I am by NO MEANS a gardener, but I’ve been getting great joy out of designing and working in my yard recently. Previously a city gal for the past 10 years, I now feel a little overwhelmed with both a front AND back yard. It will probably take me years to get the whole area together. The back is particularly full of challenges. In typical Naomi/George overzealous ambitiousness, we’ve discussed a deck, adding a fence, an outdoor living room, tiered vegetable garden beds, a shed/workshop, a fountain, a firepit. The truth of the matter is, I don’t see this as a forever home, so it’s probably crazy to do so much work.
For now, I’ve been mostly focused on upping my curb appeal and making my front yard a little less embarrassing. I’ve trimmed down ugly bush trees and completely removed the grass. Since the space is so small I’d prefer to have mulch and plantings. The idea is for it to be a cutting garden, with something or other blooming throughout the warm seasons. I love having fresh flowers in my home and having them come from your own yard is even more special.
When I first bought the home in September 2012, my front yard looked like this…
And now in June 2014 we have progressed to this…
I know, I know, I have a long way to go and I’m not exactly winning and curb appeal awards yet. Would you be more impressed if I told you the yard looked like this on May 31st? Not even exaggerating.
4 Weeks Ago
A little less terrible. Not done weeding. (Does it ever end?) Need to re-mulch.
I half mulched the right side and it makes me feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I know this isn’t very impressive. I’m mostly posting to hold myself accountable and keep it real. Gardening is hard work! I’ve gotten a lot of help from my Mom so far and hope we can make some headway in the next few months.
- paint fence
- add second section of fence on left side
- hide recycling/ trash cans
- finish weeding
- tackle front porch
That’s it for me today. Wish I could go outside and play right now, but it’s work time.
How are your gardens growing? Are you into plantings or grass? And do you have any tips for me to help me pull my front yard together? I’m all ears!