My parents bought this house two years ago, and this is the first year I've been able to work my magic on the vacant garden beds out back. The beds looked like they haven't seen the hand of a gardener in years, so I knew prepping them for planting this year would be rough, but I was excited nonetheless.
The garden beds are in even worse shape than I thought. It's like the previous owners of the house deliberately tried to make the beds unusable! There's a layer of gravel 2-3 inches deep in all the beds, a breathtaking amount of dead pampas grass and small dead trees (my arms are torn up all to shit now, and I'm not even halfway through it all!), a severe infestation of pill bugs, slugs, and snails, and the wooden border (which I thought was ok until I started pulling out the gravel, revealing the underside of the wood) is rotten and infested with termites, so I'll have to rip it out and replace it.
My mom agreed to buy me anything and everything I need to plant a garden this year, but my family refuses to lift a finger towards actual prepping and planting. Just getting the beds ready for planting is at least a two-person job!
I have been looking forward to this all winter, and I will not let the horticulturistic idiocy of the previous owners stop me! I WILL get this garden looking pretty again, even if I have to work on it from sun up to sun down!