I love my family! Remember when I shared last fall how the work day became my new favorite family tradition as we worked together to paint houses and transform yards. It's amazing how much you can accomplish in a day when people come together.
We decided we'd have a round of spring workdays spread throughout the months of April, May, and June (with four families participating, it's just 1-2 days each month) and then see who would be interested in another round of days in the fall (September, October, and November).
Each family decides what they want done and has everything ready when the workers arrive with any tools they may have. And we all bring a salad to share at noon, so no one's stuck with the food duty.
This spring it's mainly yard work- we've hacked back a hillside of blackberries and gave flower beds a neat look with newspaper and compost (it also keeps down weeds and helps conserve moisture). Which is what we did again last Saturday.
Take a look at these before shots:
Well, OK...it's still daunting, but we dug in and by early afternoon the front garden was back in tip-top shape:
Doesn't it look fantastic?
Here's a closeup to give you a better idea. The English daisies had taken over and it was hard to see the stepping stones. There were other weeds and some plants that needed to be moved and transplanted.
Now the garden is set to be enjoyed for the rest of the season.
Out in the front yard, the trees were part-way hidden by a lot of overgrown grass. Some are surrounded by wire to ward off the voracious deer, and the grass grows up inside the wire unless it's also covered with newspaper and mulch.
One of the reasons it was so neat and tidy was this:
Goodness, I was even a bit worried at first (look at the bushes in this picture and then scroll back up to the previous picture to see how much he removed!)- did he go too far? Cut off too much?
So in a way, Brian saved it.
Does anyone else have family/friend work days?