Planning the Gardens

*sigh*

Ya’ll, it feels like spring today and I’m loving it. I turned off the heat and opened the windows, added some Frankincense and Wild Orange to the diffusers, tossed a pork roast in the slow cooker, and my daughter and I enjoyed some precious time outside.

She and I worked to make her Harry Potter broom and she spent time running around, jumping into the air and pretending to be a powerful wizard. Then, she played by our fire pit, the one we never got around to using last year, because of the nearly constant rainfall and not having chairs. I decided that I wasn’t missing out today and carried our only plastic Adirondack chair up there and enjoyed the view with a cup of decaf while she played a game with her Barbies that involved a lot of burying of dolls and her long, bare legs.

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Move over Hermione Granger, there’s a new Witch in town.
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Playing at the fire pit as a barge goes up river.

I’ve been wanting to have a garden here at our old farmhouse and as a matter of fact, it was planned for last year, but the best I did was a small herb garden by the house and containers of tomatoes and peppers. We enjoyed hundreds of cherry tomatoes and a few peppers until the hornworms enjoyed their feast. Those buggers can sure destroy a plant quickly! Anyone have suggestions for keeping them away? Yuck.

So as I sat in the chair, watching Kat play and enjoying my coffee, I eyed the yard and realized that the rock path I added last year gave a lovely contour to the yard and would be really lovely with an herb and veggie garden behind it. So, I hopped on line and ordered a culinary herb collection from Eden Brothers and for good measure, I also ordered Pink Lady and Red Delicious apple trees from The Tree Center for up on the hill, along with a 1/4 pound bag of wildflower seeds. The goal here is to ease our mowing costs, while still having a beautiful yard. I’m also thinking the wildflowers would be a lovely addition to the Children’s Garden, which I hope we can start this year by building treehouse!

I’ve never grown apple trees, but I know they grow well in well-drained soil and especially on a hill side. I’ve got that in spades, so to speak. Our yard is basically one giant hill. Thankfully we have the flat spot for our pool.

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Looking up the back hill from the patio. The treehouse will be built at that first tree with the Children’s Garden to the right. The apple trees to the left of the stump that’s pictured.

The deck will be built this spring as well, so that will provide a nice backdrop for more shrubs that I’ll order this fall and plant.

Slowly and carefully, the yard will come together and perhaps we will be able to stay here rather than having to move. My husband (and I) wonder if we’d be able to stay here because of the maintenance, so my hope is that by planting low-maintenance native plants, we can save time and money. Plus, it’ll be great fun for our daughter and grandchildren to help sow and harvest harvest the food, herbs, and flowers.

The tricky part will be keeping the deer out. Perhaps if I provide plenty of food for them outside the garden, they’ll not bother with trying to jump the fence.

Maybe?

I’ll share more about that later on, when I build the fence.

Are you a gardener? Have you tried growing your own food? If so, please share your tips and tricks and even your struggles! I’e always grown flowers, but I’m a newbie when it comes to fruits and vegetables.

xx

Resa

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