I’ve been a member of this community for quite a while, but only recently started reading regularly again. My husband and I moved into our first house this February, and now I’ve got a yard of my own! No more renting and having the neighbourhood kids trampling anything I plant.
I’ve loved gardening for years. During university, I even worked in a nursery for a couple summers, and I absolutely loved it. That’s a little bit about me, now on to my garden!
I live in southern Ontario, literally on the edge of Zone 5 and 6. I grew up about half an hour away from this house, but I think this place qualifies as being in a warmer zone! Everything turned green before the plants at my parents’ house, and the yard is well protected from wind.
After the snow melted, I saw that I basically had a big rectangle of grass to work with. Lots of crabgrass, some nightshade along the back fence (to the east), and nothing else that jumped out at me.
I’ve spent hours and hours out there since the weather warmed up, and I’m starting to see some progress. Most of the nightshade is gone (though I saw some shoots of it again today), I’ve started a perennial garden and an herb garden along the north fence (so facing south), I plan to put a vegetable garden in the northeast corner. When I was digging up the southeast corner, I had a pleasant surprise: good garden soil! (Everywhere else was clay). In all the other spots, I had to dig out the clay and put in good soil, but this spot appears to have been a garden at one point! I now have golden raspberry plants growing there, and there’s bleeding hearts coming through the fence from the neighbour’s yard! There’s another plant coming through too, and I think it’s a nettle, but that’s for a different post :)
The only other plant that I’ve noticed is along the north fence, spotted while putting in the perennials. Is it columbine? I’ve planted columbine, and it looks nearly the same. Possibly a variation, a different colour?
Obviously this was a few weeks ago, it’s gotten bigger since then. :)
I look forward to posting pics of my progress as the warm months arrive!