"It's all about the preparation" would be our secret to success in managing our little backyard garden. We spent a handful of hours in the fall/winter ensuring come spring, maintenance would be easy and we would get high reward for our efforts. So when the sun did come out we were able to just sit back, enjoy and watch our oasis bloom.
Last spring/summer we were so busy planning our wedding that we spent more time making sure the backyard was acceptable for our rehearsal dinner than actually enjoying the mini-paradise we worked so hard on. This year we hope to enjoy our outdoor space with a completely different mindset.