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Old 06-06-2008, 06:16 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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For years now, the back yard at my grandmothers house has been a dirt pit.. it used to be full of grass, and fruit trees and flowers and all sorts of pretty things. Well after she died she left the house to me.. I was never planning on staying long enough to care to fix it up.. but since I seem to be stuck here for a few years, I thought I better get crack'en and bring this yard back to life.

I tore down the old dog run that ran the length of the back edge of the yard, as well as an old shed. I put in an arbor and planted the grapes my wife has been wanting to have since we left the ones we had in Boise many years ago. We also planted Strawberries, and a blue berry bush. We have also put up new Lattice on the porch and reattached the star jasmine to it. and were starting to see the grass come back after reseeding it.

I am building a place to hold my grill, and adding a new stone path to the arbor, I also plan to place bricks under the arbor as well, and expand it later this summer.

Here are some pictures of the progress so far... this is still a work in progress so don't judge it too badly.













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Old 06-06-2008, 10:17 PM
 
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Looks good!

One of the best things about El Paso is how outdoors space can merge with indoors space. One thing kind of interesting about EL Paso is often the front yard is plain and simple, xeriscape or stones, and the backyard is a lush green garden area.
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Old 06-07-2008, 08:33 AM
 
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For years now, the back yard at my grandmothers house has been a dirt pit.. it used to be full of grass, and fruit trees and flowers and all sorts of pretty things. Well after she died she left the house to me.. I was never planning on staying long enough to care to fix it up.. but since I seem to be stuck here for a few years, I thought I better get crack'en and bring this yard back to life.

I tore down the old dog run that ran the length of the back edge of the yard, as well as an old shed. I put in an arbor and planted the grapes my wife has been wanting to have since we left the ones we had in Boise many years ago. We also planted Strawberries, and a blue berry bush. We have also put up new Lattice on the porch and reattached the star jasmine to it. and were starting to see the grass come back after reseeding it.

I am building a place to hold my grill, and adding a new stone path to the arbor, I also plan to place bricks under the arbor as well, and expand it later this summer.

Here are some pictures of the progress so far... this is still a work in progress so don't judge it too badly.
Good for you! I've been researching blueberries, as I had thought about putting in a couple of bushes, as well as an apricot tree.

You'll most likely need to acidify the soil......blueberries don't seem to like our highly alkaline soils out here at all...and a little peat moss might help, too... Midland has highly alkaline soils, as does Alamogordo, so I suspect that EP probably does also!

http://www.gardenersnet.com/fruit/blueberry.htm
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