Garden: Before & Afters

Hello My Dear Darling Friends!

I have been busy in the garden and am absolutely loving it! I am an earth sign (Virgo holla!) and playing in the dirt has always helped me to feel more grounded. Note to self: If I ever feel brittle and unsure of myself, I should just go outside and pull some weeds! Walking on a sandy beach or swimming in the ocean also helps too.

We had some hot days in September and I found myself indoors clinging to the air conditioned house. This meant that I was rarely outside and boy did I feel it! I’m glad that the weather has cooled off a bit and I have been spending much more time outside. Even my bf said, it’s only 80 degrees. Nice and cool. I laughed and reminded him of how that used to be hot for us (coming from Washington State), but now we consider that, “cool.”

Let’s take a little trip through my garden, shall we?

This is our Bosworth Lychee tree and Mighty Momma with her babies.

This year I decided that I want to dedicate plants, flowers, and fruit trees to my friends and family. That way I can send them pictures and when they come visit they can see their plant grow. This Lychee tree is dedicated to my Mom and my friend Grace.

This poor thing got uprooted (most likely by a pig) about a month ago and I had to add more lava rocks to the planter. Thankfully, it seems like it has done the trick and kept our tree out of harm’s way.

Before:

The grass grows swiftly here!

During:

I weeded the planter then pulled up the grass around the tree.

After!

Ta-Da!

This is the time of year that we mulch, mulch, mulch! That way the tropical rain that falls gets put to good use and I can slow down the soil erosion process.

This spring I discovered my love for Hawaiian Ti Plants. They add a gorgeous pop of color and are so much fun to prune. I also love crotons. As a whole, I have decided that our garden definitely needs a lot more color!

before:

Things were becoming too overgrown here

Things were becoming too overgrown here. The grass and vines will take over if we allow them too. I’m glad I had a nice burst of energy!

During:

Evidently, my landscaping is chicken-approved!

After!

Mulch, mulch, mulch!

Can you see the landscaping a little better now? I might have covered most of it in mulch, but hopefully it will help our plants to thrive. I still have a lot more work to do with this whole area. There is so much grass, but I will chip away at it little by little.

My 2-day project was the Ulu (breadfruit) tree. This breadfruit tree is dedicated to my Dad. Have you ever tried Ulu before? It is delicious and very versatile. I also LOVE the way the tree looks.

before:

Things got very overgrown here too…

during:

It was a lot of work to get to this point!

after!

It was a lot of work, but will hopefully be worth-it!

Let’s check out the citrus grove! I have always wanted to have my own citrus trees so this spring I planted Calamansi Lime, Tangelo, and Naval Orange trees. Our citrus grove went a bit to the wayside this summer because I was so busy with work, but I think that I can still revive it.

before:

during:

After!

I got this done on a highly caffeinated Sunday!
Do you see the chicken on the powerline? Now that’s a birdseye view!

I honestly prefer the “during” phase because it looks the prettiest, but I know that the mulch will pay off. I also used quail fertilizer that we got and broke down on our very own quail farm.

Do you mulch your garden? Comment below to share!

❤ Alana

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