Sunday, March 18, 2012

Tackling the Front

For the past few weekends I've been spending a lot of time in the backyard, mostly just trying to clean things up.  This has resulted in numerous bags and tree limbs sitting in front of my house awaiting pick-up:

Yesterday, I spent a few more hours prepping the side veggie plot - adding some compost and manure and raking it all in - getting it all ready for these babies when they're big enough:

Today, I decided to tackle the front yard, which has been sadly neglected.

I think of the front yard as being divided into three areas, all of which came with the plants shown in the photos when we bought the house in July  2011.

The Front Lawn (with Ugly Tree):

The Front Left plot:

 The Front Right plot:

Today, I spent several hours raking and bagging old dead leaves from the front lawn and both plots.  Since the Front Left plot gets a lot of light, I decided to throw caution to the wind and plant some veggie seeds directly in the plot, around the existing plants.  I dug around in the soil, threw in some amendments, watered and planted some seeds: two types of lettuce, swiss chard, spinach, and carrots.  Who knows if anything will actually grow, but I figured it was worth a try.

Here is how it looked afterwards:

Location of Lettuce and Swiss Chard
Location of Carrots and Spinach
It's amazing how you can spend hours and hours working in the garden and afterwards you're like - hmmm, it doesn't look all that different from when I started.


  1. Looks like a lot of work to me! I think one of the most rewarding aspects of working in the garden is the knowledge of your own effort - who cares what anyone else from the curb can tell! I think the lettuce, chard and spinach will look good in the front beds, once they sprout it may have the neighbors hankering for a dinner invite!

    1. Thanks for the encouragement Brandon. I agree, there is a huge sense of satisfaction just from knowing how much work you've put into it. I tend to be a "results" person, so I have to learn to be patient and enjoy the process.

      Let's just hope the "neighbors" hankering for "dinner" are of the two leg and not the four leg variety.

  2. Ohhhhhhhhhh so envious of those bags of leaves! I never have enough for mulching and composting. Everything looks neat and tidy now!

  3. Robin - I still have some mounds of leaves in the back yard that I raked up a couple of weekends ago. Either I need to start a new compost bin or bag them up. I suppose I could use them for mulch too ...

    I've never had anyone envy me for my bags of leaves, so that's a first. lol.