My Dad use to say that it took three years to get a garden where it should be. I was intimately aware of my Dad’s type of gardening, so I understood what he meant. Still there are a lot of qualifiers in that premise, I would say. Gardens are always evolving and anyone who has grown even one plant knows that for sure.
The most obvious dilemma though is when you want to dig up an entire garden space or turn it into something, in my opinion, better.
For me, there is nothing more boring in a garden than a string of one kind of plant. It is only more complicated when the said garden has been neglected. No matter how tough a plant is, or labeled easy-to-grow, there is bound to be something about it requiring a modicum of care.
I find the push to stay gardening in revitalizing my new little garden, in a new environment I am getting to know.
I have one Spanish lavender plant, a type of lavender I would never have considered growing in northern states, a donkey’s tail sedum and rosemary bush growing outside this winter. Outside! In winter!
Next month I will have begun growing vegetable plants. Stay tuned.