Gardening just doesn’t happen overnight. Last year we decided to create a new garden between the back trees which is a shady area. The first thing we did was bring home a lot of logs from the local landfill which would become the edge of the garden.
Some of the logs were cut, a trench dug, and the logs were set in place. We also had some old railway ties which were put in for another edging.
This was done in early fall as the leaves were falling. Lots of leaves were piled into the new garden area and on top of that were put all sorts of old tubs and containers full of dirt. Then winter set in and we waited for spring.
Over winter lots of discussions went on as to what we would be doing with this garden. It was finally decided to move the logs to the back of the garden and keep them at various heights and move the railway ties to the front of the garden. The pots/containers of dirt were emptied out on top of the leaves (which had already started to break down) and more soil was added.
We had a deluge of rain during April and into May. This helped to settle the dirt and we could add some more. Then the transplanting started. We moved ferns, hosta, bleeding hearts and astilbe from the shady front garden.
The plants took well, probably because we had more rain, and then more rain. At this point we wondered if it would ever stop raining.
The above photo shows how the garden looked on May 20, 2019. I’ll check in with this garden each month (photo) and see the progress.
This view of the back garden shows the new garden at the back between the two trees and what is left of the windmill garden.
This area is a disaster as it is the garden that is being downsized. If you remember this garden from other posts you will notice that the old cement fountain is gone and so is the cement block edging. One of the things I’m doing this year is making the garden as maintenance free as possible. Keeping the fountain filled with plants was a huge job and an even huger job (if there is such a word) was keeping the grass out of the cement block edging. So they both had to go, given away to new gardens.
This is the work in progress right now and another area I’ll be documenting as the season goes along.
Other garden areas:
- back tree garden
- bridge garden
- farmyard garden
- fence garden
- front diamond garden
- front shade garden
- Herb’s Place
- honeysuckle garden
- sign post garden
- trellis garden
- windmill garden
It is close to the end of May and the warmer weather is just arriving. In the last few days I’ve planted the tomatoes, peas, and beans and added a few hanging baskets to the gazebo. Today is to be another rainy day so all the new plantings and transplanting will get well watered.