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I'm adding Landscaping to my CV

Post by Shisa on Sat Nov 22, 2014 11:58 am

I'm so proud and impressed I have to share.
I don't have much in the way of a garden. It's mostly just tamed field and/or bush.
Well 2 weeks ago I happened on a wonderful man named Abraham and we're fixing things up.

Last week he cleaned up the sand and weed triangle I have in front of the house.
Yesterday we built a garden; and bloody hard work it was too. I am sunburned, sore, stiff and feel like I've been weightlifting for hours on end.

Stage 1:
7:30 yesterday morning we started with this.



Stage 2:
Everything grows in the field around the house. We just moved them. It's very hot and dry so I thought it would be better to use local flora instead of wasting money at the nursery and watching the poor plants die slowly.
I do want to add some lavender and maybe a rosemary bush.
The big Aloe in the middle was a lucky find. The farmer had started bulldozing to clear land for planting a few days before. I rescued a plant for a change! laughing



Stage 3:
The hard!!! part. We started wheelbarrowing in rocks from the field around my house. F'ing hard work! I had blisters from handling rough, boiling hot rocks.





Slowly getting there.





And finally the 80% finished product:





We still need to cart in more rocks but at 14:30 I called a halt. We were both parboiled, I was at the limit of my abilities and had probably only done a 1/4 of the work.

The change is astounding! The whole look of the house has changed. I've never had anything to look at out of my bedroom window and now I have a lovely little garden  happy

The judges:
The girls kept an eye on our doings the whole day. I also learned why the bells on my gate keep moving. The are fascinated by them and keep pecking at them and ringing them  laughing



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Re: I'm adding Landscaping to my CV

Post by Shisa on Sat Nov 22, 2014 12:02 pm

Our next project it to start sorting out the grass and turning it into a lawn.
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Post by Lorraine on Sat Nov 22, 2014 12:50 pm

Your new garden looks lovely, love I wouldn't bother with the grass though - not with seven dogs - mines a mess and I've only got two! laughing
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Post by tracyp on Sat Nov 22, 2014 12:50 pm

That looks brilliant! Great job!!! thumbs up

Grass only grows here in winter & spring, bar that it hurts when you walk out without shoes... just splinters really. But that looks lovely! happy
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Post by Shisa on Sat Nov 22, 2014 1:48 pm

Makes a big difference to the look and feel of the property.
I have a natural occurring scraggly but hardy type of grass. We're just going to pull out the other stuff and give the grass a chance to take over. It's very low growing. In almost 2 years I've never had to mow.
I do want to plant a tree or 2 though. I'm researching fast growing trees for very hot, dry, windy climes.
Typing these sentences has made me realise I'm old. I'm doing ****ing gardening and discussing it online!! covering eyes
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Post by LyndaW on Sat Nov 22, 2014 9:05 pm

Well done Shisa and Abraham! What a classy garden.

Lavender and rosemary (in particular) should do well in your new garden.

I wish you luck with your lawn though, and would caution against heartbreak! Your land is sloping and in a (presumably) hot, dry climate. Even in England, where legend has it that we have non-stop rain, that little patch of greensward requires intensive care year-round to attain the title of a "lawn" (as opposed to a patch of grass!). Which is why I don't bother! tbh if I had sloping ground that grass happily grows on I'd be happy with that, and just knock the top off occasionally if it got too lank.

Or use astro-turf!!!!
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Re: I'm adding Landscaping to my CV

Post by Shisa on Sun Nov 23, 2014 6:07 am

Thank you.
We'll just modify what is here a bit.
I love Lavender. I can just imagine the smell wafting into the house thumbs up
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Post by tracyp on Sun Nov 23, 2014 7:28 am

Well I discussed my garden so.... exactly what are you trying to say? rolling on floor

Lavender is great. Doesn't need much water when established,  but does need a good prune or to be replaced every few yrs. Chop off the flowers ever so often. Great for the shrub. Hang them upside down & let air dry for a few weeks. Makes great pot pourri for the house & also... sprinkle it in a chook hen... the mites will not come near your chooks! Boil it in water, let it cool, chuck it in a spray bottle... it's a lovely air freshener. Spray the dogs beds. They smell pretty & fleas don't like the smell. I always have a doz dried flowers under the dogs blanket.

If you just cut off a limb, (on a nice sharp angel) chuck it in a small pot, water it for a month or so, you will have new plants to replace the others when needed.

Well, that's what I do with mine.
Lavender is brilliant for so many things.

& I'm not old! tongue
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Post by Shisa on Sun Nov 23, 2014 2:08 pm

I read something last week about aging; how all new music starts sounding like crap, you find strange hobbies - like gardening, and comfort becomes more important than being fashionable etc... laughing
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Post by LyndaW on Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:05 pm

Shisa wrote:I read something last week about aging; how all new music starts sounding like crap, you find strange hobbies - like gardening, and comfort becomes more important than being fashionable etc... laughing

Truer words have never been written!
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Post by Shisa on Mon Nov 24, 2014 6:07 am

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Post by Caryll on Mon Nov 24, 2014 12:04 pm

Very impressive! That looks really good. thumbs up

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Re: I'm adding Landscaping to my CV

Post by Shisa on Mon Nov 24, 2014 12:42 pm

Thank you.
I still have a stiff left thigh laughing
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