So our first step was to get the neighbor's permission to cut his tree back that was shading the side of our house. I tried several times to contact him, but let's just say this guy prefers to be left alone and never answer his door or come outside. To be honest, in the 10 years we have lived in our house, I have only seen him a few times! Creepy huh?
So, with that option not available, we decided to do the next best thing. Steal an idea from one of your friends and build a garden in the backyard. So that's what we decided to do. It consisted of using cinder blocks for the frame of the garden. I used some landscape fabric to help kill the weeds and then placed 40 cubic ft of dirt on it. This was phase 1. It looked like this when Phase 1 was complete.
I really wanted it to have some protection from the scorching heat of Memphis, but yet I wanted to make sure it got plenty of sun. We worked on building this from about 5 PM until 8ish. We had flashlights out and wanted to complete it, but we could only get Phase 2 done. Here is Phase 2.
So as you can see, it is starting to take shape. I can already see the fresh veggies pouring out and our grocery bill dropping!
So the other night, I got out and finished this sucker. I had to add another cross board up top and then the lattice work had to go. Now I am not really a "handyman" at all, and I appreciate the help my friend gave me, cause there is no way I would have completed it without some help! So here is Phase 3, the completed version!