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Old 04-10-2012, 02:44 PM
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Thanks! We have a long list of what we want to achieve in the yard and now we just have to funnel in the money.

Yeah, the dogs can damage already weakened grout by playing with these in the pool. Hopefully the freshly done rock/grout will hold up for at least a few years. LOL

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Old 04-10-2012, 02:46 PM
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Building a larger Koi Pond
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Old 04-10-2012, 02:49 PM
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We're doing a good bit, especially to our back yard.

We've been debating between a pool and a new patio for a while, and I think we're going to go with the patio- I LOVE our grass and the pool would take away from that. So hopefully once the inside renovations are done, we'll add the patio (I'm hoping to have it UP by July). So, I want a screened in patio AND an open patio. I'd like to incorporate a fire pit and a little pond. We'll see how ambitious I am come summer time. LOL.
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Old 04-10-2012, 02:49 PM
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Red, It's easy to garden once you get use to it. I've gardened since I was 9 years old. My Dad put me up to it. LOL. It's fun, but a bit of work. Those veggies though, home grown can't be beat. Those peas will have a short time to do well because they don't like too much heat. So, enjoy them while you can. The tomatoes will be soooooo delicious...peppers, all kinds of stuff. Southern Cali...you couldn't pick a better place.

It would be nice to have updates on everyone's projects and post pictures later. I'd be interested in how things go for everyone.
That's what people keep telling me. I've killed bamboo before. It's like the more I try with plants, the faster I kill them. One of my two houseplants is outside in the veggie garden thing in a last ditch effort to save it's life. I'm hoping more sun will help.

My boyfriend's helping me, though, and he's pretty good at gardening.

We had a lot of peppers last year, which was really great. Our basil from last year is still alive--both plants. They're bigger than ever, which, according to the tag, isn't supposed to happen. We have tons of it in the freezer. <3 One of our pepper plants came back this year, and produced already, which was neat. We just planted the baby tomato plants today, and started the watermelons and squash.

Eventually, I'll get it. If I can keep fish alive, I should be able to grow tomatoes.
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There is a secret to veggie gardening.

Watering timer!

Preferably drip irrigation for water conservation and keeping the leaves dry. Wet leaves seem to promote disease, so I try not to get the leaves wet more than it rains.
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We're adding goats and chickens to the back yard. I'm sure they'll do some landscaping of their own!

Apart from that we're adding some flower beds along the front of the house, not sure if they're going to take off though because the dogs keep trampling through them.
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and I just want to wish everyone luck with all this lol...

psyfalcon I have greenhouse envy..

and a koipond would be lovely. Too bad a certain retriever in my house would attempt to live in one...and the herder would try to nab all the fish...
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Well this summer we will hopfully get the rest of the fence up. At least thats our #1 plan for our place now that we are keeping Mitsu.

We will probably just continue with the fence design already up if we can find it:


I also want to put some trees up along the fence line. I have not really decided what type yet.

I also want to put some shrubs or somthing in that dead spot underneath the deck. I don't know if that will get done this summer, but its in the plans:


We also want to extend the back patio somehow. No idea how or what yet:

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We were going to...and then I got quotes on it that STARTED at $10k to rip out trees and put in grass. That's not any structural changes at all.

I think we'll be waiting a while!
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There is a secret to veggie gardening.

Watering timer!

Preferably drip irrigation for water conservation and keeping the leaves dry. Wet leaves seem to promote disease, so I try not to get the leaves wet more than it rains.
I've never had a water timer in my life and always had vegetable gardens. Dusty, dirty leaves also promote disease...same with roses big time. I use to have a wonderful rose garden with about 50 bushes that I fussed with all the time. They were prize winning roses. A lot of people don't like to water them over head either. But again, it's between wet and dirt. Take your choice. lol. The trick is, I think, to water in the early morning so they dry out quickly. I think a timer would be nifty though and a device to measure how deep it's getting in the ground. Drip irrigation is good as it keeps so much water from evaporating and wasting. I used that but also over head watering.
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