Dreaming of spring while the frostbite sets in

It looks as though the snow will be here for a while this year so until then I will have to ponder these photos from last spring to keep my mind occupied.

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I can’t remember what green looks like at this point.

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And last but not least,

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A herbaceous week for me

Well that is a nice treat!

The 2014 Richters Herb and Vegetable Catalogue has arrived. That means the next few days I will be dreaming of next year’s herbs and what I can plant in my new garden at the schoolhouse that can thrive while tolerating my general absence.

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Garlic will be my challenge for next fall but what will I plant this spring? I’ll be flipping through the books in the next few days trying to get some inspiration. I’ve been generally uninspiring to do much these last few weeks so hopefully this will kickstart my brain.

A small corner of improvement

I did manage to get in one improvement this year and that was to rebuild and kick-start this little corner garden around the water barrel.

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Needless to say it was in rough shape. I had let it get a bit too overgrown and it was in need of some help.

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I got some off cuts of rock at the local landscaping supply place for a whooping $3 and used them as stepping-stones.

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Then it started to look a bit more like the garden I wanted once I got my mulch in there. Still a few things in there that have to change or be moved but I am on the right track at least.

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Facing the fall

The hydrangea was white when I took this photo but is now brown and faded.

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We will be headed up soon to start the fall yard work. It is time to trim and tidy, rake and store.

Here is a list of some of the more important things to consider.

16 essential fall garden tasks — Canadian Gardening

The new garden is ready and waiting for spring

Finally, finally finally.

After years of complaining (mostly to myself) I’ve finally put in my herb garden. Well started it anyway.

I’ve cleared the dreaded gout weed that infests our yard. At least I have removed it from the garden bed at any rate. I will be haunted by this infernal green beast to the end of my days.

The weedy spring garden

As you can see with this past spring came some bulbs but also weeds. I resolved to fix this early on and be done with the weeds once and for all.

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Of course the weeks rolled on by and I ended up resolving to do very little. Hey I was busy and somewhat lazy and… oh just shut up will you!

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Ah but then my glorious week off in August became my workweek and to my delight I found some time to clear the weeds and begin my toiling. I cleared the whole bed out, laid down landscaping material and then shoveled in new soil.

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And while the fall is quickly approaching I can confidently say I now have a start on my perennial herb garden. There are chives, mint, lavender and cone flower as well as some leftover phlox I didn’t feel like moving. I’ve also left the clematis in the hope that it comes back in a less feeble form. We will see what we see next spring.