I know the OH will run and hide when he reads this but a gal has to have a plan, and my restricted mobility has meant I have had plenty of
thinking scheming time to formulate ideas into a concrete gardening ‘plan of action’ for 2019.
So my #SixOnSaturday for this week are six gardening projects for 2019.
The ‘To Do’ list is like the building of Rome: It does not need to be completed in one day, next week or even next month. Over the next year will do just fine.
In no particular order of preference/urgency:
1. Dig up the Agapanthus and replant in pots…
These plants are at least six years old and have only flowered once. The rapid growth of the yucca and palm tree has meant the agapanthus are now in shade for most of the day.
… and remove weeds
I have tried to extricate the weeds with a hand trowel on numerous occasions, but the weeds are as stubborn as the night is long and they quickly return. There are a couple of succulents buried in with the weeds so the whole lot needs to be dug up, weed roots untangled before I replant the succulents.
2. Waterfall Rockery
This is quite a challenge due to the fact this area has no sun during the winter months but morning to midday sun in the summer which can be intense. I want to either raise the planting area of the rockery area to give it more depth so I can have interchangeable plastic pots according to the season, or buy one feature terracotta pot to match the existing pots. (I’ve put a black plastic pot to mark the location for now)
3. Replace Hedge
We planted this hedge about nine years ago to screen the pool. Comparing ours to other hedges in the local area which are over 6′ tall and are a rich burgundy colour, I bought the wrong variety. It is not a happy hedge and needs replacing. I am considering planting an Elaeagnus ebbingei ‘Limelight’ Hedge which does not mind partial shade, coastal gardens and grows rapidly. It also has small white fragrant flowers in Sept AND grows in dry conditions. Or even an edible hedge…
Any other suggestions welcome, please.
4. Raised Vegetable Garden Needs TLC
A picture saves a 1000 words. My vegetable area is a mess. Because of my knee I can’t dig or climb up onto the raised area to remove the weeds and dig in the fertiliser. I don’t think I have ever felt so frustrated and helpless. Hindsight is wonderful: I should have divided the area in two so I could access the complete area from ground level.
I’m sorely tempted to scrap the area and build a chicken run. I’ve always wanted chickens.
5. Herb Garden
This area needs a complete rethink as they are not happy herbs, especially the lemon thyme. Maybe I will grow the herbs in pots and position closer to the house.
6. Dig out old compost bin
… and dispose of contents. I was stupid and added piles of melaleuca hedge cuttings. I have since been advised they are too oily and will create havoc with the PH levels if I add to my soil. I am also leary about what is lurking in there… the snake I met earlier in the year has to live somewhere!
So my six for this week are projects for 2019. Is gardening your passion? Why not join other gardeners over at The Propagator’s Blog
What are your garden plans for the coming year?