When Kathleen and Robert Fields moved into their home, the neighborhood was well-established. The backyard was surrounded with ready made shade. Kathleen quickly learned that leaves were great start for compost.
"Great gardens begin with soil building," she says, "You can get a sick plant and bring it back to health if you have good soil."
Kathleen also believes in perennials. She subscribes to this saying, "The first year they sleep. They second they creep. The third they leap."