With the romantic (but in retrospect, somewhat delusional) notion of having the ultimate in locally grown, organic vegetables, out went the lawn. Enter 4 humongous planter beds and 2 composting bins. On the plus side, our water bill dropped by 30%, our garbage was reduced by well over 50% (by composting) and we a bumper crop of winter and summer vegetables. We were diligent with maintenance, and there is nothing better than winter carrots and summer tomatoes.
A garden should be treated like another child, or at the very least like a pet. A little daily care goes a long way. Periodic check-ups and proper nutrition are a must. So we bought sacks of, well, chicken manure, and let it do its thing. With the formerly-neglected garden now getting some TLC, the earthworms have returned, the cats have been chased away and soil just looks, feels and even smells better.
Lettuce, mizuna, and spinach got put in last week. Bok choy and chard will follow this week. Later this month, I'll add tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, melons, kabocha and pumpkin. And I'll pay attention. We'll see what happens this summer.
Eat well. Be well. Happy Spring.