Thursday, May 01, 2014


It turns out that we have a bit of leftover compost, heh heh. We will use it to fill in the holes for the remaining four trees we will be planting, but there will still be a really large pile of wonderful dirt to use. Where to put it?
Our garage has been taken over with the empty bins that Dave bought for our move. We are willing to use these as planters along the back of the yard, for a shady garden. Hosta, bleeding hearts, celandine poppies, heuchera, maybe even more hydrangeas!
They are quite deep and will hold a lot of compost and are nice and neat. Most important: they are only about $9 each and imagine trying to find planters this size, at that price? Of course, they won't use up all the compost, so I may have to get a few more, maybe three, or six. That line of uniform shapes will look integrated once the plants take over. 
Adding to this is the fact that the back of our yard is a low spot and the rain water collects here and will be a problem if we don't find a solution. First we are filling the space with the clay and rocks from the tree holes that Dave is digging, and then using up the last of the mulch to cover that unsightly clay, and topping it with the bins, and voila, the end of the swamp.
The Dogwood is going in today.

And our hydrangea and hosta are going forward with vigor.

Tony approves of our planters too.
We found out that we are not allowed to have an above the ground pool for our fish pond. But I think we can have a contained water garden on our patio, maybe a small one anyway...


  1. We had a drainage problem in our backyard and had to dig a french drain which was a trench with a drain pipe that lead to the street and then the trench was filled with gravel and the turf was planed over it. Our house is on adobe.. Good luck.

  2. Melody, I used a container smaller than your enormous ones to store our "Emergency supplies" (we live in an earthquake prone country! :-(_ ) and after a year or so it disintegrated with the UV light, cracking and splitting and generally falling apart. I hope your containers last better!

  3. Yeah, I was going to say that those plastic containers will not last very long. In sunlight the plastic becomes brittle and cracks very easily. They won't last 6 months.

  4. Nice of Tony to help with watering. ;-)
    Sad you can't have your stock tank fish pond but a small one is fun too. Just the sound of a fountain and having fish is very relaxing. Y'all have done a lot of yard work. You need to take a day off and sew!

  5. So who is it that isn't allowing you to have an above ground fish tank? HOA? Grrrr..... so glad we don't have one of those!

  6. Anonymous8:42 PM

    If you had a pergola covered with vines, and a small fish pool with ornamental fountain under the pergola, you could adhere to the 'ornamental' concept. Just an idea.

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