Last year we started on working on our (unruly yard). Months of clearing out weeds, dead plants, cutting down some old trees, putting in a patio, etc etc. We are finally ready to prune existing plants and even add some new stuff to the garden this year.
Here's a few of the right side of the yard - notice the nice (new) grass, the old rose bushes has sprung back to life and the honey suckles from the far side has the whole yard smelling awesome.
The kids finally have a patch of grass to play in without worrying about weeds. It's funny, when I asked our boys what they wanted - Grass or Playground - they actually voted for Grass. Phew! Glad we didn't spring for the play-set we had our eye on. Grass is actually quite versatile. They've been using it for soccer practice, picnicking and everything else they don't do on the patio.
After a failed attempt at a in-ground vegetable garden last year - failed due to ground rodents (squirrels/mole or something that chew up all the roots of the plants) - my husband helped me put together these lovely planters.
Each planter is lined with chicken wire on the bottom :) - hopefully that would be enough to stop the critters from chewing up my plants this year.
And the lineup so far for the 2 of 3 boxes:
Strawberries saved from our garden from last year:
Okra - something new:
Also in the lineup: bush green beans, green onions and basil :). Hopefully we'll have a successful garden this year.