What to do with a big yard when you’re an environmentalist who doesn’t enjoy hacking blackberry, broom, and crabgrass all summer long?
But we don’t want lawn everywhere. Nice lawns are entirely too precious – too much water, too many herbicides and pesticides, too much wasted energy to keep them attractive.
A place for gathering and relaxing. Not weeding and mowing.
First step: dig up all the deep-rooted crab grass.Luckily for me, Tess and Tim enjoyed the hard work for a solid day (or, so they claimed). Regretably, this is the third time it has been de-grassed. This time, we will cover it with flagstone before it grows grass back.
Second step: build a rock wall to hold back the raised patio. Oh, sure, build a wall 35 feet long by 32″ high.
We ARE familiar with stonework (see here, here, and here) and were prepared to take on the job. Then, daughter Tess suggested she and her gang needed a one-day job. As with the WWOOFers, these volunteers would work for food and a patch of floor to sleep on! WooHoo! Let’s do that!
Here’s the chronology:
9. Let cure for a few days. Ready? Set? Go build a patio!
I’ll be back with patio progress as we make it.
Although the preceeding tale is fairly cut-and-dried, I just want to add how much I enjoyed hanging out with these energetic, clever, sociable young people. I feel privileged to soak up a bit of their positivity, and glad that they would want to spend a Canada Day weekend with us oldsters, AND work their buns off in the hot sun, to boot. Their names will be memorialized on the rock wall. (As with all our wonderful WWOOFers, a permanent plaque will be placed on their pet projects.)
Merci beaucoup: Tim, Marie, Tess, Kaan, Colleen, Sara, Shannon and Andy. YOU ROCK!