I tore out some of the remnants of the old "landscaping," and built a couple raised beds out of redwood, based on a design I poached off of the Fine Homebuilding website or somewhere, and removed the terraced beds where we used to grow tomatoes alongside the fence we share with our neighbor. I've planted a few trees near the fence, and plan to plant a bunch more to create some privacy, which is a nice way of saying "I don't want to have to look at his post-apocalyptic feral yard any more."
The kids are really into watering the plants, and I hope to get them involved in some more skilled tasks as needed, like weeding and later harvesting. Right now, they like to dig up mulch and throw it on top of the plants. They also try to eat the tiny green tomatoes that have started appearing. And they've eaten all of the parsley we have in planter boxes full of herbs up on the deck. They find the rosemary, basil, and oregano disagreeable.
By next year, I'm hoping to have foisted all of the yardwork off onto the twins.
Here's a little movie showing the progress of the garden so far:
Also, I've got a post over at Aiming Low today, but it doesn't go live until 12:00 EST. I make fun of mommybloggers, with lots of love, of course. You should probably read it.