Before and Afters in the Garden
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Sallie Boge is sharing her garden with us today. We garden in Riverside, a nearby suburb of Chicago (Zone 5a–6b). In April 2020 we constructed two new 11×16 garden beds in order to reduce our Kentucky bluegrass lawn and to add more plants for beneficial pollinators.
Today’s photos are from Margarita Paounova, who says, “My name is Margarita, 48 years old, born in Bulgaria and came to USA 20 years ago. I live in Randolph, Massachusetts. After looking at hundreds of houses and searching for a bank-owned or foreclosure house, in 2011 we bought our dream house.
At the beginning of my journey, I just purchased what I loved and planted it wherever I wanted to plant it without giving much thought to the shape of the garden, the soil, the sun, proper location, or the mature size of what I was planting. So it was no surprise when I found myself constantly moving things around, always feeling like something was off. There was something I just didn’t love about the shape of the garden either. Today, 12 years later, my yard has evolved into my dream space.