One year ago today I wrote my first blog post. I tried to keep an agreement with myself that I would write at least once a week, and I held true to that for the most part. The goal was to keep a gardening journal of sorts.

One post a week turned to two posts a week. Lately I’ve been writing more like three. Sometimes a little more, a little less. The gardening bug has been growing and growing inside of me.

I began with a new-to-me old house, a huge yard of grass, and some pent up ambition from years of renting with no permanent garden. I would say I have come a long way. And although the triumphs come with some failures, they have not been as frequent of failings as I initially thought. Now I have no grass. I have urban chickens, and then some. The food forest is reaching upwards everyday. Life has gotten complicated this past year, and life has gotten simpler too.

The best surprise has been having all you readers here with me – helping me solve problems, giving me encouragement, and sharing ideas. I love it that we are both interested in this stuff and in it together. Thanks.

Now for the year in review via photos. Here is the backyard from last April:

Here is the backyard, picture taken this evening (click for bigger view):

I wonder what next year will bring?

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Written by Renee Wilkinson