My New Garden Plot, Part 2

I've proceeding as far as I can on the first plot, which is against my neighbor's house. I'm now trying to decide what I should do about my neighbor's run-off. They don't have gutters on my side, so the rain would fall directly onto some of my plants. You might notice all the dirt on their brick. That is from the rain splashing.

In the pictures, you might be able to see what I've planted. From back to front: Silver Lace Vine, Oakleaf Hydrangea, Boxleaf Euonymus, and a Purple Passion Nandina. The bed is lined with Silver Dragon Grass.

Garden Plot 1

Until I made some decisions, I've decided to move to the back yard. The basic plan is from 'Home Landscaping - Southeast Region' by Roger Holmes and Rita Buchanan - page 52. The only changes made to the plan are to replace the bedding plants with miniature roses.

Day One - Monday, May 13th, 2002

The first day consisted of marking the area to plant. A trough was made, so the boundaries were easily identified. Some digging took place, but not too much. Worked for about a hour.

Day Two - Wednesday, May 15th, 2002

It was too windy to go sailing, so it was time to dig up all the grass. The types of soil varied from packed clay, to sandy, back to packed clay. Apparently, the bricklayers leave quite a bit of sand behind. Worked about two hours.

Day Three - Thursday, May 16th, 2002

After working late, I drove to Shawnee to make some purchases. Zina, whom I work with, found me some GREAT buys. At Atwoods, she found the rain barrel I was looking for, at a great price. On the internet, with shipping, the barrel would cost over $70, she found it $27! I will need to add a mosquito net on the top. I'm using the barrel to collect rain water and to assist with run-off. The back yard floods every time it rains. The neighbor's house contributes to this problem.

Next, Zina found a K-Mart in Shawnee with the humus I wanted. It is Hyponex Organic Humus, for the price of $1.60. Plus, each bag has a rebate of .80 cents. I was buying Scott's 3-in-1 compost mix for $3.20 a bag. A huge savings in the long run. I'll probably add some old mulch to add some bulk.

Used Greek Pepper Barrel from Atwoods

Day Four - Friday, May 17th, 2002

The best laid plans of mice and men ....

Well, it rained last night and flooded my entire plot. Since it is mostly clay, I'm not sure how long it will take to dry. At least I plugged up the downspout, so it could have been worse. I took the day off to work in the garden, but I guess I will drive around looking for plants and ideas. I'm having a problem finding a smokebush that I like, and I'm not sure what evergreen I'm going to plant. Oh, well.

I couldn't wait for the water to evaporate, so I got a bucket and drained my little pond. Lots of work, but it needed to be done.

Day Five - Saturday, May 18th, 2002

I spent the majority of the day buying plants and soil amendments. With just a fork,  it took a while to get the soil ready. I also set-up the water-barrel, per instructions I found on the internet. If you want them, I will email them to you.

Day Six - Sunday, May 19th, 2002

Early in the morning, Ty came over and helped me install a lattice against my wall. It is for the climbing rose. Then, it was time to put in the plants. What do you think? The plants on the side will be purchased on put in on Monday night.

Day Seven - Monday, May 20th, 2002

All done. I bought plants that can be shaped for the side of the house. Since it won't be visited often, I thought adding some things with visual interest would be helpful.

I will put in the drip-sprinkler system in a couple of weeks. The plants probably need to be hand-watered for a while. Also, the lights will be added once I have a clear picture on how the whole yard will look. I only made a few changes. Didn't have room for the daylilies, and the side didn't end up as I had envisioned - but I still like it. 

The two things I will do next time is have a much clear vision of what plants go where, and buy enough soil amendments (humus, mulch, peat, etc). I made a large number of trips to TLC and Lowe's.

Day Eight - Wednesday, June 5th, 2002

Well, my neighbor to the west is moving. During his house inspection, they found termites. To treat termites, they are going to drill into the foundation. Of course, all my dirt is piled up against his house, so I have to move it. On Saturday, Ty and I will move it from my driveway




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