I was a weed whacker this weekend, and I have burnt shoulders to prove it. Remember the veggie bed?
It took me over and hour and a really flattering picture of me…
But I weeded that motherfucker like nobody’s business
Oh, why yes, and you may notice that we finished getting all the lattice installed, hooray!
Can you believe THIS is the evolution the back of our house has taken
|when we first moved in|
|Door replaced, stucco patch, roof getting redone|
|Repairing the animal room (now Zoe’s room)|
|All stucco redone, about to get painted|
That’s quite a crazy transformation. And one that I’m really proud of.
But anyway, back to the weeding…
When I was done with weeding Zoe was up from her nap and we elected to head to HD to get some plants, mulch, and another gallon of our exterior trim color because if you can see in the above pic the corner of the lattice wasn’t installed yet because we ran out of paint and Chris needed to touch up a little.
This planting bed has always been a veggie bed. I like that, but unfortunately we just don’t have time to tend to veggies anymore We have one veggie bed, and even that one we don’t pay attention to nearly as much as we should. With Zoe and owning our own business and still working on our house all the time there are really only so many hours in the day we can devote to other projects, and this was just one that got neglected most of the time. So we elected to make this a flower bed, lay some good weed block and toss a good layer of mulch on top.
The bundle we picked up at HD
Planting went pretty quickly, and once I was done Chris came over to help – I laid down a very thick layer of weed block (again, the best we’ve found is newspaper) and he followed along with a very thick layer of mulch
Once things were planted and mulched we gave everything a really nice watering using water from our rain barrels
I think it looks mighty pretty with the soon to be pretty flowers and nice, clean, painted, not falling apart lattice. Job well done. And TWO wedding/birthday fiesta items checked off the list
Oh, but my weed whacking wasn’t done there. Then I decided to tackle this
Oh the horror.
The plan was to go at it with our weed whacker first, but that was quickly out of the question – it decided to be a fucking bitch and break about every 90 seconds. After fixing it 4 times less than 5 minutes into use I may have thrown it into the dump pile and stalked off…..It was back to me being the weed whacker. Which was not fun for this area because it has been so long neglected that those weeds were really in there good.
But after another hour there was success
Again Chris came to help once I was done with the weeding by bringing out the RoundUp and spraying the shit out of everything. Yes, I know, you can hate me if you want, but honestly nothing seems to kill weeds like RoundUp does and I buy organic produce, workout 4-6 times a week, double up on errands so I don’t drive my car too much, we save all our onsite water so we don’t contribute to run off, blah blah blah, so I’m sleeping fine at night that I’m not killing the world. If you can find something better that will kill my weeds and come over and do it for me, I’ll take it, otherwise, RoundUp it is. (BTW, can you tell what a good mood I’m in this morning?)
This morning it’s already looking better
I’ll spray again tomorrow, then our goal is to plant this weekend. We’re still deciding exactly what to plant, so hopefully we figure it out sooner rather than later. Alright, time to go spread aloe on my poor crisped shoulders (damn forgetting to put sunscreen on!).