It would have been best to do it in the spring, but school kept me too busy to get out in the garden. And so now I'm faced with babying them along in 100 degree weather, trying to get them somewhat settled in before I take off for Virginia in another week, where I'll be teaching a graduate course for teachers at Mary Baldwin College on using nature journaling in the classroom.
I'm going to try to set up as much of the new planting as I can on a drip irrigation system. Besides saving water, it will be much more convenient for my neighbor Karen, who has kindly volunteered to look after the garden while I'm out of town. I'd ask Walu to do it, but...I'll just say he's not as focused on what a garden needs as another gardener would be.
In the meantime, as I look over the landscape of the summer, I'm thinking about my list of chores in the back garden. It's just a few things, but they are each big, both in scope and impact:
- Plant foundation shrubs
- Install drip irrigation
- Refresh the limestone gravel paths
- Build a planter for the back patio
- Move compost bin
- Build chicken coop
Hopefully, I'll find some time to blog about it and keep you up to date on the progress.