Things don't happen very fast around my garden. Last week-end I finally got around to putting some wire up, and starting to espalier these young, dwarf apple trees along the side of the edible garden area that my family calls 'England' (I know, you can barely see them! They'll look better when they're leafed out.) But my point is, this was a long time coming:
3 years ago in March 2009, I posted this sketch showing my idea for espaliered trees and raised beds along the fence:
Then in August 2010 we built some raised beds in the middle of the area, which is a former RV parking pad:
...and last summer we had our first real veggie garden since we moved to this house, and finally I planted the little baby dwarf apple trees last fall.
You can go to the Edible Gardens section of this blog and scroll down if you'd like to see how this garden has progressed over the years. I still have several things to get done, including building more raised beds between the trees against the fence, planting more groundcovers around and between the stepping stones, and maybe even adding a decoration or two to the fence.
So my second point is, if the idea of transforming your yard into a place of beauty and bounty is feeling a little overwhelming, remember that you don't have to do it all in one year. But it is good to have a plan!