Sorry for the lack of posting, my husband & I have been chained out in the garden. HHAHAHAH – no I am serious.
This is what our side garden looked like when we moved in. It’s a little hard to see, but there are flower beds and a brick path under there.
Our goal? Make it look pretty.
I know people hate it (and BOY do I), but if you want a beautiful garden, you have to pay the love toll. And the love toll = WEEDING. So put on those work clothes and get out the tools, because digging up umpteen years of rooting doesn’t happen in one breezy hour. And remember, it is crucial to be thorough. B/c if you aren’t – it’s ALL GONNA GROW BACK.
WORK Kids Work! They were actually quite helpful.. until they spotted the spiders.
After that I weeded solo, while John repaved the sides to give everything a nice clean edge.
In this pic you can see the weeds are mostly gone. I’d put in a couple perennials in the fall, which thankfully survived the mild winter. The path is paved. So far, so GOOD!
All DONE? Not quite. That was just the one side. I then got to weeding on the other side. The spiders kept me company.
I got a wicked sunburn that weekend. Plus two ginormous (and bleeding) bites on my neck and shoulder from I still don’t know what. Which I watched vigilantly for days thinking they might “do something.” Thankfully, they healed just fine.
Time to plant!
Given the amount of time & labor we’d invested, I wasn’t keen on doing this again next year. So we chose a mix of perennials & herbs. Plant them once and they do the work themselves, over & over again. We filled in everything with rich organic soil, reconnected the drain spout extension and VOILA! Good to go!
Lastly, John laid a new path (still to be sunk) from the rear garden round to the side. (Note to John: Flip #3 before sinking..)
NEXT UP. Front garden bed & path.
Here’s what it looked like when we started.
A couple lilacs and some lily of the valleys. The flowers smelled nice, but they were blocking the light and obstructing the view of the house. So after several more hours of grueling labor, digging up roots that went down seemingly forever, this is what it looked like.
John & I repaved the bed with bricks, put down more rich soil and then planted.
Here’s what it looks like now.
Pretty goal – ACHIEVED!
The best news of all? After all that grub angst – our grass is growing back!!
Now. Must Rest.