This is just going to be a quick update, but I have finally been able to borrow the appropriate tools, and have the time to cut down the branches that were preventing the sunlight from hitting the garden directly. Remember those live oaks from my previous update? Well, now that I have the offending branches cut down and out of the way (well almost out of the way, I still need to cut the large oak branch into smaller pieces to be disposed of) I can proceed with spading up the garden.
This will be the last step before we can sow seeds for the fruits and vegetables we intend to grow. When I finish up with the work, I will up load some pictures of how the live oak tree looks now, and how the garden looks after getting it spaded up. Since this ground has not been spaded up before, it will be interesting to see how well, or how poorly, the soil will break up.