Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Before and after...

...well, just before.
As I watched my segment on Central Texas Gardener, I realized just how much gardening I've done in 6-1/2 years! And I thought it would be interesting for those of you who watched my garden tour to see what it really looked like when I started. So, above you see stumps, weeds, brush.
Some scrawny-scrubby cedar trees dotted the yard.
And this little square of limestone just stuck on the edge of nothing was the vegetable garden... full of what 3 or 4 dying tomatoes. And isn't that exposed pool equipment a nice addition to the ambiance?
So, I gutted it. Took out all the crap -- which, by the way, was everything. Leveled it and brought in topsoil.
Because the original owners placed the house so far back on the lot and then limited the size of the usable backyard by putting the fence really far back. So, anticipating the possibility of a future greenhouse and veggie garden, I added fencing and moved the fence forward to capture more back yard.







If you want to see more of the "after" you can catch the Central Texas Gardener show with my garden in it here.

15 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I certainly do want to pop over and see the after. You have really done a lot of work. Sometimes I would like to gut my garden and begin anew. It must feel liberating.

Diana said...

I really did forget how far we've come since we moved it -- it took me seeing the tv show to realize it and I thought it would be fun to post. I joke that I've removed almost every single plant, shrub & tree in the time I've been here, but it's just about true. Just made it mine.

Janet said...

I did go back and watch the whole thing. What an amazing transformation. I am in awe.

Pam/Digging said...

You have done a lot of work in your six years there. Moving the back-yard fence forward, toward the front of the house, made a big difference for me too. Especially if you garden with deer, having more deer-free zones is a Good Thing, plus it tends to give you service areas for your garbage bins, sheds, etc.

sweet bay said...

You have done a lot of work, and the results are wonderful.

Bren said...

I love the walkway you put together... are those step-able herbs? LOVE IT!

Wonderful to meet you on Twitter!

Diana said...

Janet -- I wish I had also taken pictures of the plants in the beds. I have added 8 beds since we moved in, but the existing bed plants have mostly been replaced as well. Next time I move!

Pam - Yes, more deer-proof space is important, isn't it? I also wish our house weren't set so far back, but can't change that! How's your front space planning going? We should have lunch somewhere up there so I can come peek at your new area.

Diana said...

Sweet Bay - Thanks - it's so much fun. But doesn't it seem the more you do the more you need (or want) to do? Crazy how that works.

Bren - Nice to tweet you, too - and great to see you over here. Those are not herbs, though that's a good idea. Some succulents, moss rose, pink skullcap, winecups, verbena and one non-edible thyme. My plant eating dog would probably love real herbs in there.

Patchwork said...

OK...six years. That gives me hope, here. There is so much to do, and REdo, here. My problem is having enough patience. I want it all done yesterday.

You've done a fabulous job.

I love before and afters.
Thanks,
~~Linda...

Gail said...

Diana, I so wished I'd had the wisdom and budget to start over when we first moved here! We were a younger family then~You've done a beautiful job~To have that vision to see potential and then realize it. Way to go. gail

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I love before & after shots, thanks for sharing. You have done an incredible amount of work on that yard. What a huge difference.

Lancashire rose said...

An amazing transformation, Diana. I bet you are glad you took photos of the before and I bet you are thinking the same thing we did. How on earth did we do it? Hours and hours of blood sweat and tears- tears of joy, OK! Now.

Jayne said...

It looks wonderful Diana, you've really transformed it. I'm still in the "before" stage, more or less, with our garden. I've got so much to do it gets overwhelming, but I just tell myself "one step at a time" and try not to get disheartened.

Diana said...

Linda/Patchwork: Hang in there - I know it looks like a lot of work, but it's also a lot of fun. My favorite adage is: Life is a Journey, not a Destination. That's my motto about gardening, too.

Gail -- How our perspective changes over the years! There are certainly things I would do differently and in fact, at our design meet-up this month I'm having Austin bloggers help me with a corner of my back yard. Grass is always greener, isn't it?

MMD - I am so glad I have those before shots cuz even I forget what it used to look like - wish I had more.

Lancashire Rose -- Yes, it's been a ton of work, but I totally still want to do more, make more beds, change more things. Isn't that funny? Wonder when it stops.

Jayne -- It really is one step at a time, isn't it? I usually have one big project in the works a year, maybe 2. Besides, projects are so much more fun that pulling weeds!

LindaCTG said...

Oh my gosh! Wish I'd included those pictures in the video. Really, you have done an amazing job in such a short amount of time. And yes, it's wonderful to keep the before pictures because it's easy to forget all the sweat equity we put in for beauty.