Backyard Cleanup and Design

Today was a beautiful afternoon for continuing with my backyard cleanup. Stubborn weeds were further treated with Roundup Super Concentrate. Overhanging tree branches from the neighbors behind me were trimmed. Leaves and other debris were raked and placed into the green waste bin.

With much of the garden maintenance stuff behind me, I now have a near-ready blank backyard canvas space to start contemplating what to place in it. Many possibilities! I’ve already planted 4 fruit tree saplings in that space and am trying to figure what to do with the remaining space. The space is a square. So far, I’m thinking about filling the center with containers, to be planted with tomato and lettuce seeds (while I patiently wait for the saplings to mature and fruit).

I could get fancy and consider other crops but based on the produce that I actually buy from the market and eat, this is the best use of my food garden space.

I’m not yet sure what to do with the perimeter. I don’t want to be entirely focused on food-producing plants in this space so am putting on the list of possibilities annuals and perennials, as well as one of my all-time favorites, lavender, which I seem to not be able to get enough of!

It’s a source of great pleasure plus a dose of frustration to figure how to use an empty space of yard, but I know that the time I’m taking now will produce a great stand-alone yard that will complement the adjacent rose garden. I walked through and stood in the space after the cleanup today and looked all around me. I really feel an excitement to fill it out! I’ll update this blog with my latest garden design thoughts and plans as they become more concrete.

UPDATE: Here are detailed manufacturer’s instructions on how to use this product: http://www.scotts.com/smg/catalog/productTemplate.jsp?proId=prod70348&itemId=cat50096&tabs=usage

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