Sunday, January 8, 2012

Cold Short Days And Evenings By The Fire.

I can't believe this weather we are having here. A couple of days ago we woke up to 12 degrees. Yesterday I sat outside on the porch swing and watched Dakota ride his bike. It was 61. Today it is back down to 40. It is so crazy.

I got a seed catalog in the mail the other day. I was so thrilled. I don't think I've ever gotten one of those before. I have just about worn out the pages looking through it and then trying to visualize what my yard will look like if I plant this plant or that one. It does give me something to do while I sit all snuggled up beside the fire on these really cold days.
I thought I wanted to plant herbs in a couple of old tires in my front yard. So today I was looking up the directions on how to cut the tires and turn them inside out. You can imagine my dismay when I learned that the old tires have cadmium in them. This heavy metal will leach out into any herbs that I plant in them. So I guess I won't be able to do that. So now I have to come up with another plan to plant my herbs. Most things like basil and oregano I will plant in the back yard in a raised garden bed. I also plan on planting tomatoes and peppers in that same raised bed. But I want to plant mint and lemon balm. If I plant them in the raised bed with my other things I will soon have nothing but mint or maybe lemon balm. But one of them will win out and take over the space. So I'm looking for ideas for this. I think I'm going to do a second raised bed with strawberries in it.
I'm thinking about a weeping willow in the back yard as well. I just have to figure out where my husband plans to put his garage. Then I need to make sure I don't plant it where it will shade my garden area too much. I love being able to plan all this out in the big backyard that we have.

I think I'm going to take out whatever the unknown tree is that is growing on one side of the trellis and replace it with grapes on both sides of the trellis.
In this area from the fireplace to the window I'm going to plant some flowering plants. Maybe a rose or two. There is an area along the front of the house too that has been used as a flower bed in the past. My husband wants to plant an evergreen something in the front yard. Maybe I'll just do that instead of using tires to plant herbs. I'll find somewhere to tuck those herbs in in the backyard.

It is so much fun, looking at the catalog and planning and looking and planning some more. Can't wait until it's warm enough to actually do some of this planting. Make sure you stop back by in a few months to see what I ended up doing.

1 comment:

  1. Your yard is going to be both beautiful and delicious!

    While i can't grow anything green to save my skin, my daughter does some; she gets heirloom tomato seed from somewhere and those are wonderful.

    Happy garden dreaming!