Grow Food, Not Grass! My husband and I spent the entire weekend building raised garden beds. Here is the panoramic BEFORE picture of the backyard (with my five new fruit trees we recently planted).
This was a huge project! Each raised garden bed is an individually constructed box. Before construction, I measured out the entire backyard so I could figure out the layout of the boxes. I sketched out the yard, making sure to include the location of the fruit trees we planted. Then I searched online and found a free garden planner program that would give me an overhead view. After putting in our yard measurements and the trees, I played around with box placement until I decided on ten boxes in two rows of five.
Update! We planted our garden in April, then in May of 2015, Austin experienced rain nearly every day that month. Several cities had serious floods. Unfortunately, most of my newly-planted garden, including my pear tree, did not survive the deluge of rain, but we replanted the garden again in spring 2016. The pictures below were taken in May 2016.