Spring is almost here! Although it looks nice and sunny outside, it’s still cold. Even though it’s cold, there are lots of green shoots coming up in our garden. One of the most surprising things I’ve learned about myself since moving into our house is that I love gardening! When we first moved in (in the winter), I was not interested in taking care of the yard. Pulling weeds and getting dirty just didn’t appeal to me. My husband on the other hand, has always been interested in growing things. He even had a little greenhouse in our apartment. So I told him the garden would be his thing. But once all the snow melted and I saw the state of the garden, I knew I had to help him out. It was horribly overgrown, with grapevines tangled up in the trees, burdock all over the vegetable patch, and the soil literally had garbage in it. I could see that someone had once cared to landscape the flower beds, but they were so choked with weeds you could barely tell. So he was in charge of the vegetable patch and I took charge of the flower beds. Pretty soon, I was making plans for what to grow and picking up new plants whenever we went to the garden store. I made it my mission to fix our yard, and I was enjoying it!

This new hobby of mine extended to inside our house, too. I bought a couple of house plants to purify the air inside, and pretty soon I had a plant in every room. There was some trial and error involved, and I’m still learning. Remember our plant wall? Yeah, all of those died. Apparently our house was too dark for them. Now I have some low-light loving plants that are thriving. Sometimes I wish we had more space, and less curious animals, so I could get more plants.

The plants we have so far are:

  • Pineapple
  • 3 spider plants
  • Aloe
  • Orchid
  • Pothos
  • Bamboo

Those are just the ones on display. We also have many more plants living in the basement under grow lights until it’s warm enough to put them outside. All of our houseplants are pet safe except for the pothos, which is in a hanging planter far out of their reach.

Now, I’m working on a plan for the yard that’s dog friendly. Stella likes to dig and get into things, so keeping a nice looking yard is going to be a challenge. A book I got from the library, Dogscaping, has been a big help. The landscaping we have right now is kind of formal and dull. Lots of hosta and not much else. Last year, I cleaned up what was already planted and added a few annuals, so this year will be a fresh start. I’m hoping to make the yard more natural looking, with wildflowers and grasses.

I can’t wait to get started! What are your plans for your garden this year?

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