Barbara Ballinger is an experienced journalist and author who’s written about gardening and home design for years, along with architecture, personal finance, and family business. Her website can be found here. She’s also learning as you will about the joys of planting her first vegetable and herb garden, which entails shooing away bunnies, squirrels, and deer from her precious heirloom tomatoes, French beans, cucumbers, peppers, parsley, and more. And after planting an array of flowers and shrubs, she’s learned the garden timetable: the first year they sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year they leap. She’s expecting to see leaping hostas, daffodils, daylilies, and more in her yard next spring and summer.