In Seedfolks, Leona helps the garden through her intelligence and perseverance. She is appalled by the garbage that has been dumped in the "vacant" lot. In fact, there is so much garbage on the lot that Leona can't believe how anyone could call it "vacant" because it is piled high with all types of trash, even "dangerous chemicals."
Leona decides that clearing away the trash could not be accomplished through hauling it away in a wheelbarrow but, instead, by being persistent and making hours of countless phone calls. She begins by phoning local government offices and she even calls the United States government. Leona eventually discovers that the city of Cleveland owns the lot. When she gets nowhere with the City on the telephone, she decides the best way to deal with the garbage situation is by being proactive. Therefore, she takes matters into her own hands.
Leona takes a bag of stinking garbage to the Health Department. After spending useless hours on the phone, she is finally rewarded with a face to face meeting about the situation. Through her perseverance and wit, Leona gets the garbage cleared off the lot.