The Promise Of A Garden To Come
If you’ve been following my new blog posts since the beginning of this year, maybe you may recall that I’ve got a “new construction” yard. One of those with SO much possibility, and SO much work to be done, just to get it ready for the actual FUN kind of gardening. You know, the kind where you can go to the nursery, load up your little red wagon with plants that catch your eye, and then come home, plop them in among the already gorgeous plantings you have, and everything looks just that much better.
Well, I’m at the very beginning stage of that. The stage where I’m adding in new soil, adding compost, digging holes for trees, carrying heavy paver stones from my truck down the stairs (since my backyard is on a lower level), then finally moving them again to an initial staging spot. (They’re lying there crooked at the moment).
I’ve got some of the bones of the garden begun. The 8’ x 4’ raised garden bed created with the M-Braces. Two 24” x 46” animal troughs in place. In one I’ve got potatoes and onions started. The onions are just starting to poke out of the soil.
In all three raised beds I’ve added Oya’s to provide irrigation and save on water usage.
I’ve planted two gorgeous dogwood trees. A smaller white one (Cornus Kousa “MILKY WAY SELECT,” 15’ x 20’ at maturity) is in the shadier area of the yard. In this area, I tore out the soggy builder installed sod, which of course they put right over clay soil. It was useless, so this area will become a wonderful partial shade area with hostas and astibiles. This is the one area I feel okay about adding new plants to. (Do you hear me squealing quietly with excitement at the prospect??) I had a great landscape guy scrape off the sod, dig up 3-4” of clay soil, and bring in top soil, as well as another layer of compost. I ordered some shade plants and have about 10 of them in place for a start.
The other dogwood was a birthday gift from my Mom, a gorgeous red one, (Cornus Florida “CHEROKEE BRAVE”). It’s going to get larger (30’ x 30’), so it’s in the back area of my new garden, and will bloom in sight of my kitchen window each spring. Plus I’m sure the fall color will be gorgeous!
On the deck are some of the seedlings I started, getting used to the outdoor temps and rainfall, along with some planted lettuce, carrots, and three pots of tomato starts. I’m slowly transplanting some old pots of plants I’ve been hauling around from a few years of living in rental properties, and they’ll be great additions to the general planting beds. I’m now happy I saved the Black Mondo Grasses as I’ve got nine so far transplanted. This translates into $avings!
Every time I go out to my garden, I see both more work, challenges I still need to figure out….but mostly, I see the promise of a garden to come, and the many days and seasons of enjoyment I know I will have. It does a gardener’s heart good.