When I bought the house, I never imagined we’d stay here for more than five years. However, my neighbor is selling her nearly identical house for 35,000 dollars less than we bought for, so I guess I’m stuck for a while. Since I have no hope of selling, I am choosing not to worry about effecting my resale value. I am choosing to garden exactly the way I want.
The first step is was turning the backyard mud pit into a doggie haven. The dogs destroyed the grass, so I mulched everything. I put in plants that will eventually block out all view of my neighbors. I decided to keep my bog, and expand my meadow. If I have to take them out in 10 years in order to sell, then whatever. I’ll worry about it then.
I think I’m going to turn half of the front yard into a vegetable garden. We don’t use it. The dogs aren’t allowed out there. It gets great sun. Why not grow melons and peas, tomatoes and peppers, onions and potatoes?
I feel strangely liberated as a result of being trapped. I can’t sell, but I can also garden the way I want. And I’m the kinda girl who loves getting dirt under her nails.