We have been working on a number of projects over the last few weekends.
Most of the projects have been outside ones, but I am really close to finishing a couple inside ones too!
So far March has been spent planning out our vegetable garden, prepping our front garden bed, rearranging our current landscaping, relentlessly attempting to plant grass,
and preparing our new patio and pergola area.
We have spent A LOT of time getting a portion of our back yard, just over 2,000 sq feet, re-tilled, fertilized, seeded, and covered with hay. Since then it has been nothing but watering and praying everyday. We really hope we don’t have 5 more months of baked clay, or mud, depending on the weather!
Another finished project was relocating the horribly invasive Monkey Grass growing without purpose in our front garden to the length of our fence. Once it gets established, it should dress up the side yard and help prevent any erosion. Right now the surrounding fescue grass is so long that the Monkey Grass barely stands out, but some mulch will help define the space… it’s on the to-do list.
We did get about 1.5 cubic yards of mulch last weekend, but instead of along our fence, it was utilized in two other much needed areas: the front garden bed and around our trees. Now these spaces look fresh and neat. We get so much shade in this North facing garden, that I couldn’t help but get some beautiful Hostas to brighten up the area. I don’t really know why, but I LOVE Hostas. I think they remind me of New York and New England landscaping. Maybe it is a way to bring a bit of that to my new home here in the South. The “Patriot” variety is a real favorite with the lovely contrasting white edges and vivid green leaves.
This weekend was spent leveling approximately 180 sq feet of lawn around
our current (10×8 ft) cement patio and laying the first inch of gravel.
We still have 2 more inches of gravel to lay, another 1 inch of sand,
and then will begin creating our paver patio.
After the next 2 inches of gravel we will take a break from the patio for a couple weekends and begin constructing our pergola. We have priced out our materials and created our building design…
most importantly we have written to our HOA to get approval.
(Fingers crossed for approval so that we don’t have to build it despite a rejection! haha)
Next weekend our goals are to:
1.) Set our corner pergola posts
3.) Form our tomato cages made from cattle fence panels
4.) Erect our garden trellis for climbing squash, beans,etc.
5) Complete the refinishing of my China Hutch (already so close)