I did manage to get in one improvement this year and that was to rebuild and kick-start this little corner garden around the water barrel.
Needless to say it was in rough shape. I had let it get a bit too overgrown and it was in need of some help.
I got some off cuts of rock at the local landscaping supply place for a whooping $3 and used them as stepping-stones.
Then it started to look a bit more like the garden I wanted once I got my mulch in there. Still a few things in there that have to change or be moved but I am on the right track at least.