I began working on the venus garden before we’d purchased our Kubota tractor so had to use a pick and shovel to level the ground. Using a jack hammer, shovel and wheel barrow I dug the trenches for the footings of all the retaining walls around this garden. For these early footings I even mixed all the concrete, rather than have it delivered! Cement blocks core filled with steel and concrete formed the retaining walls. I laid agricultural drainage pipes behind the walls and water proofed them before back filling. Then we purchased the Kubota and used it to bring in all the soil for the lawn and gardens. The irrigation system and plantings were the final tasks, mother nature has done the rest.