Apr 9 2011

time to shovel mud again… [day 318]

I’m really tired of fighting with my yard.  When I moved into this house over 4 years ago, I had very little grass.  I have so many trees shading the grass, that type of grass just couldn’t grow.  I had to shovel mud off the sidewalks after any rainfall.  This photo was taken after my yard guy slapped a few pieces of sod down to help with the mud problem.

The next summer, I had St. Augustine put in.  It looked great and I was so happy to not be the ‘ugly neighbor’ anymore.

Unfortunately that grass didn’t last.  I’m back to mostly mud puddles.  I’m doing some research with my new yard guy about what type of grass will work in my yard.  I would really like to get this fixed once and for all.  My yard is a good example of what happens when you don’t do your homework.  I’m learning about my options so I can take care of this once and for all.  Not only is it a cosmetic eyesore right now, but continued soil loss can lead to foundation problems.  I’ll keep you posted.  :)


Jun 5 2010

I rearranged my yard [day 10]

So I finally planted my Asian Jasmine (with my borrowed shovel) that I purchased before the challenge.  I had three empty containers, 2 in my backyard and 1 in the front, but the Asian Jasmine isn’t really made for container gardens.  It’s a ground cover that you can’t kill, because if you could, I would have already done it.  Now I can’t purchase plants, unless they grow food of some sort.  Instead of buying anything, I dug up some random Purple Heart plants and relocated them into the pots.

Now my yard doesn’t look like 1313 Mockingbird Lane anymore.  And, it cost me nothing.  Next year I hope to start a garden, maybe some small container gardens and grow some of my own food.  I now have spices growing in a pot in the backyard, not much, but it’s a start.  If you buy spices at Sprouts, they’re still in the dirt.  Slap it in a pot with more dirt and watch it grow.  I like spending $3.50 on food that keeps producing more food.  :)


Jun 3 2010

the challenge: day 8 [borrowing & community redefined]

I put the “community” plan into action yesterday.  I borrowed a small hand shovel from my neighbor instead of buying one.  Now I can plan my Asian Jasmine (which I bought almost two weeks ago) and clean up my yard.  I do plan to buy a few vegetable plants for some empty containers I have.  I have a small spice garden already, and guess what?  I haven’t killed anything yet!  And it’s not an imaginary garden!

If you would like to see another really awesome story about sharing and building community, read Ann’s comment to my day 3 & day 4 post.  AWESOME!

And Caron, thanks for letting me borrow your shovel.  Promise to have it back in a couple of days.  The nice thing about sharing with your neighbors?  We all know where everyone lives!  😉