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Mary & Chris



Skill Set


Project Size

750 - 1,000 sq ft

Project Location

Front yard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed

Not done

Time Commitment

less than 10 hours of labor

Project Cost

less than $500

Other Project Elements

Native or drought-tolerant plants, Pathways, Veggie gardens, Shrubs, Berm/swale, Drip irrigation system, Raised/tiered beds

Resource Central Programs

Lawn Removal Service, Garden In A Box

Professional Help


Advice from the Owner

This continuing work in progress is bringing so much life and joy into our space! The increase in bees, butterflies, birds, and bunnies who caper around our yard is delightful to watch. Though the layers of mulching make the continuous battle against bindweed a bit easier to stay on top of, they don’t prevent everything from growing up and we’ve discovered some lovely volunteer succulents and two trees joining the party! Our Garden In A Box formed the foundation in 2018 and we’ve divided several plants to grow, as well as filled in with a couple of other xeric plants each year. Turf removal of the remaining grass in 2020 was a huge step! Our modified cold-frame veggie garden takes center stage March-September and provides a surprising amount of food. We can’t wait to fill in the south side of the yard with our second Garden In A Box this fall!

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