17 August 2008

Larrapin Mid August

We've been creating the Larrapin landscape for three years now and it was only when I looked back at the pics we took when we purchased the house did I realize how far we've come in three fast years. When I add in the facts of our one to two inches of topsoil over a gravel/clay mix, then I realize that these gardening methods I've learned from my many teachers really, really work!

Here's the front of the house the day we bought it:
before...

And three years later:
after photos

Here's the side yard the day we bought it:
before...
The dirt gash you see in these pics is where the owner had just installed county water in addition to the (very deep and productive, but slightly-sulphur-smelling) well we use for the garden now.

Here's the side yard now:
after photos 2008

Here's the front yard, future site of Larrapin Garden in August 2005:
before...

And Larrapin garden in August 2008:
after photos 2008

Now I can't claim credit for *all* the increase in green, because this year we had already reached the year's average total rainfall by mid June...while in 2005 the area was in a drought...

Am I ever glad we took those "before" pics just so I can see our progress! I can see a productive, mostly edible, naturally grown, wildlife & bird friendly landscape inspired by many garden teachers and (recently) the ideas of permaculture, starting to take shape!

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4 comments:

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Wonderful idea to take before and after pictures. You really do get a feel for all the changes you have made. Thank you for sharing.

katy said...

What a great improvement. It is so easy to get caught up with the things that need to be done, that we too often forget what milestones we have made. Of course digital cameras are a great asset to capturing all the 'been there'!

A Gardener At Larrapin said...

Thanks Morning Glory and Katy! Glad you both stopped by.

The digital camera has just opened up my garden record keeping, including before and after pics. Another way I'm finding it helpful is crop rotation in the veggie garden -- I can just look back at the pics and remember what was where when I forget to write it down...

Thanks so much for visiting Larrapin Garden!

I am ... said...

I love the before and after pictures! How fun! I have your blog bookmarked...

Have a great day!
Michelle