A couple of weeks ago, I bought a chainsaw and took out some ugly landscaping to make way for more food gardens. You can read about that here: http://wp.me/po5VL-Sj
Once the offensive landscaping was gone, I came up with a plan for that side of the house, both decorative and more permanent gardens, with walkways in between and perhaps a fountain. That plan is a ways down the road, and I needed more garden space for food. So, I built one out of wood, which I hate to do because wood brings termites and wood ants and rots, but this is only temporary.
So, where there was once a big old schrub, now there are bell peppers, padron peppers, ancho chile peppers and watermelon plants. This is a vast improvement.
The bigger plan involves taking out a sick old Catalpa tree, and possibly planting my fruit trees where the schrubs were. I’d like to incorporate some recycled glass mulch from the City of Austin into the walkways and I think the new gardens will be made of Oklahoma Stone and be about 2 feet high. Because I’m not getting any younger!