I know this backyard is not going to win any spreads in Home and Garden but I just love it. This home and backyard had been abandoned for years and only occupied by random squatters. The yard was all weeds and cement when we moved in and now 3 months later is has life and all sorts of vines and flowers that are growing like crazy.
As you can sort of see, we have the beginnings of a food forest going and I’m still trying to work with all this cement. I will rearrange things a few more times before next week I’m sure.
It doesn’t take a lot of money to recreate a yard and if you are really the creative sort you can do wonders with a lawnmower and some plants.
Our yard was the workings of a lot of mowing and lawn food, creating gardens in patches of dirt already there and using bricks also found in the yard. I had some old fencing for my little strawberry patch and purchased strawberry starts for cheap. The vines are from the neighbor’s yard that I asked them to not cut. I love that they trail over our fence and I have gorgeous purple and orange blossoms each morning.
You can’t see in this photo but we have four garden beds in the back by the fence, the beginnings of a winter crop, and there are apple trees, plum, Myers lemon, orange, and a mandarine tree planted everywhere. I have a pomegranate and two Haas avocados in the front. I also have two wine barrels with watermelon, acorn squash, and cantaloupe growing by the back kitchen door.
It is the beginnings of a backyard food forest and each year it will grow. I just don’t want to get too overloaded. However, I find that I look forward to the evenings to water and tend to all my living things. I am thrilled to see the sprouts coming up from my newly planted garden and the pomegranates growing bigger each day. It eases my mind when I’m stressed out to just stand in the evening light and soak my trees and look up at the sky and find some peace.
Our yard is the beginning of a small paradise and it’s fun to watch it mature, knowing that each year it will grow and begin to yield all sorts of goodies. I’m already looking for a shelving unit for my laundry closet so I can do some canning in the future.