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So we bought this house and I have been itching to plant flowers and a garden. The issue is they the previous owners had decided to go with a low maintenance landscape.... which meant lots of bushes and lots of juniper ground cover. This did not leave lots of room for flowers. Josh being the wonderful addiction habit supporting man that he was bought me some hedge clippers, pruning shears and a spade. Today I got to work. It's cold and wet out here and it's been raining most of the week. Our lawn desperately needs mowed. But since that wasn't going to happen I gathered my implements of destruction and proceeded to attempt the bushes.

One of the worst landscaping features (and considering how much juniper is about that's saying something) was this lovely red bush. It was about 3 foot tall with tiny yellow flowers budding and thorns as big as my thumbnail. And it was planted directly in front of the water tap. Yeah, it had to go. I pruned it down to a few inches from the roots. Then Tazzy and Patrick showed up and pitched in on my attempts to eradicate the juniper. We pulled a juniper bush out that was covering a good 2-3 square yard area. Tazzy played mad barber on one of the hedges and after about an hour we had a stack of greenery about knee high.

Josh came home at the tail end of this and I persuaded him that we should head to Lowes. We now have a gorgeous "wrought iron" hose stand that is sunk into the ground by the tap, a "wrought iron" trellis with a sun face in it that is planted near the garage awaiting the 2 blackberry vines I just bought. If they are successful we plan to plant more by the garage right now. I also have seeds for carrots, lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, pumpkins, beans, and peas.... I think I got them all. I'll get flowers soon but the veggie area was cleared already. Although I need marigolds... and Josh got peppers and I'm getting strawberry baskets and tomato plants soon. And hopefully going to do a vertical herb garden now that the space is cleared. I think I need more dirt.

Date: 2009-04-22 01:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladynero.livejournal.com
*giggles* and my arms ache from playing the mad barber....

Date: 2009-04-22 03:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] secoia.livejournal.com
I have potting mix for hanging baskets, you are welcome to it. I started seeds for spinach, basil, cilantro, rosemary, oregano, tomato and a pretty blue flower called bachelor button. Have more of said seeds for your vertical experimentation.

Would like to add chives, lavender and some variety of mint.

Date: 2009-04-22 10:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gypsymila.livejournal.com
I'd keep an eye on the red bush- you may need some kind of poison to paint on it. I have this wild "rose" bush in my front yard that's come back from an inch above the ground, and it comes back heartier than before.

Date: 2009-04-22 02:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jayene.livejournal.com
Well I'm going to dig out the stump right now and hopefully that will work. :-) If not that's what weeding is for. Since I want to plant veggies in the area I'd rather not use a poison right now.

Date: 2009-04-22 02:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sissalem.livejournal.com
You know, now that I think about it, I don't think I'm not allowed to have a garden here - I just don't have any of the gardening tools I used to anymore... W could possibly do a combined garden... more fruit and veggies that way ;)

Date: 2009-04-22 02:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jayene.livejournal.com
heh sure. Bring them over. We could probably store the tools here for you if you want, just mark them so they don't get mixed up.

Date: 2009-04-22 10:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sissalem.livejournal.com
Umm... I don't have them anymore.. That's what I was saying. But if you need extra garden space, I should have that.


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