Seed packets are so pretty don't you think? Then again I like hardware stores, too. Well, when you can find one. They fascinate me with their shelves and shelves of all that household gear. But it's the outdoor section I seem to gravitate to mostly. Truth be told what I really like about hardware stores is the smell. All that earthiness finding its way up my nose all at once... much like a garden center.
Oh my. Did I ever get off track with that bit about the hardware stores which has nothing to do with this post. Seed packets. Lovely, pretty, heartwarming seed packets.
My first seed order of the year arrived today. Really, you have to admit it is exciting when after you have placed the order and then the anticipation of receiving them in hand is set in motion... When once they show up in the mail box, it's like getting a present. Albeit one I ordered for myself but it's the same kind of thrill.
Any you know what? Such perfect timing.
Enlarging the Veggie Garden
Enlarging the Veggie Garden
Today was the day I was having more grass taken out to enlarge the veggie garden. We made room for two more boxes. One long one and one shorter one will be added.
This year it is my goal to blend the veggie garden more into the landscape. Last year, starting with nothing in this side yard, the raised veggie beds were standing alone at one end with only the help of some potted plants to soften the squared edges of the beds. We are curving the perimeter from the start this go round which will eliminate the strict linear look I'm not very fond of seeing.
The new design will enlarge the landscape planting as well as give me more room to plant more vegetables. The pink firespike is already hanging way over the edge of the bed... including the border plants which I'll have to move. The widened bed provides the room it needs to behave in its sprawling manor and also connects the vegetables with the landscape in one fluid sweep.
I'm working on a design to combine more ornamentals with the veggies and veggies among the ornamentals even. I think this will give me more of a feeling of cohesiveness. I don't have it all figured out but we are well on our way to spring around here.
Oh, and my FIRST EVER blueberry plants came this week also.
From everything I've read, they get big pretty fast and are supposedly quite hardy without needing much attention. Sounds good to me. I think I am going to plant these in the back garden right along with the landscape. But, I can't say for sure. I'm still deciding that. I'll need to get them in the ground very soon though. They start producing fruit in April. Well, at least that's the way it's suppose to go. :-)
We've got our work cut out for us around here. We're thanking God for the cool temps to accompany us while getting the heavy projects accomplished.