Thursday, September 27, 2012

Comparison of Georgia Home Garden 2.0 vs 1.0

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Things are still pretty busy for me these days as I have so many projects that I want to get done and only so much time.  Earlier this week I wanted to research how my yard looked at the new house from a historical perspective.  Google Earth is an awesome free program that allows you to get close up aerial shots of anywhere on Earth.  It has all sorts of bells and whistles and is really neat.

The images below are from February 2011, which coincidentally is when Georgia Home Garden 1.0 was being constructed.  In the image below you can see the pavers outlining the garden area and only three 4x8 beds. I must have still been working on the other three.  My lot was .20 of an acre, it was really a good size looking back on it.  Big enough yet very manageable.  The house was directly North facing which made for a South facing backyard, perfect for a garden.  Scroll down for the new garden.

This is an aerial shot of the new house and future home of Georgia Home Garden 2.0.  As you can see I am now on a corner lot.  The house is East facing, but I have two potential spots for a new garden.  The first area is on the North East side of the house.  This area gets a good deal of Sun and only gets shade from the house that grows larger toward the afternoons.  It is a good sized area for at least three 4x8 beds, maybe more.  This area of my yard is a train wreck right now and it is going to take a lot of work to get it ready, more on that in another post.  The second potential spot is this huge side yard to the left of my driveway that is South facing.  There is a ton of room to do whatever I want.  The only problem is this area isn't fenced and could present a problem.  Ideally I would like to bump that fence out to about 15 feet off the road and capture more area in my backyard.  This lot is double the size of my old lot at .40 of an acre.  That didn't sound like a lot to me until I had to cut the grass a few times with a walk behind mower.  Well that is all for now, there will be more posts in the future as I am working every day on landscaping projects, planting trees, getting garden area prepped, etc.  I hope to share some of these as  they progress.

6 comments:

Crafty Cristy said...

And you now have a pool. Your girls will love that (eventually, if not now.)

You have doubled your gardening space. Congratulations. I have about .25 of an acre and thought it was much too small, but with your statements here, maybe it's just right--enough to be manageable, but not so much that I have no time for anything else.

My husband and I had the opportunity to buy 1.5 acres, but after prayer decided that it wasn't the Lord's will for us. Godliness with contentment is great gain. I am learning to appreciate the things I have rather than seeking for things that are not in my sphere.

GrafixMuse said...

Wow, that is a nice amount of yard to work with. Wherever you decide to situate your garden, I would start small and expand a little each year.

Kris said...

Cristy - it is an above ground pool and that was a compromise I made. Other house we looked at that had in ground pools were automatically disregarded because I didn't want the added maintenance and expense. I figured that I could easily remove an above ground pool in the future easily. However we have really enjoyed it so far.

It is funny you said that about acreage because at first that was one of my wants was at least an acre. The more I thought about it the more I realized that while I love gardening and landscaping, I also like things low maintenance. Between the amount of upkeep and the hassle of living farther from town convinced me that living in a neighborhood best suited me. Though I had dreams of having a small farm reality snapped back with the amount of work it could be. Like you God guided me to this house that had all the things our other house didn't but that we always wanted. It isn't perfect but nothing in life is and like you I am trying to be content. I still love my old house for the record. :)

Kris said...

Thank you Rachel and that is great advice. I remember at my old house that I would do things and then change them a couple years later. I am trying to be very selective and methodical about my current landscape projects because I don't want to be redoing them in a few years. It is very hard for me to do because I want to implement my vision NOW. :)

Bernadine said...

It looks like a great house you're buying. Large yard too! I know you'll turn your property into a great garden and I can't wait to see how you transform it. Best wishes with the new home.

Crafty Cristy said...

Well, you can use your pool as long as it is fun and you could pull it if it becomes burdensome.

Funny, after I posted this we AGAIN had the opportunity to buy another piece of land about 1.5 acres. The second time I asked the Lord to completely close the door if it wasn't His will. Door closed. Case solved. Now if only I could learn that contentment thing.

I am glad to hear that you really liked your 1.0 house. I hope you enjoy the 2.0 house as much. It's definitely good to follow the leading of the Lord.