The danger of buying seeds online is that you don’t quite realize how much you’ve ordered until it’s in your hands…
I may have gone a little overboard this year. My plan was to focus on perennial herbs and vegetables, followed by self-seeding herbs and beneficial flowers, and finally to throw in a few just-for-fun vegetables that would be impossible to buy anywhere in stores. Then I would see how much energy I have for vegetable gardening (as opposed to the shrubs and perennial flowers that I focused on last year) and if I decided it wasn’t for me, I’d at least have some self-sufficient perennials and self-seeders established, and maybe a couple interesting veggies too. Well, I did stick to that plan, but I may have bought about 50% more than I really need. I’m not sure that I can actually plant all this seed this year, but it will be an adventure to see if I can!
This is my “wet guild”. It’s herbs and vegetables that need a lot of water and a lot of sun, and/or will work well together. I’ll be putting this right next to our back patio, where the hose is. I’ll need to double-dig an entirely new garden bed for this!
On the left is the ‘moderate water’ and on the right is the ‘tolerates dry’. These will be on the South side of the house, where I planted some lavender last year. This area is partially dug and mulched, but I will need to extend the bed further.
This area will be to the left of my current herb bed, next to the forsythia hedge. My plan is to deep mulch the grass with layers of mushroom compost, newspaper and cardboard, and straw, and then either dig small holes and fill with compost for individual plants, or just grow from soil bags on top of the mulch. Then next year when the grass is dead, I’ll dig it all in.
And finally, I’m considering getting some chickens this year! I’m picky about where I get them from (I do not want to give money to a commerical/ factory hatchery where the chickens aren’t treated well, are crammed in too tightly, and all the males are killed). I’ll need to find someone with a flock that is too large that they want to divide, or maybe someone who tried chickens last year and decided they weren’t for them. I may not find anyone selling young chickens this year, but if the opportunity arises, I’ll jump on it. “Chicken Land” would be back underneath the pine trees, and out into the lawn a little, for sunshine. There’s a very large area back there that they can free roam as they like (I would probably divide it into paddocks, it’s so large) and then I’d let the chickens totally free range in the garden with supervision. I’m excited at the possibility of more funny pets, fresh eggs, bug control, compost assistance, and lovely mulch.