When we moved into our house there was a heavily cemented rock wall on a flower bed that ran most of the length of our yard. It was long and incredibly straight. In short, I loved the idea of having the flowerbed there, but I really didn’t like the look of it. With a small sledge hammer I took out the existing wall and knocked the cement from the rocks so I could reuse them.
Then I started adding some curve, marking the lawn with my shove before digging in. I sank some lawn edging where I wanted my rock wall and some heavy landscape fabric over that to keep anything from trying to grow…at least for the next ten to twenty years.
Then it snowed… Yay for spring in Alberta!!!
After the snow finally melted, I was able to add a few new plants, including a red climbing rose and some herbs. 🙂 I paid $20 for a tree removal company to drop four square yards of mulch in my driveway, which I have been putting between all my plants– I’m a huge fan of less weeding/low maintenance beauty!
Wait for it…
It’s still a work in progress, but after I figure out my color patters for each month (June was completely purple, so I should probably add something more), and give my roses another year to grow…I’ll have to come up with something else to do with my time.
I was raised on a farm, as was my husband. We both would love to live out in the middle of nowhere, with some land of our own (more than 20th of an acre), to raise our kids. Unfortunately, at this time, that really isn’t an option. At least, not if we want our kids to ever see their father! Still, I do want my kids to have some of the experiences farm kids enjoy. My neighbors probably shake their heads sometimes, but this is what we do:
- Let the kids run barefoot (in the yard). When we were growing up we had races across gravel, and even thistles to see who was the toughest. Sometimes we would step on something that cut our feet, but it was nothing that a good ten minute soak in warm salt water and a Tetanus shot couldn’t handle.
- Garden–to teach them how to weed, and dig, and not step on the beans! My parents gave us 10by10 garden spots when we were young. We got to plant them and take care of them and harvest them all by ourselves. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough space to do that in the middle of the city, but every little bit helps.
- Work outside. We try to have lots of family projects (this year we are removing tree stumps) including our garden, that allows our kids to get their hands dirty in a productive way.
- Get dirty. In the country you don’t have to worry about who sees you covered in mud because whose going to see you? Your closest neighbors are two miles up the road. (The important thing with this one is to plan enough time into the schedule to get cleaned up before you head on an outing). My kids are very fond of making mud pies…and I can’t blame them. 😉