THE BIG MUD PIT
Although I would have liked to have begun to put the gardens in earlier
into the custom home building process, I couldn't for two main reasons.
The first was that the septic system needed to be put in
essentially tore up a huge portion of the back yard. The other issue
that needed to be taken care of was the installation of the terrace
which I knew would also tear up the back yard.
Although I pressed and pressed my builder to get those items in place
well before the prime fall planting season, it just didn't happen.
make matters worse it began raining after a nearly 5 month drought and
when the concrete truck came in to work on the terrace it created two
foot deep ruts all over the back yard which created two foot ponds that would
not dry up for at least 6 weeks (we received rain at least once a week
since that time).
About 3 months into the landscaping we essentially
have one big mud pit in the back yard with a very lovely stone planter
that miraculously was completed.
Last week my son and I took matters into our own hands and dug little
trenches to connect the various puddles and ponds in the yard and got
most of them to flow into the ditch. With a few days of sunny weather I
think we might be about ready to get the project rolling again.