Gardening, landscaping and yard work

Discussion in 'Life After Brown' started by ajblakejr, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. ajblakejr

    ajblakejr Age quod agis

    Working in the yard is becoming my passion.
    My containers are my babies and when I was out of town, I paid the neighbor's daughter to tend to my children.
    This year, I dumped three good AMES hose reels for 2 Yard Butler reels inside my PZ (powerzone).

    Our yard is a work in progress and I don't think it will ever be finished.
    Keeping this in mind, I have four rooms / patios and two display areas. Two designated walkways.
    I now have a plant hospital and a potting bench.

    Sunday is water soluble feeding day for plants and Mike's Hard Strawberry Lemonade for AJ.

    What is it about yard work that causes a love hate relationship with our yards?
     
  2. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    • Gardening, landscaping and yard work ... and don't forget snakes!

      ​and ticks this year.
     
  3. ajblakejr

    ajblakejr Age quod agis

    No snakes here. On occasion a large snapping turtle will venture from the creek and wander into my yard.
    I have one chippy, one bunny, a pack of squerriels, two oriole couples, two bad :censored2: male cardinals that go at each other, a baby hawk, a blue jay clown ...
     
  4. serenity now

    serenity now Guest


    dirt therapy on the front end / tremendous aesthetic payoff on the backside / enjoy that lemonade
     
  5. BSWALKS

    BSWALKS Easily Amused

    I love it, just not enough time to do all the things I want to do. Next big project, I want to rebuild back deck, with built in planters & seating. Stairs to a new brick paver patio & MAYBE, an outdoor kitchen
     
  6. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    I saw Yard Crashers yesterday and they did a compass in pavers and the stones were on netting....like the tiles in a kitchen backsplash. They made it look easy.
     
  7. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    It really is pretty easy. I did landscaping the whole time I was a part timer. It's really all about visualizing a pattern. Most paver patterns just repeat every 8 blocks or so.
     
  8. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    That's the wife's hobbies. I'd have green painted asphalt if I had my druthers.
     
  9. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    A guy yard is a field of grass that you can zip over on a riding mower while drinking a beer. Then wives get the bushes and flower gardens planted so you spend more time trimming and weeding than mowing.
     
  10. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    I like my yard and my wife neatly trimmed.
     
  11. soberups

    soberups Pees in the brown Koolaid

    It is a proven fact that all time spent in your garden does not count towards your total lifespan.
     
  12. soberups

    soberups Pees in the brown Koolaid

    This year I threw together some 3'x3' planter boxes out of used cedar fence boards I had lying around, and my wife and I spent about $100 on bags of fresh potting soil and some plants. We planted bell peppers, 3 different kinds of cucumbers, some snap peas, and basil. We have already learned a few things; cucumbers will overwhelm anything they share a box with, 3 plants was too many, and 1 pea plant wasnt enough. Oh well, its fun and we have a bumper crop of cukes already. We also do 6 tomato plants every year in pots, and they are doing very well this year. I set up a soaker hose with a snap coupling on it so watering consists of unreeling a hose, snapping it to the soaker, and turning the water on for an hour or two. A shot of Miracle Gro every couple of weeks, and the work is done.

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  13. soberups

    soberups Pees in the brown Koolaid

    I dont mind working on a vegetable garden, but when it comes to lawn mowing and landscaping we pay a service to come do it. Springtimes here in the Pacific NW are wet, and during April and May you literally have to mow twice a week to keep up. Otherwise, you are faced with soaking wet, knee-high grass that will bog down even the most powerful mower. I think we pay about $75 a month to have a guy with a high-powered dual bag riding mower come take care of it. He also edges and fertilizes. We dont water our lawn in the summer though; we just let it go dormant and it comes back just fine in October when the rains come back again.
     
  14. pretender

    pretender Active Member

    That pretty much sums it up. The best part of retirement is being able to spend several hours a day in my yard.
     
  15. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    I set up a trellis with cattle fence stakes and some twine for the cucumbers to grow up. It makes them easier to pick. Keeps them from taking over and keeps the cucumbers a nice uniform shape for the most part.
     
  16. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    Its awesome to finally have enough time to really take care of my yard instead of just doing the bare minimum.
     
  17. texan

    texan Well-Known Member

    To those that believe, or to those that doubt, is it not something to ponder that the opening scene
    of the record of man is in a garden?

    Genesis 2:15 "garden of Eden to cultivate and care for it".


     
  18. gman042

    gman042 Been around the block a few times

    Landscaping.....4 years ago we did a really nice pondless rock water feature in our backyard. I really liked the way it turned out for my first attempt.
    Wife was convince that it had a leak as we were adding water to it all the time. I told her it was evaporation. She said tear it apart and find the leak. Tore it apart and found no leak....or even an indication there was a leak.
    Well....here it is 4 years later and finally got it all back together. Some things I like over the first version. The one thing I don't like....it leaks.
     
  19. BSWALKS

    BSWALKS Easily Amused

    Got any pix?
    Did you buy a kit or buy the parts individually?
    How much water are you losing?
     
  20. quamba 638

    quamba 638 Member

    I just bought a Ames "never leak" hose reel, it lasted two uses until the connector cracked. I guess they're mailing me a replacement for free though.
    The "love/hate" thing is this: it's relaxing and enjoyable but never ending.
    I have a few composters too, ones a two chamber bin I made last year and the other is a barrel. The barrel is for sure in the power zone. Haha
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