Category Archives: yard


Late last summer I pulled up the grass on my park strip. The official name is” rip your strip” . I started to rip but decided that was way too much work so I put down some cardboard, collected tons of organic material and hauled dirt from a neighbor’s house to mine. I did some broadcast seeding of alfalfa and clover to put some nitrogen into the soil, added some random stuff from the beds near the house, planted some radishes to breakup the soil, gave it some water and waited.

Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Well it wasn’t. Most days were over 100 degrees and hauling the dirt was exhausting because I made a couple of hill/mounds to add “interest”( = dozens of trips up to the neighbor’s). I might add that I had no help during this project.

Well, look what I got come spring:

He happened to show up just as I was done taking pics.
It seems the soil I used had some poppy seeds in it. What a pleasant surprise. It could have been a lot worse! (the cornflower was a gift from fMh Artemis). It may not be the most “designed” park strip in the ‘hood but dammit, it sure is the prettiest.

Next up: pulling the poppies out before they go to seed and planting the new greenies I got for Mother’s Day.