Google Earth can be entertaining on a rainy November afternoon. I discovered the 'historical' image tool today and wandered off to find our house. The first image from February 2002
here. The light 'trail' on the lower side of the house is our lesson on buying 'soil' and letting it be dumped without examining it. River silt is not good on gardens. Quite a contrast with the dark lovely soil Lee has created in the front yard, isn't it? Soil conditioner and compost are your friends when starting a garden.
The latest shot is from September 2010...
A note on tree cover. If you'll notice in the first shot above, the trees in the upper rear corner of our lot shade that area. They were spindly tired pine trees and by the third shot they are gone. You can see that by 2010, the neighbor's river birch again overshadows that rear corner. This isn't a problem for us as that tree is to the north, our cherry on the south side(which almost melds with our southern neighbor's maple) shades most of our back yard. However, when you are figuring out where to put your garden, watch out not only for shade or future shade from your own trees, but those of your neighbors as well.