Remember when I shared with you 5 spots to start a garden? One of the spots was a hedge we removed. It was small and manageable and the results were so great, guess what? I talked my husband (read: nubbed him into it) into digging out 30-feet of hedges!
It has taken me years to get him to agree to remove the hedges to grow food rather than hedges but we had help. Help from Craig.
As in Craig’s List! I listed the hedges on Craig’s List and said, “Free hedges. You dig, you haul.” In no time, someone was in our yard doing the digging work and hauling away those scraggly old bushes. OK, before high-fiving and butt-bumping can take place – this guy only took about half of those hedges. Then his truck was full and he left.
We were back to digging the hedges out ourselves. Well, one of us dug hedges and the other one was cheering, taking pictures, and chatting with the neighbors. Guess which one was me?
we my husband dug up the remaining hedges, we listed them again on Craig’s List. “Free hedges. All dug up and ready to plant in your yard.” By the next day, all of them were gone.
My husband was a good sport about all of this. I did remind him that our hedge trimmer was heading off to college and the job of trimming them was his again. Just like that, he was back to digging.
With the hedges gone, we have more space for growing vegetables and fruit. I am thrilled with the space!
He won’t let me dig up the front lawn. It’s actually pretty small so I’ll not bother him about it right now. It’s barely recognizable as grass since we don’t water it and it’s crispy brown after our hot summer.
Even though there’s not much space between the houses, the hedge space is on the south side of our house. It gets full sun all day, every day. It’s such a great space for fruits and veggies to grow!
I’m happy to report that my husband is very pleased with the result of growing food rather than hedges. He told me he can’t believe how I turned our side yard into a productive garden. Well, I couldn’t have done it without his help. And Craig’s.
I’ll not say it was easy – it was work – but it was worth it. We planted so many edibles but my favorite are the columnar apple trees. Our first – and only – apple is ready for harvest.
Next up for garden projects: a fence and gate that need replacing. They collapsed this past winter. Top three reasons that needs doing soon – the latest addition to the urban homestead – baby chickens who have turned into full-grown laying hens this month.
Not the easiest project and this took several months of removing hedges, amending soil, sowing seeds, planting fruit, and watering. It has been completely worth it – and so wonderful now that we’re enjoying the harvest! Growing food is so much more satisfying than hedges. But, do get some help from my buddy Craig if you can.
Do you have hedges or grass you’d like to remove? What’s stopping you?
Go Gingham related links:
Composting tips – add richness to your soil with scraps from the kitchen
How to invite bees to your garden – we really need bees
5 spots to start a garden – even in small yards like mine
How to use egg shells in the garden – you can do this today!