August 30th, 2003

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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 Music
    Merry Ploughboy--The Tim Malloys--Wrecked
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Chunking

To make the job of planning my garden more manageable, I've decided to chunk it into smaller portions. The garden is L-shaped with the short leg of the L running East-West along the north side of my property. The long leg of the L, then, runs North-South along the east edge of my property. The southern-most chunk of the L will be tailored to attract and provide habitat for butterflies. This should also provide lots of varied flowers to see from the big picture window in our living room. The more north chunk of the long side of the L will be a short prairie, keeping Ericka's sight-lines to the corner open. The short leg of the L will be designed to attract and provide habitat for birds, particularly focusing on seed-producing plants for late autumn feeding.
  • Current Music
    Ballad of Eddie Klepp--Chuck Brodsky--The Baseball Ballads