|My January Garden|
I have been reading Mel Bartholomew's All New Square Foot Gardening.
Growing more in less space appeals to me and I am anxious to put some of his ideas into practice in my vegetable garden. I feel my 8' x 4' raised beds lend themselves to this type of gardening.
|My kitchen garden|
Both authors are AMAZING, with brilliant insights into the practice of gardening and their philosophy of gardening. I recommend these books to all of you, whatever your age. Actually, it was in a blog that I first heard about these books, but I can't remember whose blog it was. I am sorry I have not given you credit, and if you read this, please let me know who you are.
It is true that the physical labor involved in caring for my garden is becoming increasingly difficult: spreading mulch, digging holes, weeding, lifting containers. So how am I going to simplify? Here is my list:
- Replace high maintenance plants with low maintenance ones.
- Give minimum care - that means being realistic about what I can do.
- Accept imperfections.
- Use labor-saving techniques.
- Accept help.
- Keep any new gardens small and simple (Okay, I know I probably shouldn't be making new gardens, but ... )
|Gooseneck Loosestrife: Beautiful but a thug in my garden|
|The not-very-obedient Obedient Plant|
You can read about this task here. I am replacing them with shrubs. Other low maintenance plants I intend to use more of are sedums, rudbeckias and daylilies. Also, spring bulbs are so very reliable!
|Rudbeckias tend to be low maintenance|
|The striking red daylily, Chicago Apache, is my favorite|
|This fall I planted many more daffodils - can't wait for spring!|
|My woodland walk in springtime|
|The shade garden|
|Coleus at the entrance to the stone garden|
Now I am wondering what YOUR new year's resolutions are? If you have not made any yet, you can read Marta's article, Monroe County Master Gardeners Make Their Resolutions, in the Pocono Record for some great ideas from the master gardeners in my district.
Again, I wish you health, happiness and great gardening in 2011!
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