Sure, there's a separate Gardening Forum, but I thought I'd share with you all, too, because I know many of you have an interest in native gardening, and it can go hand in hand with our garden ponds. Most of you know that I have a native garden away from the pond. I started it in 2014. It was a small 8' by 8' square, just 64 sq. ft. I was thrilled to add a section of native plants to my yard. Last year, I wanted more. I expanded it to 250 sq. ft. and also added a separate vegetable garden. The size was much better for what I had in mind. Well, as it turns out, it still wasn't enough for me. I made the decision today to add on once more. This time, I decided to finish it off and do something I've been thinking about for awhile. I have a fire pit out by the native garden, and I've been thinking about surrounding it with native plants since last year. It would make it feel a little more natural, and make it feel almost like a campsite (other than houses all around, but you get the idea). I began removing grass today. The new garden section is going to be bigger than what I already have. The total native garden will go from 250 sq. ft. to somewhere around 600 sq. ft.! I'm planning on doing the entire thing for free by collecting seeds from my already-established garden. Luckily, I also have quite a few seedlings in the garden that I can move over to the new section and help it fill in a little better by next year. I can hardly wait! Here's a blueprint I made that also shows when each section was added. For those of you who aren't familiar with native gardening, consider adding one of your own! All plants I have are native to North America, and most are native to my exact location. Native plants help just about every native insect and animal you can think of, from butterflies to fish, and from birds to frogs. Many native plants are bright and showy, and look good in most garden styles. Here's a few photos I took of my own native plants last year. For everyone who grows native plants, consider this thread the place to share your photos of them! I'd love to see everyone's native plants throughout the year. I'll certainly be sharing plenty of my own.