New Level Activated

It is crazy to look back at where we were this time last year with the yard landscaping. I was diligently working away at getting our garden bed walls filled with rocks and finished so that we would be able to plant in them this year. That dream became a reality and let me tell…

Sifting

Ah, spring, the time that we go from chilling on the couch or enjoying cross-country skiing, to massive amounts of work and projects in the yard. We tend to hit the ground running in the spring, trying to accomplish as many projects as we can before the desert heat hits. This often leaves us exhausted…

Preparing The Grounds

With Excavator Kurt back at work, we needed to do some clean-up and remove some more of our temporary garden pieces. In order to be able to dig in the new wall terraces, we needed to remove all of the tomato towers that we had built and dug into the hillside. Those sturdy towers have…

Excavator Kurt

It is finally that time of year again. The ground has thawed and Kurt has started his excavating ways. In between emptying our old garden beds, he decided to get started digging out where some of our new walls will be going on the tomato tower side of the yard. It will be interesting to…

Building Beds For Dreams – Remake

When we first started this blog of all of our landscaping adventures back in 2016, one of my first posts was labeled “Building Beds For Dreams” and it was about our first growing space that we created. They were two beautiful raised beds that have been supplying us with delicious food for the last 6…

Framing Frustrations

K’s brother arrived mid-morning on Friday as K and I were working on framing. He started his day by building the first gate. After looking at my rough design, he ended up making a small modification of some corner braces that he screwed the 1”x4” frame to. It also allowed for a sturdy gate. It…

Summer Snow Fence

After trying our hand at building our fence, we offered to help K’s parents build a fence. They had received quotes but couldn’t successfully book a contractor to build the fence. During a trip to visit, I decided to offer to build it if they continued to be unsuccessful in finding someone to build it…

Dirty Killer Cover-Up

Don’t worry, we aren’t turning this blog into a conspiracy page. This aptly named post is about bringing our levels back to dirt by removing all the weeds and then using some lumber paper to cover the levels until next year to ensure we have killed all the weeds. We plan to grow a lot…

Fenced In

After letting our post cement cure overnight, it was time to start framing our panels. For those who have been following on our journey, you have seen the photos of how sloped our yard is. For those that are just joining in on our adventure, about 75% of our backyard is a steep slope, which…

Fenced Out

It is the summer of major projects here at the JK household. The ability of having flexible hours while working from home has led to an extremely good work-life balance. Although, I would argue that lately it has been more of a work-work balance since once I am done work, I start working in the…