Back in the Backyard

The husband got ambitious over  the weekend. He cleaned out the shed, removed what was once a partially-complete, really-wobbly pergola, rearranged everything out back, put up his Halloween decorations, went to the dump, and brought me manure. We live in a suburb surrounded by farm country. Ask me about that sometime. One of our farm…

Neighborhood Tree Trimming Day

Here it is, not quite Autumn, and the leaves are starting to fall from the trees. Early this spring I spent a great deal of  time researching trees. Thank you, Youtube. I’m planting an espalier orchard and needed to know how to prune my trees to create a Belgian fence. Espalier is where you train bushes or…

Baby steps

We had a long couple of weeks getting everyone back to school. Friday completed our first week of classes. Now that I have some time without bickering over Minecraft for 8 hours daily and making food 24 hours a day, I can return my focus to other things, like tackling the back yard. I know it’s…

The big, bad backyard project

This is my backyard. What was once green and lush is now dry and dead. Last winter we had some plumbing problems and as a result, the sprinklers we worked so hard to install no longer work without flooding my basement. Also, all the exterior components have to be replaced. Happy, happy, joy, joy. We…