Archive for the ‘Save the Earth’ Category
Where Is The Pond?
What I should ask is, “Where should it be?” I have a few plastic ‘ponds’, but I don’t know where to put them. At this point, I’m thinking I’ll try to incorporate them into my ‘enchanted forest’ somehow. I just don’t know how or where to set it up.
Fish and Flowers
Pond plants produce some of the most beautiful flowers. And, a well-kept pond can be home to fish, too. I want both. I just need to figure out where to place the pond, and how to pump the water. (My preference is to use a solar-powered pump.) Do you have any suggestions?
I’ve lived in this house for several years now, and I’ve toyed with the idea of building a privacy fence. I had a privacy fence around my little back yard in Tulsa, and I loved it. It kept me out of my neighbors’ business, and it kept them out of mine. I could lie in my hammock any time of the day or night. I could mow on my schedule and not on my neighbors’ schedules. My animals could be outside with me and have the run of the yard without anyone complaining.
Growing a Fence
In Tulsa, the fence already surrounded the yard when I moved in. Here, my yard was surrounded by a chain link fence. I told myself it would be rude to move in and immediately build a tall, wooden fence. So, I did nothing. But, I still love the idea of having my own private space that’s just for me and not for people in ten other houses and two or three streets. I still kind of feel like it would be unneighborly for me to put up a big wooden fence. But, for some reason, I don’t feel like there is anything wrong with growing a fence!
The Beginning of a Screen
I’ve cropped a photo of the trees, because the ones in the middle also included the house next door. Obviously, my living fence idea is in the early stages. I can still see people next door, and next to them, and the next street. But, the little trees I (so unkindly) ripped out of the ground on the fruitful side of my yard are doing a good job of at least pretending to be a living fence.
Early Days in the Enchanted Forest
This photo was from the end of July. I had already pulled these little trees out of the ground on one side of my yard, all volunteers, and transplanted them to the lower side of my yard. It did not occur to me that they might not live through days with high temperatures in the upper 90sF, but they did (7 of 9 lived).
This little section of the yard went from being grass, to having three blueberry bushes mulched in 4′x4′ frames, to having a row of little shrub starts to grow a hedge, to having nine trees. That’s when it was dubbed “The Enchanted Forest”. By mid-August, the grass you see in this photo was covered by wood chips as the forest grew.
The Beginning of the Enchanted Forest
Back in the spring, I planted three blueberry bushes. I placed a 4′x4′ frame around each one. Then, I mulched inside the frames and put down wood chips outside the frames. Sometime after the middle of June, maybe closer to July, I decided to create a hedge by transplanting the little volunteer shrub trees that were growing on the other side of my yard. Here’s how they looked, all in a row.
Blue Chair, Yellow Chair
This is a garden in progress. The garden area did not exist in mid-July, except for the bushes in the box frames. The photo was taken in mid-August. The chairs face a green back yard, with pear and cherry trees, and a butterfly bush, surrounded by a fence of trees. Mmmmmm.
Learning From Crabgrass
As annoying and time-consuming as it is, crabgrass still teaches by example. Think of how tenacious it is. It is determined to live, and it takes a stand wherever it goes grows.
Growing Through A Log
I’ve been trying to clear out some crabgrass recently. I didn’t think to take a photo of the crabgrass growing under the bark and pushing the bark off of this log. But, look at this! This grass has grown through a hole in one end of the log, and it’s growing out of a hole in the other end. Now, that’s resourceful! Wow!
Catnip Onions Pear Cherry Butterfly
It’s like a class portrait in my back yard. The catnip is in the foreground, too close to the camera and blurry. The onions are right behind to the right and left. On the back row, you can see the pear tree, cherry tree, and butterfly bush.
Three Birds in the Catnip
My tiny catnip plant, planted last spring, has gone wild. It is now taller than I am, and much wider, too. The bees love it. Sometimes there are 20 bees buzzing around, moving from flower to flower. On this particular morning, the birds enjoyed it, too.