When I.S. & I bought this house, we felt so lucky that the previous owners had professional landscaping done just a year before deciding to sell. Besides the new sprinkler system with drip zones for all the plants, a corner was specially set up for vegetable gardening with its own spigot for watering plants manually, which I was so excited to get my hands on.
Until I got my hands on it.
I mean, don't get me wrong: I can't wait to be tending the garden and harvesting the crop (assuming I don't kill anything, which seems to be a problem I have), except the gardening area isn't how I want it and dangit: I like things the way I want! The previous owner had quite the green thumb so I don't doubt that the way he did things were good, but the problem is, his way has resulted in a 1'-2' high mound of soil covering a 12'x16' space whereas I want the area to be level with the rest of the yard with raised gardening beds on top. Is that so much to ask? Well, I learned last weekend that yes, yes it is.
I purchased, loaded, & unloaded close to $200 lumber by myself last weekend.
And now I need to level the area (aka: shovel & haul away a ****tonne of dirt). This is the mound of dirt I'm hacking away at:
On another note, while I was shoveling, I saw that our backyard neighbors on the other side of the wooden fence (left in photo) had 2 large raised gardening beds built. It looked like an effortless job of simply laying down some landsapce fabric & building 2 boxes. I was really envious. Sigh. I.S. did suggest we save the raised beds for next year, but no. I'm stubborn. And like I said: I like things the way I want =p But! I know it'll all be worth it when I'm able to walk through my garden.