Spring is most definitely here. Not necessarily by the date on the official calendar, but it’s here none the less. Love that part about Mother Nature. She pretty much does exactly as she pleases, regardless of our ongoing need to try to predict and tame her.
I’ve been busy busy busy! Luckily, with a brand new construction yard (meaning bark dust and sod) I don’t have the usual pruning back of dead branches, neatening up of perennials, and cleaning up of garden beds to accomplish. I actually enjoy those tasks, or mostly the rewards at the end of it. Everything looking neat and tidy, fresh, ready for new growth. Now that I think of it….I miss it a bit.
This year’s task #1 is to PLAN, and then FOLLOW THE PLAN. In developing my new garden, I really want to be systematic, and orderly about it. The urge to run to the nearest retail nursery, roll around a little red wagon, and snatch up a load of new plants is SO hard to resist. TRUST me. That’s one of my favorite spring activities. But I want to approach this garden with some spring planning and fore thought, so that the end result is one that I adore, not a hodge podge of miscellaneous plants that caught my eye in spurts.
• Plant some sort of spring flowering tree in front of a downstairs bedroom window. This area of my yard is a bit soggy, and doesn’t seem to get much sun, so not a good one for edible plantings. A tree will be nice here. Select one that will get no more than 15-20 feet tall and spread. It would look lovely from the second floor deck outside my family and kitchen area each year.
• Plant a larger Maple in the back part of my yard, up against the wooded green space. I have a tree from my late Grandpa Rhoads that a friend has been kindly taking care of. I look forward to seeing it grow, and it’s gorgeous color each fall. What a great way to remember my grandfather, a dedicated gardener until the end.
• Plant a small Japanese maple for fall color.
• Install several raised garden beds to plant edibles. I plan on incorporating edibles into my garden design in general, but really want to have a focused raised bed for lettuce greens, carrots, kale, and more.
• Try planting from seed. I’ve not done this as an adult. Several trays of seedlings growing already under grow lights!
• Tear out sod in the soggier part of my yard. With the clay soil left over following the house construction, the sod has to go. It’s useless and ugly. I plan on bringing in new soil, and will build a lovely shade garden there under that flowering spring tree. I imagine hostas, and ferns, and other lovelies growing there next to my stone bench.
• Incorporate a storage shed and compost area to keep everything organized. Excited to compost again!
Future posts will share what I’ve accomplished so far. Looking forward to keeping you updated!
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