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I live in an area where developers have built on practically every inch of dirt that exists. Gardens are are sadly percieved by most to be a waste of valuable land. I am one of the very few that would rather have a smaller house and a bigger yard. Crazy, I know.

Space is still very much a challenge, but I have somehow managed to incorporate almost everything I love into my garden...It is a tiny oasis for the few birds left in the area, with many unusual grevillea, salvia and other nectar plants that the hummingbirds fight over.

I’ve collected way too many japanese maples, rare clumping bamboos, unusual restios, sedges, grasses and anything else that moves in the breeze. (Is there some type of 12-step program for excessive plant-buying?).

I also have a 3,000 gallon pond/stream/bog garden with koi, goldfish and frogs. I use the water changes along with compost and worm castings to keep everything organic, healthy and growing like crazy.

And, I’m proud to add that my yard was recently certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a "Backyard Wildlife Habitat".

If that’s not already more than you ever wanted to know about someone you don’t know, I’m also a UCCE Certified Master Gardener, volunteering my time to educate others on environmentally sound gardening practices.

I live in: United States

My zone is: Z 10 CA Coast

My favorite forum 1 is Vermicomposting.

My favorite forum 2 is Carnivorous Plants.

First registered on February 10, 2003 .