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The Backyard Clean-Up

The plan:

Veggie patch plans

I’ve been spending a lot of time in my backyard lately, and a bit in the front. This is what I’ve accomplished so far:

  • manually removed wild violets and other weeds from half the lawn
  • turned, tilled, raked the soil, amended it with gardening soil
  • plotted out where the veggie patches will end up
  • aerated and mowed the remaining grass in the backyard
  • mowed the grass in the front yard
  • cleaned up the front garden and weeded a little
  • seeded lawn with an eco-friendly type of grass (needs little watering)
  • overseeded the remaining lawn with same grass
  • more weeding! /argh
  • cleaned up a couple more gardening patches

The garden is still a big mess. But slowly and surely, I’ll work on the stuff that needs to be worked on. I have yet to decided what will be going in the veggie patches, other than my tomatoes. And I also need to decide what I’m going to grow in the other patches I’ve cleaned up. Other than weeds, that is. I have to spend the next few weeks making sure the new lawn is watered and keep weeds away from it. If I don’t then all the work I’ve done up until this point will have been wasted.

I’m not really keen on doing any of this. It’s more like work to me, stuff I have to do for the house. Though having a decent back yard would be nice, I only do this because I’m not living in a condo, cannot afford a landscaper and gardener, and pouring concrete over it all will bring down the property value of not only my house, but my neighbour’s as well. However, I do get a sense of happiness when I see nice things growing back there. For example, my ferns and hostas have come back, just when I thought that they were beyond hope.

2 comments

  1. Pamela says:

    I’ve been spraying with an organic herbicide… which is about 80% concentrated acetic acid (aka vinegar), so it’s almost a salad. You can eat dandelion leaves too… still, I don’t think I would.

  2. demon59 says:

    If you haven’t been spraying with herbicides/pesticides, the wild violet blossoms are edible and add a nice bit of tasty color to a salad.

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