Southern Indiana Living

SEP-OCT 2018

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Sept/Oct 2018 • 10 Transforming a leftover pile of dirt with bricks and hostas A Walk in the Garden with Bob Hill Hostas Come Full Circle I n the beginning — long before the hostas — there was dirt. Lots of dirt. A sprawling pile of dirt. Its source was the hole created by digging the new foundation for an old dream; a back- of-the-house family room from which to sit and admire 40 years of garden work free of heat, sun and mosquitoes. A beer in hand always helps with the view. That pile of dirt was in the heavy shade of a home-grown sugar-maple transplanted as a sapling by wheelbarrow those 40 years ago. My son and two of his neighbor buddies helped with that. The sapling was about 6 feet tall at the time. Now it's closer to 50 feet. In my mind I can still the boys helping with the plant- ing. I also still see them live on occasion. They're all grown up now, too. When you live in the same house that long, life tends to come full circle. So, anyway, here's this pile of dirt demanding to either be used on site or moved into sunlight for yet another peren- Bed before planting After planting

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