June 12, 2017

West Corner of the Backyard: Then & Now

Last but not least, let's talk about the far corner of the backyard.
When we moved in, there was a basketball hoop set in concrete on the slope, along with a rickety set of monkey bars along the fence.
What was missing was a garden shed.
As it was, all gardening implements had to be stored in the garage, which if you might recall, was down quite a steep hill from the backyard.
Pretty quickly, we decided that there had to be a shed in the backyard for functionality.

This was from 2011--so, the next summer after we moved in.
Already getting started on the shed.

Shed-raising! You can see the monkey bars there on the right.


The shed was awesome!
There's a loft that the kids used for a clubhouse, and plenty of space down below to store all the lawn and gardening stuff, including lawnmower, hoses, tools, etc.
Awhile back I wrote a whole post about the joys of the porch swing.
The flowerbed in front of the shed was the newest addition.

As for this section, we took down the unstable monkey bar set one of the first years.
Then, a few years later, we moved the raspberries over to the fence-line, into their own space.
The nice little wall enclosing the raspberry bed was put in just a few years ago.
Since we moved the berries from the back flowerbed, spread them out, and actually you know--watered them and stuff--our harvest has gone up every year.

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Yes, I am going to miss this yard!
It was good for me to do this series and remember that it has taken several years to get to this point. For a long time we had dead weeds and dirt in the back, due to all the heavy equipment coming in and out. Planting areas and seating areas have gradually expanded as well. The actual lawn was one of the last things to go in.
I hope the next one doesn't take as long to become enjoyable. :)

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Want to see the rest of our landscaping projects?
You can find the other posts in this series here:


  1. I love before-and-after pictures, Linnae. You've done so much to your yard. I haven't visited for a while, so didn't know you are moving. I hope you continue to blog and I look forward to future before-and-after shots. P. x

    1. Thanks, Pam! Our new place will definitely give us plenty to do!