I moved here 4 years ago and there was literally no garden. Few trees, soil hard like rock and weeds everywhere. Since 4 years I spend my time on creating the garden, instead of watching TV - Robin at Bumblebee made great post about "Why not everyone is a gardener" - if you haven't read it yet, just hop there now.
Last 2 years I feel and see REAL changes around. Even if weeds are not giving up, they seem to become more modest, garden attracts more and more wildlife every year - and this is the best reward I could get.
I was predicting 5 years as the time I will get a feeling of being in The Garden. It took 4 and now I really feel "Ewa in the Garden" is true :)