This is what the majority of my backyard looks like:
This is what it's starting to look like:
Up there, I've planted some dino kale, red spinach, radishes, red kale, and another type of green that I've forgotten about (this is why markers are good; you can't see them in the picture, but they're there!) There are also 2 new hostas, and at least 4 astilbe plants that should come up next year (or maybe this year? I get confused about bulbs sometimes....)
This is my newest berry baby, a native huckleberry plant! I got it at the Seattle Tilth plant sale a few weeks ago, and it's huge and flowering already; that means huckleberries for us this year!! (I am NOT confused about this fact!) :)
So how am I fighting these dandelions? With a hand rake and a hungry bunny. I pull them up and set them aside for Muppet, then dig out the roots and throw them into my yard waste. That would be why that space that's done up there took me 3 days so far.
Here is last year's new bed, all newly composted and square-footed-up for this year. Also notice the copper tape I put along the top of the wood, that will hopefully keep out the slugs. Once we get chickens (and have them outside) I'll have to put up some chicken wire to keep them from eating the plants, but the upside is that they'll eat any slugs or bugs they find!