Expanding my domain...
Well, I've been in this house almost two years, and this is the summer for big projects.
One of the few drawbacks to this place is the teeny amount of garden space. But it faces south and gets great light, so -- there's always hope, right?
The first summer I tamed the beds right up against the porch. Despite being pretty much in the open, I raised tons of tomatoes, peppers and eggplants, along with lilies and other flowers -- with minimal pilferage. (Thanks to a block full of vigilant neighbors who spend lots of time on their porches!)
But I hadn't done much with the pathetic strip of "lawn". I bought a weed whacker to keep the grass down, but to be honest, I think my neighbors came over and mowed it as often as I did....
So I finally got around to reclaiming that little strip into something more productive -- with a new retaining wall. The plan is to dig up the turf, fill in the bed with dirt, and put flowers and shrubs in front, leaving the beds along the porch for veggies and the like.
Here's the before:
And here's step one:
I had to get some other concrete work done, so I had the pros put in the wall. I still need to put in some "sides" along the steps, to close the bed in. I originally planned to stain the wall with a mottled red-orange-brown, to mimic the color of the brick, but my sister fears it will look like a elementary-school-mural-gone-bad, so I may just leave it concrete color. I think once it's got plants spilling over the edges you won't pay it much attention.
Juggling money, time and a lack of expertise means I'm going slow, but I hope to have the bed itself, and some of the plants in by September. It pretty much doubles my garden space -- and I'm sure my neighbors will appreciate not looking at my ragggedy grass anymore!