Sunday, May 3, 2009
Latest Yard Project
Sorry there are no "before" shots. I just got in there ripping, hoeing, cutting until I had conquered it. So let me tell you a bit about this spot. Once upon a time, about 4 years ago, this spot at the back of our property, behind our garage was the original spot for M's first garden. It's one of the few spots with any sun in our back yard. It quickly became overgrown with weeds and ambitious tomato plants because, being out of the way as it was, it was easily forgotten. So very quickly M relocated her garden to the side yard where she'd have to pass it daily so as not to forget about weeding and watering. Next came the berry patch. About 3 years ago we planted strawberries and raspberries back there.
In this picture if you look all the way to the back left, that's where we planted the strawberries and then the raspberries a little closer in. Well, just as the tomato plants became overly ambitious and prosperous, so too did the raspberries. There's something in that soil that makes them go absolutely nuts! Anyway, very quickly this entire area towards the back was overgrown with raspberries that choked out the strawberries and was so thick and overgrown, you couldn't get back there to pick the raspberries without climbing through a jungle and getting many scrapes and scratches on yourself. So this weekend I took my tools and went to work. I cleaned out the entire right hand side of weeds, put down black plastic and put in the bricks, stepping stones and gravel. Next I trimmed back the raspberries to a respectable level, transplanted about 9 strawberry plants a good distance away from the raspberries, and last fall we added two blueberry bushes, and a week ago a black berry bush. We added mulch and voila, the berry patch is now under control, each plant has a fair shot at survival and there are berries on the strawberry plants. We haven't seen that since year one, and the blueberry bushes have flowers on them. I know the path isn't level yet, but we're expected rain all week and I figured I'd level it up next weekend after the rains.
In addition to the berry patch, we mulched every flower bed, bush bed and tree all over our property. We still have a bunch of mulch left in our driveway from where the original load was dumped, so maybe I'll start clearing and mulch a spot for the grapes I'll be planting in the Fall. In the mean time, enjoy the photos of everything in bloom in our yards.
at May 03, 2009
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