gravel area renovation fall 2009
the plan

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.

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October 17: sod installed
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raked, smoothed, and ready for sod
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500 square feet of sod
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all rolled out
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October 14: sprinklers are done
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new 5 zone sprinkler setup: grass (2), vegetable beds, flower bed/avocado, berries/citrus
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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).
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sprinkler pipes going in
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cedar chips and bricks on the edge
October 1: after rototilling
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trenches for sprinklers
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raised beds ready to be moved
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uh oh, grass is popping up already (not the grass we want)
September 24: compost!
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6 yards of compost!
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compost on the future vegetable beds
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compost on the future grass area
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compost on the edge where berries and citrus will go
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September 17: gravel moved
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gravel removed from site for vegetable beds
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gravel removed from site for grass
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September 3: covered the beds
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landscape farbic where the beds used to be
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one former bed covered in gravel
August 17: started ripping out the planter boxes
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one bed ripped out already, working on the next one
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