|Look at this adorable man and his cheesy smile!|
One of the best things about the rain is that it makes yard work so much easier by softening the soil and cooling off some otherwise intolerably hot days. (Ok, it's not really that bad. It was just so insanely hot during the summer...which lasted until mid-October. That's too long for a season, if you ask me.)
As B and I have been getting our hands (and feet and legs and clothes) dirty weeding this dirt patch that was once a rose garden, Brandon's parents (Rick & Judy) were out collecting succulents and drought-tolerant plants at estate sales for us. We're incredibly lucky to have good people like them helping us out, and we're so SO grateful for their love, guidance, support, and gifts! 😊
But, after diving into some gardening and backyard homesteading books, we learned that raised beds really are the way to go. It only took us a few (read: MANY) weekends of work on that dirt patch and a trip to the library to figure that out. Oh well, we're learning! 😅
The good news: Now that it's weeded and the soil has been loosened, this patch will make a great little outdoor hangout area featuring a fire pit, some nice outdoor chairs, and a rosemary bush to keep the bugs away (and because it smells good).
|Please enjoy this photo of Brandon "falling," as promised on Facebook.|
TL;DR - we're young, dumb, and learning. We dug up a dirt patch for nothing. Next on the to-do list is to find some free bricks or pavers and get this project rolling.