Monday, September 14, 2015

new house projects

we noticed that we could easily and clearly see people walking on the street behind our house. so we walked out there and could see right into our living room and bedroom windows. the usual fix for more privacy is lattice extending the height of the fence. the usual premade lattice sections are one foot tall. we needed to add two feet.



these are custom made lattice extensions two feet tall. the lattice fits into a groove cut into the two by four frames. the fence is old and slightly wobbly. a couple of posts are shaky at the bottom. so there is a lot of reinforcing hidden on the backside. we now have a bit more privacy.

the yard  is nicely landscaped for low maintenance. and is boring. the dirt may have been fine many years ago when this are was grassland but that was scraped bare to build houses and the dirt has settled into hard clay. a neighbor warned us that shrubs and turf may grow decently but flowers and vegetables require better soil. we decided to go for raised beds filled with good dirt. i built a three foot by six foot box and got a half yard of compost with goat manure, which filled the box and left some for flowers somewhere.




in a modified sheet composting move we put down heavy cardboard, put the box there and filled it with good dirt. we have to do some travelling next week for family stuff so we will plant some starts when we return. the long term plan has many more boxes like this and the removal of the boundary at the edge of the sod.




18 comments:

  1. Will enjoy seeing how your outdoor space evolves. Great tree on the other side of the lattice.

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    1. nice pine of some sort. its lower branches provide a bit of privacy too

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  2. Ya, will be looking to you guys for inspiration for our back forty. It needs to be low maintenance, too.

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    1. well now, i think we will be moving toward more maintenance. watering, weeding, harvesting, etc

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  3. Why the cardboard? What if the roots need to go beyond that depth?

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    1. the cardboard is to suppress the turf i didn't remove.

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  4. A few years ago, I really anticipated working in a garden when I retired. Now, as retirement comes closer and closer, and my existing garden is completely abandoned and the some of the weeds are literally 7 feet tall, I am so glad that the covenants at our retirement house in the arid foothills of the Rockies outside of Fort Collins completely prohibit any outdoor water use whatsoever--including gardens.

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    1. that's interesting. i guess a rock garden will have to do

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  5. Nice fix with the lattice and raised beds are the way to go. My land is all clay and rocks but the raised beds work perfectly here. Enjoy your gardening.

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  6. Good improvements! Based on previous gardens, it wouldn't surprise me to see more raised beds next season. The lattice looks good.

    Hope the family trip goes well.

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    1. it is a familiar trip. this will be the 4th time this year. we will have more beds before winter.

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  7. I'll echo that the lattice looks great. As for the raised garden, people I know who have them, swear by them. I'm looking forward to having enough sun for the first time in my life to garden.
    The best part about your gardens (for those of us on the other side of the continent) is the photos of the harvest and the recipes. It's been too long without veggie photos and recipes on this blog! :-)

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    1. yay for sun exposure! we can both share veggie photos

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  8. I'm glad you took some "before" photos of the yard. Now I can look forward to the "after" photos. I know they will be exciting! I like raised beds about the best. This year, I decided to turn the regular vegetable garden into just a garlic garden (my big experiment), and will build raised beds for whatever I grow in the way of vegetables next year. I like that better. Easier on my back and I find that I make a lot more efficient use of the space.

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    1. i did notice that you have a rather wide variety of garlic. hope it all grows luxuriantly.

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  9. That is going to be great to have at your home. We set up a little garden at our place. The nice thing about our city is that it is in a really moderate climate so you can really grow things the whole year round. We always have fresh tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, carrots, onions, zucchini, corn and so much more.

    Julia Stewart @ Daytona Buyers Agent

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  10. If you are going to be buying a house and don't have a realtor yet, I suggest that you spend some time looking online in community forums or groups like Facebook to narrow the search. People love talking in depth about the experiences they had with their realtor, and this makes it easy for you to simply narrow down the field.

    Margaret @ Boston North Shore Real Estate

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