One of the few disappointments about our new house is the backyard. Before we began house hunting, I had grand dreams of a big, sunny backyard where I would grow bushels of veggies every summer. This house does not have that. It had a weedy, overgrown, shady mess of a yard (below a fantastic deck) and I knew my veggies were not going to be coming from there.
But I do love having so many mature trees, and the house is so great in every other way. You can't have everything, right? But still. I am determined to turn that mess into something beautiful. We started by hiring a guy to clean. it. up. He came out and worked some major lawn magic. It's by no means a beautiful back yard, but it's a fresh start. Where before all I could see was a jungle, now we have a blank slate and ideas and possiblities are starting to creep into my head.
(ps: if you live in the area and are want our (handy, affordable) lawn guy's info, let me know!)