OK, it's not entirely fair to call this a 'before' photo—it's more like a during, since we have to take all the blame for the weeds and the big pile of trash and yardwaste. Those are the result of the winter of neglect and of progress elsewhere. Nevertheless, this is how the south end of the property looked shortly before we began the great reclamation.
Here it is in late May. It was the last part of the yard to be cleared (since it was housing the yardwaste pile along the way) and will be the first to be tilled and leveled, since we've got beds to build back here.
It's a little depressing that you can't tell in the previous photo just what a wreck the dirt was—the incredible hills and dales—because this represents two days of utterly back-breaking labor. But at this point the dirt is relatively evened out and level, and Bob got the rock bed built along the fence. It now hosts two tomato plants plus seeds for blue lake beans, mache and buttercrunch lettuce. Silly as it may sound, having vegetables in the dirt goes an incredibly long way toward making this feel like home.
And here they are, the raised beds. We've now got 75 square feet of planting space for this little potager, which is at least twice what we had in Napa. I'm a bit flummoxed by the fact that it's already June 9, and will figure out how to make the best use we can of this space this season, but I'm already plotting out the cool season planting for fall.
Somewhat more sparsely than in future seasons, but still (as of a few days ago), the boxes are now planted. Bob said "Is that all you're putting in there?" I told him to check back in a couple of months.
Late April 2008, mostly planted for summer