Is this the best forum to start at, or is there some other forum better suited for getting my edumacashun? The garden and yard are, as always, totally organic. There's something very appealing about taking all the exchange of 'money' out of the equation too Waiting for soil to warm up but lying awake in the middle of the night daydreaming about what to plant in any blank space I have. I put in palms, tree ferns, flax, and yucca with various under plantings for what a friend calls the Jurassic park look. Hello from Karen in Los Altos Hills 50mi south of SF We moved into our 1 acre lot 7 years ago and has been dealing with deer, gophers, rabbits, squirrels, etc.