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Spring 2012 Colors from Around the Yard

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Some colors of the spring bloom:

Pictures of Flowers From Around The Yard

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Square Foot Garden Update

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Here’s a quick update on how the garden is doing this year… of note are the 5′ high tomato plants growing in the center:

Screening Soil

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Spent an hour tonight screening some of the hummus that I get at the Lower Mac yard waste depot. It does wonders to break down the large chunks of soil and get rid of the unwanted small twigs, rocks, etc. The other benefit to screening seems to be that of aeration – I couldn’t believe how it made the soil so much looser. I made the screen last year and used chicken wire with 1/4″ spacing. Anything smaller and the screen would probably just clog. It’s sandwiched between a 12 x 16″ (apx.) 1×2″ frame that I made and fits nicely over a 16 gallon storage container, used to catch everything that’s screened.

This one isn’t mine, but it looks something like this:

Spring Project Recap

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

The list of projects around the yard for this year was a bit long but I’ve slowly been chipping away at it…

Project #1: Dirt moving and a new paver walk-off
I started with moving a large mound of our garden bed adjacent to the back patio. It had been home to some kind of ivy -like growth for a few years that we really didn’t like, so I dug all that up and removed another shrub that just about was on its last leg. I spread most of the soil around the base of the Nishiki Willow tree to expand the bed there. I replaced the small layout of pavers that we originally had with a larger area about 4′ x 8′ in size. It’s now a lot easier to walk on and off the patio without getting slapped in the face by the branches of the tree, and it gave a nice home to our grill.

Project #2: Rock wall border around the front garden bed
Over the Easter weekend I collected up some of the Pennsylvania Bluestone that is abundant around the property my in-laws have up in Tioga, PA.  We already have a nice rock wall border around the garden beds that butt-up against the house. Here’s the area that didn’t:

The collection of stone that we hauled down from the mountain:

And the completed rock wall border:

Project #3: Paint the rain barrels
Last year I added a set of rain barrels to the back yard that stuck out like a sore thumb. I decided to paint them brown, to match the shed… and now they look like two big pieces of turd – at least that’s what the wife thinks. :-) I also built a better platform for them to rest on with some of the extra cedar I had in the garage.

Project #4: Join the two garden boxes
I had originally built two separate square foot garden boxes a few years ago. But this season I decided to combine them to form one large box. After dismantling the two facing sides and rejoining them, I have 44 square feet now available (which still may not be enough).

In this picture you can see the strawberries in the foreground are already off to a good start, and towards the back are my garlic shoots that I need to split.

Project #5: Re-mulch the garden beds
Every other year I replenish the beds with new mulch. This year it took two truckloads… and I still ended up running out.

Projects still on the to-do list:

  • build a permanent fire pit
  • build a series of smaller, portable garden boxes
  • paint the trim on the shed
  • fix the front door screen (the dog put a hole in it the other day)