Successes Having worked at her garden for six years, Pat says that it looks better this year than ever before. She thinks the rain lately has helped and the plants are maturing. The garden always looks better after April 1st. Pat's is a perennial garden and she wants it to be self-sustaining and take little care. The variety of plants is great. Pat is a "natural" gardener and likes easy rather than "needy" plants. She doesn't fertilize and only used chemicals when the garden was invaded by slugs. Daylilies and peonies abound. Heat can be a challenge in her location so Pat works mainly early or late in the day. Sometimes unwanted help shows up... she had to stop the lawn maintenance guy from pulling out groundcovers. Noise from the road can be overwhelming but, surprisingly, road salt has not damaged the plants much. Road noise seems to keep many pests away.
An Inviting Garden
Commuters tell Pat they get off the bus a block early to walk by the garden. Strangers will stop when they see her and give her plants. Other gardeners share. Pat's garden gets lots of interest. The parkway next to the street is off-limits, but Pat manages to slip in a few things. She reads garden books for tips, but mostly Pat is a self-reliant gardener. And a very good one.