I have been working on something new. As you know I love my garden and I add more every year. I am nearly out of space. There is still a very small amount of grass that I could make into garden but I think some grass is needed in the back. The little 2 bedroom house next door has as much yard space as my current garden and I have lived next to it for about 12 years thinking how much I would like to work on it. The house came on the market and I couldn’t resist.
It was built in 1889 so it is just a few years newer than next door.
Houses in the area took a real tumble in the real estate meltdown and are VERY affordable ( I know people who have spent more on a car) ……there was a time a few years ago when it seemed that every other house had a for sale or a foreclosure/auction sign on it. Those have mostly worked their way out of the system and some of the really bad houses were demolished. I think it was the right time, just as prices are beginning to go back up (fingers crossed).
So I have been working on 2 yards, keeping up the existing and starting a new one.
The yard is fenced and is really a side yard to the left of the house. It is a chain link fence which isn’t the most pretty but it gives teddy a lot more space to run around. There were a million and a half trees growing along the fence and entwined in it. So cutting out branches, digging up stumps, and bagging up weeds and branches has been the major activity.
As is normal I got too excited to start and forget to take before pictures but here are a few from part way. There is a wide area between the sidewalk (which is also the same antique bricks as next door) and the fence. Here it is with about 1/2 of the trees and weeds removed.
Piles and piles of branches.
They were cut up and put in bags and the city picks them up.
45 bags so far and I imagine there will be 10 – 15 more.
Here are some of the stumps from the saplings that I dug out.
and some smaller branches
There is a huge old tree that needs to come down. It is hard to tell in the picture but it is ready to fall down on its own.
There is also a tree in the front of the house that really needs trimming, some of its branches actually nearly touch the ground when it rains and the water adds weight to the leaves.
I have a tree service coming to take care of that, hopefully in the next few weeks.
here is a part of the back yard cleared (you can see some stumps that still need to be dug out along the back fence). See that pile of rocks in the back corner?
I used it to edge the bed next to the sidewalk. The soil level is over a foot higher than the walk so the rocks should help hold it in place.
This area will be replanted after the big tree comes down and I see how much sun I have. I should have enough sun in the fenced area to even grow some vegetables.
As much as I enjoy garden work I am even more looking forward to getting the new quilt studio set up (that is the quilting secret I talked about in an earlier post) No more calling the dining room table and living room floor a studio. I will have space for the full-sized frame, and plenty of space for cutting table, sewing machine table, shelves, storage, etc. It is going to be so much fun and I will post pictures when I get it done. All the yard work has kept me from spending my normal 6 hours a day of hand quilting but I will be back to it soon and post pictures of that as well.
I took some garden pictures today just as it was starting to rain……(click pictures to enlarge)
Happy Gardening and Quilting