|Last summer I rolled out a garden hose to mark a new bed - which never got finished!|
So with this in mind I've begun making lists of all the things I would like to accomplish this year.
First and foremost, make more vegetable beds. On top of the tomatoes, carrots, onions and cilantro of last year I also intend to add 25 strawberry plants, basil and salad greens. More grass will need to be removed and beds built to accommodate these new arrivals.
I've also been thinking about compost. My bins are big but still not big enough to accommodate all the material I have. As a way to use up these materials and create beds I've been considering combining the two projects by using the lasagna method. Essentially layering compost in the spot I want for the bed and waiting for it to break down.
Another project is the flower bed at the front door. As you can see in the top photo I laid out the size of that bed last summer and started digging but never finished it. This project is probably second to the vegetable garden for me.
Another project started last summer and never finished was the large rectangular bed in the meadow. When we bought the house that bed was filled with weeds and rocks. Nothing much has changed. I'd love to see this bed converted to a rock garden but first the weeds must go.
Finally there's the new flower bed I started behind the garage. The one that was supposed to hold the hollyhocks and the plume poppy. I plopped a bunch of half finished compost down there in the fall and it will need to worked over in spring so I can plant my seeds there. But I've also been plotting and planning about what else I'd like to see in this area of the yard. Wouldn't it be great to add some trees out there, maybe that catalpa I've been coveting? Honey locust and evergreens as well. Of course, more flower beds would be necessary as well.
The more I think about it the more projects I keep adding to my 'to do' list. One after another there seems to be no end to the amount of trees, shrubs and flowers I would like to see in my yard. As I wrote out all these wishes I started to see a trend. And I realized there is a resolution here for me after all.
This summer I resolve to do one thing at a time. Celebrate the things I do get accomplished and accept that it won't all get done. I resolve to ride my bike, swim at the beach, and take my kayak on the water. There is plenty of time to grow flowers and play in the summer sun.
To see other garden resolutions, please visit Fer at My Little Garden in Japan.