Landscaping

An Update On Our Crazy Method To Prevent Weeds In Our Garden

posted by Andrea | 09/13/2019 | 23 comments

Earlier this spring, I shared our “new-to-us” crazy plan to keep weeds out of our vegetable garden…

I said I would come back with an update to share how it worked for us… and that’s my big news today! 🙂

A Look At Our Outhouse Shed (5 Years Later)

posted by Andrea | 07/10/2019 | 17 comments

Since our yard is very large, it is nearly impossible to share a “before and after” post about the entire yard — it would take you 2 hours to read! 

Instead, I’m planning to select a few different areas to showcase throughout the rest of the summer and fall months. First up is the west side of our yard with the cute little outhouse shed!

Our Completely Ridiculous-Looking Plan to Keep Weeds Out of Our Garden

posted by Andrea | 06/17/2019 | 39 comments

For the past 5 years, we have had ONE nice-looking vegetable garden — the others have been completely covered with weeds by fall. 

This year, we’re trying something new to (hopefully) help us keep the weeds down– boy does it look ridiculous! I’m almost a little embarrassed to share pictures on the blog! 

Our “Better Than Nothing” Vegetable Garden

posted by Andrea | 08/10/2018 | 13 comments

I almost didn’t plant a vegetable garden this year because I didn’t think it was worth the effort for a “small garden”. However, over the last 2 months, our vegetable garden has gone from drab to fab… and I’m so glad I planted the garden even though it’s not perfect or all that pretty.

If you’ve been putting off a particular project because you’re not sure you can do it perfectly, I hope today’s post will offer a little motivation and encouragement to help you just get started!

Fourth of July Flowers and Festivities

posted by Andrea | 07/4/2018 | 12 comments

Happy 4th of July!

Instead of a normal post, I wanted to simply pop in to share a few pictures of our landscape today — complete with almost 700 red, white, and blue annuals!

Progress is Progress… even if it’s only 5 minutes

posted by Andrea | 05/24/2018 | 56 comments

Today’s post is an updated version of a post I originally published almost exactly 4 years ago… however, it’s something I need to remind myself of almost every day of my life!

I figured a few of you might appreciate the “reminder” as well — after all, ANY progress is still progress!

What a Difference One Year Makes

posted by Andrea | 06/26/2017 | 9 comments

Last spring, I transplanted lilies from my Great-Grandparents’ dairy farm… and they didn’t look so great. This year, however, they are thriving with huge blooms and an amazing scent that fills our yard!

It’s amazing what a difference just one year makes — with our flowers, our children, our careers, our own personal lives, etc. etc. Read more of my thoughts in today’s post!

Happy Memorial Day + Spring Landscape Photos

posted by Andrea | 05/29/2017 | 14 comments

I usually don’t share many spring photos of our landscape because everything is still so small and uncolorful… but after planting a bunch of annuals 2 weeks ago, so many of you have asked for pictures!

Although the plants are all still very small and the annuals need to fill in A LOT, I figured it might be fun to share a handful of spring pictures — and then follow up with the same areas later this summer or fall to see how much bigger everything got!

How We’re Preventing Pests This Year

posted by Andrea | 04/10/2017 | 9 comments

Over the past few years, Dave and I have dealt with our fair share of pest issues — everything from bats and bees to moles and mice. However, THIS year, we’re taking some preventative measures that will hopefully keep the pests out all spring and summer long.

I’m also sharing how the act of “prevention” has helped me to simplify and de-stress my life!

A Tour of our Shed… Finally!

posted by Andrea | 09/13/2016 | 23 comments

Today’s post has been in my drafts for months and months, but I never took the time to snap all the photos I wanted to share (despite unending requests to see the shed!)

Now I have the photos, and I’m finally sharing a mini tour of our shed, almost ONE FULL YEAR after we actually built it — better late than never right? 🙂

Our Amazing (but Full-of-Weeds) Vegetable Garden

posted by Andrea | 08/23/2016 | 41 comments

Way back in the beginning of April, Dave and I excitedly prepared a large chunk of ground for the biggest vegetable garden we’ve had since we moved into our farmhouse… almost 6 years ago.

We had 3 goals for our garden… today I’m sharing 2 of the goals we nailed, and another one we fell quite a bit short on! Plus, lots of pictures of our garden!

My Outdoor Decorations

posted by Andrea | 06/3/2016 | 44 comments

Now that we essentially have our yard set up the way we want it and our planting beds arranged accordingly, the next thing on my “to do someday list” is to add a bunch of decorative elements to our landscaping.

I realize it might sound a little crazy to “decorate our landscape” but as you’ll hopefully see by the pictures in this post, a few non-plant elements really add A LOT to the look and feel of our outdoor spaces.

My Favorite Weed-Fighting Tips and Tools

posted by Andrea | 05/12/2016 | 24 comments

I’ve come to accept that a few weeds will ALWAYS be lurking in our planting beds; however, after 4 LONG summers of intense landscape renovations and lots and lots of weeding, Dave and I finally feel like we have a pretty decent system for dealing with the weeds we have AND preventing the majority of “weed seeds” from germinating.

Today, I’m sharing my favorite weed-fighting tips and tools!

A Complete List of Plants in Our Landscape

posted by Andrea | 02/25/2016 | 9 comments

I’ve been asked over and over and OVER again if I would share a “Master List” of all the trees, shrubs, and perennials we planted… and since that would actually be really helpful for me to look back on as well, I figured it was time I compiled a list.

So, since spring is practically just around the corner (wishful thinking, maybe!) I’ve decided to share that list today!

How We “Winterize” our Home and Yard

posted by Andrea | 10/7/2015 | 14 comments

If you live in (or travel to) the Midwest, you know how beautiful our fall weather is. However, there is also a lot of work to do in the fall.

Today (by request from a few readers) I’m sharing a rundown of what Dave and I do to “winterize” our home and yard for the Fall and Winter months ahead.

Our Landscape Before and After {2015}

posted by Andrea | 10/2/2015 | 26 comments

After 3 years of hard work, our landscaping is 95% complete!

We still have a few projects to tackle yet this fall or next spring — but I’m excited to finally be able to share a bunch of before and after photos on the blog!

Celebrating… House and Yard Progress!

posted by Andrea | 06/17/2015 | 29 comments

No, we’re not completely finished with everything on our “summer to-do list” but we have been making REALLY good progress over the past 10-12 weeks!

Although I can’t share all the official “after” photos just yet (because we’re not quite finished) I CAN share a whole bunch of “progress” photos so we can celebrate how far we’ve come in only a few weeks!

It’s Project Season… Here’s what we’ve been up to!

posted by Andrea | 05/13/2015 | 16 comments

The last 2 weeks have been a crazy whirlwind of hustle and bustle around the Dekker house as we have officially kicked off our 2015 “project season”.

It’s a bit earlier than we normally start working on projects, but with a new baby due around the end of June / early July, we felt the need to start early. Today, I’m sharing our plans (and some of our progress)!