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Give a little, get a lot.

Since moving into our home a little over two years ago, I’ve been busily “renovating” the modest gardens around the house.  There were some good bones, but at best the plantings and layout were a manic hodgepodge of “if it’s different, it’s better.”  The first summer here was focused on the front yard, transforming it from meadow gone wild (which looks absolutely hysterical in a not so good way when you’re in a nearly urban area) to having some form of loose structure and rhythm.  Last summer was about tearing out about a third of the grass in the back yard to put in a well-organized and extremely useful vegetable patch/kitchen garden.  This year brought about tearing out another chunk of the grass in the back yard to put in a perennial herb garden.

If you couldn’t already tell, I really don’t like grass.

There is something that is so satisfying about good landscaping.  Now, good is a relative term, but if I look at the gardens this year (the third summer) versus that first year I see so much more wildlife on our tiny patch of land.  Obviously, I’m not the only one who’s happy with the changes.  Even in this oppressive July heat, I can sit back and enjoy all of the work that I’ve done and know that it’s not just benefiting me.  The sheer number of bees is a huge positive, what with all of the Colony Collapse Disorder in the past few years and seeing the cucumbers and pumpkins forming while the tomatoes ripen means I can pass this on to family and friends over the upcoming months.  It’s truly amazing to me that a little elbow grease and a little faith can give so much back in such a short period of time.

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