I have gardening in my blood. I come from a long line of gardeners, with some farming in the not-too-distant past. I started gardening as a hobby, but I didn't really like the conventional stuff. Not really sure why at the time, but it just didn't feel right. I found myself enjoying planting stuff, but not really the weeding or pruning, and especially not the mowing. I loathe mowing.
So, I spent some time Googling lawn alternatives and ended up turning half of my suburban yard into a wildflower meadow. I felt like Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams (I love that movie) when he plows under his corn field for a baseball field. All his neighbors thought he was a fool, just like all my neighbors though I was bonkers.
Turns out they were right. My wife and I were bonkers in love with that meadow, and even the neighbors admitted it was a huge improvement for the neighborhood. That meadow was ALIVE in a way that the grassy lawn never was. Bugs, birds and all kinds of critters moved in. Even a big fat groundhog took up residence under our shed. I was hooked at that point, so I started replacing as much grass as I could with as many different plants as I had time to plant.
Life intervened, and my wife and I decided to move. It was a hard decision leaving the garden we had grown to love. The folks that bought the house from us expressed how much they loved the yard as well, so we left it intact as we moved out. I don't think the ink was dry, and they pretty much bulldozed everything. Such is life.
We now live out in the farmland, and our new home has even more space to permify. Instead of building a meadow to bring in the critters, I think I may need an LGD to keep the critters out. We enjoy them all, except for the ones that decide they want to live in our old farmhouse uninvited (dang Stink Bugs). We still have a lot of story to write at our new place, and we are looking forward to sharing our progress with the community here.
I just wanted to take a few minutes and thank everyone that makes this community possible. It is a wonderful place to hang out and learn from an amazing group of people.
Thanks Rick for the introduction, for sharing your story, and mostly in my view for sharing the reasons why you decided to use your real name here. This community makes you feel so at home it really sounds strange to be you.
So welcome Rick, happy to read about your life. Keep on sharing