Monday, March 9, 2009

Project 19 Extreme Yard Makeover!

UPDATE 5/28: Louanne, Meri, Julie, Mel and Seth went out on one of the hottest days of the year and spent another great day making over the yard! We are so close now! We have the arbor posts in the ground and just need to attach a few more pieces and paint it. The yard is almost complete. We need to finish putting in the concrete pieces for the walkway and build the small concrete wall for the herb garden. After that, we just need to paint the small fence and we will be done. What a transformation is it already! Thanks to everyone who sweat their butt off to help a neighbor out! We will be going out next week to (hopefully) finish up!

Update 5/20: The next scheduled workday for this project is Thursday the 28th. All the supplies are there to build the arbor and lay the concrete path. We just need people who don't mind getting their hands dirty to help. Can we get another large group out there on the 28th to finish this up??

UPDATE 5/6: Trevor, Seth, Michelle and Meri headed out to Corbett and picked up the lumber needed for the arbor and concrete for the pathway. They delivered these items to the project site. Everything should be ready to go on the next work day!!

UPDATE 5/1: Meri, Seth, Julie and Louanne were back out there today! Rototilling, planting, digging and a whole lot of other tasks!! This yard is really starting to take shape. There will be at one, possibly two, more days and this project should be finished. We still need to build an arbor. We have the lumber and design ready to go thanks to Meri. We still need a load of gravel and a load of broken concrete chunks to make a walkway. There are quite a few offers of free gravel and concrete on CraigsList but we need a volunteer and truck to pick up these items. Even if you are unable to help on the next day but have some time to pick up and deliver these items please let us know!! When the next workday is chosen we will update everyone. Pictures of the transformation to come soon!!

UPDATE 4/18: Over a dozen volunteers showed up to help with this big project!! It was great to see so many people coming out to help others! We got about 75% completed, but there is still a little more work to do. We need an arbor built for a large grape, bricks placed around gardens and flower beds and some rototilling done around the yard. A big thank you to Aaron, Mel, Meri, Mary, Brooke, Kelli, Julie, Dwane, Cindi, Lucas, Ryan, Louanne, Abby and Seth for making this the biggest turn out we have had yet!! Thanks again to everyone!

Also, if anyone can help fix a small picket fence, both re-setting it and with a faulty gate, that would be awesome!

UPDATE 4/10: Next Wednesday, April 15th, starting at 10am we are going to amass the largest group of volunteer yard workers in history!! Not only are we going to help a deserving family but we bucking the system by not stressing over TAX DAY!! Instead, we will be raking, chopping, slicing, trimming, edging, cutting, digging, planting and mowing this yard into submission!!! So PLEASE, join us in this endeavor and show this yard who is boss!
Call 503-953-6018 to reserve your rake!! Or call to specify which yard tool you want reserved for your use.

UPDATE 4/8: Meri, a wonderful landscaping expert, went to help with this project Wednesday. She did a ton of weeding and other much needed work on this yard. She also brought quite a few plants and flowers that will be planted next Wednesday. Thanks so much Meri for all of your hard work and dedication!!

UPDATE 4/1: Seth and Mel headed out today to start the initial clean up. The weather was worse than expected and they both got soaking wet and cold but didn't call it quits!! Thanks to both of you for your hard work. We will schedule another date in the near future and hope the weather cooperates.

Update 3/20 Seth and Meri will be heading out to take a look and get a general plan going on Tuesday. Check back frequently for updates on this one!!!

This one will be lots of fun!

We were contacted a couple of days ago by a woman who really needs help with her yard. She has put most of her money into fixing up the inside of the home (which was destroyed by renters) and now needs a lot of ideas and dirty hands to help her out. She would really like a usable space for her, her daughter and their dog! She is more than happy to share some yard space so that others that don't have the space for gardens can grow some food.

This is her first home (she has lived in apartments most of her life) and she really needs help. She is more than happy to help with all the work that needs to happen, but she's just not sure of what to do or where to start. She really would like an organic garden with lots of veggies built but she is open to all ideas and suggestions.

What we would like to do is to get a few of us over there to formulate and actually draw out a plan. Michelle and Seth went over there on Saturday the 7th to see what needs to be done and to see what we have to work with. It's a fantastic yard with a TON of possibilities!

That being said, this is a big job! We figure this will be a multi-visit project. After our initial assessment, we can see the need for everything from a small picket fence that needs repair to (possibly) a retaining wall in the backyard. This job will include the front/back and side yards.

Like we said folks, this is a big job but very doable.

If you want to be involved on this project or if you have any ideas, please contact us at 503-953-6018 or

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