My dad is here again working on my backyard. It’s a sweet deal. Shane and I aren’t handy and could never do any of this and my dad is happy to have some work to do instead of being stuck in his apartment. (I get my “work is relaxing” attitude from him.) Honestly, I’m shocked that this is happening to us. We’re not used to people helping us like this. I’m very grateful.
Okay, so the last time he was here he took out these steps…
He’s going to widen the area and put a combo stairs and ramp. How? I have no idea. He’s pretty genius when it comes to building stuff.
Well, see that black pipe in the water? He and I couldn’t figure out how the drainage system worked so he pulled a section out. Well, apparently it did work because as soon as he dug up some dirt, that area pooled up with water.
In our defense, my house was built in 1955 and has gone through several remodels, inside and out. So there are a lot of wonky things that don’t make sense and don’t work. Also, he’s experienced with drainage systems in Hawaii and this is not the sort of set-up they do there. But we’ve figured out how it works now. Which is totally awesome!
No matter how many buckets of water we dumped, it kept filling back up.
So he replaced the section that was previously taken out. The old pipe is on the right, the new on the left. The old pipe has huge holes and the new one has slits. We can’t figure out how those big holes make any sense. Water is supposed to flow through there but the holes are so big and allow sand in, so the pipe is half filled with sand. We’re thinking that they used a combination of sand and small rocks to prevent the pipes from completely filling up with sand.
Anyway, we’re moving on.
Here is another set of steps that he is taking out. There were six stairs along my back yard! We’re eliminating all but two. Or many three. This section was put in a very long time ago. My dad can tell because that wood wall on the right side uses the old style wood. It’s a full 3″ thick. Not 2.75″ (or whatever fraction) like the kind they sell in Home Depot. Also the concrete has some kind of hardener and red dye.
It was slow going, but he managed to mostly demolish the top step. Except for…
that big problem he ran into. Which at this point isn’t a surprise. With every job he works on, there seems to be some surprise. This is a “big” one. But you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out.
I planted some vegetables! I’m pretty convinced I’ll kill them. Because that’s what I do to plants. I may have inherited my grandmother’s talent for intricate craftwork, but I certainly didn’t get her green thumb.
I forgot to take a before picture, but the two lower levels were full of weeds. After I cleared them out, I planted cherry tomato, Japanese eggplant, red bell pepper, zucchini and some kind of pepper (that one is for Caleb because he thinks insanely hot food is super cool. Boys.)
Before I weeded, I pulled some potato plants that the kids planted a while ago. These were off on their own towards the fence. I left the big bunch you see on the lower level. These are the potatoes that I dug up! It’s pretty exciting that food actually did grow!
Here’s another shot of my garden. The soil is messy. But I can’t be bothered with making it pretty. Pray for my plants.