Look! Refreshing the Garden for the New Season

I've always liked the idea of Postcards from Provence, the blog where you could go each day and see that day's painting by a very talented Brit living in Provence. This week is shaping up to be my own postcard from the country - my family's home in Springs (near the Hamptons), where I've been going since I was born. Today, I want to share my latest upgrade to the garden that I've been building for Sara Kate for nearly seven years now.

In the top pic:
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White Umbrella: Home Decorators Collection
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These old cedar boxes were falling apart after 6-7 years of use. Rather than take them apart, I decided to clear away their outsides and surround them with fresh, new slices of cedar. This was easier to do and made them a bit stronger for the long run.

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Here's a newly surrounded box.

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And then after Sara Kate planted it with tomatoes the next day.

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I then got to work on the deer fence structure and decided to "point" all the uprights for three reasons: 1. it was easy and fun to do, 2. they wouldn't rot as easily 3. and they're interesting looking. While the garden was going in a French/Japanese direction, it now has taken a gothic turn.

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The deer fence used to be made of many metal wires and black netting and didn't look too good. By putting the strong 4x4 posts in each corner I was able to run aircraft cable really tightly around the perimeter and hang light black netting off of that. Now the fencing is sort of invisible. I'll have to do one more layer of netting, but that should be good enough to keep out the deer.

Here's a "before" pic from last summer. Note the thin, stump end posts and the many-wired deer fencing.

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