The first corner removed actually had the most sod to take out, and it was wet, heavy and full of large roots. Now it's the perfect spot for a future pot of cucumbers. I'll string some heavy wire from the tops of the fence posts, and train the vines along the fence. Herbs or flowers can fill the smaller pots.
There wasn't so much sod to take out here, but a zillion lilac suckers to remove, a bit of trimming on the lilac tree, and a bit of edging. The barrel was filled with buckets of soil from last years tomatoes, and amended with a lot of composted manure. It will eventually hold a hill of Honey Bear squash. A small folding wire fence was added to keep the dogs out of the future flower bed, and a clump of chives was brought over from the container near the patio.
Just look at that root system on the chives, after a couple of years in the container! It took a sharp shovel to get the clump broken up into manageable sections.
More than enough for the job.
It's beginning to rain, and there's still a lot to do.
Yes! I finished before the rain came! All cleaned out, edged, leveled, fenced and a border of chives planted on the outside of the fencing to eventually hide it. Zinnias will be planted behind them, on the other side of the fencing.
It looks much better! Of course, in a month or two there will be another gazillion lilac suckers to remove.
The next corners to tackle. Maybe today, if the rain holds off a bit longer.
It finally got warm enough to keep the seedlings out in the shed at night, and they've been spending the entire daylight hours outside. I cleared all the stuff out of the dump cart, and added a board to the top of the garden cart, so now I can move everything in and out easily. Much better than the 15 trips it was taking me twice a day! Now all I have to carry in and out are the four big tomato pots.