We have had superb weather in central Illinois this fall, enabling me to finish one last outdoor project before the annual raking of the leaves begins.
I have tried several different types of plantings over the years for this sad little patch of ground. I tried tomatoes and green peppers. The squirrels got all the tomatoes and the bunnies wouldn’t even let the pepper plants have a leaf, before chewing it down to one little stalk nubbin. Then, I tried various types of flowers over the years, but there were two things that killed the flowers: this area is sheltered by eaves on two sides, so it doesn’t get much rainfall. And the hose is stored directly above it, so if a kid took the hose off the hook to wash a car, or I did so to water some far off part of the garden, it would crush whatever was growing there. So, I gave up on plant life and decided on a Zen rock garden.