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August 30th, 2003

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12:50 am - Weekend plans
Was awake and active at the same time as Ericka for a few hours today so I took the hose from out back and laid out the area where I'm planning to to the prairie garden in the front yard so that she could have a look at the shape of things. She was concerned, for example, that she be able to keep a good sight line to the corner where the school bus drops off neighborhood kids.

She was initially amazed at how bit an area I was planning (I'd circled an area about 30 feet by 10 feet) but then suggested expanding it from the oval that paralleled the house to include a curve past the rose bush that currently has a prominent place in the front yard. Works for me as that just means there's that much less lawn to mow as far as I'm concerned.

That also means I'll end up with a bit of an L-shaped garden with two areas where I can put some taller plants as focus points. The corner of the L will correspond with the corner of our lot and Ericka's sight line to the bus corner.

So I'm thinking of renting a rototiller this weekend (or next if one's not available) to cultivate the area and cover it to prepare for spring planting. The digging up of the south side of the house by hand was quite enough, thanks and this'll be an area a bit bigger and it'll all be sod. I'm going for mechanical assistance; call me a wimp if you like.

Once I figure out if that'll be possible or not, I'll see if I can squeeze in a visit to the local native-plant nursery. Maybe visit the nursery on Saturday and cultivate on Sunday.

Since we're slow here at work (as is typical on Fridays) I think I'll take the opportunity to whip up some graph paper and maybe do some draft designs. If I come up with something interesting, I'll see about doing an electronic version and posting it.
Current Mood: creativecreative
Current Music: Merry Ploughboy--The Tim Malloys--Wrecked

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Date:August 30th, 2003 12:04 am (UTC)

How does your garden grow

Post it! I wish I had a gardener. I just have no interest in maintaining a yard.
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Date:August 30th, 2003 01:22 am (UTC)

Re: How does your garden grow

Low maintenance is one of my driving factors for this project. It'll be a lot of work for the first couple of years, but once the plants get established, the only maintenance will be mowing or burning a chunk of it off each spring and light watering if we get a particularly mean dry spell.

Digging into the design project, I can see the value of a landscape architect. All these plants to choose from! And each with different heights, colors, bloom times! It'll be a bit of work to come up with something that I'll like, I think.

I should, however, have all winter to work on it in order to be ready for planting in the spring. So don't hold your breath. :)
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Date:August 30th, 2003 04:47 am (UTC)
I have a small cantankerous (runs fine once it starts, but it's hard to get started) rototiller you could borrow if you want to try it.
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Date:August 30th, 2003 05:15 am (UTC)

Prairie Gardner extradinaire

You go, Peter. I applaud all your work & plans. You are so wise to choose local flora. And if you think the rototiller is for whimps, then you've never run one of those beasts. My Dad used to say it was like digging with an alligator in each hand.
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Date:August 30th, 2003 06:24 am (UTC)

Re: Prairie Gardner extradinaire

The tillers I have experience with are the rear-tine models that one basically walks along side of and lets them to the work. The front-time models, yeah, those are bears to control!

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