Over the last several years, my yard has been ignored. This is mostly due to health issues—Lyme disease and the Hashimoto’s and a bazillion food sensitivities left me too sick to do much in the way of gardening, so everything is overgrown.
Thanks to a wonderful naturopathic physician, I am now (drum roll) all healthy and filled with energy and enthusiasm. So what am I doing?
Reclaiming the yard! 😀
First, Jim and I replaced the retaining wall.
The new wall is way safer to walk on than the old one. 🙂
I celebrated by putting fresh dirt in the planter and tossing in some portulaca seeds. There were marigolds, too, but the woodchuck ate those.
So I stole bricks from the adjacent walkway, scrounged some from friends, and now I only need maybe six more. So yay!
Next, of course, I had to resurrect the planters alongside the walkway. I’ve been planting all sorts of stuff there only to have it eaten by woodchucks, so I bought a bunch of plants on sale at Walmart (who can say no to $9 blueberry bushes?).
I lined them all up along the driveway. Why? I wanted to see what the deer and woodchucks ate and what they ignored.
Somebody ate all the blooms off the phlox, which is fine by me since I planned to chop them all off anyway. I assume they’ve been sprayed with something harmful to hummingbirds and butterflies and bees, so they were destined for some enthusiastic pruning. (Yup – I took all the blooms off all the plants. Next year.)
Then I ordered eight yards of bark mulch. It wasn’t as huge a pile as I’d hoped.
The last few days have been spent weeding and bark mulching and planting the new plants in the empty spaces that have a way of showing up once I’ve pulled out the weeds. Everything is in the ground except for the blueberry bushes, and I hope to get those done this evening. Tomorrow at the latest.
So far, so good. 😀
It’s a start. I still have another seven planter areas to reclaim. But I will take back my yard! I may even sweep the excess sand off the bricks someday. And paint the house. So there. 😀