After transforming our front yard, it was time to start working on the backyard! Since our placement of the cinder block garden in the front yard wasn’t going to work, we moved it to the back and decided to expand upon it. We added another cinder block garden to mirror the first, and also put in a tier of used tires that we recycled into a big planter! We painted them, reinforced the bottoms with burlap and wood (side note: this lasted about a year before starting to deteriorate) and stacked them in between the cinder block gardens. It was very eye catching, having the boxy look of the block on either side of the round tires. We planted fruits, vegetables and flowers in each box and tire, adorned it with a garden fairy and a solar lit butterfly light, as well as a few other solar lights.
We found out all too quickly that our dog, Luna, loved the garden as much as we did! She enjoyed snacking on small developing veggies, and laying in the damp soil because it was nice and cool. After settling down on a tomato bush for her afternoon nap, and completely flattening it, we decided it was time to keep her out of our garden. We put up a metal barrier, which I later replaced with plastic fencing; though she tried to sneak her way in, we made the garden area Luna proof, much to her disapproval!
We also livened up the rest of the backyard by putting in different planters across the patio. We used some things that we had, and other things that we had found, to create an eclectic look that was fun and fit our personalities. Most of the things that I planted were flowers that were heat and drought tolerant, because we were putting them in at the height of our heatwave!
To complete our summer planting, we added an orange tree to our backyard. What house is complete without a tree?! Well, ours wasn’t. It took a lot of work to break up the soil on the side of the house, which was like hard, solid clay. Luna loved the tree too, and eventually we had to fence that up too. When it’s a little taller, we can take the fencing down.
Check out our progress and Winter Gardens, post coming soon!