I had to take the day off yesterday. I came home from vacation to a horrific garden mess and I spent the entirety of yesterday in the garden fixing things up. At least, when I drive up my driveway I need to gain of sense of peace rather than agitation. I also spent much of that time pondering ideas for making all of it more simple so I can be more settled. Here is what I came up with for my garden but I am hoping you can share some of your simplifying tips too.
1) I HATE hosta flowers. And, I have a garden full of hostas….mind you I have never purchased a hosta, they are all the sad cast offs of clients, so I have shoved them every where I can think of. Many of the places are just right, but the row of them in front of the front wall is just wrong. They are getting too much sun, and the hideous hosta flowers greet me daily. They are going. I think I am going to replace them with a short lavender hedge to match the one on the other side of the driveway. Much easier and much more appropriate.
2) Irrigation. I have the luxury of living in New England, where if a garden is planted smartly, one can largely avoid having an irrigation system. But this isn’t true for my vegetable patch and I simply can’t trust that the plants will get what they need from manual watering (the time!!) . The housesitter didn’t give them enough water and I find it hard to find the time for watering myself. The irrigation is going in.
3) I’m going back to “Preen” – at least the organic version. The weeds in the rows between my garden beds and in the cracks between my brand new cobblestone path are enough to make me cry. And crab grass just sucks. If I don’t do it, I may have to give up gardening all together it is just too overwhelming.
4) New wish list item – Game Camera. My parents have game cameras set all around their house. They get a lot of entertainment from seeing all the garden visitors (coyotes, deer, even a bobcat once). I have decided that I can’t waste my time and just continue to blame whomever (woodchuck, bunny, chipmunk, deer) for my critter problems, I need to know, with hard facts who I am up against (know your enemy!)….primarily because all my previously successful deterrents are suddenly not working. Plus I have a sneaky suspicion that a bear might have come through a time or too and it would just be cool to know that for sure.
What have you done in your garden to reduce maintenance….any brilliant ideas?