I have, in fact, been gardening. Lasagna gardening. This little weedy mess is the lasagna garden that I started a few months ago. Its a simple method of layering compostables and letting them rot while planting the bed at the same time. I never actually got around to planting this spot so a few weeds have sprouted up.
Too bad the weeds look so pretty cause these suckers have got to go.
And this sucker has really got to go! I have it on good authority that this weed truly is super invasive here in the state of Georgia so out he comes asap.
It's taken me nearly three years to decide exactly how to establish a garden in my backyard. I've been cutting the grass back there and yanking out the weeds but that lifeless expanse of grass and concrete feels like a dead zone. About the only life that can be found are the neighbors and their penned up prisoner dogs that can be clearly seen through the fence.
But finally, after reading and thinking, watching Gardener's Diary and note taking, and perusing GardenWeb forums, finally I think I've got my plan. And I've been slowly putting my plan into action the past couple of months.
One part of my plan involves establishing oodles of new flower beds in my backyard. I long for it to be a secret garden hideaway where I can enjoy lots of fluffy flowers. But beauty is hard work y'all! And hauling around mega pounds of cow poo is no easy task!
But gosh y'all, I think it's worth it. Because in my mind I can just see that new garden, can't you? And it doesn't really matter how long it takes. I'll just keep plugging along at it and taking all the necessary steps and making all the mistakes and reading all the books until I make it my own fluffy flowers magical land.
And speaking of reading, you might find Amy Stewart's book Flower Confidential: the Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful very interesting. This selective, historical account of the modern flower industry is fascinating! It reads almost like fiction (until she gets to the math section where my non-mathematical mind glazed over) with lots of interesting, in depth stories of folks in the industry. Run by the library and pick this one up when you get a chance.
Guess I had to slip a little reading in this story somehow! When next you find me I'll probably still be scrubbing at the dirt under my nails...