I am an amateur at best when it comes to this gardening thing. I am attempting another garden this year (we took a 2 year break- I was a little busy). Hopefully the weeds do not overtake it! I really do want to be more self-sufficient, and gardening I am finding is a great way to start. I also enjoy the
fruits err veggies of labor and the kids are learning everything right along side of me.
Thankfully I have amazing neighbors and friends who have shared their garden goodies with me so we were not deprived these past couple of years in the absence of our own garden.
I had my sister-in-law and another friend over awhile back where gardening was a topic. I love getting pointers in what works and what doesn’t, what grows well and what needs a bit of shade, it was the perfect morning to plan the garden out. It is 3 weeks now since the kids and I planted it….
The rows are coming up nicely, and I love the irises and day lilies that border the archway in our garden. on the side of the garden is a slightly raised bed which holds the strawberries and along the fence on the opposite end is a row of raspberries. This year I decided to put a whole length of landscaping fabric down in front of the raspberries and down the entire middle of the garden, I then staked the fabric down and added stepping stones. Just one things left to do- add the cedar chips over top of the fabric to better yet keep those weeds down. So far however the fabric has been doing a fine job by itself, it has really deterred the weeds (and minimalized the weeds in areas which were walking paths anyway and would have needed to be weeded regularly).
Gardening for me is more of a necessity rather than a hobby, flowers are more my forte. Here is a little peak around our yard and our flower beds-
I am rather fond of geraniums. They thrive really well in full sun which we have a lot of, our front and sides of the house receive full sun all day, the day lilies and a few of the coniferous types of shrubs also enjoy the sun and have tripled in size since us moving here 5 years ago.
The only shady part throughout the day is the back of the house, it receives the morning sun but is shaded over from our large poplar by 11:00am. Here is a look at one area of perennial’s along the backside of the house-
The hosta’s love the shade and always fill the bed up nicely, on the outer corners are more irises and between those is meadow sage, the flowers are just starting to open up and will last all summer long, unfortunately I did not capture them in this photo, they are a purple/blue flower and very fragrant , they look like this in full bloom-
And of course I had to bring some of the lovelies indoors, we have this magnificent lilac bush in the back yard and thought I would bring some of those flowers in to sit on my coffee table in the living room (really though I stole the idea from someone I know who had done the same thing, brilliant idea, you know who you are, ha!)
There is something about growing greenery that is relaxing and refreshing. Maybe it is just the fact that we spent the last 7 months indoors and are desperate enough to find anything to do outdoors. A person can not deny the fact that kids sure sleep better after being out in the fresh air all day. I certainly do! I don’t know about your corner you call home but the dragon flies have been out in full swing and have been gobbling up all those pesky mosquitos. The mosquitos are still hanging around somehow, but at least we don’t feel as though we are being eaten alive (my hubs may want to differ, but that’s OK, he can just stand beside me and take one- or many- for the team! 😀 )
Have a great rest of your week! Thanks for checking in,
I came across this most fitting scripture at our last bible study, we happened to be going through the first book of Thessalonians.
and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you,
1 Thessalonians 4:11