{Back Yard} Cactus to Veggie Garden

Hubs has been busy over his Spring Break. Maybe some day we'll have the same week (or a few days as I work for a district that doesn't take a full week off) off and can go away for a vacation. Anywho... he was busy. This doesn't show the current state - everything is gone except the big pot of prickly pear cactus. That thing's a big beast and a pain in the butt to move. Well, hand... those things are sharp! The water "feature" (ha!) has been removed and all the rock has been relocated to other beds. We are now ready for the ground to be tilled and planted with veggies! Let's hope the future veggie garden is more productive and longer lasting than the cactus garden. 
A walk down memory lane will show us what it looked like in 2008. A year after we moved into the house (how has it been 5 years!?!), we pulled out all of the fence except the fence post that's in concrete. Everything in the ground are plants that will survive our winters and everything that was potted had to be wintered over in our house (except the prickly pear cactus in the big planter in the back - see above). It worked well until all the plants died. Did you know that cacti can rot even when you don't water them very much? It was nasty. The plant in center left (the tall guy) was gross. The arms all rotted off and then the center piece fell over after it rotted from the inside out. GROSS! 

Detail shot of the prickly pear. Man has it grown in the last 6 years! This was actually the only thing in the whole garden and we ripped up most of it (it's super aggresive) and planted some pieces in the pot to help control the chaos.
The TRUE BEfore... Rotting, nasty fence and super overgrown prickly pear.

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