Revitalizing the north side
Michael, with pickaxe in hand, took out the garage and extended the tomato bed to reach the back fence. Meanwhile, I was expressing a few choice words as I tried to hack through the wire grass that was encroaching from the plot north of us. (Yes, the wire grass is coming at us from all angles, except from Brad's plot on the west, because he overhauled his soil completely last year.) I dug out all the grass I could, then filled in the path along the fence with newspaper and two loads of wood chips.
Michael also took out the walkway we had and used the stones to build a little patio. It looked like he was doing some serious calculating there for a while to get all the rectangular stones to fit into a square pattern. (Better him than me.) It's barely big enough for the two of us to sit on, but it's really nice. He even finished it off by filling in the spaces with sand. Now we're calling this our back porch.
With these renovations, we now have a lot more space for the tomatoes and for more flowers. We sifted about two wheelbarrows full of soil and placed it on the flower bed and around some of the vegetables. All in all, it was a lot of work, but it feels great to have that part of the plot in better shape.