We just love DIY garden projects. They require quite a lot of imaginative work as well as physical effort and give you a proper reason for spending the weekends outside in your backyard if the sun itself can't convince you.
Gravel around the foundation for drainage, plant shrubs along to help soak up water. Like the idea of the large rock to prevent erosion from the water spicket. Maybe a few cool pots or barrels with plants too?