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Long, lost land

For San Francisco renters, we have a lot of space. We even have a Backyard. I've lived in this place for almost 17 years, I didn't always have access to the backyard for various reasons but I'd say for the last 13 years I have. I like nature but I am not much of a gardener. Plus, we don't get a lot of full sun or warm weather in the neighborhood I live in so I can't say I've spent a lot of time out there. Then we had some issues and really haven't been out there in like 2 years. I'd look out the window from my tiki room on to it and just be amazed how overgrown it was.

We have super overgrown Blackberry Bushes and last year were going to pick some. Well, then the neighbor decided to paint his house and covered my berries in blue paint and pruned 1/2 of our apple tree. I do like his paint color choice and the tree did need some major pruning.

Last week the stars just aligned for us in that we had a friend who wanted to help who had pruning sheers, decent weather and large compost bags that my husband gave me for christmas. It was time to tackle this project. 

This is 1/2 the apple tree which has fallen on the calla lilies but that hasn't slown them down.

This bad photo doesn't really do a good job capturing how overgrown these Bushes were. They were about 4 feet high and 15 feet long at least. 

 Cute little toy pot we found underneath all the trimmings.

We 3 worked for about 7 hours straight on the area. I had to go buy more composting bags since we ran out. Below this ENTIRE area had blackberry bushes, which is kinda shocking since they only should go to where the bricks are.
 Tree removed!

Husband looking very happy.

In the end we had 13- three foot bags of compost. Our timing was good because we did this on a Monday. Called the City on Tuesday about the extra bags and they picked them up Wednesday morning. It also hadn't rained in over a month so everything was lighter and super dry which made things much easier.
Not sure what we have in store for the backyard now. It still needs a lot of clean up but now I actually want to be in it. Also thinking maybe one of those rattan chairs I found on the street would be nice back there.

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Long, lost land


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