I’ve been pleased with my garden’s growth since planting two and a half weeks ago. The plants that I grew in the basement are really taking and I couldn’t be more pleased with my decision to straw in between the rows.

Had a chance to grab a couple small bags of ramps last several weeks and enjoyed mixing them into stir fry recipes and sauteed by themselves.

Last, but certainly not least, I’ve been working hard in the yard – front and back – to get more light on to the lawn and renovate some of the dilapidated shrubbery. If you’re local to Columbus, OH, and have an address that qualifies, this small grant program for private landowners chips in $50 or $100 towards eco-friendly landscaping. No strings attached, check it out at the Community Rebates Backyard Program.