I’ve been living in my yard for a lot of years, and I’m learning what works for me.
When our children outgrew the swing set my husband made, we pulled down the kid’s swings and replaced them with a swing everyone can use. I planted wisteria on one side and after just a few years we are getting nice shade.
I go through birdbaths like Snickers bars. I try to remember to empty them before a hard freeze, but the water containers always seem to leak after just a year or so. I’ve learned that a big dish from Goodwill and a rock is all it takes to bring back the bathers.
My yard is a nice size, but gourds and cucumbers and all of those sprawling vines seem to take over everything. This year, I let the birdhouse gourds overtake the trellis and continue right up a nearby tree. The garden stayed neat, and this totally appeals to my love of the quirky.
The hummingbird likes it, too.
And the solution here? . . . Keep the birdseed in a metal container from now on.