It’s been a while, and much has happened this spring, so I believe it is time for an update.
THE ARBOR/PERGOLA STILL PARTIALLY-COMPLETED
Until the price of lumber drops, the pergola will remain incomplete. That’s fine. It’s not going anywhere, and it’s something I can complete even if the weather turns sour in the fall. In the meantime, here it is, partially-covered with grape vines and very serviceable. As you can see, I still have one base support/seat to build, but that’s about it.
THE FENCE GARDEN
The fence you see is actually attached to the original chain-link fence. I have nothing against the nextdoor neighbors, but we needed more privacy than a chain-link fence could give. It was an easy fix and it turned out just fine when I added it two years ago.
One year ago we started planting along the fence. This year those plantings have taken off and are thriving. The goal is to stuff that area with vegetation which will serve as a sound barrier. Again, no offense meant for the neighbors, but eight-year old kids can be a bit loud at times.
We are using a method I call “Stuff It Gardening.” The goal is to stuff so much vegetation in there so the weeds won’t have much of a chance to take over. We’ve seen it work in other gardens, and so far we have done much-less weeding than we normally would have.
A NEW FENCE GARDEN
Say hello to the original back fence. It’s a mess. It’s rotting. My goal, by winter, is to replace all of those fence slats and turn it into a new fence like the one separating us and the eight-year old. When that is done, I will dig out a new garden in front of the new fence, probably about five-feet wide. Once that is done, we’ll start our Stuff It planting in front of that new fence.
THE FUTURE WATERFALL/POND
And also say hello to a waste pile we’ve had for probably ten years. We are tired of it, and it just doesn’t fit into our overall plan for the backyard. I want to haul away all of the prunings and branches, and then dump about two yards of topsoil there, making a nice hill about three feet high.
At that point we will have to stabilize the hill with large rocks, and since we are messing around with rocks, we thought it would be a good idea to get a waterfall kit/pond and have a seriously-cool water feature in that corner. We love the sound of running water, and I think we can both pull this off, so why not try, right?
THE EXISTING VEGGIE GARDEN
So I think I’ll add a hoop roof to the existing vegetable garden using PVC pipe. I can put plastic sheeting over the top and extend the growing season, and roll the plastic up when the weather warms. It’s an easy fix so why not?
FRONT YARD DOING FINE
The front, with its berry bushes and fruit trees, is in good shape. There are no plans for the front yard other than to paint the exterior of the house, so that’s good news for this old man.
It all may sound like a lot to do, and I guess it is, but I love projects, and I love seeing the results of the projects, so there you go. A guy has to do something after retiring, right?
WHAT’S THE POINT OF ALL THIS?
We really want to turn the backyard into a lush haven of peace and tranquility. For too many years it’s just been a place for dogs to run, chickens to cluck, and quail to lay eggs. Now we have our sights set on walking into the backyard, sitting down, listening to the waterfall, and watching the birds, butterflies, and hummingbirds frolic. It sounds like heaven to me.
How long will all of this take? Sheez! Maybe two years, good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise. Have I made mistakes along the way? Oh my, yes! Will I make more mistakes along the way? You bet I will. But it’s all part of the process, and the joy, for me, is in that process as well as the final product.
That’s it from our home. I hope this finds you all well, safe, healthy, and happy!