My fingers have been itching to get some planting done! The weather has been warm and even spring-like on some days. And that makes me want to plant something. *smile*
Last Saturday the warm temps sent us outdoors to work in the garden. I am wanting to do an overhaul of the garden area. However, I’ve not quite gotten a plan together of what I actually want to do with it. We figured starting with a clean slate might inspire us with new ideas.
We removed the rotting fence and front herb boxes. I want to replace these with long, thin raised beds…or so I think. I’m still undecided. I miss the white fence but it was falling apart and had to be removed.
All of the front raised beds were dressed with compost. Once the composter was emptied, we moved it back by the fence amongst the cast iron plants. The plan is to fill in on the other side of it with one of my favorite plants, hydrangea, which should make the composter blend into the garden better.
We started removing the chicken coop and run. I am so sad about that. It was hard for me to help with that so I let the guys take care of it for me. And they had a blast with the demolition process so they didn’t mind that I let them do all the work. *smile*
I thought that a little seating area in the middle of the garden might be kind of nice so we moved out two raised beds to open up that area.
We also dug up the prolific blackberry plants and moved them to the back fence. The huge rosemary was moved to side of the garage and will be joined by other herbs and flowering plants.
We still plan on “raising up” the raised beds another level and replacing boards as needed before planting begins. There are also plans to make the large boxes “thinner” so that it is easier to mow between them. However, we probably won’t be able to do all of the beds before the 2013 gardening begins.
My goal for the garden this year is to make it practical and useful and simple to upkeep but to focus more on making it beautiful too.
For now that means a lot of organizing and planning and dreaming. And if this warm weather holds up…it won’t be long before it means planting!
What has your winter gardening looked like?