I haven’t fallen off the face of the planet, I promise! Life has just gotten super busy, and I am still trying to figure out how to juggle it all! 

We have diligently been working on our yard! It’s going to be a slow process, but we are getting there.  

First up, we wanted to finish the fencing around the yard.  So, we went in (on cost) with our neighbors, and we decided to put up the rest of the fence first.  We wanted it to match, the backyard wall, so we decided to continue with the cinderblock wall on the side of the yard.  

Here are a few pictures of the process:

We still need to do the part of the wall that actually blocks off the backyard, and has a gate.  After that, the backyard will be completely enclosed! Which will make me very happy! With three little one’s running around, a closed in backyard is very nice! 

Next up are just some before pictures of the backyard.  As you can see we have a giant shed in the backyard.  It is really nice, and a great place for storage.  There is also a giant concrete patio to the right of the shed.  We are going to build a pergola over this area, and do a built in bbq and outdoor dining area. 

The top left picture, there are three fruit trees planted.  We found out the middle one is an apricot tree, and the other two are apple trees.  We are also doing our garden in this area of the yard.  We will be tilling the garden soon, and planting (by mother’s day)  I will update what we plant in our garden, when we decide! 🙂 I can’t wait to have another garden, we did one last year in our old house and I really enjoyed doing it! 🙂

This side of the house has some wood fencing, we eventually want to rip it out and make it match the rest of the fencing around the yard. 

So the previous home owners, had this weird brick patio in the front yard. My husband and I were not really a fan of the whole thing, so we ripped out all the brick so we could plant some grass. As you can see Charlie was a big helper and enjoyed moving the brick to the backyard! 

We had to bring in a lot of dirt so we could plant some grass.  We just took dirt from the backyard (which we needed to anyways) and my husband leveled it out, so we could seed.  We also ripped out all the previous plants and took out a boat load of rocks (the previous owner collected interesting rocks and they were everywhere) that were in the flower beds because the dirt was super low in that area and needed to be filled in so it was level.  

We are now ready to plant all sorts of flowers and different plants in the flower beds.  My mother in law gave me some starts over Easter weekend, that we’ve already planted.  She gave me some chicks (which I love) and also a ground covering plant–it’s a purple flowered plant and I love the look of it.  I decided to plant it on the right flower bed towards the front, so it would kind of act like a border.

My parents are not the gardening type, and so I didn’t really grow up learning about gardening or things like that. I don’t know a whole lot about flower gardening, and I am slowly learning about vegetable gardens.  My in-laws have an immaculate yard and garden, and are kind of helping us find our way in regards to planting at the right times and what to plant where.   

It’s going to be a slow process of getting things exactly the way I want, but I am really enjoying the process! 

Do you have a garden, do you have any tips or tricks?!

Talk to you soon,