First photos of the garden. AKA startlingly bleak "before" pictures.
This is the plot. You may see a horrid grey concrete dirt trough - I see POSSIBILITIES. *cries*
This dirt's not much chop. Drier than a cork leg.
Hardscrabble. When the weeds won't even take to it you know it's dire.
The landlord had a gardener come in and plant "natives" (since when is box hedge a native?) and lay fluorescent tanbark to keep the weeds down.
Despite best efforts to keep them watered, the Cuphea Mexicana Compacta (another native, obvs) has succumbed to some sort of leaf burn. Note the dandelion emerging on the left.
This is the fig tree. It's doing exceptionally well, and I've had to put up that blue tarp to catch all the rotten fruit falling off it. To the right is the partially obscured apricot tree, which isn't doing as well but still fruits. Behind that and to the left there's a small sheltered area which I'll use as my kitchen herb garden and an outdoor bath area.