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Unknown terror tree

There’s one last outdoor project I want to take care of before the long dark nights of winter: this corner of our backyard. Right now I call it the corner of sadness, because look at it.

Main concerns:

1. Ugly colorbond garage wall and ugly fencing.  Continue reading »

Operation ivy


Not that one (and especially not that one), but this one: the protracted process of removing all the English ivy from a garden wall. That stuff is an invasive pain in the ass. I mean, cripes, even in England it can engulf houses.  Continue reading »

The great mixed border cleanup

I ask a lot of questions in the garden. What is this? How do I take care of it? Do I have the right tools for this task? Will this space ever stop looking horribly amateur? Even as I’m doing good work, like clearing overgrowth or carrying out badly-needed pruning, I still can’t help but feel like I’m wrecking what was built from years of passion and nurturing and turning it into a junk heap.  Continue reading »