|My feet after working in the garden (yes, with shoes on).|
|I know, terrible picture- between my crappy camera and the terrible lighting in my dining room, it's difficult to get a good one.|
|The area right in front of the porch- it used to be solid pavers, some of which were removed and some repositioned.|
I've also gotten some purely cosmetic things done outside. I didn't think I wanted to spend much time on these kinds of projects this year, at least not until I got more of the practical jobs done, but these two particular areas had been bothering me and one job fed into the other I started out simply cleaning out the overgrowth from under the grapevine (see pictures below). Then I decided I wanted to take it a little further. I remembered there were extra concrete pavers behind thfe shed from when the previous owners had installed the (ugly) pavers in front of the porch (I tell you, this entire property had to have been landscaped by a man). One side of the trellis was already outlined by an old foundation, and the pavers just happened to match the old dirty, mossy concrete (which I kind of like in this setting). So I simply dug out some of the soil (and all the weeds and many of the overgrown iris bulbs) and placed pavers around the other three sides. But the extras weren't enough, and I had wanted to remove some of the ones in front of the porch, so I stole some of those. Then I planted a few groundcover plants and mulched around it all with some of the wood chips Scott made a few weekends ago (from a fallen tree). Then, since I had already pulled up a few of the pavers in front of the house, making it even more of an eyesore than before, I decided to pull out the rest and at least get it ready for planting (with absolutely no clue as to what I wanted to plant...). Then I used the soil I had dug out from around the grape vine and filled up the bed I created by re-arranging the pavers. After I finished this we needed to go to Menards to pick up the fence posts for the chicken run, and Scott needed to run inside to pick up something motorcycle-y, so I browsed the plants. I needed some chamomile and oregano plants and have lately felt the desire to be surrounded by green and flowering things. And, of course, Izzy found the pinkest flower she could and insisted we buy it. So we came home with two chamomile plants, two mosquito plants (to deter them, not attract them, just so we're straight), one pink flowery thing, and six groundcover plants (spotted dead nettle). Random assortment, but I planted them in the planter and will mulch them eventually. But I'm pretty proud of my work, and if you don't count the expense of renting the wood chipper (which I don't because most of them will go on the garden paths) the only money spent on these two entire projects was for the plants.
|The grape vine last summer- totally overgrown, with overgrown weeds and irises (I think).|
|The grape vine now- pruned (although not sure if I did it right) and landscaped.|
|The chickens- growing up fast!|
|My Kombucha mother. Isn't she lovely?|
In addition to that this week I have "the sale," a bake sale for Izzy's preschool that, of course, I over committed for, another sale next week, cherry bushes to plant, more asparagus to plant... it just feels like I'll never get done. And it's been raining for the last two and half days so I haven't gotten much done, but I've effectively translated my outside motivation to some areas on the inside and cleaned out my laundry room and got my tagging done for the sale. So much to do!