We’ve become gardening fiends the past few weeks. Three vegetable beds in the back, beans planted along the fence, artichokes out front, and four boxes of tomatoes. We’ve already harvested our first planting of arugula after it started to bolt in our unseasonal heat. The next batch is already in the ground and sprouting. I might be making a lot of new friends with all of these vegetables if they actually grow.
But I also am finally taking some first steps in getting rid of the grass in my front yard. Baby steps perhaps, but steps nonetheless. I’ve wanted to do this since I moved in, but for many reasons have yet to pursue the project. Now seems to be the right time.
At first I thought I would do edibles and native plants out front. Then I realized that area gets far too much sun for some of those beautiful green shade plants that grow so well in Portland.
So instead I will be doing my native garden in the back. I can’t wait to plant false Solomon’s seal, Pacific water leaf… so many to choose from, I’m going to have to control myself. We already picked up an Indian Plum tree over the weekend. Poor thing got a little roasted with this sun, but I’m hoping it will bounce back quickly.
As for the front, I have to make some plans for the walkway and a little wall before I can do anything with the garden itself, but I’m so excited to work with Trish, a master gardener and family friend, to see what ideas she comes up with when the time comes. Instead of native plants being the focus, I’ve decided I’m okay with focusing more on plants that are great for the wildlife and full of year-round color. Those plans are definitely to-be-continued, though, and I’m trying to be patient for now.
Until then, I’m loving our time playing in the dirt, exploring natural areas around town for shade garden inspiration, and haunting our local nurseries to see what new beauties they have to offer.