In only one month my alley garden is booming (see a before picture). The rain barrel has provided the majority of the daily water. Despite the need for a few tweaks, harvesting rain has worked great.
I finally took the time to put a landscape border between my front garden and walkway. It's amazing how much better it looks.
My bee exterminating days were short lived. First, they were actually wasps which changed the playing field. Wasps can eat through things, sting as many times as they want without being a martyr, and fortunately they do not re-use their colonies after they die from the cold weather. Unfortunately, this information came after I had already filled many of the entrance/exits I had pin pointed. As a result of my expanding foam offensive I found a few that had worked their way into my basement (some spiders have made meals of all of them). However, I missed one entrance (in red) and as you can see here wasps are still moving freely. I've decided to make peace when them, but I won't be providing any aid come winter and I intend to caulk or point tuck my foundation closed.
The hot weather this weekend didn't stop me from getting a bunch of work done on my roof as well. I plan to unveil my new metal chimney I installed soon (can you feel the excitement?)
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