April 3rd, 2012

Spring Planting

We have recently started up with the Portland Audobon’s Backyard Habitat Certification Program and picked up plants from one of their seasonal sales this last weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

May 25th, 2011

The other side of the sidewalk

Now that our yard is beginning to take shape, this summer and fall is our time to tackle our park strips in earnest. Read the rest of this entry »

February 26th, 2011

Yet More Yard Work

Lemon Blossoms

These last few weeks we have done a lot to wrangle our yard into shape for the spring and are beginning to get starts ready for the garden. Read the rest of this entry »

February 1st, 2011

Frenzy of Yard Work

This last weekend was a frenzy of yard work, we’re in the process of collecting plants for our yard and this last week got some stone cut for a rework of our front entry. Read the rest of this entry »

June 13th, 2009


We finally have some tangible progress happening with the house construction.  Yesterday I went out and met with the excavator with our contractor.  Most of our conversation had to do with organic gardening, but the exciting new thing to show off is that our contractor and excavator marked out where the footprint of our house is going to be.  Its small, but pretty wonderful to be able to go out and have a much better sense of where everything is.  The big realization though is the deck location…  The first floor is actually five feet above the height of our lot and because of where our deck sticks out, it pokes right in to the canopy of our Tulip Tree and will be a nice little leafy perch.  Earlier in the week was the first little step though, our contractor put up the orange fence you can see on the side of our lot.  Its a protection fence around the giant tulip tree that is just off the corner of our lot.  When the land division was finally approved in February, one of the provisions of that is that we need to protect that tree during construction.  So a few weeks ago our contractor and I met with the city’s urban forester to discuss tree protection and decided that putting up that fence roughly 20 feet from the tree (underneath the edge of the canopy) was the way to go. Read the rest of this entry »

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