|The Area Circled in Red is the Terraced Area of our Backyard.|
|We Stripped our Upper Terrace of the Ivy and Useless Trees (We Kept the Apple Tree) and Planted our "Orchard" of Fig, Avocado, Lemon and Nectarine Trees.|
|Daddy and Helpers Measured the Upper Terrace to Estimate How Many Bags of Woodchips Were Needed.|
|We Dug a Meandering "River" Through the Orchard and Then Measured it to Figure out How Many Bags of River Stones Were Needed.|
|Wood Chips Anyone? Enjoying One of Many Trips to the Garden Supply Store.|
|Picnicking While Mommy Pickaxes the (Rock-Hard Clay) Soil|
|One Portion of the Lower Terrace was Transformed into a Blueberry Patch with Native Grass Accents.|
|Another Section of the Lower Terrace Became an Herb Garden: Basil, Sage, Lemon Verbena, Rosemary, Thyme, Mint, Chives|
|Mommy's Upper Body and Core Workout: Making a Butterfly Garden|
|Finished Butterfly / Hummingbird Garden (Plant Selection and Layout Designed by 5YO)|
|Lemon Tree and Butterfly Garden|
Our next family project is to build a little footbridge over the "river" and create a little reading nook along the fence with a bench. I hope as the trees leaf out and the flowers bloom fully that the kids will continue to have a magical time back here, playing between and under the trees, watching the butterflies, and eating fruit.
I am ending this day feeling a little dirty, day-laborer sore and a lot empowered. My 5YO daughter just read me the illustrated story she wrote in her journal about planting a garden and the life cycle of a seed. Yesterday she "graphed" her plant selection for the butterfly garden by lining up similar plants on the nursery cart. My 2YO son has been wandering around touching all the new trees, plants and flowers in the yard and saying "Mommy made a garden" and "cool". I guess we are all richly learning something as we dig around in the dirt together. May next summer bring a bountiful harvest.
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