We’ve started clearing out the overgrown weeds and invasive trees all over our property. And when I say we, I mean my father-in-law Tim is being completely generous and doing most of the leg-work. He’s a permaculture and landscaping expert. I lucked out I guess! So far we’ve shaped the flower bushes, laid down organic compost in the garden beds, killed the encroaching perimeter of weeds on our 1 acre property and cut down about half of the “trash trees” aka trees with no aesthetic or edible purpose.
There’s still a ton to do. Including ripping out a broken down hen-coop that’s been out-of-use for five years. Prepping and planting a 12-foot-long bed of strawberries. Ripping out some sad grape and kiwi plants. Installing a fire pit / chill space in the front yard. And clearing out weed ridden space in our backyard for future use as a “faerie garden.” (Oh man I have so many dreams for that space! Trellised confederate jasmine! Rose spheres! A reading nook!).
All that said, the space has tons going for it already. There’s a thicket of blueberry bushes, a Japanese persimmon tree, a pomegranate tree (which isn’t doing too hot in this humid VA weather), a bed of asparagus, a mulberry bush and rows and rows of perennial flowers. All we have to do is pull out the things we don’t like and fill in the empty spaces with stuff we love.
Oh wait, did I tell you guys we’re trying to buy the house we’re renting currently? Right. So there’s that.