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Spring garden project weekend.

Saturday, March 10, 2012 by  
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Our backyard oasis. I tackled the pond project in the summer of 2010 and it was worth every last second of blood, sweat and blisters.

Our backyard oasis. I tackled the pond project in the summer of 2010 and it was worth every last second of blood, sweat and blisters.

No mountain biking this weekend: it’s time for our annual big spring yard work marathon! I’ve already done quite a bit of work outside over the past couple of weeks, but the bulk of what remains to be done will be accomplished over the next two days…

Between our front yard’s extensive landscaping and the landscaping in the backyard (especially around the pond), there’s always plenty of work to do out there. Maintaining the yard is not too bad once it’s “in shape”, but the post-winter spring maintenance project is rather daunting. Rather than dread it, Lisa and I always choose to get excited about the project and we turn it into a labor-intensive, but fun, weekend.

Over the next two days Lisa and I will be trimming all the plants/trees/shrubs, planting dozens of new annuals (along with a few new plants), pulling weeds, mulching and fertilizing.

We’ll also be planting all of our backyard herbs and vegetables, and that’s something we’re both very excited about! We’ll be planting dill, basil, parsley, cilantro, about a half-dozen varieties of pepper and several tomato plants. Maybe a couple of other things, too. Of course we still have our bananas, oranges, grapefruit, papaya, fig, key lime and lemon trees.

The backyard pond, plants and feeders have attracted all kind of wonderful creatures: toads, frogs, squirrels, countless birds, lizards, butterflies, interesting insects, dragonflies and many other forms of wildlife. Every time I walk out back there’s something new and cool to see. πŸ™‚

This winter wasn’t too harsh (especially compared to the the past two Winters), and so the plants and turf are already looking extremely good for early March. Our efforts over the next two days will be well-rewarded.

Last year I started working on a new website, www.johnspond.com (not live yet), but I sort of lost my motivation at some point. Hopefully the spring weather will re-ignite my passion for the fledgling project. The plan is to create a media-rich site with all kinds of information on backyard ponds, gardening, wildlife and so on. You can “like” the John’s Pond Facebook page if you want; I’ll post updates there when I manage to get this project back off the ground.

With all the work I’ll be doing outside, the argument could be made that it would count for my cardio. Well, I’ve not missed a single “formal” cardio or weight training session during the nine weeks (and counting) of my 2012 cut, and I’m not going to let this project break that streak. So it’s cardio in the gym now, then yard work.

I’m going to burn a lot of calories today. πŸ™‚

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4 Responses to “Spring garden project weekend.”
  1. Wow! That’s magnificent! I remember you getting quite a workout in the rain and other times building it. You’ve also found the time to maintain it perfectly. I don’t know how you do all you do. Crazy.

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