In July of 2006, I moved in with J who lives in Elkins Park, a suburb of Philadelphia.        His house is on a small lot which was landscaped in a conventional suburban style.  I volunteered to take on the job of lawn maintenance.  Things began to change. I read      about square foot gardening and planted raised beds in the backyard. I learned about permaculture design and grew corn, beans, squash, pumpkins, and sunflowers in the front yard.  Most recently, I took Dave Jacke’s edible forest gardening workshop, am designing and planting fruit tree guilds, and ponder pawpaws. We obtained a couple of beehives and are preparing for the chickens. The time I spend mowing is minimal.  I play outside and and am getting to know my neighbors. I like that.  I’m new to blogging…                            and lots of other stuff.

If you want to contact me by email…velickym at comcast dot net

7 Responses to About

  1. Sarah says:

    My husband and I turned out front lawn into a garden this year too! It’s so much fun being outside, talking to any neighbor that passes by. I live in CA, so the weather is much better for beginning gardeners like myself.

  2. Meei Ling Ng says:

    Everything you do is beautiful! love it!

  3. This is so neat! Congratulations! Looking forward to meeting you on Monday. I have a friend who lives near you who you may like to meet.

  4. Shari Short says:

    Wow, this is my old house!! We lived there from the mid-70’s to the late 80’s. So neat to see the article in the paper with the picture of our old sun porch!!

    • micvel says:

      I’ve lived here for 6 years and J has been here for more than 20. This is a wonderful place to be and I’m discovering that more and more! When I was speaking to the author of the article; she kept on noting that Elkins Park is “..an enlightened community!” Why don’t you stop in sometime?

      • Shari Short says:

        I would like that very much!! Thank you for the kind offer! I stopped by one time in 1992 and said hi to everyone who lived there so I must had met J! I would love to show my husband and young son your garden!!

  5. Toni Ann says:

    Hello new neighbor! I’m not new to the Philly area, but I’m brand new to Elkins Park (since November). I was browsing to find out if/when the farmers market was coming back to High School Park and I found your beautiful blog! I’m so excited we’re neighbors. I’m a novice at farming, but I’m giving it a go all by myself, this year. And I’m so happy to hear of someone in the area who has discovered this gorgeous way of life. Maybe someday we’ll bump into each other at the Co-op! Blessings, Toni

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