Before and After: A Garden Emerges
I've been contemplating differences now that we've uprooted to a whole new town and way of life. Old house vs. new house, old garden vs. new garden, old commute vs. new commute. It's all a huge transition, but we're on the other end of it, thankfully. Therefore, some of the smoke has cleared and I'm able to see with a bit more perspective.
About the differences between the old and new gardens (besides the obvious one about going from 50 x 100 square feet to 2 acres) -- the old garden it turns out had a lot of hardscaping and existing bones. Much of what I did there was to simply soften the edges with appropriate plants. I put them everywhere - even on the roof. This garden, on the other hand, is wide open spaces for the most part and will require garden bones. I could never cover it completely with plants like I did at the old garden, so I must make choices.
Some of the bones that I plan on adding are going to be in the form of evergreen shrubs and trees. They will take a long time to fill in but as the old adage goes "the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The next best is today" -- and, boy, have I been planting.
Another thing we've been busy with is clean up. David took it upon himself to start the process of removing the former veggie bed/plant prison.
David here: The "fort" is actually a future burn pile. As I grew up on the Nez Perce Reservation, a tipi is more appropriate. We'll have a pow-wow one day later this year.
Enough hard work...now some extras just for fun:
Final thoughts on the garden for this week: I know that it will take a lot of time to get the garden in order and to see real results. These little before and afters are to appease my inner workhorse...to show for something in such a large garden. I'm out there for hours and it doesn't look like I've done a thing. But it does make me feel better to just be out there digging around. As I dig, I experience visions of what would look good where, that is to say the garden really does speak to me. It's an organic process that I enjoy tremendously. I plan on using a lot of plant material for a plant-driven design vs. a hardscape design, that's for sure with this much land, but I will add hardscaping elements when appropriate.
I am learning more about the soil and the birds, too. I swear since I put the compost down I have seen a dramatic increase in worm activity. That is very satisfying. We have also observed many birds, it's a little crazy how many are out here. I will have to do a post just on our feathered buddies one day soon.
That's the report this week from Chickadee Gardens. As always thank you for reading and until next time, happy gardening!