I can’t tell you how nice it is to have a chunk of days off the road and to be working from home. This has been the longest number of consecutive days where I haven’t had to travel extensively, and I love it.
The timing certainly doesn’t hurt. Gorgeous and pleasant spring days are forcing me to exercise all my self-control to stay focused on my business. I still manage to find some time in the early morning hours and then again after dinner to piddle in the yard.
Unfortunately, my yard and garden have been neglected for months but only because of this absentee gardener. Now that I’m here for a few more days and spring is in full swing, I’ve been making quite a few trips to the local nursery. Purchased plants are accumulating and being placed in groups, as I decide where they’ll go.
The other reason for the delay in getting my plants into the ground is that I’m still looking for a reliable place for great soil. I plan to have lots of planting beds, and I want to amend the soil and build those beds up with plenty of rich, earthy compost. There’s just one problem: In this small town, I’m having difficulty finding it.
This past Saturday, I dove into my gardening projects with pent up energy and excitement. I even got around to painting lines on my lawn with bright orange marking paint. This helps define the separation between the grass and the beds and allows me to try out the new look before being fully committed. It takes a bit of courage to give up a big area of your lawn to planting beds. That said, this is not the first time I’ve traded turf for tulips, and I’ve never regretted it.
This year will be the first time in a long while since I’ve had a full sun front yard, and I intend to exploit the opportunity. This weekend I’ll start cutting into those painted lines on the grass and amending those beds. The garden is beginning to come to life – and not a moment too soon.