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Good bye weedville, hello…unfinished patio

I’m mostly feeling better- my nose gets super stuffed at times, which makes it hard to breathe, and make me rather miserable, but for the most part I am back to normal.  Yesterday was cooler and overcast, so it made a good day to work in the garden.

It's still a bit messy.  I've filled those bins three times already since I began.  We've used at least 12 bags of stone, with more to come...

It’s still a bit messy. I’ve filled those bins three times already since I began, plus that paper walmart compost bag. We’ve used at least 12 bags of stone, with more to come…it really looks a mess, doesn’t it?  I still think it’s better than what it was.

The sad news is that many of my seedlings aren’t thriving.  My tomato plants are teeny tiny.  My peppers too.  My eggplants are tiny but they seem fine.  I lost my cucumbers, squash, and zucchini. My cucumbers look week.  I have to decide if I want to make the effort to get them in the ground, or just buy new plants.

Weedville is mostly gone now.  I pulled up just about everything but one small corner.  That corner has my strawberries (which I’m not sure if I want to continue to deal with- the plants themselves give these weird shaped, tiny strawberries.  They are tasty though…) cranberries and grass.  A few weeds, but I don’t mind pulling those.  I’m honestly considering leaving it mostly as is.  I left two smallish patches of mint, surrounded by cardboard and weed fabric (though I know that won’t contain it…) and hopefully soon stone.

At this point, the main things needing to be done are more stone, stones for the pond, and cinderblocks or edging stone for around the entire thing.  After that, plants for the pond and for decor.  I might have to drain the pond and start anew.  Guess I shouldn’t have rushed to that part of the project, but without the rocks to surround it, it looks terrible and gets dirty from the kids walking around it constantly, kicking dirt in just by moving.   I’m going to surround the area with sunflowers I think, for privacy, just for this summer.  Sadly, I’ve reached my budget for this week and next, so there’s nothing I can do at the moment.  I do have a huge pile of asphalt that I pulled up between the old beds, but that would look terrible.  I’m trying to find some free sources of stone and rock, but not having the best of luck.  Yes, I’ve been stealing rock from parks and if I could find someplace with access to a river bed/creek, I’d hit the jackpot.  Damn my lack of knowledge regarding this area!

This is the before.  Kind of.  It was taken before we bought the house.  I learned over the first year that the beds were never that clean unless I paid someone...

This is the before. Kind of. It was taken before we bought the house. I learned over the first year that the beds were never that clean unless I paid someone…

After that, or maybe before, I don’t know…finishing touches.  Solar lights, maybe some string lights for atmosphere…I still think it can look quite good once it’s finished.  For now, it looks rather mediocre, which makes me a bit sad, as John’s birthday party is this weekend and I had hoped to have it more finished than this.  I have all summer though.  I can do this!

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