A couple of blogs that I frequent made mention of The Taming of the Band-Aid, so I thought I’d take a look. Thingfish23 is “documenting the rather daunting task of returning our 75′ X 660′ lot to some sort of natural equilibrium. [His] goal is for [his] house and . . . family to exist in a harmonious way with the plants and animals that have been forced to move elsewhere due to poor stewardship on the previous occupants’ parts.” It’s clear he’s putting a lot of thought into this, and learning as he goes along. It will be interesting to keep tabs on him.
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
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