The upper garden was an old city backyard when I bought this house over 20 years ago. It had a dilapidated garage, an ancient pear tree and a perimeter of weeds. From a lifetime of travels, I stored away mental images of elements I loved and wanted in my garden. We excavated the entire yard, built a new garage to look like an ancient ruin and then I worked with an 80 year old stone mason to design the hardscape. I put in an outdoor sink with hot and cold water, a cistern, a firepit, a pool and a wood burning oven. I did most of the planting and in a couple years it was exactly the way I wanted it. Then the project was over and I needed another. I was becoming very restless. Though I love living in a large city, I have always felt the need to have a farm. I needed a big vegetable garden and I had no room in this newly finished garden to plant one.
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