Garden Alley – update!

Now that we’re back in TX with no crazy plans on the horizon we’ve jumped back into home reno projects.

So – we went ahead and finished off “building” the garden – now just for plants!

So as far as improvements go…
– We built boxes
– Unexpectedly had to get a new A/C unit… not really a garden improvement, but it is technically an improvement in the garden lol
– Ordered and spread dirt
– Stained the backyard fence
– Put down weed fabric
– Spread gravel
– Got a rain barrel (not free, but the San Antonio Water System had an end of summer program selling them at a rate comparable to making your own)
– Built a stand for the rain barrel out of some scrap wood (for FREE – it’s the small things)

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All thats really left to go is plants! and maybe figure out a better gutter to rain barrel solution…

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Garden Alley

Our backyard is situated in such a way that the entire yard gets a fair amount of shade, other than by the AC unit.  So over in AC alley we’ve decided to completely get rid of the grass and make it a graveled garden with raised beds!  I knew I wanted to use cedar if possible, so I found these plans using cedar fenceposts ($$ saved) and went to town.  I’d say they turned out pretty sharp!

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We still have to gravel and get a dirt shipment, but phase one is complete!

Progress Pics:

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Hi everyone! Welcome to Pass Me The Hammer (thanks Court) a blog chronicling the renovation process on our little ranch-style home here in San Antonio, Texas!

When Zach and I found out Zach would be stationed here in San Antonio, looking for a house would could do some work to was pretty high on our list, and we found one thanks to our amazing realtor Babs!

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We were both really excited to have a house that had our own backyard…since we see dogs in our future.  Well in true reno spirit we found on that had a backyard that needed some work.

This is what it looked like on our walkthrough:

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It was a mess.

Zach did a lot of clearing/weed killing before I got to San Antonio, but once Maddie and I showed up we went to town on the yard.  We took down all of the overgrown trees/shrubs/bushes that lined the fence.

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Loads better, but still pretty far from finished. Zach and I cut down all the brush, raked the yard what felt like a million times, ripped out some chicken wire, took down the rotting planks from the fence and eventually had the yard all ready for seed!

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We raked the yard, again, and put down seed last weekend.  We had some green pop through a few days later, and now about 10 days later this is our yard:

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IT’S SO GREEN. SUCCESS!