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Skill Set


Project Size

500 - 750 sq ft

Project Location

Front yard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed


Time Commitment

11 - 20 hours of labor

Project Cost

less than $500

Other Project Elements

Native or drought-tolerant plants, Drip irrigation system

Resource Central Programs

Grass to Garden, Garden In A Box

Professional Help


Advice from the Owner

From April to September there’s always something blooming. I love watching the pollinators, especially when the bumblebees fall to the ground inside a flower bloom they’ve knocked off a stem. I also like experimenting with different plants, seeing what comes back and what didn’t do well. We continuously struggle with the same handful of areas where plants start out strong and then fail. We can’t figure out why. The most challenging part is digging up the mulch to find the drip lines to create more options. And this year’s pest is the flea beetle. But the biggest win for this space, I think, is conquering the bindweed. I also love all of the wildlife that brings balance to the garden. Garter snakes, finches nesting on the house, the feral cat napping under the echinacea, the ladybugs all over the sage. It’s a paradise from top to bottom. And I love that we’ve created a space for this.

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