We moved here over 20 years ago; someday I’m going to post pictures of this old place in the rough. While the house was in really rough shape, it was neat because I could tell there was a gardener who once lived here. The remnants of his care and creativity were scattered throughout the yard. Sadly though, like the house, the gardens were very neglected – only remnants were seen of his creativity. Those remnants sparked a love for gardening in me that has not diminished over the years; it has certainly grown.
About 7 years ago, I began a “Garden Reclamation Plan,” which has helped me reclaim the gardens I started when I was able to be home full time and to create them in a way that made it a bit easier to manage. I am so pleased with how everything is working out!! There has been a lot of trial and error in my gardening adventures, and while some of that is a vital part of learning, I kind of wish I would have known some of these things before I tried them.
So, over the course of the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned. Here’s the short version:
- I wouldn’t plant ditch lilies in my garden.
- I wouldn’t plant free plants from my friends until I knew whether they were naughty or nice.
- I wouldn’t use herbicides to kill off unwanted weeds except poison ivy. Vinegar doesn’t kill poison ivy. That stuff just needs to die.
- I wouldn’t pull weeds without being careful to identify what I am pulling. See number 3.
- I wouldn’t be afraid to build things for my garden by myself.
- I wouldn’t underestimate the beauty of using weed barriers, but I would never, ever, ever use landscape fabric as a weed deterrent again.
- I wouldn’t underestimate the power of a long term plan for my gardens.
- I wouldn’t try to create a great big garden in one season.
- I wouldn’t neglect preparing my gardens for winter.
- I wouldn’t have left the heart shaped pond for last.