gravel area renovation fall 2009
The whole area was covered in gravel, except for three planter boxes
(dotted lines). These get too much morning shade for veggies.
The area between the cedar and the dotted line is shady and grows weedy grass
in the rainy season.
The plan is to put in a small grass area for Evan to play, replace the
old planter boxes with three new raised beds in the sunny part, and
grow berries and a pair of citrus along a wire fence along the edge of the
hill (which should also keep Evan away from the edge...).
We're going to (mostly hire someone to) remove the old planter boxes, move
lots of gravel, spread compost, rototill, add mulch, build new raised beds,
dig trenches, build a whole new
sprinkler system, install sod, build a wire fence, plant berries and plant
citrus and trees.
January 16: berry canes planted
I planted four raspberries (two varieties), one boysenberry, and three blackberries.
October 17: sod installed
raked, smoothed, and ready for sod
500 square feet of sod
all rolled out
October 14: sprinklers are done
new 5 zone sprinkler setup: grass (2), vegetable beds, flower bed/avocado, berries/citrus
October 12: sprinklers and cedar chips
Paul worked for three days straight to get the sprinklers ready before
the first big winter storm. We had 2 yards of cedar chips delivered to
mulch the edge of the hill (they didn't all fit).
sprinkler pipes going in
cedar chips and bricks on the edge
October 1: after rototilling
trenches for sprinklers
raised beds ready to be moved
uh oh, grass is popping up already (not the grass we want)
September 24: compost!
6 yards of compost!
compost on the future vegetable beds
compost on the future grass area
compost on the edge where berries and citrus will go
September 17: gravel moved
gravel removed from site for vegetable beds
gravel removed from site for grass
September 3: covered the beds
landscape farbic where the beds used to be
one former bed covered in gravel
August 17: started ripping out the planter boxes
one bed ripped out already, working on the next one