Category Archives: garden reno

TheGreatGravelPathway project…

is finally done!

The last photo I shared,in April,showed it like this…….


Why I start massive projects in the heat and humidity of summer,I have no idea.
But,after much sweating,it now looks like this….


and this….


This pathway….


connects to this pathway….


Still to be done…
Stepping stones in this grassy area….

The GreatPlantRelocationandGardeningWeedingProject…..

…where’s the cooler weather?

Paths to no where……

After Monday’s clean up,it was time to move on to other areas of the garden.

The paths –to- no-where had been neglected for years.Almost three years ago I was ready to finish them with gravel and stepping stones,but then….First TheTree went down,then the pool was demo’d and reconstructed,then the house was reno’d,then the kitchen was added on to and reno’d…..

get my drift?

They were  muddy,slippery messes!

That point was brought home,Monday.

We slipped.

We tracked mud……


after two days of hauling gravel,two of them are done!

IMG_0848This one is my favorite.It is shady(the only part of the garden that is shady),all day long.Everything growing here is green and white.A cool respite in the heat of summer.The other half of this one is yet to be done.That half has been started,but there was a basketball game on today….

Go Gators! #1 seed! Yeah baby!

This one leads to the canal.The erosion here was bad!IMG_0854

Next up….

..this mess of a side yard…..IMG_0853

All of the construction of the past 3 years originated from here.Trucks,construction equipment,etc. were parked here.

It’s a mess!

Overgrown and weed filled.The plants that will be used here will come from divisions of others already in the rest of the garden.

But the weather forecast for the next two days calls for rain,so it may be put off for a few days.

Guess I’ll be cleaning house……

Muddy shoes……………..

Remember when I said “Screw It” ?

W-e-l-l,now that the weather has been perfect (sunny,dry,low humidity),it was time to begin on what I was ignoring.

With the help of Erich,the Younger,and Bob,my hard working friend,we set out to make a dent on the mucky mess that lives on the bank of the back of TheGreatWall.

No before photos,but some after’s…

This canal(it’s quite deep-boat navigable) connects a lake above us(via a dam) to our lake and our lake is connected (via a dam)to a lake below us.IMG_0840


There were snakes in there,but they were harmless.Black water snakes.No Water Moccasins,thankfully. A gator was heard,but not seen.Lots of water birds.Yep-there are fish in that water.Bass and Blue-gill,mainly.

As I write this,I’m kicking myself for the lack of photos.


The log will stay,as turtles like to sun themselves on it.Plus it’s waaay too big to remove.

The only thing hurt in this project was a bunch of muddy socks and shoes,a rake was lost/broken,and someone’s butt,who slipped and fell into the water(not me!).

Now,onto the final clean-up.

I need a new rake……..