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Location: south central Ontario
Posted: Mar/12/2009 5:35 PM PST
Hi, Everyone -
I'm new to Garden Guides and have already enjoyed the various questions and tips I've read. I've gardened most of my life and I'm very old. I still learn something new and wonderful about plants and gardening techniques on a regular basis. I love to "play in the dirt" and have never lost the magic of watching plants grow.
I live in a small village with small flower beds (essentially foundation plantings) around my home. My husband and I own a 180 acre farm and intend to build a new home there someday. In the interim, we keep a large vegetable garden - too large - about 1 1/2 acres. We rent the remaining land to a local farmer who is a wonderful guardian of our soil and who is always ready to lend a helping hand if needed.
I've been creating a holding bed in anticipation of moving to our farm. Actually it serves two purposes - the second being that it uses up space that my husband would insist on planting with veggies. Then I'd have to spend a great deal of my summer giving them away or canning or freezing them. We are both very fond of fresh veggies, but now that our family's grown, there's only so much the two of us can devour. For the last few years I've been dividing my perennials and moving them to the holding bed along with whatever else I can beg, borrow or steal (well, maybe not steal) from family, friends and neighbours. Except for shrubbery, I doubt I'll have to spend much for plants when it comes time to landscape our new home.
I'm excited about my latest project - a lasagna bed I created last summer. It should be ready to plant this spring and I'll post photos under a new thread when I start to create the (shade) bed. It took a lot of time to prepare the bed which is fairly sizable - I'm guessing about 25 feet long by 8 to 10 feet long under a row of spruce trees - but it was a labour of love and not too demanding physically.
My plan for this spring is to use up more of the vegetable garden for a cutting bed. Surprisingly, I haven't encountered any opposition from hubby.
It will be at least another month, though before I can do much with either bed, and two months before I can start planting. In the meantime it's fun to think about getting my hands dirty again.
Location: Lancaster, SC
Posted: Mar/13/2009 4:56 AM PST
I see that you have been finding your way around the boards very well. I'm so glad that you are enjoying it here.
Location: Hawesville, KY
Posted: Mar/16/2009 11:03 AM PST
Sounds like you will have your hands busy for quite a while. At least you are planning ahead for your move, that is using your head. good Luck on your venture.