Happiness is free wood chips and a husband who replenishes the garden path with free labor. Now my paths should be weed free for the season. Most tree services are happy to dump wood chips in your driveway for free. It saves them the cost of having to pay to bring them to a landfill and you can feel good about "recycling" them into your paths.
I'm not an expert gardener by a long stretch but I do enjoy growing my plants from seed. I mostly do this because I'm a frugal gardener but I also appreciate how it helps get me through a long Midwest winter.