Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Outdoor To-Do List - Update #2

The last time I updated you on our outdoor to-do list was the end of May! I can't believe I've slacked off so much in keeping you in the yard loop. Although in all honesty, not too much has changed since the end of May.

Outdoor To Do List 2013-2014 (and maybe even 2015?)
  • Build split rail fence along property line in front yard The full story can be found here
  • Plant hedge along property line in backyard To read more about it, click here
  • Prune apple trees
  • Revamp flower gardens
  • Rebury white siding in front flower garden Dan completed this while I was at work one day
  • Paint gable end We finally finished this one up last week! (see picture below for proof)
  • Wash front porch
  • Sand & repaint front porch railings
  • Wash siding on East side of house
  • Rebuild stone entryway on East side of house
  • Expand back deck
  • Plant new shade tree
  • Expand garden
  • Build chicken coop in lean-to on back of garage Click here, here, here and here for details
  • Rebuild chicken coop for hens Click here and here for pics
  • Plant blueberries Click here for more info
  • Plant raspberries Click here to read more
  • Level backyard
  • Make gutter herb garden Sort of completed although the only thing that grew was basil
  • Make rain barrel
  • Buy or make front porch swing
  • Plant rhubarb Click here to see pics
  • Plant cherry or crabapple tree
Dan painting the gable end
So there you have it! I don't think we'll be doing much more off the list this year, since it's already September and we're busy with garden harvest and pretty soon it will be too cold to work outdoors. That being said, you never know what I might tackle one of these days I'm home alone. So there may still be one more updates in the coming months!

But overall, don't you think we did a pretty good job? We have completed 48% of our list in the first summer and many of the projects we did were bigger ones, such as building chicken coops and fences. I'm pretty proud of ourselves.


  1. Sounds like life around here. I always start with a long list in the spring, and work as much as I can, and then get frustrated that I haven't got it all done. But this year I've got the big things in the garden basically done. I'm not constructing any more new garden! Looking forward to future years of simply maintaining it.

  2. I think you did a terrific job! You'll want to wait and plant trees in the spring anyway!

  3. Furry Gnome - I love lists and I sometimes go a little overboard in the making of them. But I knew that we wouldn't complete this whole list this year, so I'm okay with our progress. I'm glad that you are done making new gardens and you can now just enjoy the ones you have!

    Jenek - Thanks! And next Spring better watch out, new tress will be planted then!