Yard Work…more like I-hate-the-outdoors-Work

I am not an outdoorsy type person. Understatement of the week.

I do not like: bugs, spiders, snakes, mosquito, bird poop, bears, deer, elk, moose, squirrels, etc.. Why do we live in Montana again?

When we were looking to buy a house two years ago, Hubby was interested in the homes on an acre of land. Sarcasm came bubbling to the surface…I couldn’t help it. “And who is going to take care of that acre???” Him: “Well, I’ll mow the lawn…” I laughed for a full ten minutes.

Then I carefully pointed out that a yard takes WAAAAAAAAYYYY more work than that and because of his summer work schedule, I would be the one caring for the yard. And I hate yard work more than he does. Which is seriously saying something.

My Father in Law is a wonderful gardener, so their yard always look immaculate growing up with little effort on anybodies part except my FIL, because he LIKED to do it. It was how he decompressed from work, life, etc…. Nobody else really did anything, so Hubby never learned just how much work a nice looking yard takes.

We ended up buying a foreclosure in a neighborhood with small lots. THANK HEAVENS.

One problem: as a foreclosure the yard had been neglected for about 2 years. No one knows the last time that willow was trimmed in the back. It is NASTY looking and sheds every time the wind blows….The tree in the front is out of control huge and needs to be removed. To remove both trees will be a cool 5K which, I don’t know about you, we don’t exactly have lying around.

Until we have the money, we are just working around them.

The first year we were here I got over ambitious and planted a medium sized garden in the back. BIG MISTAKE. I was pregnant, so did I really think I would want to spend time bending down to care for my garden??? NOPE.

Last year I didn’t even try, as we painted the house and I was recovering from surgery.

This year I decided to plant a VERY SMALL garden in an old flower bed along one side of the house:

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(Don’t look too closely at the grass. I just barely fertilized and I really need to water it…also, check out my rhubarb! I’m going to have to make a rhubarb crisp or something this year. Maybe strawberry rhubarb pie….yum…)

In Montana we don’t turn off the heat until June (the last frost date is Memorial day), so I planted all cold weather plants, lettuce, radishes, carrots, peas, etc… As soon as it is warm enough, I will buy some hot weather seedlings (I always kill my starts… and they won’t reach maturity before the fall frost if I plant in the ground from seeds.) like tomato and peppers, etc. I’m also going to plant squash because that really thrives around here. Last year I got a ton from friends for free!

I’m actually a little excited about my garden. Hopefully I will actually weed and water it. Did I mention we don’t have automatic sprinklers??? And I ALWAYS forget to water the D@*# grass/plants.

Did I mention that a friend of ours managed to get lettuce until AUGUST one year? That means that it got cold enough at night until AUGUST for the lettuce to thrive. Sheesh!

My biggest goal is to spend about an hour every day in my yard. It really needs it….Yesterday I fertilized and reseeded a huge patch of lawn that used (I think) to have gravel on it. Now it is just a patch of dirt. We will see if the seeds actually take as I think there was barely 1/2 inch of soil before you hit all the rocks.

Once we get the trees out, we might have to tear up the entire yard, level it, and reseed or put sod down. But for now, we’ll just work around it…

Does any one have any advice for fixing up a yard? I really suck at this…

 

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