Remember this picture from a while back?
Today I hired a gardener to level out the soil near the lemon tree, putted 10 bags of barks on top of the soil, added path stones, and planted a few more plants between the fruit trees. My side yard, or my secret garden as I like to call it, is now almost a clean slate. I still have some stuff to clean out, but most of the junk is out of there, and it feels very good!
Next week I'm putting in a couple of fan trellis along the walls with climbing plants, removing the ugly wall shelf, moving out all the unused things, and that should be all the planting and cleaning I will do for the side yard. I can't wait til it's all done so I can start decorating this little space with cute cheesy garden ornaments.