The Backyard Tune-up of 2013

Backyard Spring 2013

I am a little backlogged with all the wedding projects happening these days, so I’ll be posting a few projects (both wedding and house related) we’ve tackled the last few weeks to catch up.

Backyard Spring 2013

Starting with our backyard. Over the last month we’ve spruced up the backyard in preparation for BBQs and pool time post-wedding.

Backyard Spring 2013

I wrote about how I experimented with seeding our back grass patch and the results have been pretty good. I expanded the seeding to the entire right side of the pool.

Backyard Spring 2013

We’ve been diligent in watering the area daily until the grass came up. It still has a few bald patches, but I’m confident it will fill in with time.

Backyard Spring 2013

Nate worked on cleaning up the patio. We are still as a loss at what to do with the sections under the windows. The cats continue to kill whatever we plant there so I am now thinking that a denser plant would keep them from using it as their litter box.

Backyard Spring 2013

I tackled pruning the Meyer lemon and kumquat trees into shape. Both trees had enormous growth after the last pruning.

Backyard Spring 2013

I took my time with the lemon to avoid cutting off any of the flowers. I expect we will have a killer crop of lemons next winter with so many blooms.

Backyard Spring 2013

The kumquat was given a major buzz cut and in the process I harvested the fruit to use. We’ve never had so many kumquats.

Kumquat Harvest 2013

I didn’t measure them all together but I would say we had 3-4 grocery bags full. We gave a bunch away to neighbors, family and Nate even took in bunches each day to share with his students. We still had so many kumquats that I decided to try juicing them whole.

The most decadent and ridiculous sounding thing I have ever made... I give you Kumquat Juice!

I threw the entire fruit in my Breville and made two pitchers full of pulpy juice goodness. The rind is such an integral part of the flavor it had to be included. And in case anyone is wondering, the juice tastes like a tart creamsicle which I personally find super delicious. I think I found my favorite thing to do with kumquats.

Backyard Spring 2013

Fast forward a few weeks later, our apricots are beginning to ripen. I expect I will be harvesting them later this week.

Backyard Spring 2013

The squirrels already got a few and I want to keep the rest for my greedy self.

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