Starting small is great advice. I have been getting overwhelmed trying to plan my yard garden. I want to do everything at one time, but need to learn patience to see what works. My biggest challenge will be the area behind my house which is overgrown with english ivy. Figuring out how to get rid of it and planting native on the bank while controlling erosion in the process is daunting. Hoping a local nursery can help with some ideas.
The addition of a constant water source is my challenge. I would love a natural looking source that I can use all year, not just my simple bird bath. I am starting on my "messy" yard, so have lots to think about. I think patience is a key to allow the plants to fill in naturally and not over plant all at once. So much to think about.
I have a small area on the side of the house which the deck and the bedroom windows overlook. The sounds of the birds create a natural alarm to wake up. I have several feeders and a raised vegetable bed already on that side, I want to create a space for birds and pollinators using native plants. Living on a east coast bay, I would like to provide for more migrants and take the opportunity to expand my neighborhood's use of native landscaping. I am looking forward to sitting on my deck listening and watching.