The past few weeks have been busy! We have been tearing out plants in the patio that were old, dead, dying or just ratty looking to replace them with newer plants that we like more. We planted a bunch of fast growing morning glories around part of the perimeter just a week ago, and they are already about an inch tall. Yesterday we went to a local nursery that I fell in love with called City Farmer's Nursery. We picked up flowers and veggies and walked through their expansive selection of pre-grown plants. It was a green wonderland and I could have stayed forever.
So we have some plans. They have orange trees, lemon trees and grapefruit trees. I want to buy one of each, but they are $35 a piece so we're going to wait for now. They also sell chicks, and since they're coming to a certain age the lady at the counter told me they will be going on sale next week. I need to figure out where/how to raise chickens on our property, now that I know where to buy them. We also want some strawberries, but since our dogs like to eat our plants, we need to figure out the best place for those. Sometime this week we're going to be putting up the starts of planter boxes in our yard. The yard has been a work in progress for some time... and we are making some VISIBLE progress. Finally!!!
Before (from approx. 2 years ago)
The sun is a little harsh out there today so it changes the color of it slightly, but you'll see we removed a LOT of the old stuff. I suspect in the next few weeks it'll be looking green again. We still have a few more things to do. The basketball hoop needs to be mounted so we can get rid of that base, and once I am done using the table to germinate, we can put the umbrella back up. The leaves are going into a trash can that we can use to compost them, and then the dirt from the compost will either go back into the planter boxes here or in the garden that will be out front.
So, speaking of out front, our dogs have completely torn up our yard. You see, we had bermuda grass which has very shallow leaves.. and dog paws just rip those suckers right up. Instead of replanting the yard with grass, we're going to be putting in a garden. It will slowly be done over the week as right now I have some plants under a growing light to get them started early. Once the planter boxes are in, we will be buying some topsoil to fill, chicken wire to keep the dogs out, and then I will be
sewing sowing in my seeds. The plants under the growing lights will go out later, once they are ready. Once that is finished and the garden is planted and set, the front porch will be next. Fix up the lattice work that we have temporarily attached, strip down the 4X4's and repaint the porch. It is in desperate need. At that point, we'll come back inside and continue work there. It is the time of year for a garden, and I really wanted to get all of this done, so the inside work took a back-burner to that.
Next on the agenda for the living room is to fill in a window that no longer needs to be there, take down some paneling and (hopefully!) put in some more windows on either side of the fireplace. Once we get to the windows, we have to pause on the inside and do some outside work... because the siding on our house will be coming down and we will be re-stuccoing the outside. Robin assures me it won't be terribly expensive because the stucco isn't that bad on the whole, but it's going to take time and we can do it a little bit at a time. So we will pull down that section of siding and re-stucco (and maybe paint... we'll see) that section of the house, along with possibly the front of the house since we aren't making any real changes there. Once that's done, we'll be heading back inside again, to the room that will be Zachary's. We'll be tearing down a wall, building a closet, and again installing new windows. A little bit at a time though, the walls and closet will come first. Windows are expensive. And again, when it's time for the windows, it's time to head outside and take down that part of the siding and re-stucco that wall as well. Or actually, we have to build some wall. Zach's room is complicated.
But I'm getting way ahead of myself. One step at a time. Once all these little things are done, flooring will be laid throughout the house. I'm thinking wood floors. I love carpet, but I love wood. I'm pretty heavily leaning toward buying bundles of wood a little at a time, and finding a place to store them until we are ready.
Anyway, I'll be back next week with before/after pictures of our front yard with planter boxes! How exciting! It's nice to finally have some forward movement.