By Kim Charles

Jill Beringer and her handy husband have transformed their property in Delaware over the course of 27 years.

"I am a gardener in Hockessin, De.  When we built this house back in 1990, it was at the edge of a former horse pasture and had exactly two trees.  We put my children's sandbox under one of them for the little shade it provided. Twenty seven years later, I have more than enough shade and have been slowly taking over the yard- i.e. former soccer and lacrosse practice field- for my garden.  We live in a development on about a half acre, with a hedge row along one side of my pie-shaped lot.  It's rather wet so I have to find things that can take the moisture and compete with red maple roots. We are in the process of adding a stone sitting area under the biggest maple with a path that leads around below the deck which my husband built. We are doing it ourselves though it's like doing a puzzle but with REALLY, REALLY heavy puzzle pieces.  He also created the trellis one year for my birthday.  Love having a handy husband!  Still a work in progress! ( Not the husband- the garden:)!"

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