Since moving in a month ago, we’ve had a few bumps in the road that have slowed down our progress on our short-term goals for our new home. Of all the items, the only one I’ve spent significant time on has been working in the backyard.
Here’s what we are starting with: The backyard has patches of good lawn and full sunlight. There’s a raised 5×5 garden bed, a garden shed, and huge flowerbeds that have, unfortunately, been filled with rock. The edge of the patio once had lava rock, but at some point the owners removed it. There’s about a two-foot path where the rock was that is now dirt.
Here’s what we’ve done so far. I’ll call this phase one:
- Planted four taller planters (two of geraniums, two of grass and perennial mouse ear coreopsis); one planter of salvia; two smaller pots of geraniums; and several annuals that I ran out of potting soil for that have yet to find homes.
- Planted basil.
- Re-seeded patchy spots in our front yard. I wanted to test Scott’s PatchMaster on a few spots in our front yard before I committed to trying it on our backyard, and I’m really happy with the results.
My goal was to get some flowers in pots immediately so we could enjoy the patio, and largely, I am happy with what I have. I would like to add some more color, but that will be after the next few phases.
In phase two, here’s what I’d like to do:
- Add string lights to the patio. Aaron and I just need to find a few free hours to do this! My mom sent me this idea, and it is what we will use as a guide to our patio, since their layout is very similar to ours.
- Buy sand for Shepherd’s sand box. Thank you, Hammond boys, for letting Shep have your old sandbox!
- Buy a bow rake and whip the garden into shape. I have seeds that need to go in the ground very soon.
- Plant the zinnia seeds I have.
- Maybe put fountain grass around the perimeter of the patio? I feel like the area needs some edging to separate it from the lawn.
In phase three, which is really less of a phase and more of a budget commitment, I’d like to:
- Get a fire pit or fire bowl.
- Either add more seating, like these Adirondack chairs from Home Depot, or get a patio table. I don’t love the plastic chairs, but at $20 a piece, I can’t complain.
- Re-seed and patch the back yard.
- Create a compost bin. My friend Chelsea has a great post on this; I just need to do it!
It makes me so happy to be able to open our french doors and enjoy finally having a back yard! I love that it’s fenced, so Shepherd can play while I keep an eye on him from the kitchen, and I am eager to continue adding to this area to make it an outdoor living space we can use. We’re focusing on perennials and potted plants since we rent, but I’m happy that I feel like we can invest time here and not have it be wasteful.