The landscaping in the front of my house is finally finished. It was about a year ago that I started tearing out the grass in front of my house. I wanted a low maintenance yard, so I put in rocks and wood chips. Recently my dad hired a landscape architecture to do some work on his house, and he ended up doing work on my house too. Originally I wanted him to just create a concrete path, but he kept insisting on doing the entire yard.
Overall I was pretty impressed with his work. For the path he did a faux stone walkway, bordered by two planter boxes.
Then he did some concrete work on the driveway and the existing path, doing it in sort of a flag stone style. I was pretty happy with it. When I did the work, it was low maintenance. Now it’s low maintenance and it looks pretty decent too. Since all the work was done, I just spent the weekend doing some random finishing touches. I installed some path lights and some flood lights.
While shopping for lights, I found these little guys. They’re solar powered, so their shells light up at night. Quite cool.
Since there’s a bunch of patio space in the front yard now, I decided to add a few more planter boxes. I’m a big fan of these whiskey/wine barrel planters. I kind of like the idea of being able to walk outside into my little garden to pick herbs for cooking. So in this planter I planted some perennial herbs– sage, spearmint and dill.
In another planter I planted some perennial strawberries. I didn’t know there was such a thing. I thought strawberries were annuals. We’ll see how they turn out.
Lately I’ve been trying to eat more fruits and vegetables so I’ve been throwing away more organic waste. I decided to start a compost pile, so I bought some manure from Ace. Buying manure is kind of weird– if you ask me, it’s kind of a crappy use of money.
I remember as a kid my dad would do a lot of gardening. But my dad was cheap. He would never buy manure or fertilizer. Instead he would drive the truck to the park and we would shovel a bunch of organic matter into the back of the truck. One time we got caught, and the policeman stood there and watched while we shoveled all of it back to the park. I was so embarrassed.
Things I’m thankful for:
- Landscape architects, and my parents, who paid for the landscape architect
- The sun, which powers all my lights and makes all my plants grow
- 1 Cor 3:6-7, something I’ve been thinking about lately