Thursday, June 6, 2013
About a month ago I moved into a beautiful old house in West Oakland. The only thing I know about it at this point is that it used to be a sober-living/transition house and that it'd been empty for some time before any of us moved in. After living primarily in San Francisco for three years, I was STOKED to find out that I would have access to my own little green space! As lovely as community gardens have been for me, building a garden from scratch has been a dream of mine! Above is what the backyard looked like initially: overgrown weeds, an overgrown tree (I had already chopped it down by the time this was taken, it's that pile of twigs!), and some weird oddly spaced rosebushes and sticks.
But here's what we've done so far! The plan at this point is for my housemates and I to re-fresh the soil with some compost and build three planter boxes on the left side, tear up that granite walkway, plant fruit trees around the perimeter, and some grass for the doggies living here. It's going to be a lot of work, but look at it already! I hope that summer won't be over before we can start having some yummy veg growing out here. The front yard is also going to be a lot of work, and I'm hoping to plant herbs out there as well as plants that create good natural dye like euphorbia and marigolds!