Gardens are dynamic

Anyone who has the responsibility for a garden, whether it be a window box or container or a full-fledged estate, knows things never stand still. They always are moving and shifting and growing and changing.

I am going to see even more of this process than usual as we recover and rebuild following our recent fire. Once the Dumpsters arrive and a new building starts to appear, the pace will pick up and it will be time to replace the herb garden around the new workshop.

Some plants seem to have held up. Parsley, chives, oregano, lavender and mint look as if they have a good chance of survival, and I have to invest in some new terracotta pots and give the plants some loving care before the new site is ready.

Something else that has moved on through the winter is the sprawling compost area behind the garden house. There are many levels of compost care. I have Master Gardener friends do who beautiful work in this area, designing and building building structures to contain and manage their waste plant material and calculating the rate of green to brown filler. And then there are those like me who simply enjoy working with simple heaps of discarded plants and household scraps that eventually will mature into that beautiful black substance we all appreciate.

Through the next few weeks, the empty brown leaf-covered flat space that is designed to be the vegetable garden will welcome seeds and transplants of all shapes and sizes and start to show its potential. There will be some re-designing there as the former “cornfield” was retired, thanks to the thieving raccoons last fall, and has freed up some space.

Flowers will need to be chosen for beds and borders, with consideration for color, size and shape, and the hoses, shovels, trowels and spades will have to come out of the garden shed and get ready to do their part to make the garden the lovely place it can be.

After a pretty miserable winter, being confined to the house for much of it, I plan to work on a couple of seating areas outside for the summer, one under the oak tree and also make plans for a porch that Tom is going to build on the front of the house.

So there will be plenty of activity to fill the spring and summer days as the growing season arrives. Let’s hope foe beautiful weather as we move on.

Janet DelTurco is a local gardener and a graduate of The Ohio State University Master Gardener program.

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