Outdoors

The Mascara of Landscaping

July 20, 2015

We were at it again over the weekend. The “it” being working outside on the yard. This weekend, we were in the backyard laying mulch and moving a few plants in our back beds.

Things started out look like this:

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And ended up looking like this:

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I’m convinced that mulch is awesome. It just pulls everything together like the mascara of landscaping, right? I kid. (Also, our poor hydrangea in the back there needed some water. We had just watered it the day before, and already it was looking parched.)

We planted a few plants when most of the others were still hanging out underground (perennial bulbs), so we didn’t realize they weren’t all evenly spaced until they emerged a few months ago. It was quite the feet to move the few plants that we did. The ground was so dry and so hard (which you can see in the bottom left corner of the photo above), at one point I had to saturate the ground with the hose just to be able to get the  shovel to go into the dirt.

While we were working outside we also found a little surprise in our garden.

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This is the first time we’ve actually had things growing in our 4 ft x 4 ft garden that we haven’t killed! (I’m convinced things are thriving in there, because of the few tips that we shared here.) I can’t believe how fast and big watermelon plants grow! You can see them to the left spilling over the sides of the garden box in the photo below. (We also have tomatoes, basils, and a bell pepper plant in there.)

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We planted the watermelon seeds about a month ago, and within 2 days we started to see the little seedlings! We planted two watermelon seeds, which we got from a watermelon purchased at our farmer’s market a few years ago. Yep. I said years ago. It was probably about 2 years ago. We let the seeds dry out on a paper towel for a few days and then put them in a ziplock bag. And now we have that cute little melon growing in our garden. I just hope the squirrels don’t find it. I’m not sure if they will eat it, but I wouldn’t put it past them. They are still gnawing on our lemons. Which! By the way, have still not turn yellow.

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What we have left to do in the yard:

  • Plant the blueberry bush
  • Get year-round interesting plant for the front yard
  • Remove the grass on the side of the shed to make a new garden bed + add mulch
  • Put some grass seed on the bald spots in the front and back yard
  • Clean out the bed on the left side of the house and add plants
  • Add window boxes to the 2nd story windows on the front of the house (Not really yard work, but close enough.)

What about you guys? Were any of you working outside? Am I the only one who thinks it feels like it will never end?

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