(Pictured: a cosy garden we spotted in England)
We are ever-so-slowly learning how to homestead (see here), and this summer I started a garden. I’m still in awe that we’ve managed to grow anything!
Even though I had experience gardening as a kid, it still feels different to take full ownership of a garden. My husband and I started by cutting down untamed plants, and covering the ground with a black tarp to clear the weeds that had taken over. We could have started planting in the spring, but soon after moving, we went on a “belated honeymoon“, and planting was delayed until early June.
I decided to start small, by filling in a raised garden bed of stone at the front of the house. We removed the tarp off of the bed, and let the ground recover. Then I planted flowers, and scattered seeds in the remaining spaces: roses, cosmos, forget-me-nots, lupines, lavender, and lemon balm, among others.
My mind was still full of the gardens in Ireland and the UK, and I imagined creating a cottage-garden style bed full of flowers of all different shapes, sizes and colors.
However, it was not that easy. Continue reading