Ode to My Garden: Spring!

Wild roses that grow along one of my fences.

Over the last two weeks, I have spent 30+ hours in my garden, which is located on a small lot behind my house in my town of South Norwalk, Connecticut. I have push-mowed my lawn (which gets smaller every year as my plantings and edges get wider), cut down a many armfuls of extra growth, trimmed trees and bushes, put down extra mulch, and generally spruced it up. I’ve also planted a veggie garden in two raised boxes I put in a few years ago and decorated my patio with my plants that stay indoors all winter.

It’s a meditative, relaxing time, but the mowing and moving and lugging of mulch is also a great workout. I’m so appreciative that I have such a space to spend time in. And my cats love it too! That’s Poe, my roommate’s kitty, who has joined my two cats, Penelope and Amelia – all of whom probably spend more time in my garden that I do.

As it gets into mid-summer, I will post another set of pics, so you can all see how it’s going. And in the fall, the fig tree will be full of bounty!

Poe the kitty.

The dwarf lilac tree – an intoxicating aroma.

My push-mower – I love how quiet it is. And carbon-neutral too!


Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.