I'm excited about having the garden in the side yard, rather than outside the back door. We can now landscape the cleared out deck area and make it a nice place to sit, with the fire pit nearby and possibly a water fountain feature we're talking about building. We also want to eventually build a pergola, but that won't be this year. The area of yard where the new garden will go is one of the few grassy areas we have, so we're manually moving sod squares to the area where the deck used to be. Hurray, we'll have grass where it's now bare, instead of in the new garden! Carrying shovelfuls of sod is heavy work, but I do love the results. Whitney and I are helping, and I know Carl appreciates it. He told us so. :)
Here's a picture, to show what we started out with. We've done some work since then, but only a small amount compared to what we need to do! I'll post our progress every now and then. Do you have any yard project plans this summer? Now's the time to start preparing!
|The bottom right third of the picture is where the deck used to be. The raised dirt around that area is our old garden. The new garden will be in front of the shed and to the left of the bench you see on the left side of the picture.|