I've decided that this season I'm taking my yard back to simple. Over the past two years I've been too busy to properly tend to the garden. Big ideas + no time = crappy garden and yard.
I have one large raised bed for vegetables, and one about half the size of the larger. The smaller one was supposed to be temporary when I built it nearly 5 years ago. It's always looked awful, and was more of a mound with some bricks and landscaping ties around it more than an actual raised bed. Today, I got ambitious.. cleaned up the backyard and took apart the small bed and redistributed the soil. Down to only one area for vegetables now! I thought I'd be sad, or disappointed but I'm not. I'm actually excited! Since our household consists only of me and the boys now we're using less of the garden veggies. Not because we're eating less fresh vegetables, but lets face it, 4 people eat more than 3 people. I'm taking the vegetables down to bare bones.. tomatoes, eggplants, a few herbs, and sugar snap peas in the spring. Now, I'm not 100% bound to that short list, but I'm not starting 200 seedlings this year either. I'm sticking to one or two tomato plants, same with the eggplant. I'm looking forward to a small, easy veggie garden. :) It'll be much less depressing than that unkept mess we had last season.
Next weekend - front yard clean up. I have an (not so-ever)evergreen that is about 8 feet tall that just decided to turn brown over the winter. Once I figure out how on earth to remove that I'll come up with a replacement plan. I really, really need some tall, colorful things out front. I've lost a few azaleas, now that tree.. everything is the same height.
So... overall goal this year? Healthy and simple. I've never really much had luck with nice grass, now that I've removed one of the beds, I'm going to have to plant some there. Green grass, small vegetable garden, pretty flowers. Simplicity. :)