backyard weekend

May 18, 2008 at 10:17 pm 2 comments

We spent most of the weekend in the backyard… unfortunately, no lounge chairs or margaritas were involved.

Saturday involved a trip to Menards AND Home Depot. I spent much of the day moving dirt around in an effort to make the grade of the yard slope away from the house. The goal being that this would encourage water to move away from the basement instead of into it. I also planted some grass seed, and I’m hoping it will grow like crazy. Soon.

North side of house

East side of house

Jason did some work on the fence and built a little garden. He hopes to plant some veggies soon, but we’ve got to get the brick paver walkway done before we do any planting (that’s in the works for next weekend).

Jason’s garden

Today, Tinen came over and helped dig out the rest of the area where the brick paver walkway will go. Thank goodness! I am so sick of digging! The extra help was MUCH appreciated. Tinen also helped us build and hang the gates on the fence, and I think they look pretty darn good. We still need to add some hardware to them (i.e., handles, latches), but that shouldn’t take very long.

Tinen and I dug out this area today.

Jason messes with the back gate.

The back side of the front gates – we decided to put 2 gates here instead of one.

The front side of the front gates.

Man, that doesn’t sound like very much was accomplished today – especially when you consider how much we were able to get done last weekend when my family visited. But I’m pooped.


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  • 1. mom  |  May 19, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Looks sweet! I’m glad you leveled out that ground right away and finished the job. Now if you still get water, I’m afraid it will mean excavating everything around the foundation! Let’s hope the problem is solved…. Tell Jason the gates and garden look sweet too!

    PS: You might need to put hay over the grass seed to keep the birds from eating it.

  • 2. Mandy  |  May 22, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Okay. First of all, I love that you went to both Home Depot and Menards. Nothing says mid-west home improvement like “Mendards.” I can hear the banjo music right now. My brother and I actually had a theory for awhile that the Mendards guy died in the mid-80s but the Menards empire had pre-recorded massive amounts of commercials with varying prices in anticipation of such a tragedy.

    ANYWAY, that is some hot fence action you’ve got going on there. I am impressed to the max. It looks functional, straight, appealing. Everything you want in a fence and nothing you don’t.

    What kind of light does your veggie box get? It looks prime for the planting. Just remember, even though the average last frost date for Minnesota is May 15, it’s not a bad idea to wait until the first of June to plant. If you decide to go earlier, just keep an eye on overnight temperatures. And, of course, write me with any questions or concerns!

    Did Jason get his hops??


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