another january day in the 50’s, with even a few spots of sunshine at times as i took advantage of the mild weather to play in the backyard, and get some of the unsexy tasks behind me, preparing the foundation for a groovy new garden for 2010. boy did it feel good to get in some good hard labor in, lifting, digging, moving, placing, transplanting, and most importantly, finding inspiration through these efforts. a smidge of what i’m working on…beware, there will be no ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’…
fringecups – a northwest native and shade lover
playing around in the backyard as part of the planning process. before i build the foundation of my Three Sisters inspired section of the garden for real -i jammed metal poles in the ground, left over from an old fenced dog run i tore down last year and have helped me envision borders, boundaries, etc. this time i’m using it to help envision where i’ll be putting my pea & bean trellis (will be fashioned from holly branches that i saved from a tree i cut down last summer – currently drying in the garage! using a model i found in the current edition of organic gardening magazine). the old pieces of wood, which were behind my garage, are being used to set up a makeshift shorty raised bed, with cardboard laid down over the dirt to keep any weeds from developing until my sweet potato heaven is ready to be created…also created this makeshift setup so i can more easily note where and when the sunlight is hitting during the day. what’s amazing is there is actually room for three giant sections, causing me more excitement than is necessary for a january afternoon 🙂
the path around my raised beds is created (after killing the grass surrounding for the last 3 months, woo hoo!) and the outline of a fire pit / fireplace / fire thingy (not sure if i’m going to set this up in-ground or build a taller one). the area where the dead grass is will most likely be turned into a stone patio type of deal – still brainstorming what’s best for that area in my slowly-but-surely effort to de-grass my lawn yet not have it look like a garden store. i still want it to be a sanctuary 😉
macro view…not a sexy backyard yet, but sore muscles show that i’m prepared for next steps: putting in the edging of the path and piling on the path material (stones? bricks? not sure…), filling up the raised beds with compost and soil (leaves at bottom layer), and finishing up the patio/fireplace area.