This is my own garden. It's a continual work in progress. Here grow bromeliads and giant grasshoppers. Flowers cup seeds for dispersal and Muscadine are harvested in August from the vine. There is no better place than home to use as a grounds for experimenting with the garden. Over four years, my own back yard has illuminated many aspects of growing in New Orleans and transformed problems into assets on a shoe string budget. First, a ground plane dominated by concrete demanded creative solutions. A rain garden with a recycled wood bridge captures runoff from concrete swaths of the garden and redirects water away from the foundations of the house. Below the front porch is one long garden bed. I’ve enjoyed watching the vigor with which plants like Agave, Elephant Ears and Lilies compete to colonize this tiny bed, half of which has only six depth of soil on top of concrete. The garden also includes a recycled brick patio and raised corrugated sheet metal planters where vegetables thrive year round.