I’m not an enormous fan of winter. Dwelling in a four-season local weather, I’ve no alternative however to undergo the chilly months with nothing rising besides my houseplants. I attempt to take advantage of the season by dreaming about and planning what my backyard will appear like subsequent yr.
Planning the Backyard – It Begins with a Dream
I’ll admit that I get just a little lazy in winter. I am going into hibernation mode, doing fewer chores and spending a number of time studying and watching TV. My winter planning for the backyard takes on this lazy tone.
For a month or so I don’t actually do something when it comes to planning the backyard, however I feel that’s okay. It implies that my thoughts can wander, unfettered by practicalities. I discover my thoughts drifting… questioning what it might appear like to have sunflowers in that one mattress or if I might attempt rising just a little potted salsa garden with tomatoes, peppers, and cilantro.
Make To-Do Lists – Turning Desires into Actuality
In some unspecified time in the future in January I understand that I higher get going. I’ll want seeds, plans, and extra. Right here’s how I am going by the winter planning course of for spring and past:
- Going over the present backyard. The very first thing I do is systematically assume over final yr’s backyard. I take into account each mattress and container to evaluate what I favored and what may very well be improved.
- Making lists. I then make an inventory of what wants altering. As an illustration, I had a mattress with Hostas getting nibbled fairly badly by deer or rabbits. I record that as an issue that wants an answer. Then I make an inventory of something new that I wish to do, like including sunflowers.
- Narrowing it down. That second record tends to get prolonged and just a little impractical, so I am going by it and pick the issues I can fairly do within the upcoming rising season. I’m fairly certain sunflowers will make the reduce.
- Making new lists. Lastly, I make remaining lists of issues to appropriate and new gadgets for the backyard. I add to every one the issues I might want to buy, like an natural deer deterrent spray and sunflower seeds.
Planning for the following rising season requires a lazy dreaming part in my view. To essentially make it occur although, it’s necessary to knuckle down and make to-do lists.