Yes, as if decorating, selling blinds and home staging isn’t enough – I decided I will plant a vegetable garden this Spring! Who needs sleep!
If you know me, it is not as strange as it sounds. I come from a looooong lineage of farmers. My grandfather was a tobacco farmer and he was probably the 3rd or 4th generation of tobacco farmers. Fortunately, the family land is still in the family, down in Pender county, North Carolina. My uncle lives on it and keeps a nice garden but of course, no more tobacco.
Also, my house in Silver Spring came with a sizeable backyard and defined flower bed out back. The flower bed had climbing roses originally, I added day lillies and blueberries about 3 years ago. the day lillies did FANTASTIC – they quickly began to compete with the roses for space, but the blueberry bush did not make it. Turns out – blueberries need shade! But roses require frequent pruning and although I like to garden, I grew tired of pruning and probably wasn’t doing a good job at it. So the flower bed just looked a mess most of the year.
So I pulled everything up (except one lily bush at the end) and will plant a garden in the spring. Here are the pics from the prep work…
After tearing out the roses and the lilies, we added soil and lined the flower bed with newspaper.
The newspaper is to hopefully block whatever roots are left from growing up into the soil. the newspaper will just breakdown into the soil, so it makes a good lining. And it was a nice deterrent to the squirrels who live and love my chestnut tree and tried to bury their nuts in the soil.
I will work with Varetta, a friend who I am encouraging to launch her city living/container garden business, and my Mom who not only has a green thumb but a green hand. Two of them. Yea – she grew up on that tobacco farm. To hear her tell it, they had to pick a field of strawberries before they could go to school…yada yada yada. I spent some time on family farm as a child but mostly in the reaping season – picking, shucking, peeling, snapping time of year. Not really in the seeding and planting. So will be learning this part for the first time.
After the newspaper, comes the mulch! Stay tuned for more gardening fun after the snow leaves the area.