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Unable to travel during the height of the pandemic, the Francinis styled the landscape of their backyard after a beach in Italy, Andrea’s home country.
farmers market sales to building customraised garden beds, the Francinis were quick to sign up. “[Sandra and Fabian] did an awesome job, with fun along the way and inspiration for further landscaping projects,” Laura says. “Now we are able to harvest much faster, thanks to the timer-controlled irrigation system that they installed.” The newly crafted kitchen garden is easily accessible and offers a daily variety of fresh produce. In late July, the family enjoyed an abundance of tomatoes and zucchini. “The herb bed also provides living space for two baby turtles, so far undisturbed by our puppy, Heidi, an 8-month-old labrahuahua adopted just in time for sheltering in place,” Laura says. “We plan to add more berry bushes this fall. … We find observing the plants go through the stages of their life cycle rewarding in many ways.” The Francinis were also inspired by New Hope Audubon Society, the local
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