The garden was once a lovely and green spot on the edge of Peeking Tree Farm, a community in northeast Washington state, but in the 1980s, its once-bustling beauty began to fade.
A state survey found that half of the land in the area was privately owned and most of the remaining land was under federal jurisdiction.
The land was then given to the state, which took it over and sold it to a private developer in 2013.
Now, PeekingTree Farms is struggling to stay afloat and sell off its remaining land.
As the farm slowly fades, the landscape will become increasingly unkempt, with weeds and abandoned trees choking the fields and surrounding landscape.
In the meantime, PeakingTree Farms and a handful of neighbors are trying to keep the land healthy.
Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your back yard.
Plant more trees on your property.
In some parts of the state and in other parts of Washington, the trees that grow on backyards and yardsides can be pests, so be sure to plant as many trees on those properties as possible.
For more tips on growing backyards, check out our article on what to plant to help prevent weed problems.
Don’t forget to remove the weeds.
Some areas have been overrun with weeds for decades and it’s a good idea to start small, just enough to start making some space in the back yard for your plants.
If you live in an area with a dense, wooded vegetation like your backyard, it can be hard to find the space you need.
So be sure that you plant in a way that allows your plants to grow out of the ground without the weeds being a problem.
Check the soil.
The soil on a backyard or property is often a natural soil, so make sure you take a regular trip to your local nursery or garden center to get the soil tested.
If the soil is too salty or too dry, you might need to change your soil or add fertilizer.
Try different types of trees.
Depending on where you live and where you grow your own, you may have different types and sizes of trees that are growing in your backyards or on your properties.
Some backyards are also located in parks, and if you have a small playground or other outdoor activity nearby, consider planting a small amount of trees to add to the landscape.
Use the right type of compost.
Some types of compost are good for growing plants and some are better for composting.
Choose one that is not too acidic and does not attract pests or harmful bacteria, such as horse manure.
Choose a good soil.
For the best soil for growing backyard plants, try adding organic material to the mix.
Look for compost with a pH of 3.4 or above and not too salty, too dry or too rich in nutrients.
If possible, choose a mix that is slightly acidic, but not too so. 7.
Use a soil-quality soil conditioner.
You can use a soil conditioners or fertilizer mix that helps with a variety of problems, such with pests and bacteria, if you are in an urban area or if you live near a stream or creek.
Some commercial fertilizers, such those from a local company, have pH values of 6.0 or above.
Find out if you can buy your own compost.
The state of Washington has some requirements for what you can and can’t buy as a backyard composter.
To qualify, you need to be an authorized owner and your backyard must be at least 30 square feet (4.2 meters) in size.
Some of the requirements include having a property that is at least 20 feet (6 meters) from the road and at least 1,000 square feet of compost space.
You also have to have a compost pile that is 10 to 15 feet (3 to 4 meters) high, and at a minimum of 5 feet (1.5 meters) deep.
For information about growing back yards, check with your local landowner or grower.
Learn about growing plants indoors.
When growing back gardens in your backyard or in your garden, you should keep the soil moist and keep the temperature low to avoid mold and other problems.
You should also look for plants that are drought tolerant, so they will survive in dry areas, and don’t over-water.
You may also want to add fertilizer, and you should pay attention to the soil type.
For a general guide on growing backyard gardens, check our article, How to grow your backyard garden.
Be sure to read the rules and regulations in your state.
Washington has a variety