When she was done with the rest of the inspection, she asked me to step outside for a second. We went out the front door and stood by the front garden box. Then it began.
She said, "Now I know I verbally approved these before you moved in, but they are bigger than I thought they would be."
She went on, "Now, the main concern with this is that its going to kill the grass under it."
Uh, did she not understand from what we were telling her from before we moved in that we were planning on taking out all the grass in the yard and planting it with useful plants? So I diplomatically replied, "We plan on putting grass seed down on any areas we do our own landscaping on before we move. The ground will be in better shape than when we moved in" thinking about how the soil modifications I will do could only improve the soil here.
I think she thought I was up to something with that response from the look on her face, but after a second she smiled and said, "If this (box) is going to be utilized to plant flowers, we'd rather it be in the back of the lot."
Flowers? No one ever said it was going to contain flowers! But I suppose the vegetables growing in it mostly will have flowers, so I held my tongue on that and latched on to the wording of "we'd rather" because it's too late for this year! That box has already largely been planted and it is too heavy to move with the soil in it, so I can't stick it to the back until fall sometime after the first frost, but before the ground freezes completely.
This whole time, I was freaking out internally. If there were misunderstandings about the size of the boxes I already have and what they'd contain, what else was misunderstood? Is the park management going to have problems with the rest of my trailer park homestead plans? How much can I really get away with? Sure, the next door neighbor said they pretty much leave tenants alone and it is basically our yard to do what we want with. Sure, that neighbor's been living in this trailer park for 30 years, but what if he's wrong? What if they take objection to my somewhat unconventional plans for the yard?
I think a little of this internal monologue may have shown on my face, because she asked if there was anything I wanted to ask her. I thought about it, remembered the quote "it's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission," put a polite smile on my face, and said "no, I don't think there is."
|Whatever I do to the yard, it's gotta be an improvement over this monstrosity that was here when we moved in!|
So, I plan to keep doing what I've been doing, keeping the same plan, but now there looks like there might be some storm clouds on the horizon of my trailer park homestead!