Our weather was pretty amazing last week so my goal was to plant the garden. Our last freeze is scheduled for March 16th and after reviewing the weather forecast I knew incorporating direct seed wouldn’t be a problem. Temperatures in North Texas won’t be dropping below 35 until next Fall which is music to my ears. With that kind of news, I had this get up and go attitude wanting to spring into gardening so that’s what I did.
With my garden caddy in one hand and the seed box in the other I was destined to begin. But then something happened I remembered it was just a few months ago that I decided to vacate the garden. It almost felt like I forgot about this space and then this sudden urge to expand and move dirt filled the air, so that’s what I did.
Seeds did get planted but it was rather sporadic between bursts of energy. It felt wonderful to be so active and I’m thrilled I reacted on this urge. Springing into gardening even if I may not get to see the results felt amazing.
During the process, new ideas were bouncing all over the place and all I could think about was our land just a little further north of here. Which made me realize I needed to plant this garden to impress and that’s what happened next, I was planting with a startle focus.
This space was created by using pieces of landscaping that were left in the quail sanctuary, I sure do miss those little birds… I stacked them two high and filled the bed with natural elements and dirt. You can get all my fun dirt tips here. This rich soil came from the farm because when you have 4 acres you just don’t go out and buy more.
There were also these tires left over from an upcycled project a few years back. You may think they appear tacky? At one time they were painted as adorable lady bugs so I’m thinking they may return to lady bugs once again. I like to use tires for my zinnias, cosmos and sunflowers because they provide additional support keeping them from falling over during heavy winds.
You’ll notice these beds feed off one another which allowed for a fun pattern. Everything is placed so it fits tight and when the grass grows back they will be very secure and easy to move if someone else isn’t interested in a garden of this size because the farm is up for sale.
In these beds, I planted sunflowers, cosmos and zinnias. Those smaller perennials in front were transplants because they needed more space.
Over to the left was another area of inspiration that sprouted off the herb bed. If you have the space to connect beds do this, it’s so much fun and it looks interesting instead lining up beds in rows. Connecting raised beds can also keep material expenses to a minimum which is helpful when beginning from scratch or expanding new spaces.
I planted zinnias, transplanted peppermint and added some purple basil and cucumbers. I still have more planting to do and I’m pretty sure that will happen later this week. This space is going to be fun and full of startle in just a couple months and next week I’m taking that sad white pot and giving it new life.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to begin your spring gardening don’t worry because you have plenty of time to begin and if you’re stuck for ideas let me recommend my new book, Startle Garden. This is a great book and will honestly help you grow your best garden. Get it here.