Today I realized that my garden needed a thorough Spring cleaning. I'd spent so much time in the dream garden in my head that I didn't see all the prep work I needed to do to make that dream a reality. Today I tackled things head on.
Realizing that re-grading the yard is going to be more work than I can do by myself, I emailed a landscaper who has done work for me in the past. I hope that he can fit in my job with all the rest of the work he has. Then I set off for the garden center to see about a few things:
- looked for supplies for making raised beds - discovered that they don't carry any supplies
- learned about fruit trees - learned about the kind of semi-dwarf cherry tree I should pick and even identified one that is ready to go. But I realized that I should make sure my yard is ready for a new tree before I spend money on one
- learned about espaliering and think that this will be a great project for 2012 when I've got a re-graded yard and one year of gardening under my belt
- bought six Lenten Roses and some lime and manure to make them happy in their new bed
- learned that they'll be getting in vinca, sweet woodruff (aka Gallum), and other plants in the next two weeks so I definitely have to go back
By the time I got home the weather was perfect for gardening work and I got cracking. I started by trimming back the holly tree to create a neater shape and to provide more light to the ground beneath it. Then I ripped out all of the English ivy that was taking over and have prepared the soil for vinca and sweet woodruff that I'll be putting in next week. Then I trimmed last year's growth off the ornamental grasses scattered throughout the yard. Finally, I prepped a small bed in the front of the house for the Lenten roses. Phew! I took some before and after pictures.