Long before we were the M6, when we were just a couple, Ian and I decided to do a little gardening in our backyard. Our efforts at the old house weren't huge, but we did manage to provide ourselves with all the tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans and snap peas we (and several of our neighbors) could eat for the summer.
First item of business in setting up our garden made the kids question our methods. They couldn't believe that we were going to dig up an area of perfectly good grass (with very few weeds and no dirt spots showing).
You see, we were blessed with a large back yard, providing plenty of space for the kids and our dog to run and play. In the very center of that yard stands a huge pecan tree that gives shade in the summer. But because of the shade canopy, there are only a few places in the yard that grass grows well...and the garden area was one of those spaces.
That day we attacked the sunniest corner of the lovely yard, tearing up a sizable area that grass actually grows. The action seemed counterintuitive to the kids, so we found ourselves explaining that yes, while we were ripping the grass out of the ground, we were making way for a new, even more desirable, type of growth.
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