When E and I moved into our house in 2008 we had a multi year garden plan in mind. Last year we purchased patio furniture, built our hill (which needed to be re-built this year), installed a dry river, and started our planting.
This year we fixed the side of our garage. And it was so so worth it. Before our garage was hideous jail house cinder block style. In all the photos of backyard parties I have last summer, there are only about two photos of the side of the garage. It was just that bad.
This year we got a family friend to install wood siding. This is not the aluminum siding, but actual wood that was framed out and painted by us, twice, due to the fact that the first time we painted it white and it could blind you when the sun hit it. So two more coats of paint later, the side of our garage is complete and looking so awesome.
Then we got seven and a half tons of dirt delivered, and rebuilt our hill, made a raised bed in the back, filled some enormous pots with beautiful grasses and did about a million other things. And it was all worthwhile, because our yard looks kick ass, if I do say so myself. We've spent over four weekends working pretty solidly and I'm happy to say it's paid off.
The dirt pile looks tiny. Really it was huge. And building the new hill!
The white was a no-go.
There was a certian little man that was FANTASTIC! We worked hard through all of his naps, but when he was awake he would cheerfully talk and watch us work.
We've been saving all of our extra money for our garden budget. One thing we splurged on was this outdoor fireplace. Can't wait to break it in.
The freshly painted garage. And the beautiful huge pots I spent some birthday money on.
New hill looking a ton better.
Ready to host backyard parties! Come on over!
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