The Green Side of Life: It’s that time of year!

To be thinking about gardens, and no, it’s not too early either.

I’ve done container gardens for the last few years, with some veggies planted in the main garden. The container ones were good, but I found I have to water A LOT to keep up with the plant’s needs, and the last few summers we had long hot spells, I couldn’t keep up with it all.

This year is going to be different. While I’ll still use the containers, I’m also doing raised beds in the back yard. Mum is always saying how there’s not enough ground to really do a good garden (I disagree) and when she took down two tall evergreen bushes at the front of the deck, I thought the space it left behind would be a perfect place to do two raised gardens. That’s my plan and made more real over the holidays when Hubby bought me a $300 gift card from Home Depot for the wood, and Sithboy got me a seed starter. I am seriously looking forward to this summer. I might even take some time off to get the garden ready.

It should be big enough to put in four kinds of tomatoes (yes, you read that right), and a few other things. I need to document how much sun the area gets, but it should be good. The only obstacle is the neighbours maple tree, but I don’t think it shades the back deck. As for the containers, I’m not putting them on the deck. It seemed like a good idea at the time but pulling the hose all the way up there was really a nuisance.

She’s had three trees taken down over the last few years (they were dead or dying) and that’s opened up the yard quite a bit. I’m also thinking of using the ‘dark’ end of the garden. The maple tree is at the far corner of the neighbours property, and the damn thing shades half her main garden. I’ve done some research and I think I can plant some spinach and other leafy veggies there. That would be cool. I did spinach a few years back and it got so hot out that the whole thing went to seed.

First step is documenting the area of light. I took a few pictures yesterday and I’ll do that every month on the same day and time. It’ll take me a whole year to map out the area, but I’ll have a better understanding of where I can plant things.

You can see for yourself what the yard looks like HERE.

The ideas are brewing!

About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms of Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal is to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing, she spends her time collecting crystals, knitting, gardening, cooking and listening to very loud music.

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