Jaipi Sixbear is an established author of hundreds of helpful online articles. Jaipi learned to garden at an early age. She has old and new tips and tricks for growing your best garden ever.
January is the perfect time to start planning a Denver garden. Christmas is over. The new year has begun. The seed catalogs have arrived. Visions of outdoor blooms are dancing in our heads. Of course, if you’re like me, you began dreaming, plotting and planning months ago. In fact, you probably never stop dreaming about filling your back yard with vegetables, herbs and flowers.
What’s different in my Denver garden this year? Well, I’m incredibly excited. Why? Because this year I have all the space I want. My partner and I moved into our own house last year. That house has a huge yard. Last summer we concentrated on clean up. We had a bit of a garden too, of course. Still, it was nothing compared to this years garden plans.
Last year, the grand-kids and I worked hard on a preliminary pond area. We dug, we weed-blocked and we rocked out. Gary (my partner) was kind enough to help me fetch a free pond liner we found on Craigslist, but you know me. I’m a sucker for yard work of any kind. So the grand-kids and I made that pond liner a home.
This years pond tasks:
*Add water, filter and fountain pump
*Place herb pots in the surrounding rock garden.
Last year, I built two awesome raised garden beds. My partner built me a raised table for short rooted greens. This year, I’ll fill them all with composted soil. If it’s in the budget, I’ll build a few more. I’ll leave some areas for conventional gardening as well. I have a huge area picked out for corn, squash and beans. My spaghetti squash did so well last year, I still have some in cool storage.
Aside from herbs and vegetables, my yard will be alive with flowers. I’ve never really had the space to grow both. I’m so excited thinking how beautiful our new house will look with all those colorful blooms. When it comes to flowers, I’m a bit of a novice, so I’ll keep you abreast of my progress. That way, we can both learn from my triumphs and failures.
My partner wants rhubarb and berries. He wants the berry varieties his parents grew. I want the ones my parents grew. That should make for a lot of berries in the yard. Of course, they’ll likely not bear fruit this year. We’ll have to be patient. That’s alright. Gardeners are good at patience.
We’ll need some fencing around the garden areas this year. Just enough to keep out my daughters three little mini dachshunds. They’re cute. We love them. Last year they loved our tomatoes a little too much though. We’d like a few for ourselves this year.
What else is changing in my garden this year? Isn’t that enough? Of course not. I’ll likely come up with dozens of ideas. My planning is almost always more than than I can manage. Ah well, there’s always next year. Have to start early you know.