The girls have been working hard, while I watch, look and plan. I’m not a gardener, but I love looking at it, planning things I’d like to see and showing it off to my friends, who know me well!
Those friends know it is a chore for me to stop what I’m doing and water the pretties that adorn the ground in front of the brick. They know that I’d much rather pay someone else to make it so. Don’t laugh… I would much rather be planning a booth at the fair and gathering help to run it. But at the end of the day, I want to sit with my love in the “garden” and relax while the fur babies run and play.
So, as you can see, there’s a little progress on this day.
After removing the overgrown and ugly, the “girls” cleaned and cleaned to remove roots, grass and amazing finds (old bottle opener). They named all the critters that scampered out. PRINCE CHARLES is a lizard and Queenie is a butterfly. DAMMIT is a sweat bee, and I forgot the King Snakes’ name. Before laying the black “plastic”, as I called it, we took a day and Ronnie (our token man on the job) sprayed for weeds and whatever. That’s ALWAYS his job at this house. Now we are ready for the plastic. Of course, it has a name! Vigoro Weed Barrier Landscape Cloth. I chose it because it let the water through. I don’t want to be wasting my time watering plastic! I picked it up during one of my many trips to Home Depot to plan this project. It took 90 feet and then I bought another roll to do a smaller area in the yard, you’ll see later.
Next, they added the black lava rock. I couldn’t believe how inexpensive it was and since our roof is black and some of the brick is charcoal, it makes a nice visual contrast. I hope there’s not an obvious negative reason the cost is low. If there is… I missed it. So, for now, I’m good with it. I hope the sharp edges will deter the critters from digging up prized goodies.
I bought the lava rock at Lowes. The salesperson kept trying to sell me on the red because our dirt is redish and may stay neater and brighter, but I still love the black. I looked at river rock, white rocks, egg rocks, mulch, and more mulch! Who knew there were so many choices. The black lava rock was around $5 per bag and we have now cleaned out their inventory and are patiently waiting for more to arrive. It’s lightweight, so it’s not a problem for our handy strong girl to move it from the truck to the garden. In fact, she took care of that little chore before we even knew it!
I took off plant-shopping and found some lovely boxwoods at our local Hudnall’s Nursery in Pittsburg. Steve and Sherry are the nicest people and Steve is full of great advice. We ended up with dwarf crepe myrtles, something purple-ish and the boxwoods. They’ve been in the ground almost a month and they are doing fabulous! He suggested we use Landscapers Fill instead of peat moss, for the nutrition. I think it was a great suggestion, and again very affordable.
Next… the septic pipe. Yes, we live in the country and there has to be a clean out spout. Of course, we weren’t at home when this happened, or it wouldn’t be in the middle of the yard! So, the delimma is how to hide it, but still have access. We had the 16×8 cinder blocks, so down went the plastic and round went the block. You’ll soon see the end and the change of this project.
We only have a couple hours a day to devote to this, as everyone has another job… except me! I have a side gig with Avon. It’s my Plan C. I stay busy, helping others reach their dreams, whether it’s their skin care dreams or their earning dreams. It makes me feel good to help, and it’s inside, where it’s clean.
I’m still looking for ideas to dress up the septic clean out spout, so if you have any, just post them below. Diana wants to build a gnome out of clay pots. It could be portable, but could we easily mow around it?
So, for now… the breezes are slowing as the evening comes. I’ll be lighting the keva soon and we’ll have a toddy in our garden. Everyday brings us closer to the goal. Each day we invest in it and each day it grows more comfortable. The Girl Project is coming along nicely.