Sunday, April 5, 2009

A little background

When we moved to Longview Ranch in 2007, the backyard was pretty much a wasteland: A perimeter chain link fence with off-white plastic vanes did nothing to enhance three neglected fruit trees and a couple of small corner planting beds. The house was surrounded by concrete. A tired grass lawn covered most of the backyard.

My heart sank when I saw the neat, two-foot-long row of Ortho products of every type in the garden shed. I knew we wouldn't be planting any food in that soil for years.

On the bright side, we had no investment in the existing layout. But circumstances and our own unreadiness meant we didn't start right in gardening, except the outdoor potted plants we'd brought and three big half barrels we planted tomatoes in that summer.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, wasteland pretty much describes it! Also blank canvas. You guys had to put in a lot of work, but at least you got to choose what plants you wanted and go at your own pace, which is kind of cool. Too bad about the fence, but it does look a millions times better in glossy black. If you get tired of bamboo, maybe you could try akebia like Megan/Nestmaker has covering her own fence issue.


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