Saturday, July 16, 2011
On the chance that we ever have to sell our house, or on the chance that we hate looking trashy... we are landscaping! We have a beautiful garden this year, and almost no weeds. We have very few goats/chickens at this time, we are just having a good time with a smaller group of animals. This has given us some time to work on our property.
A local friend has been helping me, we are trading/cooperating in work areas. She is very helpful, able to work harder than a lot of men! Also, she is skilled in gardening and landscaping. This is her foot on the shovel. These tiered beds were here when we moved in, and now there are a lot of weeds grown up. We cleaned up and planted all 3 tiers with herbs/flowers that C (friend) planted at her house. She starts seeds more successfully than I do.
This is a before picture, we have pulled weeds and thinned out some of the plants and flowers here and will continue. We will use mulch on ground cloth where we dont intend to plant which means we wont have any weeds growing in unused areas. It will look much neater that way.
We had Tad, and Cs son for help as well as N. But the only "man" on the property was tractor. We used him to haul some manure to layer in the beds. Also the tractor bucket was where C landed as she flew through the air to get away from a large lizard AKA Mr. Gardener.
Some simple things would make our property and beds look better, not having old rugs, blankets and hand-painted plastic lawn seats about. We will continue to clean these up, and get rid of them.
Nathalie was taking pictures, this is just a new little section of bed that has been worked and can now have herbs or flowers planted. There was nothing there but some rocks and weeds so we removed those bits.
Nathalie's toes and some more newly worked bed. This is a lot of work, T, C and I have been mostly doing this outdoor job. T also mows and brush hogs, drives the tractor around for me while I put things in/on it, and he helps quite a bit in the garden. Nathalie does well with picking, and doesnt mind the weed free paths but doesnt do well in heat or with the buggy friends. She likes lizards and frogs for friends, but finds more of the bug sort of friends in the garden and isnt interested in their friendship. Instead she keeps the house clean and food provided for T and myself.
More photos to follow as we get more landscaping finished!