The West Foundation

A month ago Charlie planted and cleaned up the west side of the house foundation under the kitchen window.

The west side of the house is planted with perennial plants but very nondescript.

Unfortunately the area had become very weedy since early June.

Mulching makes the area appear neat.

Sug to the rescue. She pulled the weeds then covered the area with layers of newspaper to inhibit future weeds.

We often use newspaper to deter weeds.

She covered the paper with mulch (rotted wood chips) from the pile at the bottom of the yard.

These plants should eventually fill in and cover the foundation.

I don’t know how she has the patience for this but it looks beautiful while we’re waiting for the plants to mature.

What jobs are you patient to do?

Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

2 thoughts on “The West Foundation”

  1. Another good job by Sug! Sometimes I can weed patiently, but the weeds always come back! How do you think newspaper compares to weed cloth in effectiveness? Most of my gardens have too many plants to use either one. And I won’t use poison because of the cats.

    1. I like paper because it eventually breaks down. Weed cloth is messy for me. So effectivenes-wise I think they’re about the same except one is temporary. And the weeds that come back for either are usually seeds that take up residence in the mulch. Jo

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