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Dirt Road Adventures – Outdoor Life

Last year, at this time I was only dreaming of a Greenhouse and I wrote This Blog post about my favorite Greenhouses on Instagram. That lead to someone contacting me with a great deal on french doors and by the end of May I had a greenhouse.

Today on Outdoor Life, I’m sharing some behind the scenes of our progress. By the time we had finished the DIY Greenhouse, planting season was well underway. So this year, we are trying to get a head start this year.

One of the first things we did was cut all the forsythia bushes back the minute they stopped blooming. We cut them back pretty drastically because they are getting so overgrown. They are already starting to put out new leaves and will be full again before long.

We built two raised beds last summer and this week we added a third.

We began by clearing an area next to the first two original beds.

Then my husband built the frames. We decided to make this bed deeper for root vegetables.

That sounded like a good idea until we started filling the new bed with dirt. The bed is approx. 3 x 8 feet and 17 inches deep.

After a second trip to the garden store for more dirt, the bed was full. Then it turned cold so nothing has been planted yet. I’m also excited to share that we have a plan for the old bed frame we pulled from the woods and I will be sharing all the details in a few weeks.

Regardless of the weather, we are starting to get some blooms and I’m looking forward to seeing how well we deal with outdoor life this spring and summer.

This is a look back at all my adventures this past week.

9 Outdoor Dining Ideas and Tips – Dining on the Pier
Easy Table Runner DIY Project from a Drop Cloth – so fun for Cinco de Mayo
7 Best Cinco de Mayo Table setting ideas – For our Supper Club Blog Series
Cilantro & Lime Black Beans & Rice Recipe – I prepared the side dish this month.

Adventures off the Dirt Road

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Each week, there are so many wonderful blog posts, and I’m sharing some of my favorites with you today.

There are so many creative ideas, and I’m always asking myself, “Why didn’t I think of that”? LOL

Keeping with outdoor life theme, I’m sharing some of my favorite gardening bloggers.

How to Plant a Container Garden
Stacy Ling at Bricks N Blooms shared How to Plant a Container Garden in 7 Easy Steps – She does such beautiful container gardens.
Ferns have fronds, rather than leaves, which last for only a year or so.
Kim at Shiplap and Shells shared Cutting Back Outdoor Evergreen Ferns – Just what I needed last week.
Lana Stenner – Grow Potatoes in a Potato Tower – This may be a solution to that raised bed we just built.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s Dirt Road Adventures – Outdoor Life.

Thank you for stopping by and have the best day.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Monday 26th of April 2021

I absolutely love your greenhouse, especially the fact that you built it all yourself, Rachel. You worked so hard! Can't wait to see more of the greenhouse and garden in the near future. Thank you for the fern feature. I am so glad it was helpful! Have a great week my friend.

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Monday 26th of April 2021

Kim, You are so welcome.

Marlene Stephenson

Sunday 25th of April 2021

I love your greenhouse and can't wait to see what you plant. I love spring when I can get out and plant my small garden, it's so rewarding and delicious. Have fun but, don't work too hard.

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Monday 26th of April 2021

Marlene, Thanks for stopping by. Today feels like Spring again.


Sunday 25th of April 2021

Your greenhouse is my favorite!!! I still can’t believe you guys !! it’s so awesome! Thank you for sharing my planters! ❤️❤️❤️

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Monday 26th of April 2021

Stacy, Thanks so much.