I've been spending a few hours here and there to work in the garden.
Dead zinnia stalks needed yoinking and dead grass needed to be raked up. As I raked the overgrown grassy areas, it reminded me of combing knots out of my hair when I was a kid. I had to clean the rake every few swipes to get the "hair" out of it.
With more dirt exposed, I then used the cultivator to lift clumps of grass roots to the surface to dry. I can shake the dried dirt from the roots and toss the grass in the trash pile.
SM came out during halftime of the football game he was watching to see what I was up to. I had just transplanted one of the blueberry bushes and was struggling with another one that has a pricker bush growing through it and the roots where intertwined with the rabbit fence we have around the garden.
"Here let me." SM takes the shovel from me and chews his way through the pricker bush root system. "Where do you want it?" He asked.
"In the wheelbarrow for now." I said. "I want to see if I can salvage the bush from the pricker bush...See how it runs?"
I pointed out the running root system. "It's as bad as Bermuda!" In the end I tossed the bush. It was just too intertwined. I had one more blueberry to move.
"Why are you moving them?" SM asked.
"It just too tight over here and they're not doing well anyway. I thought I'd use this big bed over here and turn it into a fruit bed." I told him sweeping my hand to show him the area.
"I want to buy more blueberry bushes and make a patch here, maybe buy a few more fruit trees and I think we need to build a proper grape arbor and transplant them. It's too tight where they are now." I continued.
When we tore down the old deck, SM suggested saving the wood to build another small sitting area underneath the maple tree (a nice cool spot on a hot day) and to use some of the posts for a proper grape arbor instead of the fencing we'd put up a few years ago to support the vines.
Our garden was expanded in stages and some of the garden beds are too tight for the plants I use them for.
I also want to weed-block and re-mulch the pathways this winter, defining extra working space so I can maneuver a little bit better.
Every time we expanded we just kept squishing stuff together so that when the garden is in full maturity, you can barely get through it. This made me feel overwhelmed.
I'd rather have less garden and more function.
This will be my fifth year with this garden.
Last year I was a big time slacker in the garden.
I want to invest a bit more in my 2015 garden.
More fruit, more flowers and tried and true veg.
You'd think after five years I'd know what works and what doesn't. But that's not how it goes is it?
Are you starting to think about next years garden?