I started a project 3 years ago to facilitate easier foot travel between our two houses over an area of yard that is a natural water run-off into our lake.
Sticky mud all but a few dry months of the year.
I began by carting over by wheelbarrow a huge amount of yard scrapings from my local materials company. Dirt, mulch, and rock. I piled this up starting from both ends of our respective decks, leaving an opening for the run-off in the center to be very simply bridged. Then I started sheet composting the sides to prepare for moisture loving woodland plants. I laid in lots of compost, horse manure, leaves, dead weeds, anything organic and degradable. Last year I checked the composition of this soil and it was still a bit sticky and raw, so I planted only a few things that I found around here. Some Joe Pye Weed for the butterflies, some Hosta starts and some iris. This year I can see that the soil has mellowed and is ready to plant. So....I bought some different varieties of hardy ferns, split some Astilbe, and added some Columbines. There are also some Violas and Violets that came back from last year's soil experiment trials.
Yesterday when I looked over there the wind was playing havoc with my newly planted ferns so I gathered up a bunch of cut wood from a tree we lost last year in an ice storm and placed pieces on the windward sides of the plants. Now they have little growing nooks that are partially protected, (like they would have in a natural woods) and look much happier. Then I filled in around the plants with leaves that I gathered last fall and put on a heap to have for this project. I tried to get some pics to show, but they are really sad.
This first one is of the very simple bridge and the fern area.
Thank you! When I get a good pic looking down from the deck I'll add it. I love it cause it should look pretty natural and peaceful. This area is part of what I can see when I'm sitting on the deck in my *take a break* chair.
Thank you Seray.
The ferns are supposed to be pretty large, so maybe it won't take very long to fill in.
My mountain lilies have really reproduced this year. Think they might like these conditions too? Shady. Sticky soil, constantly damp?
I might try adding some of them as well once they stop blooming.
That snake has a booboo. Looks like a cat might have got a-hold of him. Two puncture wounds, he should be all right though. I hope so. Snakes are great around the house and farm, especially when you have a compost pile that is just a pile, not in a closed container. Helps keep the little furry guys under control. I won't put out mouse bait, a child and too many other animals around here.