Spring is a magical time of year here in Utah. After what feels like an eternal winter, we finally can work outside again. It is a double edge sword though, because it takes time away from inside projects that we started when it was too cold and muddy to be outside. It is the one time I year I really wish I could clone myself!
I wanted to let you know what we have been up to out in the yard and what our plans are for the rest of the year. Some of the things I mention may not get accomplished in this calendar year, but will eventually. That is how it goes. I always have more ideas than time or money :P
We put up 20 something fence posts along the other side of our yard. The backyard is well over 200 feet deep. We have started adding the panels and will soon be able to stain it. I bought a couple colors of grey to see which one I like best.
I did a quick water color of an aerial view of the yard so I could better explain the next big project we are going to tackle as soon as the fence is done. At the very back of our yard, where the grass ends, is an area full of weeds and uneven dirt. Eventually I would like to add gravel there which is why it is shown in grey. Because our yard has an alleyway that connects to the street, we wanted to put a short fence after the grass ends. I had the idea this winter to make long planter boxes instead that act as a fence. So that is what we are going to do! We already bought all the lumber and I am SO excited!!!
They will be 20 feet long each and 3 feet high and 3 feet wide. We will move our raspberries from the garden, to the planter boxes. There will be two 4 foot gates in the center that open up to allow people or vehicles to come through.
In front of the planter boxes will be some flowerbeds. I have been meaning to add more color to the backyard and this will be the perfect spot. I have some Zinnias I started from seeds and will probably have to buy some more to supplement since it is such a large area (40 feet by 2 feet deep).
Behind the planter boxes I will hide my compost bins and wood piles. Initially, I was going to have the planters extend the whole way until the garden but we decided to put a shed on the end. The shed is probably not in the budget this year but when we do get one, it will act as a clubhouse for the boys until they outgrow it and then it will be a garden shed.
Here you can see the back of the yard as it is now. We have been working on mowing down the weeds. The boys will start digging it to even it out as it starts to slope up (see in the second picture) and there is a hill not visible in these pics.
There is a long story behind this old wood I got for free. It is too long to tell today. But it is an old untreated wood fence from a house in my neighborhood and we are going to use it to build a cute little fence around the garden. I have wanted a fence around the garden for YEARS but wanted to use reclaimed wood so it would match the chicken pen fence. I am so pumped we got this for free and don’t have to wait any more!
Off the back of the house we would like to add a pea gravel patio with a pergola. We have never had a patio or patio furniture and I look forward to have a cozy post to relax. This one may not happen this year due to the fact that I would really like to get some major progress on the basement done and I honestly don’t know if I would have time for both. If it happens my guess would be that it would happen in the Fall.
Whew! That was a lot. I would love to hear what your outdoor plans are! Do any of you have pea gravel patios? Any advice? Am I crazy to think the boys and I can level the ground in the back? Or should I break down and hire a dude with a backhoe? Share your ideas in the comments :)