It was just over a year ago that my wife and I decided to start a little garden. It started with a strawberry plant that we killed after enjoying a mere handful of berries. I’m glad that didn’t discourage us and we decided to keep adding more and more plants.
At first it mostly centered around vegetables, but my wife wanted flowers, too, so we added hibiscus, gardenia and lavender. Then we added cuphea, lantana and lobelia. By the end of the summer, I had caught full-blown gardening fever.
I built a few more beds and went to work planting a fall garden. Half of those plants didn’t make it, but I kept going. I planted a bunch of colder weather vegetables like lettuce, broccoli and spinach. They did outstanding and really started producing once the coldest part of winter was over.
Then we realized that we didn’t want to just grow vegetables. We wanted to do some landscaping and enjoy the back yard a bit more. The back yard was a completely empty palette before we started work on our projects. Now, just months later, I’m happy with the results.
Am I done planting? Not on your life! We’re going to continue to expand the garden and beautify our back yard. We want to give back to nature. So, we’re doing it all organic, and growing native plants that beneficial insects love. Stick around another year, we’ll have a lot more to show for it!
Now I just need to get some furniture. The small makeshift bench has served a purpose, but I never intended to keep it so long. I want a couple of nice benches, a couple of bird baths, and some little items of interest.