Plant your water for your best harvest yet

Imagine having this much water.  And knowing you made it happen.  The Cascata Delle Marmore Falls in Italy are manmade, built to solve problems of another manmade water flow.  Moving water is a long held skill of humans, though the Romans were immensly expert in moving large amounts long distances. For the arid American West,… Continue reading Plant your water for your best harvest yet

The breeze and strip stone path installation

The path I want to create will be bold where excitement is key and understated where I want calm.   How you say? Its all in the matrix. Bold is red breeze and creamy white steps.  Under-stated is stone dropped in grass. I went with red breeze on the central axis over the bridge to guide… Continue reading The breeze and strip stone path installation

How changing the gardens contents can change its vitality

The Going Native journey is not a statement. It’s not political, not artistic, not religious. It’s a journey by steps towards the best habitat I can create. It’s the new age ideal, ‘we are everything, and everything is us’, brought back to the physical.  It’s finding pure balance in the nature I create. But it’s… Continue reading How changing the gardens contents can change its vitality

Square Foot Gardening: Building raised beds

4 ft x 4 ft x 8 inch planter

The first set of plans for the garden included about 80 square feet of garden space among 4  4×4 raised planters, a 2×6 planter, and a 2×4 planter.  These just didn’t fit in the actual garden plot. Planters: So what we have this year are: 3 – 4×4 1 –  2 x 6 Total Gardening… Continue reading Square Foot Gardening: Building raised beds

Klingstone Paths a pea gravel remedy?

I have been looking for a solution to the pea gravel pathways in the backyard.  Although I love the look of the pea gravel, as its adds a simply elegant formal element around the grass, the looseness of the material is maddening.   You cannot walk on it, never in bare feet,  and the dogs… Continue reading Klingstone Paths a pea gravel remedy?

Re-using Brick

What to do with enough brick to fill a couple pallets?  How about a border? A couple times each year I have to go edge around my lawn and take out grass that has started to grow into the pebbled path surrounding the yard. After the removal of my hazardous deck whose stairs were brick,… Continue reading Re-using Brick

A new front yard

Here is a quick pic of the new front yard. There is still so much to be done, but the money has run out. The work was completed by American Dream Decks (303)835-3540 The work was completed in a timely fashion even with unexpected issues, like ground settling under the porch concrete, which required a… Continue reading A new front yard