- X 3
After building my hugelbed with a small frame to keep my neighbors from melting down this is what my front yard looked like.
The spruce tree in the background of the fall picture was covering some huckleberries and I thought they could use a little more light, so I trimmed up the tree a bunch to get some light down below.
Those raised beds in the distance didn't grow very well and they were lined with weedblock (I hate that stuff so much now), so I pulled up the frames and started to form up some new beds. Fortunately I had some wood laying around that could get put in the base there, then some branches to cover the soil and prevent erosion during the winter. I also had enough wood left over to build a trellis for some grape vines that I planted. It looks a little hokey, and may need to be rebuilt in another few years, but it will give the grapes something to start up now.
After spruce mulch removed.
I built this nice, inviting archway and put it around this hideous walk. I haven't liked this walk for years and I started to frame out another, more inviting walk with the stones I dug out of the ground during last summers backyard leveling/ hugel build project. But what to do with all that concrete?
I had also grown tired of watching my driveway host a mini flood every time it rained for more than 5 minutes. I decided to do something about it. It was time to dig out the drain in hopes of preventing future flooding and maybe prolonging the wet season in my yard just a bit.
One of my other goals this year was to convert most of my grass into food plantings. Well after digging out the drain that became almost a necessity, as you can see by the two raised mounds next to the hugel. These mounds were great in that they were also able to give my yard some structure, rather than just having this lonely mountain in the middle of the yard.
But what to do with that ditch? And that concrete?
I'm not done yet, there is still some more to dig and fill on the other side of the yard, and getting that walk replaced with some flagstones. Plus I have to actually get stuff to grow . But in one year I have completely renovated my front and back yard for the cost of a couple loads of compost, a one day bobcat rental, seeds, and transplants. It's been a good year.
Ask me how much I hate weedblock.
Thanks for reading.
My neighbors are noticing, so the eccentric hippy tag is probably on the way.
I swear the effing weedblock is doing naughty things under the ground and procreating. I was certain I pulled all of it from my yard, but there it was, mocking me. It just makes everything harder. Water doesn't seep, dirt is harder to dig, plant bases get choked. It's just no fun to work with.
Michael Cox wrote:Evil stuff... The previous people one our vegetable plot had laid it down between the rows of raspberry canes. All that it did we provide an ideal hiding place for giant mutant bindweed roots to hang out. I ripped the whole lot out this year and the root mat beneath was like a snake scene from a horror movie. I think I pulled out close to a cubic meter of bindweed roots from that one area - no wonder our weeding efforts had proved futile!
My experience is that it gives burrowers a lovely shelter to run between all your roots. It's like a little roof for their burrows. I don't have a big rodent problem (thank you next door neighbor cats!) but before those cats moved in we did and every time I pulled it up there were a number of little burrows running right under the mat.
I don't know who manufactures the weedblock, but if they're in any way related to herbicide and fertilizer producers (as I suspect), it's a pretty impressive racket.
- X 6
Here's a pic from a few years ago, before I had grown any of my own food. Apart from street trees, this is what my yard looked like last year at this time.
And a few days ago.
Certainly, mistakes were made in the 'spring planting execution' department . I did some cover cropping when I should have done some static mulching, I got way too many annuals, among other things, but I'm not too worried about any of that, because I have a much better plan going into fall and next spring and if you like explosions of green things, I have that.
Reasons to be excited:
This tree has never born fruit, and the whole thing looks a little like this:
And also too, strawberries:
- X 2