Spring is coming and I am so excited. After buying my first home last year, I finally have a small piece, 400 SF, of backyard to work on. Yes, it is super tiny. I have always wanted to be a gardener, surrounded by beautiful plants. Now I just have to learn how to garden. It is not as simple as one would think.
My first goal is to use lots of native plants. It makes a big difference. Native plants provide food and shelter for local wildlife. As you know in more urban areas our native Virginia insects and animals are evicted during construction development.
I see this in my brand new subdivision. I hope to help a little and replace some lost habitat. I am also looking into some "guerrilla gardening". The land behind by townhouse could use some wild flowers and food producers. I'm thinking of planting the Virginia native, Passion Flower.
Did you ever know Virginia had such a beautiful native growing plant?
The fruits can be eaten by animals, including us.
Check out gorilla gardening at http://www.guerrillagardening.org/ and using native plants here http://www.claytonvnps.org/
Virginia Native Joe-Pye Weed. Butterflies love them!