Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Makings of a Gardener

As some of you may know, the old house that Josh & I purchased last year sits on a 1/2 acre lot filled with gardens.  At some point, there must have been an avid gardener living here because amidst all the dried up organic debris and 5 years worth of leaves, we had tons of flowers popping up last spring and summer.  I imagine it like the Secret Garden, dead and decrepit, and I want so badly to see it all come to life again.  Last year we cleaned up the leaves and tore out a few overgrown bushes and 20 yucca plants.  We transplanted our roses (the poor shocked little things) and played with a few flowers, mostly annuals. 

This week I have started cleaning out the garden beds.  I pulled weeds from the long bed lining the side of the house.  I cleaned up my circle garden in the front yard and mixed in new dirt after discovering that my mounding perennials were poking through the ground. 

Here's a picture from last year:

We raked lingering leaves and picked up the seed pods from my magnolia tree.  

I'm so excited that the weather has warmed up.  I've been working through my lunches all week so I can rush home and dig in.  I'm hoping that we can finish the clean up this weekend so we can tackle our lack of curb appeal.  

We have garden beds lining every nook and cranny of our yard.  We also have a massive rectangle of dirt from where the previous owner's pool used to sit.  The plan is to turn that into a veggie garden with the assistance of my Grandpa.  Confession:  I'm totally overwhelmed.  I don't know what to put where or how much sun each plant needs.  What kind of dirt do I have?  Heck if I know.  Which part of my yard faces south?  Good question!  

If anyone has any tips or advice, I would love to hear it!  I am going to put some ideas on paper, and if it doesn't turn out how I hope this year, there is always next year.  Right?


the vintage wren said...

Sounds like fun. I can't wait to start planting my own gardens soon. I made some great beds last year, and this year I can't wait to fill them up. It's so much fun planning a garden. I have a great book that is very helpful to me, I think it's called "Gardening in the Southern Region" I'll double check and let you know. Anyway, it gives a comprehensive list of plants for my region, as well as garden plans and ideas. It's always a good reference when I get ready to tackle a project.
Good luck.

the vintage wren said...

Hi Sarah, come on over to my blog to get your beautiful blogger award. I hope you will want to participate, and you really deserve it. Take Care, Carrie

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