21 September 2008

The Back 40: Part III




Ta da! Four square yards of Hill Country soil from Natural Gardener and 6 yards of Native Texas Hardwood mulch later, and we have mostly finished our backyard stream, rain garden and berm project. (I know how much the ladies over at Garden Rant loath a berm, but I think this one is for a good cause and hopefully avoids the Berm Island effect.)


The piles await.





Our new beds are just begging from some plants, and that's the fun part. As Fall approaches in Central Texas, so does planting time. I can't wait to get to the nurseries and plant sales. We were thinking this weekend about how mulching is like painting. If a room is looking drab and old, it just takes a fresh coat of paint to make it look crisp, fresh and inviting. I think the same goes for mulch. It looks (and smells) so good and totally freshens up the garden, smothering natty little weeds and making all those lines clean again. It's a clean palette to start filling in the space with plants.

10 comments:

Diana said...

Oooh - that mulch and that creek bed do look like a blank slate on which you can create ... well ... whatever you want! How fun. So, what IS going in there?

Lancashire rose said...

Wow! That was a weekend of hard work.It looks great. I am interested in the drip system I see you have in your raised beds. Does the water spread through the soil well. I have a problem with water running right through rather than spreading and wonder if you are experiencing the same.

Cindy, MCOK said...

Lee, those new beds look awesome! I'm eager to see what y'all plant there. Have fun shopping!

Northern Shade said...

The last photo of the new bed looks good even before you put in the new plants, with the rock river flowing through the land. Have fun planting it.

Taryn said...

man you guys are kicking some serious butt! i am so impressed with your landscaping skills. wanna come up to seattle and help us make over our yard? :)

Bonnie said...

Totally agree, mulch and compost make everything look good. Can't wait to see what plants you choose.

Lee said...

Lancashire rose: This is a drip system that I buy from Lowes. (Unfortunately, it seems like every garden place has a unique drip system and they don't seem to mix and match very well. It's kinda like all those different kinds of ATMs - cant there just be one standard?!) I digress.

The drip is very slow and seems to really spread through the soil, but I imagine that would depend on the kind of soil as well. If you have really sandy soil, it might seep through pretty quickly and not spread outward from the drip hole very far. Perhaps adding some compost, etc. would help?

Lancashire rose said...

I have the same soil as yourself-Natural gardener and every year I amend it with his compost. I have submatic and have taken their advice and tried putting it on several times for shorter periods but no luck.

stephanie said...

like i already told you Monday, it looks awesome!! Thanks for the boat load of basil! yum..pesto.

Signe said...

You have done a fantastic jobb here. I am sure this will be a wonderful garden.