I finished up the fire pit this weekend, and I’m pretty f-en please with myself. I love landscape design, and when I first designed and actually made my garden I loved every minute of it. Since then, I haven’t had any real projects that required moving and sculpting dirt, or really changing the general layout of my yard and garden. I forgot how fun and creative that can be.
All of the rocks I used were scavenged from the beach over the last few years. I think my days of hauling really heavy shit from the beach to my garden are in the past, but I’m glad I stockpiled while I had that motivation. Until now, the rocks lined the veggie bed that runs in front of my porch. I’m going to put a proper raised bed there in the near future, so I re-purposed the rocks. I know you’re supposed to use proper fireproof bricks for a fire pit, but I’m using these rocks instead. I burned a large, hot fire for several hours yesterday and none of them exploded. In practice, my fires will be much tamer, so I’m not worried.
I planned to make pathways into the fire pit/bbq space/wine swilling rotunda that lead from the main walkway in my yard and also the chicken coup. I didn’t have any particular arrangement in mind, but I’m really happy with how the paths look, both oriented to one side but with the overall circle shape of the pit maintained.
I built up to mounds on either side of the circle and planted them with wildflower seeds. It’s all rather brown right now but come July, my vision should be fully realized.
I’m a sucker for lighting, and these Costco solar lamps are pretty cool, in my opinion. If it wasn’t a school night, we’d be breaking this sucker in right now.
Aside from fire pit construction, I planted a few Russian olive saplings and some tiny little hardy kiwis that I’m not sure will ever amount to much. I planted them at the base of my Japanese Alder and my Black Locust, two nitrogen fixing trees that will hopefully help the kiwis get going. I’m hoping the kiwis will climb right up the trees…though I’m a little worried they’ll choke out the trees if they get too vigorous. But it’s a technique described in forest gardening, so we’ll see how it goes.
I also did some general tidying up around the yard. There’s definitely a white trash vibe going on here with lots debris and other crap littered around the yard and porch after a long, snowy winter.
We’re slated for a bit of cool down this week, but I’m full speed ahead towards spring. Bring on the green!