For years we attempted to cultivate a small vegetable patch in the back yard, and for years the local fauna, and only the local fauna, enjoyed the fruits of our labours. This year we determined to not fight nature but let it have it's way and become its partner. We built a sitting bed (replacing the vegetable beds) and filled it with flowers for guests, both human and non, to enjoy. We let the other bed go relatively wild, letting the shrubs, grasses and vines have their way with only a minimum of tending. The result is a garden we enjoy significantly more. It's green, lush, visited and a "friend".