|Brushy area in the shade in need of clearing.|
|Poison Ivy mixed with Virginia Creeper|
The back area also was a dumping ground for this gardener who accumulated sticks and branches from pruning trees and shrubs and set them in piles. The sticks have decomposed a little but will be put in a wood pile in another location for use in the backyard fire-pit we have. (Which I've only used 2-3 times to burn dead tomato plants!) The smaller branches, sticks, and leaves that came with them were all placed in an empty compost bin to continue the decomposition process. I'll add green grass clippings soon to help heat it all up and speed the composting process.
I've used large cardboard boxes to tamp down weeds in some areas in order to reach further into the brush areas for cleanup. The blue tarp in the back is covering some leftover wood from various projects like building the blue shed. I hope to use some of those pieces of lumber to make a small storage place for my garden carts.
Step one of this project was to clear the area. Here's what we have now after an afternoon of work this weekend!
While working I discovered an old dog dish and a very large collar which belonged to the people who lived here before us. Actually it probably belonged to the rottweiler that lived here - people don't usually wear collars...
Step two will be to cover it in some way that will prevent weeds and invasives from reclaiming it. Then step 3 will be replanting it with plants I like! Do you have any suggestions or ideas on how to creatively plant this area? Raised beds?