|Why is the right pot flower better?|
I have encountered the possibility of snakes, poison oak and poison ivy in the backyard. A snake-looking parasite is growing along a branch and I clipped it several places but it isn't seeming to die.
|Parasite on branch|
Hubby doesn't want his wife to mow lawns and wonderfully a volunteer Wayne has come forward to mow our lawns for free when he is in the neighborhood mowing someone else's yard for pay. I am so appreciative and have found myself cutting branches so his mowing will be easier.
|What I did backing up the gas guzzler|
Wayne also repaired the fence gate that I had backed into and put in a gate to our neighbor's back yard so that Kenny can easily come to our house from where he lives. Thanks ever so much Wayne! It takes a village to be an Alzheimer's caregiver!
I just asked and a thoughtful friend of a backyard neighbor, Angel, burned the trash pile and it is slowly being converted into regular grass in the back yard. Burn piles will be a thing of the past as I am putting yard banches and clippings out by the curb on Saturdays and one really needs a permit to burn in the country I am told.
|Grass growing on old burn pile|
I made a list for our outdoors of
what I can do and have started:
1. Put clippings by the street to be picked up on several Saturdays.
2. Weed by the backyard deck.
|Old shower stool helps me sit to weed.|
4. Go to Fabric Warehouse to get ideas for uphostery of 4 outdoor chairs used on the deck. They will need to be sprayed black again.
5. Straighten up the potting area and get realistic about my gardening capabilities. Get rid of those extra pots--almost like keeping magazines or fabric I never will quilt with!
6. Offered extra chainlink fence material to Sally and Jake for their new dog. Their son came and picked it up.
7. Enjoy my herb garden and find recipes where I can use those fresh herbs.
8. Make road to the back of the property look neater and keep it maintained.
9. Add items to future yard sale or donate them.
Problems to live with or wait to solve:
|Two-bin compost piles |
with cow pasture of neighbors in back
Small oak trees (that can become large oak trees) seem to want to come forth on fence lines. One oak tree took over an orange tree and both seem to want the same space with the oak tree winning.
I need to hire or enlist someone to do something about the walls stained by my husband's forgetting to turn off the sprinkler all night. (We have iron in our well water used on the garden.)
The metal shed is continuing the go down hill and our dog barks at something maybe living in there.
|Houses riding lawn mover and |
some other creature--maybe a stray cat
Will continue to work on Areas #8 and #9.
Any suggestions or volunteers?
Struggling gardener here,