You don’t have to have a woodpile like Martha Stewart, but…
Now that we’re deep into November and you may be thinking of turkey and building a fire in the fireplace, take time to think about a little garden clean up before the really snowy weather hits. Time to “batten down the hatches” as some Navy Dads say to their kids. Take a good look around the garden and yard as you walk the dog or putter between rains.
Do you see any of these irritations?
- Falling down woodpile
- Brightly colored hoses unwound
- Big blue tarps covering things
- That shabby non-chic shed
- Toys in primary colors
- Little ‘rat’s nests’ of junk
- Big ‘rat’s nests’ of junk
Some gardener’s in natural areas like ours have vowed to never buy another bright green hose or neon blue tarp. Other low-key colors are available if you look, black or grey hoses or brown tarps with a silver underside. You may not go for ‘camo’ normally, but it makes sense for our beautiful mountain area to set a few color standards.
Hose winders are available that mount right to your house wall near the hose and make it a snap to neaten the hose area.
Painting a shed a neutral color or even the color of your home is one idea that many have adopted. And as for those toys and junk as well as outdoor folding furniture, they can be contained inside the shed or in an out of the way location behind it.
The photo above is not done by Martha Stewart, but has been compared to what she would do. In reality it has been stacked by an artist, Alastair Heseltine. You don’t necessarily have to stack your woodpile like he does, see photo above, but if you have two trees, wood can be stacked between them or knock together a wood rack out of two by fours. In the slide show is a photo example of how wood was stacked for a nearby sauna.
Now when the summer flower show is over, is a good time to evaluate your outdoor area with a critical eye. What can you do to naturalize and beautify it? Making your outdoor world neat and serene will make it a very welcome lace to be, even in late Fall and Winter.
About the woodpile photo:
Alastair Heseltine is a sculptor on Hornby Island, British Columbia, working with mixed media relating to the environment. He also specializes in woven design based upon willow which he grows, in particular he draws on his European background as a traditional artisan.
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