Sunday, February 22, 2009

Growing Things... Despite the Snow


As predicted, a snow storm hit just about all of us in Michigan this weekend. Here in Grand Rapids we got six inches or so. Although icy and windy yesterday, it's pretty calm and just a bit slushy out now. The snow has kept us inside most of the weekend though, leaving only for a few errands and to take Bella out.

As Spring is somewhere in our not too distant future (we hope!) Travis and I have begun talking about our back yard, and what needs to be done with it once the ground thaws. For those of you not familiar with our yard... here's the disaster we're working with...



(note these were taken when we first moved in...)
(also note that I am absolutely keeping the bird bath. Unbelievably awesome.)

It's not a huge yard by any means, but is nowhere near as small as it seems right now. We essentially need to tear everything out, re-fence it, lay a patio, sod or seed, etc. Although a mammoth task - I think we can make the yard look really nice (with professional help, of course!)

We both look forward to having both a flower bed, and a veggie and herb garden. In light of this, we grabbed a little herb starter kit at Lowes today. I have no idea if it will work - it was all of $4.00 - but if it does, we'll transplant them into larger pots, and then outside to the yard once the spring hits.



It should be known that Trav and I know a combined next to nothing about gardening. There is to be much googling before spring arrives...

4 comments:

Meg said...

I'm totally thinking about Spring today- we got some surprise (at least to me) snow today.

Good for you for taking on the backyard project. We have a similar long list of projects for the outside of the house when spring hits.

As for your garden remember veggies and herbs like the sun. So if you have sun and shade back there- do the veggies and herbs in the sun and select shade flowers for the rest.

I love to garden and can't wait to see how your new herbs progress. Good Luck!

Joanne said...

I'm looking forward to loving gardening as well - I just can't wait to get that nasty backyard all straightened out! :) I hope you'll post some of your gardening projects on your blog when Spring decides to join us finally...

Jamie Lynn said...

Hello Joanne!

If you are interested, nearly every year my mother and I dig up and essentially throw away loads of lambs ears, oregano and some other herbs. If you would like, at some point this spring/summer we could pot some of them for you to transplant. Typically these are hearty and don't take long to spread and fill in. Though I will say, lambs ears are incredibly invasive, so a little bit, goes a very long way. Let me know if you would like something. Good luck with the garden planning!

Joanne said...

I think we actually have some of the Lambs Ear plant back there, and will have to tear a lot of it out -- the past owners had kind of a rock garden thing going with lots of ground coverage - it's too much! We'd love to take any herbs off your hands though when you get to that point - feel free to transplant some of them and hand off to my mother until I can get them from her. Thanks!