Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Becoming Narwhal Gardens: A yard update part 2

If you haven't see the progress of our yard yet, start first with this post and this post.

After a few very busy month with little work done in the yard, work began big time the week after Christmas. It was one of the coldest weeks of the year (for us San Diegians) but Max had taken time off of work so he and Aston bundled up to get things done! This is what the backyard looked like as of Christmas.
Soon to be location of the garden boxes.
Soon to be location of the orchard.
Soon the be location of trees and the pumpkin patch.
Soon to be location of the pumpkin patch and that huge barrel is our well.
Soon the be Chicken Coop aka Cluckingham Palace!
Monday, Decemeber 29th, Maxwell rented a "big scoop" as Aston says. It was delivered and work began on the land that would soon become the orchard and pumpkin patch. If you remember before, the yard prior to us buying it was used as a contractors parking lot and storage site so the ground was very hard a punched down. It was going to be very difficult for Maxwell to dig in to get the soil ready so this was the best option to get what he needed done in a short amount of time!

Little Boy Heaven!!
The work on the dirt got done so quickly due to "the scope" that Maxwell as also able to cut down the 4 half-dead, termite filled trees at the back of the property. He used the excavator to help him knock it down.
 Aston had a blast watching daddy cut down the trees and loved wearing the helmet and gear that came with the chainsaw.
These are the after pictures of when the trees were mostly cleared out of the dirt all dug up and ready.
One of Maxwell's co-workers has an uncle who owns a tree trimming company. So the week after all the backyard was prepped, Perpetual Tree Care, Inc came out and cut down all of the chinaberry tree's in the front and side of our house. These are the messiest trees and the berries that fall from them are very poisons. With little kids around all the time, we found it important to take them out. We have big plans to replace them and are excited for that phase of the yard.

Before and After Pictures

Cleaning up the mess from under the tree's. Everyone has to pitch in at this house!

Can you spot Aston watching the tree guys dump mulch and mulch up our wood pile?

Part 3 will be up soon! We are still waiting on some of our fruit tree's to arrive so that post will be up once those trees are in. There is also a lot of work going on in Cluckingham Palace so I'll be sharing that too!
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Becoming Narwhal Gardens: A yard update part 1

We have been doing a ton of work in our yard since my last post way back in August. So be prepared this will be a long one because a lot has happened!!

This is what the yard looked like back in September.
 When we purchased the property, there were two slabs of concrete in place where two sheds used to be. We decided that those locations would be great for our new shed and chicken coop but they needed to be expanded to fit the size of the new buildings. Maxwell and my father-in-law, Bob, went to work to get things expanded. They used a very old cement mixer that Bob inherited from an old neighbor. It works great!

On the same day the concrete work happened, Max and his dad cut down the big light post behind the second pad because it was going to be in the way.
Before
After
We also discovered in October that one of Maxwell's co-workers has an uncle who owns a tree trimming business. He always needs a place to dump the mulch and we have lots of dirt to cover so we started to receive loads of it. Mulch mountains are very fun for little boys to play on!
On October 18th, we hired some of the grounds guys from Max's work to help us dig the ditches for the irrigation and electrical that needed to go in.

On that same day, we had the shed and chicken coop built. It was a busy work day in the yard!
This is the back side of the chicken coop.
The following week, one of Maxwell's co workers came to help us install the irrigation. (It sure is great to work for the Operations Department of a large church because there are lots of people with lots of skills on staff!)
This will be the location of the garden boxes.
Now here is a dump of progress pictures!

The shed in the back of the yard.

Before Paint

After Paint

Back side of chicken coop and location of the pumpkin patch.
Front of the chicken coop.
Oh little boys love to play in mud!!
Part two will be up later this week. Now off to mow the grass!

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