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)


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


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!


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

Progress Pics:

Monster Yard post

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!


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:


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.


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!


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: