I truly enjoyed your article on gardening. Although I live in a trailer park, (something we are trying our best to change) I dug out all the sod that was in small tight places, so my son would not have to mow so much. He does not manage well in tight spots. My neighbor and I have taken over more yard that was was originally allotted us, and we have had fun. We have employed some of your methods of mulching, namely the newspaper. But I shred it up (confetti style) and spread it down in the fall, so as to discourage the weeds from growing so much over the winter. And yes, here in the NW the weeds to grow all winter! Then, in the spring the newspaper serves as a soil conditioner when it is 'dug in'. My neighbor has laughed at me when I go digging up another spot, and swears I will have the whole yard dug up soon. But she and I both enjoy planting more plants and flowers and bushes. We have recently started a small chocolate flower spot. This is proving interesting as well as fun.