This is what our yard looks like. From left to right, as seen from the deck:
No, that’s not our boat; that’s our neighbor’s boat.
And yes, it really is a big flattish expanse of wood chips with nothing growing on it (that’s what happens when you redo a septic leach field).
Now as all y’all know, we’re super committed to the DIY thing but let’s face it: as weekend warriors, it would take us all summer to get this area fenced. And I’m just not that patient. Plus, digging 36 inch deep post holes is not my idea of DIY fun. So two weeks ago we got out the flour (that white line in the photo above is flour, the most forgiving way to start outlining a garden design). And last week, Vincent came back with his brother in law and a friend!
These guys are FAST. They have already rebuilt most of the falling apart front fence (they are going to use the old points on top of the new posts).
Then they are going to put in all the posts and do the gate and the three boat-blocking panels, which are all going to be out of redwood pickets and look the same. The rest of the fence will be grapestakes, out of the huge stack we got for free last summer; we’ll finish that part on weekends.
They are also going to build some retaining walls (and yes, that’s all the hard stuff).
And that means that pretty soon we’ll be able to start planting!