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A Good Start to a Lazy Garden

By K.C. Compton


Tags: barden, lazy, herbs, flowers, spring, planting, bees, butterflies, pollinators, K.C. Compton,

Well, I am now dug up. Not that I personally have been buried -- except under mountains of paperwork and random stuff undone. But that patch of lawn in my backyard that I've been glaring at for a year -- OK, nearly two years -- wishing without action that it would become a flower garden, has now been tilled. As you can see, something was needed: 
 

The beforest of the before photos

My plan isn't for a lot of edibles this year, except for herbs. I don't have time or energy for much maintenance, so I am going to broadcast  flower seeds madly and hope for much color -- though I'll broadcast in a somewhat orderly fashion, now that I've learned the pollinators are better served by groupings of color. This weekend the weather took a turn to the warm, Barney the Lawn Guy had a few hours to dedicate to my list, and off we went.

Because I live in a fairly new residential area where the soil has been scraped and rearranged to suit the builders rather than the green, growing things, I needed to add some amendments. So I went out and bought bags of top soil -- I know, I know: People GIVE that stuff away. This was easy, and remember, this is to be the lazy person's garden -- and I wanted to get it started. A few bags of Miracle Gro for Vegetables went in the mix, along with three bags of Moonure. I'm certain you can guess the active ingredient on that one.

CP notices something different 

After Barney had tilled the 4-foot strip around the fence and worked in the topsoil and compost, it didn't take my little pup long at all to notice that something had changed in the backyard. CP rolls in it 

And from that realization, it didn't take but another three seconds for him to drop down and start rolling in it. Although he looks like a Teddy bear, in significant ways, CP is all-dog, all the time. One of these ways is his deep affection for getting up close and personal with the stinky and the icky.

 So now, there's a new game at my house, called Let CP Out Long Enough to Do His Business But Not Long Enough to Start Rolling. So far CP is winning large.

I am not thrilled
 Here's me with serious hat-hair, having perspired and dog-wrangled for a couple of hours. My plan is to fill that gnarly space behind me with lots of sunflowers, coneflowers, rudebekia and varoius balms -- plus, of course, a couple of tomato plants, basil and other culinary herbs just because one must. I hope the bees and butterflies like it because this season, it's all about the pollinators. And I hope I don't end up strangling my Cutie Patootie puppy before the summer is over.

Stay tuned ...

cindy murphy
4/17/2011 8:54:59 AM

KC, I am right alongside you with this one. Though I love to garden, I am the consummate lazy gardener – things in my yard HAVE to be able to fend for themselves with only a little help from me, (except for the veggie gardens, which once I plant them, is Hubs’ gig to maintain….except for weeding; I’m one of those freaks-of-nature who loves to weed). They also have to be able to put up with a 65 pound charging lab, and still look their best, or in the least, look better than I’D look with hat-hair (how’d you manage to look good with hat-hair, what’s your secret?) I like mixing herbs in the flower beds too – chives, sage, and winter savory are perennial favorites which attract lots of pollinators. I plant lots of parsley too – it overwinters here as a nice biennial, has pretty, airy flowers which are nice fillers in a vase, and in fall I chop and freeze gobs of leaves to last through winter. Oh, and Dave! Thanks for the writing-in-Word tip to get those paragraph breaks; I feel like I can breathe again! (I was feeling a little winded from writing those run-on paragraphs.)


nebraska dave
4/14/2011 8:00:39 AM

K.C. I get the paragraph break by writing my post in word. I like to know if I start getting close to the word limit and, of course, run a spell check. Then I just copy and paste into the Grit blog post. It seems to work fairly well. Have a great Kansas spring day in the garden.


k.c. compton
4/13/2011 10:42:33 AM

Ha! Well, if my cat Ace visited your place, you wouldn't have a bunny problem anymore. He keeps bringing me almost-dead rabbits in various stages of life. And as for the dog, I think it's particularly telling that the three commands he actually knows and responds to are, "Drop it!" "Leave it!" and "WAIT!!!" Sit, shake, roll-over and stay have nothing to do with our lives, but "DROP IT!!!" he hears at least a couple of times a day. Have a great Grit blogger day -- and how did you get that paragraph break? --KC


nebraska dave
4/13/2011 9:50:23 AM

K.C., you crack me up. I have often wondered just what it is that draws dogs to want to roll in the stinky stuff. It sounds like you have your work cut out for you this summer. I think it bad enough to have to ward off the wild life but to also have to worry about the family pet is too much. I did get out and scratched around in the garden the last couple days. It all culminated in the first planting of the year yesterday. I put in the onions, lettuce, and radishes. Today will be spent building a netting cover to keep the cute little bunnies from eating what they think is their rightful buffet dinner. I bought a yellow begonia and a six pack of pansies just because I had to satisfy the urge to buy some plants. I had them out on the front patio waiting to do what ever with them. The next morning the pansies were gone. They were eaten right down to the root nub. The begonia .... it was just knocked out of the way so they could get to the pansies. I guess the lesson learned here is rabbits hate begonias and love pansies. It a good thing pansies are cheap or I'd be hunting down dat wraskly wrabbit. I hope your garden experiences all turn out wonderful this year especially since you finally busted the Kansas sod. Have a great Grit editor day.