Back To Gardening

All of my gardening plans were put on hold. My wife’s grandpa passed away. We had to take a trip to attend the funeral. He had a long life with many friends and a large family. He lived well.


Now my attention is turned back towards our garden and our backyard overhaul. My seedlings made it through the two nights of freezing temperatures, thanks to the leaves and plastic with which I covered them. My boys were so excited to uncover them and see how the seedlings are doing. This week we finally will get around to planting the other 4’x4′ square. We’ll also begin work on the treehouse and plant several decorative plants my wife got for the patio and yard. Nearby our neighborhood is a place that is offering decent dirt by the car/truck load for free. We may pick up some of that this weekend to build up part of our yard for more planting.


I have decided to extend my planting to around the side of our house. I am going to build a long planter box to line the fence beside our side walkway. In there I’ll be planting a variety of herbs, both medicinal and culinary. The area gets good noon and afternoon sun; I think they’ll do fine there.


Having seen the pooling from the rain a few days ago, I think I will be leveling portions of our backyard. I plan on using the post and string method to measure for level across different points of the yard and then to build up the ground until I get a more uniform surface (leaving a mild slope to keep the water from running towards the house.