The Start of Something….Big?
It has begun. Maybe I should name it. Something like, Operation Build Best Garden EVER.
Let’s start with a few ‘before’ pics. This first one is a photo of the total area that is/was lawn. Notice the damaged area and random long grasses. One reason I chose this side was because the lawn was in bad shape and another reason is that it gets a ton of sun throughout the day.
Just to the left of this photo is the landscape on the South side of the house. I’ll be converting most of this space into garden as well since most of the bushes there were dead and the ones in front can’t handle the sun very well and get pretty badly sunburned (something that I trimmed off when we moved so they don’t look terrible right now).
The blooming bushes and the tree on the end will remain but the front bushes and the ones in front of the a/c unit will be going. The two next to the unit are both partially dead and they also block the spigot which is extremely inconvenient.
I threw around a lot of ideas on how to proceed with this project. I knew (from experience) that fighting with the grass was something that could be never ending and a huge kill joy so I chose a barrier method. Just block off the whole darned yard with it and mulch it…
I used rolls of biodegradable paper which is basically just a one layer cardboard sort of material. That will do the initial killing. I still have a section of the yard to paper but since I don’t have the car every day and our evenings tend to get really busy I have only spent one evening on this project…and that was Monday.
After the paper was down (and I do need to get another roll to finish off the South corner) I started pouring mulch. I made two trips to the hardware store and filled my car with rolls of paper and mulch and I’ll need quite a few more but for the initial haul I just jumped in.
So much mulch.
So, I need at least one more roll of paper and probably a billion more bags of mulch. The bags sprinkled about are cow manure compost and peat moss. Those will be for when I actually build the beds but they’re working as anchors right now. Yesterday I started the edging along the side walk. Just burying logs along it to keep it sharp. Hopefully I can do one or two more loads of mulch tonight even though we do have plans. That way I can work on it tomorrow.
Here’s a panoramic of our yard.
This was taken from the left side, so the right side looks the same size but it’s about a third bigger.
I’m excited to finish the mulching and start building the actual bed. I’ll also be adding a compost bin in the back right side of the yard behind that tree over there and will also be replacing dead bushes in our extensive landscape with edible plants like blackberry, raspberry, and blueberry bushes or maybe even something more rare like service berries ….I’ll have to research. But there’s plenty of time and lots of spaces to fill so I’ll just enjoy that after the initial building of the garden is over.
So, you know what I’m doing when I’m not blogging….see you later!
Question: Have you ever built a garden from scratch? My last experience was a lot more minimal and that is exactly why I’m going to higher extremes. Tilling and fighting with grass is not worth it to me.