The State of the Lot: FOTD, Oct 6, 2020

When I decided to clear the lot next to me that had been a repository of all of the junk and building debris of the neighborhood for the nineteen years I have lived here as well as many years before, I had no idea how much it would take to try to make a garden out of that lot. After six months which consisted of weeks of cutting the plants that had overtaken it, then 5 hours of bulldozing and leveling, then another week to put up a fence to repel further efforts to repel passing cows as well as those accustomed to dumping junk on it. Since then, we’ve moved plants from my own gardens and purchased different exotic grasses from a local vivero. A new  super weed-whacker has assisted Pasiano with his efforts to keep the grass at an acceptable level. Yolanda’s family’s efforts to grow a small field of corn in one corner was thwarted by moles and rats and squirrels, who promptly dug up all the corn that was planted. Well, most of it. Twelve plants remain. These pictures represent our efforts so far, which look feeble, but represent a lot of work and an accumulation of dreams which will, I hope, swell over the coming years.  Next will be a large arbor to furnish relief from the sun for Pasiano and a place to sit to observe the view.

As usual, click on photos to enlarge.

For Cee’s FOTD

17 thoughts on “The State of the Lot: FOTD, Oct 6, 2020


    I really like it~! When I see an open spot like yours, I envision what I could do with it. Maybe some of those boulders and rocks could give you a little enclosed rock garden spot for a bird bath, and to plant succulents, “musgo” and others such as rock roses with a display platform for some of your terracotta statues. I am saving some of my native seeds for you to have something different from the normal local plants.

    I just came in from trimming and pruning my trees, I had neglected them in the heat, to the point where I could no longer get my tractor or mower under some of them… Now the hard part will be picking up the branches and moving them to a spot where they can be mulched. I do not have a Pasiano, or even a “Paesano” or “obrero”, so must do it myself until they put Trump behind a tall wall and tear the other one down.

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  2. Joëlle

    What a beautiful view! Great work on the garden. We have cows in the field next door over here (central, rural France) but a double fence is keeping them where they belong. The fence has also prevented rabbits from mistaking our vegetable patch for an open buffet 😡. The only animals (beside birds) that come around now are two red squirrels that help themselves to our walnuts. I don’t mind: we have this agreement that they can take anything above 6 feet 😀.
    Have a good day!

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