Thursday, April 10, 2014

yard work, cut a tree down & built more raised planting beds

Feels good to be outside again! Ground is still a bit of a mucky mess and all my damn boots have holes from stepping on nails and such, so i've been working with wet feet all week, not the most comfortable thing. Ya I stepped on a whole bunch of nails during the process of cleaning up the old garage that burnt down many a year ago on the side of the house, luckily not many hurt my foot too bad but they did a number on all my work boots. Ordered some new boots last night so looking forward to them.
So ya this weeks almost over, they just fly by, and most of the work I've done has been landscape related, I did put some siding up on the front of the house, the left side, had to get the edge trim board stripped & primed then re-installed, just have a little more to do up there then i'll take a pic of that.
Got the chain saw goin and cut down yet another oak, I wanted to build some raised bed planting boxes for along the back corner of the property and this one tree blocks alot of sun to that area so down it came. I think the core of the tree was still frozen because it was pretty tough to cut through once I got a few inches in. And like a dummy I built one of raised beds before cutting the tree down and of course the tree fell on the corner of it and nailed it in the ground about a half a foot, I had already leveled it, filled in with dirt and filled in the support post holes with gravel, so the tree hitting it screwed it up level wise, couldn't quite get it re-leveled but its close. Surprisingly the tree didn't break the box though so that was good.

The Tree

A view of the backyard from the driveway, ya half the driveway is full of my building supplies 
and some junk I have to burn. God I love the wooded area i'm surrounded by!

Rock lined raised bed along the driveway and wood raised beds, that rock bed is full of plants, one wood bed is full of strawberries and the other potted plants waiting for a permanent home.

The two new raised beds and some piles of wood from the tree

 The two new beds, one day i'd like to grow alot of veges, but for now i'll be using these to grow a ton of zinnias, ya I like flowers ok, I enjoy growing things, its pretty cool what comes from a tiny seed and I like making the yard look nice, and trying to earn some brownie points with the wife by bringing home some flowers! I'll probably build one more box in this line, theres a few other flowers i'd like to try and grow so I need one as a testing area. All of the boxes i've built so far have been with deck boards I got for free off of craigslist, and free 4x4 cut offs from the dump. Love making useful things from free materials! 
These new beds are big, 6'x8', the others I built last year to the side of the driveway are 4'x8'.

No comments:

Post a Comment