Rock-Edged Garden
More Free Plants for the Garden
By Erin Huffstetler | 07/09/2019 | 2 Comments
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Last week, my neighbor stopped me to ask if I’d be interested in a bunch of free plants. One of her friends had passed away recently; and the family didn’t want to deal with the upkeep of her garden, so we had permission to dig up anything we wanted.

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Row of Privacy Plantings Next to the Road
Planting a Privacy Hedge
By Erin Huffstetler | 05/30/2019 | 3 Comments
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Last week, we planted privacy trees in our yard. And I don’t think we’ve ever been happier to dig 47 holes in humid, 90 degree weather. That’s because all that digging marked the end of a project that we started 10 years ago.

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Office Garden in July
MFH Office Garden
By Erin Huffstetler | 06/06/2018 | 3 Comments
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Since buying our office, we’ve slowly been making progress towards cleaning it up and making it ours. We don’t want to spend a bunch of money on renovations right now, so we’ve mostly been focused on things that we can do for free. And as a result, the garden has seen the most notable improvement. Because pulling weeds? That’s a project that doesn’t cost a thing.

Want to see what we’ve gotten done so far? Just keep reading. I’ll be posting regular updates here, so you can follow along, as we work to create the garden of our dreams. Expect to see lots of curb finds and freebies along the way because we’re on a mission to do this for as little as possible.

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Cherry Bushes
Garden Before and Afters
By Erin Huffstetler | 05/13/2014 | 5 Comments
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Gardens take a long time to come together. Especially if you’re working on them a piece at a time to spread out the cost. And because of that, I think it’s really easy to become focused on what hasn’t been done yet or what hasn’t matured yet, rather than what you’ve accomplished. I find myself doing that all the time. I’ll see the privacy plantings that haven’t quite grown together yet, the fruit trees that haven’t started producing yet or a bare patch that I haven’t gotten around to planting. And in doing so, I’ll completely overlook how far we’ve come already.

So, I thought it would be fun to look at some before and afters of our garden, to show you where we started and where we’re at now. And to remind myself of the same.

Ready to dive into some before and after photos?

Front Yard Before

When we bought our house almost 11 years ago, it had four dying azaleas in the front yard and nothing else. We didn’t have any money to spare, so it stayed like that until 2009.

A local garden center had a promotion where they’d draw up a landscape design for your yard for $250, and then refund the $250 once you spent a certain amount on plants and materials (I think it was $1,000). We took advantage of that deal; made a bunch of tweaks to the design, and then hired some friends to help us landscape the front yard.

Front Yard - After

Here’s how it looks now. The new sidewalk and changes to the house came later.

Landscaping gets expensive, so we worked on our yard a section at a time. And that proved to be a good thing. By the time we got around to the backyard, I had decided that I wanted to focus on edibles, and so I redid our landscape design completely.

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Lemons Ripening
Lemon Tree Update
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/28/2013 | 4 Comments
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Remember the lemon tree that I bought back in February? We just moved it inside for the winter, and I thought you might be interested in an update.

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Landscaping Rocks
Curb Find: Landscaping Rocks
By Erin Huffstetler | 06/12/2013 | 1 Comment
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Large trash pick up happens on our side of town on the 15th of every month. We drove around last night to see if there was anything good out yet, and we snagged a trunk load of rocks to use in our garden. They’re actually concrete chunks from a sidewalk that someone took up, but I think they look just as good as the real deal (and I didn’t have to pay for them).

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Garden Arbor Turned Into a Garden Tunnel
Garden Arbor Turned Garden Tunnel
By Erin Huffstetler | 05/29/2013 | 1 Comment
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Over the weekend we turned our overgrown grape arbor into a very cool garden tunnel.

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Lemon Tree
Growing Lemons
By Erin Huffstetler | 02/11/2013 | No Comments
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Well, I did it. After years of thinking about ordering a lemon tree, I finally ordered one – and not a little one either. A big six foot tree that should start producing lemons for us this year. I have a back yard full of fruit trees and bushes that I bought small (and cheap), and I’m still waiting for them to start producing, so this time I decided to go for instant gratification.

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Peppers
My Edible Backyard
By Erin Huffstetler | 09/14/2012 | No Comments
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One of my favorite things to do in my backyard? Grocery shop.

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