Monday, March 8, 2010

WIP: Front Yard

Here are the "After" shots. I'd rather start with the good stuff, wouldn't you??

This is the result of...4 Saturdays of work? We had four extra hands and 3 extra wheel barrows on Saturday- we made some progress!

My civil engineer brother kept harrumphing and shaking his head and grunting "This is SO illegal. Should have a blah blah grade, and blah foot of drop for every blah feet" and all I heard is "illegal" and I SO want this project to finish! Granted, it's only going to be that steep for another few days until we get out there again on Saturday. I'm calling rock guys this week to build the retaining wall- we've gone as far towards the house as we intend to.

We'll move more to the right- there will be a change in the slope, and a partial retaining wall at the corner. I'll dig up all the daffodils and move them when the time comes- for now I'm just enjoying their blooms and grateful they're easy to move! I KNOW it's just $20 worth of bulbs, but...they're alive! And I love them! Anything that blooms in Spring is my FBF (flowery best friend.)

Ah, this is where we were before the extra help on Saturday- Wonder Daddy finished clearing out all the grass, so we could see where to dig to.

I never realized HOW MUCH dirt there was to move until I saw the cliff we made on Saturday. This little slope doesn't look so bad! :)

And yes- this is going to be gardening/landscaped veggies. Tomatoes, peppers, cool season veggies, summer squash, melons, beans...I have pumpking seeds, but knowing that a SINGLE pumpkin vine can take up 5 feet of space, SQUARED...well, I don't know that we'll be growing any pumpkins this year. Sad, because I love pumpkin bread. I love zucchini and summer squash more though, so I'm hoping those do well!
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Aunt LoLo said...

Soooo...the CURRENT state of the yard is illegal? You've created the Cliffs of Insanity! (Great job moving all that dirt!!!)

Ticia said...

You know I remember my Mom making zucchini bread when I was a kid. I wonder if I'd like it now.....

Bobbi Lewin said...

oh that looks so exciting! I can't wait to start digging in the garden!

Alexandra said...

That's back breaking work! We did just a smidgen of this today, and my back is killing me. I know it will look great, and I'm praying for a productive season for you.

Elizabeth G. said...

I love your daffodils and am so happy that you aren't killing them. I am looking forward to seeing your new veggie bed planted. I will be tilling our plot later in the month as it warms up. Need to trim apple tree, too.

Wow, this is a really big job you are doing. You are fortunate that your father and brother are helping. They must be wonderful.

I like your buildabear. It's adorable.

Hey, could you send me your quinoa recipe? I'll link back to you if you do. I just bought some, totally based upon your review. :)


Teresa said...

Holy Cow... so much work! But it looking good. It will be exciting to see how you garden comes along.