Hi all. Just joined (duh). I'm in Dexter Michigan, just west of Ann Arbor.
I've tried my hand at gardening in the past, but my yard is 95% treed so there isn't a lot of sunlight that makes it to ground.
The one patch of sunlight that would work for a garden is in the back yard. Sadly, my dogs (8) would make short work of anything growing. I'd have to fence it and that's unattractive.
Soooo....I'm going to try my hand at container gardening on my 18x24 raised deck, off the side of the house. Gets sun most of the day, and is safe from most critters.
All that said, while I was researching container gardens and how to be successful, I came across numerous links to "Mason Bees". I began reading, and after some thought, I've decided to put up some Bee houses and try to get them to pollinate my veggies.
I'll have some questions as I get closer to putting out the houses, but I'll try to make use of the SEARCH button.
Some of my hobbies, in case anyone is curious, include:
Camping - tents/campfires/sleeping under the stars
Hiking - favorite spot is Lake Placid NY, Adirondack Mountains.
SCUBA - nuff said
Dogs - dog shows, agility, dog sledding
Guns - target shooting and amassing ammo for when the zombies arrive
Cars - attending car shows and drag racing (1987 Buick Grand National).