The week, the month, the year…where has it gone? Some will say the month is only half over; others will say we have half to go. For me, the eternal optimist taking a misstep, say its half over – because my kids go back to school tomorrow. I’m not ready. They’re not ready.
Between this mind shift of back to school, and kids and hubby in Indiana, I set out to get as much done in the garden as possible. And since I made such a big deal in a blog post about me messing around in the garden The best and hardest thing you can give your garden is time I needed an outlet to tinker with something other than the garden per se.
My direction became clear when my client and I worked out the design details of their booth for the Garden Writers Association conference held this year in Raleigh in September. We are going to use my potting bench. The potting bench would need to be cleaned up and green-washed to match the bench seat. Ok. This is good. The push I needed.
Without a garage and an active family of 5, we have stuff like everyone else – bikes, canoes, surfboards, boogie boards, lawn mower, potting bench, bird seed bins, potting soil bins, left over nursery pots, and a holding table for plants to grow out or hold until I know where they will go. We have a shed. Not the most attractive, but very functional. It holds a lot of family stuff that a garage would otherwise hold…without the guilt of not being able to fit the car in it.
But like a garage, over time, I would put things down to deal with later. Before I knew it, my space was no longer efficient. The shed is just a part of this really cool garden prep space. The shed is in the middle with space. On one side of the shed is the area for wheel barrels and nursery pots. The others side is the potting bench, growing table, rain barrel, potting soil bin, hoses, etc. In front of the shed is where I keep the yard waste cans, bird seed bins, and canoe. All of this is neatly hidden behind a tapestry hedgerow of Rose of Sharon, Osmanthus, Forsythia, and Camellia. The hedgerow is only 3 years old. In another year or two, complete privacy will be obtained in this space. Basically I have a cool garden prep area, hidden from the back living space, street, kids play, etc. A dead corner of the lot utilized for a gardener’s (and life) stuff.
Actually, the description above is how it looks now, not before I started. Before it wasn’t well organized. There were umbrellas no longer used since the back porch was built, other useful garden stuff that needed a good home, and garden accents that never got put back after the winter. I pulled EVERYTHING out and divided piles: trash, keep, Raleigh Swap Shop.
The Raleigh Swap Shop is a great resource to give a second life to life’s stuff. They take items such as bakeware, bicycles, CDs cookware, mowers, pictures, tools, toys, videos and such.
I dropped off 4 chairs, 4 garden umbrellas, little tables, and big black 4 inch drain pipe. I went by a day later and it’s already all gone. Doesn’t take long for good items to find a new home. Free and easy to do.
Now, I will wait for nice weather to dry out the potting bench so I can green-wash it. I have a month, so I should be good. If it were not being used, I would not have felt the need to get into the space and tinker. I’m glad for the excuse. The 15 hours spent over a 3 day period was exhilarating. I loved every minute of it.
My friend Tina at In The Garden told me this really cool garden prep space was one of her favorite parts of my garden. You should see it now Tina!
If you missed it, here is Helen’s Haven August Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day I didn’t put as many photos as I normally do since I was working on this garden prep redo.
Sore muscles led me to take a seat to enjoy the garden…something I don’t do often enough. There were monarchs, tiger swallowtails, cabbage whites, gray hairstreaks, red-spotted purples, eastern black swallowtails, various larvae, various birds, box turtle, dragon files, frogs, bees, wasp, chipmunks…Ahhh, THIS is why I garden for wildlife!
Gardening With Confidence