10 Things I Wouldn’t Do Again in my Garden

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:

  1. I wouldn’t plant ditch lilies in my garden.
  2. I wouldn’t plant free plants from my friends until I knew whether they were naughty or nice.
  3. 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.
  4. I wouldn’t pull weeds without being careful to identify what I am pulling. See number 3.
  5. I wouldn’t be afraid to build things for my garden by myself.
  6. I wouldn’t underestimate the beauty of using weed barriers, but I would never, ever, ever use landscape fabric as a weed deterrent again.
  7. I wouldn’t underestimate the power of a long term plan for my gardens.
  8. I wouldn’t try to create a great big garden in one season.
  9. I wouldn’t neglect preparing my gardens for winter.
  10. I wouldn’t have left the heart shaped pond for last.

Stay tuned!!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

Two Busy Brunettes

two brunette sisters busy with crafting, cooking, teaching, reading and living

The Trotter Family

just trying to live all for ONE...

The Spicy Simmer

Find it. Cook it. Love it. Blog it.

mariefriddle

my space in this crazy place

The Crafty Coup

Finally, you're here! Let's make something!

Big Hearts, Little Hands

A Stay-at-Home Mom's Journey

The Jiggly Bits

...because life is funny.

domestic diva, M.D.

my mother raised the perfect housewife...then I went to med school

renée a. schuls-jacobson

because life doesn't fit in a file folder

My Not So Humble Opinion

An occasional font of wit and wisdom.

jamiestorhoff

This WordPress.com site is the bee's knees

Adventures in Ministry

seeking God's heart in the heartland

thoughtfulbeliever

Thoughts, questions, ideas and experiences of a thoughtful Christian

Deidra Alexander's Blog

I have people to kill, lives to ruin, plagues to bring, and worlds to destroy. I am not the Angel of Death. I'm a fiction writer.

%d bloggers like this: