Latelies Outdoors

Working For the Weekend

July 6, 2015

Typically, the weekend never feels long enough. This past weekend, however, felt like an entire week crammed into 3 days. It was awesome and exhausting. I don’t even remember most of Friday. I remember that Michael had the day off, Akira had a neighborhood friend over, and I took Akira, her friend, and Emerson to see Inside Out. That’s it. That’s all I got for Friday.

Saturday we woke up early and drove to the lake.

Somewhere between there and Sunday, there were fireworks and naps. Sunday, after church, we made a run to Lowes to pick up a few things for the yard. We picked up mulch, compost, and some potting soil. We were also looking for seed starter trays, because the fescue seeds that we started in the egg carton really needed to be transplanted to something bigger.

We couldn’t find any trays, however, so we decided to just to plant them in the ground. You can barely see them in the photo above; they’re still so thin and just started to grow multiple leave. Do I think they were ready to be planted outside? No. But they couldn’t stay in the egg carton either. So that’s what we did yesterday afternoon, we sent our baby plants out into the harsh climate to fend for themselves.

The soil here can be pretty terrible. It’s mostly clay and rock. We added soil to our front beds a few years ago, but it still tends to compact and dry out quickly. To give the fescue its best chance, we added compost and peat moss. And yeah, we got the good stuff. Straight up manure. (Gag.) Actually, it was the cheapest compost, so that’s one we picked. We’ve used it before and it really seems to help, so… (Still can’t believe we actually have to pay for poop.)

planting fescue seeds |

The peat moss (not pictured) has been an amazing aid to our less than stellar soil. If anyone else is experiencing clay-like soil, even after amending, I definitely suggest mixing in some peat moss. It helps aerate heavy soil, retains nutrients added to the soil, and holds moisture, releasing it when the plants need it. You can find more information on the benefits of peat moss here. (I’m convinced it’s the only reason our once defunct vegetable garden is now growing out of control.)

Back to the fescue. We dug holes along the front of the beds, amended the soil with compost and peat moss, and then planted the itty-bitty fescue.

landscaping |

(If you’ve ever wondered where our children are when we are doing all of this house stuff, they’re typically right there. Lending a helping hand or trying to dig in the manure laced compost. ::coughEleanorcough::)

At first we tried to remove the fescue and dirt from the egg carton, but it quickly became apparent that the fescue had rooted itself into the egg carton! The roots were so thin and fragile that we just started tearing the egg carton and planting it along with the fescue. You can see the rim of the carton in this photo:

planting fescue |

And you can barely see the fescue among the mulch once planted.

planting fescue |

Honestly, I’m not expecting them to last. We have more seeds that we could start over with if these guys die, but I’m kind of over it. I would prefer to just buy some already started and ready to plant, but I haven’t been able to find any of those around here. So… I guess we’ll see what happens!

We also added compost to the other plants here in the front and in the backyard. Aside from yard work, we also painted trim and experienced a Pinterest house cleaning fail over the weekend. I’ll share all about that ridiculousness on Wednesday.

What about you guys? What did you do over the weekend? Yard work? Painting? That thing we hear about called “relaxing”? Leave us a comment! We’d love to know what everyone else has been up to!

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