Got some stuff done in the garden the past few days, so I thought I would share some pics. First, the front of the house:
As you can see, the oak (strong like bull) and the maple are doing well, and the other oak which is not pictured is similarly very healthy. The ferns needed to be cleaned out and watered, so I am hoping the rain tonight handles that, and all of the hostas on the stairs are going to be split up and planted tomorrow.
Moving to the back, first, the deck repairs, which could not have come at a worse time with the whole Lily thing (that’s why we have credit cards), but all the bad wood is gone, the railing which was falling in has been replaced, and for the first time since I bought this house and fell through the god damned deck 8 hours after buying it I feel safe on the back porch. It is structurally sound, as you can see, because it can support the weight of your less than trim host and his sausage roll of a dog.
Now the whole back yard:
On the left, both apple trees are doing splendidly- the blooms were beautiful, and I expect in a couple years they will be fruiting nicely. The chestnut tree went the way of the dodo, and I don’t think I am going to replace it because I think that is where I want the wildflower garden for the hummingbirds and butterflies. IN the back corner, you can not see them, but the blueberries and blackberries are growing well and again I expect fruit maybe next year. In the back right, we have several rows of peas and sugar snap peas. When they are done I will put in some beans. The rest of the gardens hold a variety of tomatoes, peppers, etc., and one bed is for watermelon. The three tiered planter has garlic and onions, and near the fall will be beets.
I managed to salvage all the soil and some of the beds from the old place, and I covered that with that fabric crap and then topped it with a layer of soil. Here is Thurston “helping.”
If you notice in between the beds and the deck the grass looks like total hell, but that is ok because I need to get about ten tons of top soil to level out the damned yard anyway. There’s a guy that will do it for 200 bucks, so I imagine next month when I get paid again that will happen. I’m starting to collect flagstones at the creek and intend to make a walkway to the back gate. Now for the best part- PEEPS:
Here is a shitty picture of mom on a wire screaming bloody murder because I had the nerve to get within 20 feet of her babies:
Fortunately, I had the brains to get some video of her hollering at me, so maybe you all can tell me what she is:
Probably just a swallow or something but I don’t care I am happy she has decided to make this her home and I hope she and her kids come back every year.