Michelle and I got involved in gardening as part of a home improvement project. We had bought a semi-fixed up fixer-upper, and the tangled masses of weeds everywhere were just another project at the start. But once we got into it, we found it was very relaxing to create order out of chaos and paint beautiful pictures with living landscapes! When we moved to California, we decided to get a place with a large yard to experiment with some gardening ideas. We’re both learning junkies and take a lot of pleasure in the learning process. So rather than do the practical thing and simply read a few books on gardening, we decided to do a series of experiments and see what worked best.
For a set of before & after pictures, plus how we went about it, see: http://maggotranch.com/walnut_creek_garden_page.html