Monthly Archives: May 2012

Apple Tree Terrace

After months of deliberate procrastination I decided how I wanted to design the backyard. A mix of terraces and swales sounded fun but I wanted to maintain some symmetry…which is not really how nature works but…suburbs

Terraces are a nice design features as they tidy up the yard, and more importantly, slow down the flow of water off of my property. I’ve never built a rock terrace so this is “winging” it.

I plan on filling the apple terrace with: comfrey, hyssop, artichoke, allysum, fennel, dill, chives, nasturtium, lovage, borage, and bee balm. I tried to start many of those plants from seed but didn’t have much luck.


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Blueberry Patch

I’ve always enjoyed blueberries in pancakes and cereal so why not try to grow some myself.  When I used to visit my grandparents in Michigan during the summers of my youth, we used to pick blueberries with 5 gallon buckets. I miss those days.

I recently purchased 3 blueberry plants from Burnt Ridge Nursery: Sharpblue, Emerald, & Misty. These varieties are supposed to do well in the South…I hope it’s true.

Blueberries need lots of organic matter and acidic soil so I had to amend my clay soil and build a blueberry mound. I mixed 50% peat moss with 25% compost and 25% native top soil. In hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have mixed the native top soil in but it’s too late now.


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Swale Update

Just wanted to post some recent pictures of my swale and the progress it’s made thus far.

I am going to make a serious effort to start updating the blog at least once a week, hopefully more.

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