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Stage 1 Landscaping…DONE

Lar and I finally finished our stage 1 of landscaping. This is what I was hoping to accomplish this year (and what we budgeted for) Boysenberries, raspberries and grapes planted on the trellis, between are strawberries, mint and lavender.  We have planted 5 trees – 2 silver maple in the top patio area, 2 chokecherries down the steps to the garden. The 4 garden beds are in and onions are planted in one of them. Lar made me 2 sets of steps down my hill – one to the garden and one towards my parent’s house. (we have metal fencing up against my trellis so the dogs don’t dig up in the fresh dirt for now)


My battle against dirt – part 2

I know that I will never win my war against the dirt on our mini kid ranch… but this battle is turning more and more into FUN! There is no way to landscape ALL of the dirt in our yard… however, we have round 2 completed!!!

The first section of trellis wall is up – yep, all 32 feet is up and hanging. The flower bed edges are in… and about 1/2 of the soil is in the flowerbed.

What do I need to do to complete this (slave labor was complaining this morning that it was too windy to “work” outside) so we stopped…for now. 🙂

I need about 10 more sacks of potting soil. I need about 4 more wheelbarrows of “ZooPoo”. Good thing that we have llamas living next door at Vic and Lana’s!! I need to put the “end caps” on the flower bed (which means that Lar has to get out the saw and half one of the ties!!! And I need to plant my grapes which also means that I need to chicken wire them so that those meddling black labs can’t dig… I think that “dig-up-mom’s-new-plants” is all 3 of their middle names, well, that is if dogletts  had middle names. Calling them meddling is funny… can you tell that Berlyn and I watched ScoobyDoo earlier?

Here are 3 more photo shots of the latest version of our yard. 🙂



And so it begins… the quest for less dirt in the yard!

I LOVE my house. It is big enough for everyone! We have a schoolroom, I have a studio. There are 4 bedrooms and a TON of land for us… however, the land is all dirt. I want plants and trees to bring birds and butterflies and bees…. My amazing husband has been put out on a quest to make that happen.

Lar and I have been collecting all of our landscaping goodies for months… and this weekend was BEAUTIFUL! So, outside we went… wrangling every kid, including my nephews for landscaping. My youngest nephew Jake looked at me and said… so we are doing yardwork then? I told him that “landscaping” can go on his resume but yardwork couldn’t!!!! LOL

OK… So here is our yard at the beginning… just dirt (I have new climbing roses in the red pot(there are 3 on the patio)

This weekend we managed to get the 9 fence posts in the ground cemented.  The new grapevines are in my greenhouse window staying warm for a few more weeks. The trellis to go on the fence posts is in the garage waiting for next weekend.


And, we have started our garden – yes I know that it is a bit early, but we needed to get the onion in the ground before it heats up or they may not take. So we have the first of the  raised beds filled and planted!!! Lar and I plan on added steps in the hill next weekend (as long as the weather agrees!)