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Yard Update: September

It’s been a while since we made a good old update on the yard at 3675, but don’t worry – we haven’t forgotten our first born and our favorite labor of love. We’ve been a little busy with 2381 lately (which doesn’t even have a yard, really – just a lot of really big trees), but 3675’s landscape continues to evolve, in spite of our record-breaking drought, even (thank you, rain barrel system!).

And this week, we began our front-yard transformation to native, drought-tolerant plantings!

BONUS: we dug out a ton of mulch that had been layered up over the years and was basically serving as a red carpet for termites, should the rain ever decide to return…

BEFORE: The front of our house was ringed with multiple levels of planter beds, FULL of a foot+ of mulch apiece. Buh-bye!

BEFORE: The front of our house was ringed with multiple levels of planter beds, FULL of a foot+ of mulch apiece. Buh-bye!

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Yard Update: October

Yesterday was the first day of the rest of our lives.

It basically hasn’t rained since we moved in in June 2012, really (good thing we got a new roof!), and at this point we’ve pretty much given up on planting a tropical jungle of food in our backyard any time soon. We’re too busy saving the glasses of water we don’t finish overnight for our dying rose bushes.

But we finally got some relief. Not in the form of liquid manna from heaven (yet – although there are some weird clouds on the horizon as I post this, so… fingers crossed). We’re no longer in this alone, you see…

We have Roselio. Our new gardener.

Roselio showed the ornamental grass in our front beds who's boss on his first day. I had no idea you could make it look like that.

Roselio showed the ornamental grass in our front beds who’s boss on his first day. I had no idea you could make it look like that.

He’s in this with us now on a weekly basis. Devoted to turning both our front and back yards into something trim and tidy and drought-tolerant. Devoted to fixing existing sprinkler and drip systems and installing new ones to help the water go where it’s needed most. Devoted to helping us move beyond grass once and for all. Devoted to helping us keep up with the weird habits of our nine confused fruit trees and our now-never-out-of-season vegetables.

Devoted to helping us get our weekends back.

And, Trent would like me to add that he completed OPERATION: FIND SOMEONE TO HELP US, DAMMIT three weeks ahead of the deadline I gave him.

To course-correcting; and to sitting on our asses on Sunday.

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Covering Ground

We’ve given up on grass.

California is on the brink of what could be a century of drought. We’ve had just 9 inches of rain in the past year here in Oakland. That’s an apocalypse stat, people.

It’s officially too dry for grass to grow any more.

At first, that made us a little sad, since we have a really pretty raised grass lawn in our yard. It’s kind of the yard’s centerpiece, really. I’m not gonna lie – I shed a few tears as I gazed out at our rapidly-yellowing centerpiece every evening.

We even tried a methodical reduced watering schedule that juuust miiight have gotten us through, but who were we kidding. ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF DROUGHT, PEOPLE. Continue reading

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