As one who loves to garden, I crave LAND! Unfortunately in my subdivision, there simply isn't enough to go around.
As a result of this dilema, I've had to turn my eye to my neighbour's land!
You know the small strip of grass dividing two neighbouring driveways? That strip of turf doesn't look very pretty; is a pain to maintain; and really doesn't serve any purpose except it acts as a rainwater drainoff, helping the water run from between the two tightly sandwiched houses, out into the road.
I asked Hubs to present a proposal to the neighbour to use his half of the "strip" and turn it into a beautiful garden. "Please convince him" I pleaded. "There will be no cost to him as I will purchase all the plants (thus not to give up creative control) and I will do all the maintenance (easy, because I LOVE gardening)"!
Our neighbour agreed and Hubs removed all the sod and some of the heavy clay, and we ordered 4 yards of soil. This barely filled the hole so another 5 yards of triple mix was trucked in.
I designed a screen, with a pergola top, and Hubs built it. It turned out great!
And then the planting began. Over the course of this summer, the garden has already matured quite a bit. (Strider doesn't usually miss a photo-op)