It's not uncommon to spend the month of January shifting the landscape around here.
As part of the preparation for spring I picked up a load of good dirt.
One wheelbarrow at a time I've spent the day emptying out the back end of the truck and transporting the new dirt. Love the smell of good dirt.
And where is all that dirt going?
It's finding a new home in the veggie garden where sod was dug out last week. In an effort to keep the budget down I've had to revise my plan to build more boxes for veggies. Sigh. Raised beds would be the best way to manage this expansion that is making room for more vegetable plants.
Instead I'm turning to plan B. I'm working on amending the existing soil and next I will build up some growing spaces using elevated areas. My goal is to experiment more with companion planting while creating a garden that flows right into the foundational and perennial landscaping.
While I had some hired help last week I marked out a couple of more places in the back garden and expanded my planting areas there as well. This will be the most sunny bed in the back garden. A rarity at Hoe and Shovel now days... sunny spots that is. My neighbor helped out with that issue by cutting down a couple of his trees last summer that previously helped shade this area.
One more fairly large area on the northeast corner of the back garden has been dug out for another planting bed.
I'll be making use mostly of what I already grow here dividing agapanthus, xanadu, gingers, bromeliads as well as using some plants I started from cuttings back in the fall in anticipation of this plan. All these budget cuts are helping me to be a more patient gardener.
It's been a cold and blustery day here in Tampa Bay. It's rare that the cold air from the north pushes this far south. We are expecting close to freezing temperatures tonight (please don't freeze) and freezing temps for certain tomorrow night. I am hoping for the best tonight but tomorrow I will busily work on covering as many of the tender plants as possible. It only takes one night of dropped temps to lose so many tender plants --- but we will stay optimistic and hope for the least amount of damage
By the weekend we'll be back to normal at close to 70 degrees and sunny. My tropicals are wishing for our usual tropical weather.