Here's what that space looked like before:
Oops! Forgot to include this in the original post. Sorry about that!!
We didn't get an "in progress" picture, but after he cleared all the weeds (and broke his weed whacker in the process), my husband broke up the soil so it would be easier to plant. We planned on waiting until the following weekend to buy the plants and get them in the ground, but we got excited and decided to do it on Sunday. We drew up a rough plan and decided what plants we wanted to get, then headed to the nursery.
Once we were there, the plan sort of went out the window. We got too excited by all the amazing options and went a little crazy.
We already had some compost that was ready to go at home, but we got one big bag of soil amender to mix in with it. I usually leave the yard work to my husband, but planting is sometimes fun, especially when it's not too hot outside. I had lots of fun and only got sick of it at the very end. We even made a scarecrow!! Here is the final result:
Yay!!! The grassy/weedy patch in the front right hand corner is the one little spot we didn't get to clearing. We also forgot to plant carrots, so those will go there this weekend when we get it prepped. The wood thing in the back right hand corner with the weeds in it is one of my husband's horseshoe pits that he put in the summer we moved in. I don't think he's played horseshoes there since that summer, but he's still too attached to it to rip it out. Maybe one day...
A close-up of one of the yellow squash plants. I can't wait until we can pick the veggies and eat them!
In front of our little fence and to block the gap, we have our strawberry planter and a mini fruit tree we've had for a few years. We still haven't gotten fruit from it, but we're hoping this is the year. When I was taking this photo, I realized that Ruby can fit through the little fence we put up. I thought she's be too fat, for sure!
Look at our awesome scare crow!! She's wearing some of my old PJs (I wore those bottoms to our prom after-party; I call them my prom PJs), one of my favorite old sweatshirts (it says, "live happily ever now" - I've always loved that line as a twist on the classic), one of my husband's freebie baseball caps, and some old gardening gloves. I think it is doing it's job because Ruby is terrified of it and was barking at it nonstop until I showed her it was fake.
I woke up pretty sore this morning from all the digging and planting, but it feels good! I know it's cliche, but having our own home with a yard and growing our own food is so fulfilling. It makes me so happy to know that our future children will have this in their lives as they grow up.