It is a common practice for avid gardeners to start visualizing new additions to their gardens after the holidays have passed and Winter digs in her heels. We wait with anticipation for the catalogs to arrive in the mail so that we can thumb through them to gain inspiration for our container plantings, raised herb and vegetable beds, border shrubs, and/or native plants and trees.
Yes, the days are shorter, the wind is cold and plants are dormant. But this is one of the best times to start planning for Spring! You can learn lots just sitting at home and watching lectures or internet webinars, in addition to the aforementioned catalogs. With fewer attention-grabbing chores, winter is the perfect time to revisit existing designs and reconsider plant palettes.
Do you find yourself gazing out your windows to imagine where to plant some new pops of color, or perhaps shrubs and trees that could offer more privacy? The “Art of the Garden” process entails everything from plotting, amending soil, deciding which crops/plants to grow, and determining the best layout to optimize sun/shade exposure and the plants’ irrigation needs.
Maybe the idea of a raised bed or two appeals to you. There are several advantages to growing in raised beds, and pest protection is one of the greatest of them. Gophers, voles, and moles are notoriously destructive to garden bed, “attacking” from underground. By plotting garden beds aboveground, and filling them with nutrient rich soil and fertilizers, you keep rodents out while ensuring worms and other beneficial bio-organisms have access to the soil. Also, raised beds are more likely to remain weed-free and are easier to weed when any do take up residence.
So sit back and relax by the fireplace with a hot beverage and get inspired to try something new: grow your own bouquets, design a cottage or mediterranean garden, expand your houseplant collection, add texture to your garden with foliage plants, and let your imagination soar!
Enjoy a happy and healthy new year with gorgeous gardens!