Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Gaining Ground

It's amazing what can happen when Mr. LB
gets the chainsaw out to trim a dead limb.
That's how it started.
There was a dead limb (or two) in the pear tree.
Once those were removed...
Hun, since you have the chainsaw out......
I have been plugging at this side of the yard 
off and on for years.
Anywhere you see lack of grass is where
there were briars.
It gets great sun so I am hoping to plant
some corn and beans along with flowers.

I'm not sure why it is that at one point in time,
people thought it was a good idea to put in
a barbed wire fence with chicken wire along the bottom
then not maintain it.
This is always how it looks.
Actually, I should clarify,
this is how it looks after we pulled all the lilac suckers,
black berries, briars, and weeds.
I've owned two homes in my adult life.
They have both come with such "fences."
Needless to say, it's coming out.

One other thing I have done periodically is
tie a bright ribbon around plants/trees I don't want cut down.
Here it's on a mock orange that smells delicious when it blooms.
I started doing this after Mr. LB
took the weed wacker around and eliminated
a young cedar, the wisteria, cauliflower, and raspberries.
It's fun to tease him about it now,
but he felt pretty bad at the time, 
especially since he likes all those things.
Also, I try to let him know if I have planted something in an odd spot
which I often do.

We gained about a 10' X 40' swath (roughly.)
Now, I just need to finish the clean up.
We will probably till it with some compost for good measure
since it's never been planted.
There will also be another little project over here
that I hope to share with you soon.
Just have to make a parts run in order to finish.

Until next time,
Nimble Fingers and Even Stitches


  1. It's alway a good feeling to accomplish a big project like that.
    Happy Spring

  2. That's a nice size area, you should be able to do some nice things with it!

  3. Gaining ground is good! My hubby just tore out similar fences in our field, cleared the perimeter of it that were overgrown with weeds and earned us an additional acre of land to plant. What a project and what a blessing!

  4. I love the ribbon idea! That fence would be driving me crazy! Chicken wire gets so rusty it just falls apart when you try to yank it out...good luck with it!

    Thanks for linking up with Green Thumb Thursday! I hope you'll join us again this week!