this is Meredith from SME--I have a container garden on my deck… I had a huge pepper crop last year from plants I started from seed, but I bought baby tomato plants at the Soulard market. You can buy a 4-pack of plants, but unlike at most nursuries I've seen, they'll all be different varieties. This year I bought from a MO company that sells heirloom seeds and looked for varieties that tolerate a lot of heat. I have plenty of extra bean, pea, tomato, and zucchini seeds from unique varieties and am happy to send some to you.

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  4. Hey Meredith! Sorry for the belated reply...but we had already planned on using baby plants to start this year's garden. Thank you SO much though for offering the seeds!! Love havin' SME friends. :)

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