We have very large garden areas that we have done practically nothing with. Last Summer we decided it was time, and began the process of creating a gorgeous garden. Although the Summer was unusually hot and dry we were able to get some plants established and the hardscaping started. I think in part the daunting task of such a large blank slate had delayed any real gardening but we were ready to take on the challenge.
My sister is an amazing researcher, she doesn't stick to learning just what is needed to answer a question. She delves into the nooks and crannies of whatever she is learning, and gardening is no exception. We started with the front yard since it is the smallest and most visible bit. Pulling up all the random basalt rocks we had used over the years to keep our digging Labrador in the yard, we created a beautiful raised bed filled it with dirt and started selecting plants.
But we started late and Summer hit us hard. I was sure that we would loose many of our new plantings.
This year Spring came early and we jumped at the added growing season. Armed with an extensive 5 year plan carefully crafted by my sister, we brought out our tools and literally dug in. Dead trees were removed, piled of branches were pruned, and pounds of weeds were pulled. The best part was everything from last Summer returned.
With giant mounds of varying sized branches from tree removal and pruning, I've had an absolute blast creating chairs and latticework structures for climbing plants. Bending and shaping the branches into dramatic structures that reach high into the sky, they are equally useful and beautiful.
The plan for this year is to add to the beds we made last Summer, while creating from scratch a shade garden along the side of the house and a brand new 650 square foot kitchen garden. We are also planting a large berry bush border outside the fence to feed people and the birds. I love all the details Libby has in her plans and can't wait to see how the yard transforms as the season and years progress.
With all the digging, planting, building, and whatever else fills my sister's to-do list I know there will be no end to the hard work our large yard will take. I also am learning how much of an established garden is a constantly evolving work in progress. There is no "end" but I have fallen in love with the process.
Especially since the garden has become my haven for spinning. I'm so excited to make it a more complete extension of our home. With vibrant colors and luscious scents I can spin in peace for hours, and we've only just begun the transformation.