2-You have to dig it up. Yes, you get out there (or in there) and break your back with a shovel or a tiller if you're lucky enough to have one. You carefully carve out the edges and then really get in there to dredge it all up.
3-For a while you stand back and look at your hard work continuing to see the end result only in your mind. Perhaps you walk around in the freshly tilled earth barefoot to feel the dirt between your toes.
4-You carefully pick your plants (your characters). You might get them from a gardening center or someplace else where they originated outside of your care or you might plant them from seed. Either way, they are yours and you cultivate them with love and care.
5-You plant them in your new garden. You water them well. You watch them grow. You talk to them. You encourage them and tell them how beautiful they are. You cry when they don't do very well. You rejoice when they grow strong.
6-You weed them. Endlessly. You weed. Every day it seems you're out there under the hot sun, down on your hands and knees digging in the dirt pulling out things that don't belong, things that suck the nutrients from the plants you're trying to hard to grow and, most of all, things you just don't want.
7-You feed them, you give them all of your time and energy along with a heaping dose of fertilizer to keep them going strong.
8-By midsummer you marvel at the lush greenery with its bright beautiful flowers and its ripening fruits. Perhaps you pick some flowers to bring inside and keep close to you for inspiration.
9-You weed some more.
10-At the end of the season, you carefully harvest your fully ripened plants and indulge yourself in the fruits of your labor holding in your hands a hard won victory that makes you smile. Perhaps you even share them with friends and neighbors who will also enjoy them.