29 Jan 2019

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I couldn't tell you why. I just woke up and decided I want to redo the whole front yard into an orchard. I want to get rid of the terrace wood. It leeches out arsenic. I want it gone. Not sure exactly how to do that. I figure I can cut the top layer off first and eventually work my way down. At the bottom, I want my perennial Mediterranean plants at the bottom, lavender, thyme, santolina, etc. In the middle, I want my meadow plants for the bees, monarda, coreopsis, madder, echinaccea, etc. At the top, I want berry bushes like honeyberry, currants, blueberries, etc. Behind them, I want dwarf and semi-dwarf trees, Maekawa Jiro persimmon http://ediblelandscaping.com/products/trees/PersimmonAsian/ and the Bonfire Patio Peach http://ediblelandscaping.com/products/trees/Peaches/

Terrace Garden

Attempting to Weave a Fence

The Japanese maple that the whole front was based on, is dying. It would be good to have something in the works to replace it. A trellis over the front walk with grapes hanging down, that would be lovely or maybe roses?

I only seem to have mapped one side of the front yard. This was the original plan.
Garden Plans

So I'll start by removing the thorny barberry bushes and weeds on the second tier. Then I'll put in my meadow plants which are growing everywhere. I probably need to reseal the bottom wood again. It's looking shoddy. At one time I painted every year with Thompson's water seal. This year I'm going for a blend of linseed oil and beeswax. I already bought them last year. Just didn't get around to it. It was too wet this year. And the long wet seasons are another reason to remove the wood. Chrono said she'd bonsai the juniper bushes. Should be fun. The bushes are 23 years old now. They are slow growers. It'll give us room to put more plants in. I want to pack each tier. https://permaculturemag.org/2016/03/diy-varnish-linseed-bees-wax/
painting

Stay tuned to see how it goes. The gas company is also redoing the pipes again. So we'll see what havoc they cause.

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