My garden is in Ontario, Canada. This is how it began six years ago:
I can’t tell you how daunted I was when I started. We had just moved from a small, deeply-sloped, urban garden where I planted every square inch of it. Suddenly, here I was with a large, flat, open lot of absurdly sandy soil, and I was overwhelmed. This is a good example of careful what you wish for!
Without a plan, I just started digging and planting.
Here it is now:
To stick to my self-imposed low-budget, I start hundreds of plants from seed each year. I’m also a veggie fanatic, so there are lots of veggies tucked in there too. Plus, I added several fruit trees.
Here’s a video from the same time I took the photos:
There are old trees with big roots on all sides of the yard, so raised beds are the way to go for those areas, to avoid conflicts with the tree roots.
One of my newest obsessions is monochromatic planting in containers. Pretty and powerful!
This is my planting style: variety, colours, textures. And more is more. I can never get enough flowers.
This was the first year planting the roof of the homemade mini greenhouse. I used shoe bags to hold the plants and it worked very nicely.
The shed is a focal point of the garden, simply due to its location, so I like adding some eye-catching decorations.
The giant bird nest on the roof is my all-time favourite garden art. You can see how I made it here. I wish I could have made it about 3x larger though. Maybe I will update it at some point if I can collect enough branches. So many birds and squirrels like to sit up there by the eggs. So funny!
Here’s the view of the garden from the house. Sometimes I love the colour mayhem, other times I vow to narrow it down to a more harmonious palette. But the incredible numbers of bees, butterflies, birds, and more are certainly a stamp of approval.
Here’s the same view in winter after a particularly good snowfall. I find it equally beautiful (I love snow!). Can you see all the doves sitting in the tree?
And there you go!
We say ‘before and after’ but really, there’s no such thing in gardening. As with any living things, there are simply beautiful milestones along the way. Next growing season will bring more changes.
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~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛