I’m usually pretty amped for anything spring-cleaning related by the time my home-a-versary rolls around in mid-May, and this year was no exception; today marks the day four years ago that I came home to this place. It’s most fun to check out the change that has happened to this home in the before + after section, so check it out if you get a chance today.
What is different about this casual celebration is that it’s (dear-god-hopefully) the last of the years we’ll celebrate in this little home.
State of moving aside, we never, ever should have put off tending to our planter beds last fall when the flowering and harvesting season ended, no matter how distracted we were by banks and house shopping, or our wedding, or whatever it was that we were preoccupied with. Shame, shame. We just about deserve to be having to look at this daily. Death and overgrowth in the form of dried out and leafless tomato plants, and weeds so big that we weren’t 100% sure that they weren’t actual plants.
What makes me feel especially lazy is that working together, our clean-up efforts only took about 2 hours, and covered much more ground than our little square planters. With a little bit of hand weeding, tilling, and edging with a flat edge shovel, we left the backyard looking like this:
If you’re wondering what it is we left in those planters, they’re raspberries that either shot under the ground and up through the planter holes (big mama plants are in the back left corner), or, more likely, we experienced some significant bird poop seed transport. The babies that seeded are doing really well–and by that I mean most are already as thick as my thumb–so we decided to leave them to flourish. Also worth noting, a bunch of plants along the left fence were perennials from last year’s deck planters. They survived!