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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Backyard Makeover!

The weekend before last, I got an itch to make over our backyard. Don't ask me why...I've never been much of a gardener, but suddenly I got the strongest urge to plant my own vegetables and to make our back patio a pretty place to hang out. I guess it's the warm weather making me want to get outside, or seeing other people's pretty gardens around town and online, but suddenly I HAD to plant a garden in the backyard, so I did.

This was the scene back there when I started:
Planters completely choked with weeds, leaves and rotten oranges everywhere, and even a tiny oak tree growing in the planter! How did that even get there? (There are no oak trees anywhere near our house).

The back patio was no better: the screen door leaned against the wall (it had fallen off and I couldn't figure out how to put it back on!), trash and spray paint cans from my last project still sat on the table, and dirt covered EVERYTHING! Yuck!

I set to work the Friday before last after I got home from work- I tackled the leaves and the weeds, filling the entire greenwaste can in the process. The soil was really hard and dry, so I had to soak it really well with the hose before I could pull anything up.  I did my best to dig out the oak tree, but in the end I had to cut it with a saw. I might have Phillip help me take another go at that one some day. After three and a half hours of digging, raking, and pulling, my body hurt all over and the planters looked like this:
 Finally clear!

The next day, I worked some compost into the soil and then planted my veggies. Some were seeds and some I bought as plants. One of my co-workers was even nice enough to give me a tomato and a chive plant.

I was inspired by Oh So Lovely Vintage's post to make myself some colorful plant markers for my new garden:

 Aren't they cute?

I also tackled the patio mess: I threw away all of the trash, swept away the dirt and cobwebs, and put the ugly folding chairs away. I dug this wrought-iron table and chairs set out of the garage (a thrift store find, I paid $15 for the whole set!) and put out this little cart I bought at an antique shop that I want to paint yellow. I'm already in the process of fixing up the patio set right now, so I hope to be posting the results of these projects soon!

 I planted a little herb garden in my vintage pots and put them on this plant stand I found at the antique shop:

I dug this box planter out of the weeds, filled it with soil, and planted some begonias:

I planted the flowers I got at the Achievement House nursery in some more pretty vintage planters:

I put this cute pot (bought on clearance at Target) in the cute vintage stand I got last week and planted another begonia:

A week later, I was so excited to see that my first sprout came up! Yay! I can't wait for my garden to grow!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my little backyard makeover. I'll be posting progress pics as it grows and I get more fun projects completed. (First up: the patio set!)

Are any of you in the process of fixing up your yard? Planting a garden? I'd love to see what you've done! Any advice for a newbie gardener?


  1. It's so pretty!! Great job!! I plan on fixing up my front porch this weekend - it's SO blah!!

  2. It's looking fabulous! It will be so nice to sit back there and relax among your veggies and flowers. All you vintage planters look great back there.
    Do you guys eat those oranges? I would die to have one in my yard! But my neck of the woods isn't exactly citrus friendly. : ) The freakin deer eat anything I plant.

  3. Great transformation! We are renting and don't have much of a garden to work with. I want to get an old wheelbarrow to plant some herbs in. I'm also trying to find a fruit tree that I can grow in a pot. We always had fruit trees in our yard as kids and I'd love to have that in our house. One day!

  4. Wow!!! You made a lot of progress!!! Go Melissa!

  5. Wow! It all looks so great! It must be so nice to sit there and see such a difference from the before. I just have a herb garden in pots, I am thinking of working on them this weekend. I want to add to them and get a few more. Hope you have fun with you new garden!

  6. Oh, I am so jealous of your cute little garden! Hope you will enjoy it :-)