This past weekend was so beautiful and felt like the right time to plant the garden. Usually, I’ve had a few things going by now, but it’s been a busy year and I finally had a chance to catch my breath!
I thought I’d share a little bit about what I’ve got going (and growing!) this year.
I always like the way the yard looks in late April and early May. It’s lush and green thanks to alternating spring rains and sunny days. Perennials pop into bloom without any planting on my part. Basically, stuff looks and smells great and I didn’t have to lift a finger! My favorite plant in my yard is the beautiful bleeding heart, pictured above, just outside the garden gate. It’s a perennial I think I paid about $8 for at Fred Meyer several years ago and it comes back lush and strong every spring.
Here’s another view of the garden, right now. As you can see, some parts are definitely tidier than others! My son and I planted a TON of veggies and flowers yesterday including tomato, pumpkin, lettuce, kale, beets, carrots, beans, zucchini, oregano, and petunias. I’m happy to say that this year, I spent about $10 on a tomato plant, strawberries and a couple of seed packets. The rest I was able to acquire through my amazing Buy Nothing Group. (I recommend you join one STAT for some garden goodies!)
It might be a little hard to see, but this is my favorite sitting area in the garden (look hard for the chair, tucked behind the raspberries!). I woke up to a day full of stressful to-do items, and it was nice to take a few minutes and sit out there, taking in the sun, listening to the birds and quietly writing the day’s agenda. I really do think gardening is cheaper than therapy!
I sure do love our “showstopper” arbor! We installed the kiwi vines on them several years ago. I wasn’t sure how they’d do, and in fact, a couple years ago I thought they were dying. But I gave it another year, and BOOM. These things take off. They are full of blossoms and a favorite hiding spot of chickadees. (I have a bird feeder hanging off the porch not too far away.) A couple years ago, I added the hanging outdoor Costco lights and it’s so pretty at night.
I don’t think a garden space need to be perfect or expensive to be inviting, peaceful, and beautiful. Mix and match pots, add a bit of colorful décor, and there you go. Nature isn’t symmetrical or without flaws, so why do we try to create this effect in our own gardens? I’ve learned to embrace the hodge podge! Planted here: some flowers and parsley seeds acquired from the Buy Nothing Group.
One of my goals is to clean up this space in the back of the garden. It’s a real eyesore, BUT I think a very nice, large space that could be used for something. I’d love some opinions, but they need to be budget friendly. I’m potentially thinking about buying or finding a small patio set to create a unique seating area? I could also grow something else back here, but it’s in near complete shade. I’d love to make it useable, beautiful space. Everything pictured (with the exception of the planter in the foreground) can be moved elsewhere. Please – tell me your ideas!
Here’s another view of the garden, looking from the porch. This little space is easily my favorite in the entire house right now. It’s so easy to focus on what we don’t like – what’s wrong, what need’s fixing, what’s perpetually messy. My challenge to you: find what place in your house you love the most. Play it up!
My dog wanted out yesterday (I mean, can you blame him?), so he lazed about in the garden while I planted. And he was very happy.
Besides this, the overwhelming time I’ve spent in the yard has been just general clean-up (think mowing, weeding, tidying up) and NOT the fun garden stuff. It’s that time of year when the grass starts growing almost the second you finish mowing!
My next plans are to work on that back of the garden space, work on moving a huge pile of dirt I’ve got in the backyard, and finish weeding and tidying another growing space I’ve got on a slope. I bet I could easily spend another 10-12 hours out there just cleaning (but I’m fresh out of yard bin space!).
I’d love to hear what your plans are for your garden this year. Did you get out last weekend? How about this upcoming weekend? I’d love to hear about it!