Back in the winter when I could not even SEE my yard, I began to dream. After living here for 10 years, my husband and I felt that it was time to put down some roots--both figuratively and literally. I sketched out some ideas and my "Five Year Plan" for our property was born. (For more details, click HERE.)
My first sketch was how our .75 acres as of March of 2011 (Click to enlarge.):
My second sketch was what I hoped we would accomplish before the winter of 2011 was upon us:
I thought I'd give an update on what we've managed to do so far.
* The pool went in as soon as summer finally deigned to arrive. It has been summarily enjoyed at every warm opportunity.
* The garden was also put in even though the beginning of the summer threatened to make our property a lake...INSIDE as well as outside.
* I ended putting our compost bin in a different place when I realized that I wanted to have it more accessible to the kitchen in the winter as well as the summer. When I dug up the sod, there were already some nice worms down there. They smiled as I placed the compost bin above them. I smiled, too, though there was no way I was going to actually touch them.
* My plans for a worm bin are still up in the air. For now I'm counting the ones under the compost bin as my current crop.
* As of this afternoon, the fencing has been removed from its original position. That means that my next project will be to get my herbs in and the mint moved.
* The sunflowers being planted, and the lilacs and hydrangea being moved didn't make it this year. Of course, the summer isn't over yet!
* The other big project (beside the garden) that is about 75% finished is a real wood shed. Where I drew in "wood pile" is a real, honest-to-goodness shed. It's going to be beautiful. Anything that houses something that will keep me warm in the winter I will always consider beautiful. I'll take pictures and tell its financial story when it's finished--it's that awesome!
Much to my surprise and delight, we really ARE progressing on my Five Year Plan. Despite flooding, roof leaking, and being gone for half of June, it's really coming to pass. It just takes a plan and a WHOLE LOT of work. Nothing wrong with that!