Janie and I spent all of last weekend digging around in our garden. We’re one of two units with a patio and a small yard. We’d let the weeds grow in since last summer and they covered the entire span of this area – some growing more than a foot high (that big mound of brown/green in the middle is a huge pile of weeds). We pulled them up and decided to cover the back half with felt, where we’ll lay down some mulch and plant some nice grasses. not martha recently linked to a site with tips on creating a moss garden, and the back would be a perfect place because it is almost always shaded, but it seemed rather complicated and I couldn’t get past the idea of having to spread a slurry over all that space and having to wait for it to grow.

Near the patio, we’re laying down some grass – 10-foot rolls bought from Home Depot for $2.99. Around that we put some felt down and will fill the borders with mulch before we put in some more plants/grasses. My parents gave us a nice little red bridge and stone lantern for outdoor decoration and I’m thinking of getting a really nice stone Buddha to cap it all off.

Just out of the photograph, on the left, is a large tree with needles that constantly fall all over the place. We’re going to cut that down because it’s getting too big, it obscures the view of a beautiful lavender rhododendron, rains ugly orange pollen all over the patio table and barbecue and I’m pretty sure it’s a Republican. We bought a small Japanese Maple to make up for cutting this one down. I’m not sure exactly where we’ll plant it, though.

I’m also growing tomatoes and peas in containers this summer. I’ve never done container gardening before and, at first, we had an aphid attack, but I took care of them now things are looking good. If all goes well, we’ll have some great snap peas, sweet baby girl cherry tomatoes and green grape tomatoes.

I’ll post more pictures as the project progresses.


  1. May 25, 2008

    not martha is such a clever username. We have an area in the backyard that would support a moss garden quite well.

    The bridge is cute.

    Have fun and congrats on the new/additional car. How terrible that you had so many car stereos stolen.


  2. heathen
    May 26, 2008


  3. May 27, 2008

    I’m in awe of what you’ve done with that little space. I would have just stored garbage cans back there or something. I’d say you totally rock, if I were inclined to say stuff like that

  4. heathen
    May 27, 2008

    Thank you! You should see it now (I’ll post more pictures soon). It’s so much better compared to what it was when we first started. i wish I’d taken a picture before we pulled all those weeds.

  5. E's Mom
    May 28, 2008

    I can vouch for it’s beauty now. That space is gorgeous! What you did was turn this patio and what I saw as usless space and made it into a real yard and place to spend time reading…and sunbathing nude.

  6. heathen
    May 28, 2008

    You know how I hate tan lines!

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