Sifting

Ah, spring, the time that we go from chilling on the couch or enjoying cross-country skiing, to massive amounts of work and projects in the yard. We tend to hit the ground running in the spring, trying to accomplish as many projects as we can before the desert heat hits. This often leaves us exhausted…

Preparing The Grounds

With Excavator Kurt back at work, we needed to do some clean-up and remove some more of our temporary garden pieces. In order to be able to dig in the new wall terraces, we needed to remove all of the tomato towers that we had built and dug into the hillside. Those sturdy towers have…

Excavator Kurt

It is finally that time of year again. The ground has thawed and Kurt has started his excavating ways. In between emptying our old garden beds, he decided to get started digging out where some of our new walls will be going on the tomato tower side of the yard. It will be interesting to…

Building Beds For Dreams – Remake

When we first started this blog of all of our landscaping adventures back in 2016, one of my first posts was labeled “Building Beds For Dreams” and it was about our first growing space that we created. They were two beautiful raised beds that have been supplying us with delicious food for the last 6…

Winter’s Last Gasp

Optimistic about getting the garden going early, excited about getting the garden going, Winter had one last gasp. Our weather had been reaching 7-10*C for the week previous to this unfortunate morning sight. The day before we had been out in the yard, taking photos of some of our plants that were starting to wake…

Spring Dreaming

True to weather patterns in our area, we had a tease of mild weather in January followed by cold, snowy weather in February with a very cold snap that froze us for a few weeks. We always know it is coming, and yet it always still comes as a surprise after convincing myself that this…

Mapping Chaos

In June 2019, I made a post called “Carefully Planned Chaos” which outlined all the changes that we had been making over the years as we developed the yard. From 2014-2017 I had used a simple map that I had drawn that was somewhat to scale but not really. As we made changes each year,…

Ringing In The New Year

2020 has not been an easy year for many, and our year was not without its stresses. K was briefly laid-off, but luckily was able to go back quickly once his company had adjusted for COVID. I was on lay-off notice for 4 stressful months. I was one of the lucky few at my company…

Personal Damages

Landscaping, gardening and building are all fun hobbies that keep K and I busy and happy, but there is a flip-side that can be a little painful. Over the years we have had minor scratches, cuts, abrasions, etc which can be expected from the type of work we have been doing. But we have had…