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4 years in my first home! Ten years out of prison and addiction, this is my first garden. Feels good bringing all this life into the world. Safe travels!

4 years in my first home! Ten years out of prison and addiction, this is my first garden. Feels good bringing all this life into the world. Safe travels!

showerswithcentipede

1. Congratulations on your first house! 2. Congratulations for ten years out of prison! 3. Congratulations on being addiction free for a DECADE! 4. Congratulations on this extreme backyard transformation! I know I’m a stranger, but I can see how hard you have worked to achieve all of this. This is amazing! Thank you for sharing and I can’t wait to see more garden pics! Seriously, you should be so proud of all of this!


surfing813

Thank you for the kind words. They do not go unappreciated. I’m out here with my chickens now before they go in the coop for the night. I’m really grateful. People like you make life so much better. Safe travels friend!!


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WeWander_

I just quit drinking and now I'm addicted to planting flowers in my yard and yardwork. They're definitely my new addiction!


surfing813

Thank you!!!


serenityak77

As a former addict myself, I can confirm. You absolutely learn to replace an addiction with a more positive one.


ashpanda24

You've said it all perfectly, I couldnt agree more. Also, I think I speak for everyone in this sub: great job to OP. Your garden looks beautiful and we're so proud of your accomplishments!


slicklady

Ditto


Alithis_

My dream backyard! Is that a chicken coop in the back?


surfing813

Yes!! I’ve got three young lady’s. Theee fresh eggs a day!! I’m grateful for em. Awesome “pets” too.


Allysgrandma

We have 4, but only 3 lay. The 4th is the sweetest and she is only 2 so she should be laying. My daughter and family is moving to Texas and my 6.5 year old granddaughter asked me to take her chicken, so we are taking Rosie and another one to be chosen by the 12 year old granddaughter. They are pets. They are as spoiled as our rescue chihuahua. I fix them a snack every afternoon about 3. They have free run of the yard in the winter, but during spring/summer with the garden they stay in their large yard. We have very few snails and slugs so my friend across the street picks snails for them from her yard. Haha. They also love blueberries and grapes! If you want to see a chicken jump get some blueberries! HAHA! I am in Humboldt County, CA Zone 9a I believe.


honestyblackfield

This is so damn wholesome, bless you lady


SurpriseDragon

I wish I had the space for chicken friends! I’m so jealous


hobosonpogos

This might be my favorite comment of all time! Bless you, your family, and all your family's pets


Open_Material_6928

We have three hens too - it’s amazing how quickly you get attached to them. Congratulations on your successes and I wish you many more.


SlothyPotato

TIL that you don't need a rooster for hens to lay eggs


KSN380

I miss having chickens. We had 6 chickens and 2 ducks. About 100 eggs a month. Hadn't purchased eggs for over 2 years. Loved watching my girls collect eggs everyday and spending time with the birds. They made gr8 pets. Can't wait to be able to do it again.


Duddi_Z

Holy crap! That's amazing! Happy for you and your work!


Zanthious

Well that was unexpected. Looks great


StealYourJelly

Way to go brother. Looks great! You should be extremely proud of the path you're on!


cassidymccormick

Hey now, love your username!


Maybetwomoremiles

Looks amazing. What zone ?


surfing813

St Pete, fl! 9b I believe. Thanx!


Maybetwomoremiles

I’ve been clean and out for 2 1/2 years my self man. Lots of respect ✊


surfing813

Stoked for you my friend. Thank you!


Be_A_Goldfish

Congratulations on everything! I was gonna say from your user name that “813” is a Florida area code. Then saw your St. Pete comment.That’s my home! I miss it so much!


FoxEBean21

Hi neighbor!!!! Move to the Bay in Jan. Just in a rental now, so I keep enough potted plants that I can easily move and only put in the ground things that can easily be cared for by anyone. I miss my huge garden, but looking at yours gives me hope for the future!!! Keep it up. I am 3 years sober and never appreciated what the earth can offer quite like I do now.


LocationBrightSide

Guessed Florida. Looks great. F grass!


Uberg33k

And double fuck St. Augustine grass ... sideways ... with no lube. That stuff is terrible.


MintJulepTestosteron

I’m also in 9b! I hope you got melons going! :)


MitmitaPepitas

So jealous - I miss my Coquina Key home. Is that Lake Maggiore in the background?


surfing813

We are right off 4th street up near gandy. It does look a bit like a lake back there now that you mention it!


Cheekyfox-atl

I live in st. Pete and have a garden goin as well. Hoping ours will look this great someday! Well done


Old_Ladies_Die_Hard

That’s quite a transformation! Congratulations on your achievements.


starryvash

Congrats on working out ALL out!!


thestonernextdoor88

Holy shit


Angel1na

Love it!


high-moose420

Wow, amazing!


PlantaSorusRex

Awesome keep it up !


TheHandsomestMatt

Nicely done! On all counts!


gordontoehrig

Has there ever been any trial and error


surfing813

Very much so. I’m still learning daily!!! My passion makes up for my inexperience i would like to think!


LadyHigglesworth

I’m going to steal that phrase and apply it to many things in my life. You’re legitimately inspiring. Thanks for sharing.


Feralbritches1

Fantastic job all around brother.


AgreeableExchange59

Wow, it's amazing how people can transform a place completely into paradise!


thugnificent856

The healing continues


Snakesfeet

They built a mosque


tanhan27

Or an orthodox church. It may be just a different angle but the landscape beyond the fence looks completely different.


EnterTheCabbage

A little googling suggests its a Ukrainian Catholic church


PoorWhiteMiddleClass

Came here to ask if any castle's were built in his neighborhood recently.


herdiederdie

It’s such a lovely addition to this view. Could be anywhere in the world. Real r/imaginarysliceoflife vibes


LineDownSpiral

Congratulations on both your sobriety and your garden. They are both beautiful and giving life :)


dmouhamadou

Nice wow keep it up


GusGus6502

Incredible.


squishbot3000

So soothing to look at! Great job!


Castlewood57

This is awesome! Great job! Something to definitely be proud of, a great accomplishment!


babydoll_eyes

Literally *drooling*


MerkelousRex

Fuck yeah man/woman, that garden is badass.


Ethen44

You remind me of one of my old neighbors. Coolest guy ever, has an amazing work ethic and garden, and he is also now sober and out of prison. Super great guy that just appreciates life and makes it better for himself and everyone around him.


RonaTheFerret

Amazing! Hope your really proud how far you have come and good luck for the future


Bunnyprincess75

Proud of you and all of your accomplishments


bettertree8

That is so awesome. What an accomplishment!


bikingbooksmusic

Beautiful, peaceful garden. Gardening is a special magic ones life. Congratulations for overcoming your challenges.


OldSoulCreativity

This is awesome, thank you for the inspiration. Just celebrated 18 months clean myself, and I love seeing the things that people do with their lives after addiction.


LucidObsidian

Nice! It's beautiful!


CookinFrenchToast4ya

Nice


wheredatheartrate

You have a real knack for this! It's so much improved


JosephCornellBox

Mazel tov, friend! A massive accomplishment and a beautiful garden!


redmoxie1

Well done brother! I am rarely this stoked for people I've never met, but look at all the work you are putting in! Glad it's paying off in such a visible, beautiful way.


Nancy21462

Awesome, gardening is therapy for me. Keep growing!!


liberty_is_all

Congratulations on all accounts. That looks fantastic! And more importantly congratulations on success in life, love to see people thriving. Rock on!


KobenstyleMama

Fuck yeah!!! Good for you and thanks for sharing


Bedhead72

Wishing you every happiness! Your transformation both in spirit and with your property is incredible!


PermanentAtmosphere

Right on! Your garden looks fab! Isn't it amazing what we can do when we put all the energy into something productive like we did during active addition? Great things happen! P.S. I hit 10 years clean myself just yesterday as well. Wouldn't trade it for the world and it's so worth it. Congratulations and keep it up!


Stock-Difference3739

Dope yard all you need now is spore plugs and logs I think you can buy bio luminous mushroom plugs online?


nerdychic

That’s incredible! It’s so nice to see something beautiful and positive among all the ugliness in the world. This is truly delightful, thank you for sharing. And congratulations on all of your success (with everything from kicking the drugs to building the garden).


Xertviya

Dope with as capital D


GermanDeath-Reggae

The covered area is incredible, can we get more pics??


MilSimNerd

WOOT WOOT!!!!! Well done!!!!! I’m a former addict that had trouble with the law. Been sober for 7-8 years and clean as a whistle. I know how hard addiction is, and I know how hard it is to get out of the system. You’re killing it and doing a beautiful job! Dont you EVER go back to that my friend. It is NOT worth it! YAYY!!


DeniroDinero

Is composting easier with all the shit you’ve been through?


jyg88

So beautiful! Amazing job on all of it. 🎉


A-nature-account

Nice work dude!


LuckyBliss2

Congrats on ALL fronts!!! 🎉


AppropriateAd6519

How beautiful! My dream garden it is!


Ok_Gur_3868

Love the vibes! Congrats to your sobriety, you picked up a gratifying hobby.


tama_chan

Congrats! Your garden must be the envy of the neighborhood


peymonster

Fantastic garden. Nothing more healing than gardening.


littlebittypigeon

Uhhh... wtf? That is the coolest back yard I have ever seen.


Donald_J_Putin

That’s amazing.


mene3381

Welcome to the constructive addiction


Ibn2

good job! be proud


rosemarylemontwist

You garden shows how much attetion and time you put into your plants. Awesome! Gardening brings me many kinds of peaceful satisfaction. Wishing you a good growing season.


HawkspurReturns

That is fabulous. I love what you have created. It looks like a wonderful place to be in, for you and friends and birds and insects . I am so happy for you to have achieved all this on top of dealing with addiction and prison and all the after effects of those. Working with nature is so healing.


Brucifer667

You're doing great my dude! Congratulations across the board, I wish you many peaceful years filled with bountiful harvests n laughs🤘


dannally

Protect your peace, keep it peaceful


TaterMA

That's amazing! Enjoy the fruits of your labor


cerebraldormancy

Very cool. On the lower right are those cinder blocks with plants in that? If so that’s really creative


potatochick83

Love this yard! What a sanctuary


scarletsox

Congratulations!! Sincerely.


ibr6801

Holy shit. It’s unrecognizable


BuilderTexas

Congratulations 🍾 🍀


ESB1812

Damn my dude! You’ve been busy. Very well done.


girls_withguns

Killing it at every turn! Well effin done my dude! Jealous of your digs. Check out r/backyardchickens if you want to share your girlies with fellow chicken nuts!


agm406

Congrats on Life! You’re proof it can be done!


Hjalpmi_

Woah, you've made a chunk of paradise out of a boring old lawn! Amazing work.


Arethusa13Nymph

Not gonna lie. That garden is really freaking AWESOME!!!!


panicreved

Kero up the hard work! It looks awesome!


mudslideme

Congratulations, bro! It sure is rewarding watching the plants grow and produce.


0BeardedHorse0

This is Florida, isn’t it?


OutlandishMama

That’s wonderful!!


triplekipple888

Ooooh whatcha growing?


crunchbum

That's goals right there. ​ Great job!


Rigging_Mama86

Wow!! Beautiful oasis you made! I really love the dried logs outlining the center garden, great touch!


somuchstonks

"Feels good Bringing all this life into the world" ... love it. Good work .. life is crazy... glad you got yourself where you are feeling good about yourself . Keep doing your thing !!!


Ms-appropriation

Looks amazing! Congratulations!!! 10/25/18 for me(H5yr)


mollierocket

Wow. You must be so proud of yourself.


babiha

It’s the kind of yard that you want to keep walking again and again. I know the feeling because mine feels the same way. I didn’t put in quite as much work as you have. But this year, my mother in law wanted to sit out on the deck watching the yard. This my friend is serenity.


eggequator

Wow Holy shit your backyard is amazing. I'm ten years out of prison too. You were in FL prison? Where were you at if you don't mind me asking?


adegreeofdifference1

Amazing!


hypocrite_deer

Beautiful, my friend!


AgentIndiana

Wow, what a difference! It looks fantastic. I love the awning area you built to the left and the shade cloth was a great idea. Are you growing orchids? As someone who once taught college classes at a state prison, big congratulations on getting out and sober too! I hope your garden reflects how well you are thriving too.


just_flying_bi

Congratulations on everything! What a wonderful life you are making! Very proud and happy for you!


girthytaquito

Is that Hawaii?


surfing813

No, st Pete, Florida! Thank you for the compliment though!


babaganoush2307

This is amazing, congratulations on everything! 👍


lsbem

Lovely garden. Bless your heart and soul. May you remain forever content and happy with mother earths gifts


_starla_

Congratulations! Now that recovery in action! Beautiful!


Putyourdishesaway

Beautiful


TVLL

Holy crap! That looks more like nursery! That's huge!


H__Dresden

Awesome garden!!


cruble05

It's shake n' bake and I helped! Super PROUD, beyond blessed and super in LOVE with our backyard.....and yeah, I like you too!!! Wait til you post my side of the yard😁


endikiri

Congratulations on all fronts! It looks amazing!


Lornesto

That is some real work you’ve put in there! Looks great.


buttertartpoetry

Yay congrats OP. Turning your life around is an amazing feat all on its own. Congrats on fighting addiction also, it’s incredibly hard and is a day to day fight. A decade is an amazing accomplish This garden is also goals!!! Beautifully done ❤️ I hope one day my backyard looks half as good.


Ohyesshedid99

Whoa. That’s really freaking amazing. All of it!


AnotherMAWG

Congratulations, mate! Well done!


johnny_soup1

Incredible.


desireresortlover

Duuuude- that looks AMAZING! We’ve worked hard to build a garden where we want to spend time and relax- yours looks incredible! Congrats on all the accomplishments!


thetangible

This is my favorite Reddit post ever. We are seeds. We need proper care and the right situation and we will turn into something bigger and more beautiful than anyone thought possible!


designcravings

This is amazing!


marcie1214

That looks amazing! Glad you’re doing great!


yasmarramsay

WOW amazing


Virtual-Papaya4124

Amazing!! This is so inspiring—congratulations on such a beautiful garden and for taking hold of your life!


TomaVanPey

This is extremely respectable, personal and garden endeavours!


hickory1930

Congratulations to you and yours 🎈


dijon_moostard

Holy shit! This is the goal. So beautiful. Way to go!!!


Okokokokokie

Love the tropical rainforest effect under the shade.


Mumbles_Stiltskin

Dayum. Now idk wtf my excuse is for having a weak garden


presidentnat

Oh my stars, the dedication! Congratulations on all your achievements ♥ I hope you are graced with many more!! Also come ON, your backyard is a stinkin' dream.


CanuKnott

Congratulations on this beautiful garden and life turn around! You are living the dream!!


dryshampooforyou

Congrats!


boafish

Where do you buy the sun shade nets?


vet_USMC

Wow, impressive garden and impressive life changes for you! Congrats.


sparkmearse

Proud of you, duder! Stay the course my man, the dividends are sweet!


LittleBunInaBigWorld

Absolutely stunning


curljam

Godspeed! Amazing life change! Congratulations!


WannaSeeMyBirthmark

Wow! That's really great, and the garden looks wonderful! Congratulations, on all you have accomplished!


cahunigi

Incredible!


gone-withthe-trees

I hope to create a garden of such beauty in the future. I don’t where you have been but where you’re headed looks very promising. Thanks for sharing, I really appreciate this.


haha22689931256

Great job!!!


patcabin

Fuck yeah!


Icy_Contribution587

Well done and enjoy it!


cheddarscommonbitch

Good for you dude. Really solid work you've done both on yourself and your yard. Honestly, your backyard is a fucking dream dude and I'd love to have a slice of that one day. It's awesome!


Alextheseal_42

Seriously impressive my dude.


dragonflysky9

👩‍🌾👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼


cutanddry95

Looks great!!


LongTimeLurker818

That is beautiful. Way to bring good into the earth.


ASingleCarrot

Where did the sweet palm tree abscond to?


yamiryukia330

Congratulations on your decade of sobriety and on being out of prison. Congratulations on exchanging to a more beneficial addiction since it seems clear gardening is a more beneficial one to your well being and having your home to garden in is wonderful as well. Happy to see a happy garden transformation from such humble beginnings.


ladyinred_88

What an oasis to enjoy! You've picked up some serious skills along the way I bet. Congrats!


bellajojo

You are amazing OP! Congratulations on your many achievements. Proud of you 👍🏾


Jonnasgirl

I really appreciate how you've learned to take care of yourself by taking care of all these lovely plants and the chickens. Sometimes it can be hard to see the worth in self love and so we have to start out slow by taking care of something else, no matter how small. I have also been on that journey and it feels really nice. Congrats on the cozy garden you've built, it looks awesome! Some cool pics might be good on r/cozyplaces


Mawnster

Sweaty hell that's a lot of work! Well done!


damelucioler

Gardening: therapy you can eat! Seriously, amazing work. As a mental health profession who works in addictions it's highly gratifying to see someone who has made it to the other side. I'm proud of you!


XLM1196

You made something truly beautiful with your blank canvas 👏


OldDirtySpoon

I can picture it now, sitting at dusk under the warm glow of your string lights, chickens clucking nearby before they go off to sleep for the night. Crickets chirping around the yard giving it that final touch of ambience before you go in for the night. You made it, you turned your life around for the better and found a true passion. Cheers to that friend and I hope you continue to live a great life


ssnowglobe

Damn I love to see it!!! What a beautiful garden! I hope this is what you always dreamed of, and if it’s not, that you’re pleasantly surprised with yourself! You should be so proud!


Futch1

Holy forkin shirt balls!


TommyGunn2507

fucken genius


CountSkittlz

Man the yard looks good in BOTH photos 😳😳😳


Minelayer

Nice work! On everything!


burieddeepbetween

What a comeback! It looks great!


EducatedSquirrel

This is what gives me hope! This is a massive accomplishment, take those moments to acknowledge that and bask in it!


gtaluvgne

So cool and hugely inspiring !! Might borrow and idea or few from you :) congrats and thanks for sharing !


TopsyTheElephant

Absolutely amazing!


KarenM1066

your ny kinda gardener... Go you you LEGEND! The good life is yours xxx


effkay71

All I can see is the fruits of labour! I am a stranger, but very proud of your hard work! Congrats! May your garden grow!


greendigitqween

You've created a lush wilderness of both the garden and your life, congratulations!


bubblylion

beautiful!!!


rnaumoff88

I love everything about this probably because we just bought our first home in 17' and I was clean since getting released from prison Sept 2010 until a relapse in September. This post just reminds me of how therapeutic putting your hands in the dirt really is and that a clean life is fucking beautiful!!!❤❤❤


liveonarrival

Respect


Romcom1398

Wowzers! Gorgeous garden! I know I don't know you and you don't know me but gosh I'm so freaking proud of you!


Competitive-Cup-5465

Oh wow amazing garden! And congrats on all of your achievements 😊


Schmittell

Damn, that's quite a transformation. You should be proud of yourself!


Easy_tips

Awesome garden!


mprice76

What a gorgeous addition you must be to your neighborhood! I would be so grateful to have you next door!!


buttgasm69

The way you took that boring grass and turned it into something with so much character. Awesome!