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StephmoReviewing this Goal for 2010:

More to do this year.

The goal stays! 5 years ago

StephmoFile under "I also cleaned up space in the garage!"

So a long time ago, we got a table, umbrella and chairs for the back yard. A long, long time ago. Like YEARS. The chairs have been stored on the back porch for a while – the rest in the garage waiting to be assembled.

So the a few days ago, my intrepid self said, “self, you can follow instructions, why not try to put this sucker together?” After realizing that glass was heavy, I did manage to get everything lugged outside. When the first set of instructions said to put together the table on carpeting, the prospect of lugging the glass and table back inside made self go, “and grass will be just fine because I’m not lugging that crap back inside.” I even managed the flip-the-table-over step that was supposed to involve two people by myself. I was just extra careful.

Husband and I have actually eaten dinner twice outside now. It’s lovely. 5 years ago

StephmoMichigan Bulb!

Plants arrived today!

They’re all so tiny, but cute! We’re going to need to store them for at least two weeks, though. I never ever trust Ohio weather. It’s not a good thing.

We’ve made an adjustment on the layout of the Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden. Instead of sort of fencing in the birdhouse area, we’re going to rip out some rather dull shrub/bush things surrounding some trees directly across from the birdhouse area (across the way!). In the space left, we’re going to plant the garden. I’ll post photos later – but it will mean that when we look at our neighbors back yard, we’ll have the birdhouse area at the top and the Hummingbird/Butterfly Garden at the back. He has a row of nice hedges so it will be sort of garden-homey.

It makes sense in my head.

With Michigan Bulb, the plants are tiny, so our garden won’t look like much this year, but next year it will be great! 5 years ago

StephmoGreat Notice from Michigan Bulb today!

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So these should be here soon. Of course, that does mean work! But the good kind. A wonderful first day of spring notice. 5 years ago

StephmoGoing to Order from Michigan Bulb on Monday

We have a credit from them for a plant that died (they actually do mean their guarantee!), so we’re going to use it and another coupon we got from the catalog. They have two fantastic collections that we think will go nicely in the back.

Over by the birdhouse area, we’re going to put in their Butterfly/Hummingbird Garden to augment what we’ve already got going on. It will also kind of put a nice soft wall over by that area. It should make the back porch a little bit more private as well. ;)

We also have a row of evergreens that the old owners planted for privacy from the road. We like it, but they’re just GREEN. And plain, but nothing really grows on them because of the shade – so we’re going for the shade garden to get something a little bit nicer than dead pine needles. 5 years ago

StephmoYes, it's winter, but some more preparing...

I picked up two books from the library today.

Jerry Baker’s Green Grass Magic: Tips, Tricks, and Tonics for Growing the Toe-Ticklinest Turf in Town!


The Best Birdhouses for Your Backyard

I know it’s really not to early to start thinking about the lawn. We’ve had some rough spots in the lawn over the last few years and we need to sort it out. Now, I’m not going to go crazy and hire a lawn service OR pay hundreds of dollars during the summer just to water the sucker. But I would like things to look a little better.

Plus, I want the side yard to look nicer for Bocce Ball. I already have TWO sets and I love the game. So having a nice lawn on the side for bocce is part of the plan in addition to the herb garden!

I already have a bird feeder (okay 2 – and a squirrel corn feeder I made), and I’d like to look into some more bird-type stuff if at all possible. I’m only “meh” on this with the bat house goal, but I figured it couldn’t hurt to look through the books. 6 years ago

StephmoAn Herb Garden

This is on the list for next year as a “definite.”

We have an area behind a brick patio and the grill pit that is currently a mix of awful bushes and rather bland dirt. Exciting, no?

What we’re looking to do is convert this over to an herb garden. We will have a decent area once we rip out the bushes and we can always go a bit around the porch. For the most part, this won’t cost a ton of cash, just the labor, so that’s good news. By all accounts, a few bags of manure, some topsoil and some bricks. Oh, and seeds.

At this point, I’ve been playing with wish-lists on the herbs. So far, I know I want basil and cilantro for sure (cilantro stems have become quite the obsession to cook with this year). Mint is another one that’s looking good…outside of that, I want to make sure that I’m looking at herbs that are easy to grow and will be used regularly. 6 years ago

StephmoThere's a lot to be done, and I have notes!

With the garden coming to an end and looking around the backyard in general, we could stand to do a lot more with it. We brought in more topsoil for the garden this year and fought a losing battle with new grass.

Over the winter, I’d like to come up with a game-plan that will improve the overall look and feel of the backyard. I’d also like to do it on the cheap. Between things I already have and building skills that husband and I both possess, there’s no reason we can’t make the back yard really nice.

The photo makes the yard seem a lot bigger than it is…kind of. But there are some key elements out there that we need to address. There’s the built-in grill pit that we need to finish the brick front on. There’s a swing that we got cheap and never took care of – now it’s moldy and disgusting and needs to go away. There’s a tangle of bushes that can stand to be torn out to make room in the back corner (plus our neighbors might think we take care of the joint every so often). 6 years ago


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