Lisa's Blog

Working Hard

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Renovating the back yard is HARD, but it is so rewarding.  To the untrained eye, it may appear we still have a big mess out back, but I can see everything taking shape.

For those of you who don't know, my goal is a treed oasis in the back yard.  We've planted maple, sand cherries, lilacs (Darrell moved them from the front yard where he doesn't want them), a magnolia, russian olive, and a great hawthorne, to name a few.  Lots of shrubs, and limited flowers, though I did find some glory of the snow around the other side of the house, and have moved some to the back.

Much thanks to my friends at Shades of Green for the advice about replacing the 75 wheelbarrows full of weeds from the back hill with cotoneaster!  We now have a big pile of soil in the back and that will help us finish what needs finishing!

Comments (3)

The gnome is not only very cool, but it's a prize!

Anyway, thanks for the encouragement! The grass is coming along splendidly! I didn't want big sprawling lawn in the back, so I've carefully sowed in places only after I've planted anything else I want in the area. I really didn't believe that you needed a bunch of equipment to plant grass, so I just tried it on my own!

I haven't used any fertilizers, either. Just some good dirt, some compost, and lots of watering. I'm currently looking for barrels I can use to collect rainwater so I'm not using so much out of the tap!

Lisa replied to Tim | July 24, 2009 at 5:32 AM

Great to hear you on CBC Radio. I've happened to catch you a couple of times. I don't get the obsession with the Gnome, but I do enjoy listening to you talk about your success doing things the organic way. I am particularly interested in how your grass is coming along. I don't use chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides either, and I'm finding good success so far too. Keep up the good work!

Tim | July 22, 2009 at 2:17 PM

I'm trying to reach you.
I'm with CBC Radio.
What's your phone number?

Rachel Cave,
CBC Radio

rachel | July 21, 2009 at 11:22 AM
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