Mother Nature is the Greatest Gardener
My front yard includes a small, nature-made dell filled with pine trees, oak trees, and rock outcroppings. When our house was built, we chose this lot because of this dell and the interest it adds to the yard.
The dell is oval in shape, and looking at the rough land, I could envision a path wandering among the trees and a lush garden for exploring. I went to work and installed a stone walking path lined with rocks harvested from the lot.
Over the years, I planted and mulched and weeded and fertilized various perennials in an attempt to enhance the soil and create the lush garden I had envisioned. There were shade plants, sun plants, some flowering shrubs, and also herbs. Some of these thrived yet many did not. I learned that trying to change a sizable area of dry, rocky, acidic soil into a rich, loamy growing area requires significant time, energy, materials, and funds.
So, after years of trying to conquer the challenging conditions, I decided to work with Mother Nature and let grow the plants that best flourish in this type of soil. I now have a garden filled with easy-care sedum, rudbeckia, hostas, shrub roses, lavender, thyme, onions, and liatris. Mother Nature has added low-bush blueberries and wild daisies, and she sprinkles the entire garden with a natural mulch of pine needles.
Mother Nature is, after all, the ultimate gardener, and there is great satisfaction in working with her, rather than trying to conquer her.
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