So for experienced gardeners out there -- what do you think? I'm planning on being in the garden for perhaps 30-60 minutes most mornings, and maybe 3-4 hours once or twice a week (that's mostly what I did at the condo). Keep in mind that we're probably not going to have much lawn-mowing (aiming mostly if not entirely towards non-lawn groundcover). I don't have the plat with me, but at a rough estimate, knowing that our overall lot is 50 x 178, I think:
- my shady front garden (medium crabapple tree, boxwood, roses, climbing vines, spring bulbs, groundcover, azaleas, rhododendron, hydrangea, various other shrubs, some of which are quite large) is roughly 50 x 40
- my sunny side lot (path, rose arbor, leading to brick patio with steppable groundcover between bricks) is perhaps 10 x 80
- my sunny backyard (play structure, large vegetable garden, cuttings garden, garage and fence with variety of climbing vines, maybe a tiny patch of grass but I kind of doubt it, a few small trees) is about 50 x 60.
- water (until someday we can afford to put in a proper sprinkler system) ( -- I know we'll have to do more of this at the height of summer)
- tend vegetable garden, harvesting, sowing greens, etc.
- deadhead cuttings garden and other flowers, harvesting some for house
- tie up trailing vines as needed
- change my mind about where some plant goes and move it
- feed and water birds
- prune boxwood in front garden
Later plans involve things like coldframes for winter gardening, starting seeds, worm composting, maybe a few chickens, etc. But that will wait a few years, at least, until the kids are in school and/or old enough to be slave labor. :-)
Oh, and can I grow boxwood in shade? If not, that may just knock out all my knot garden plans right there.
And for those of you with small kids, do you think I need to allow a lot more lawn / running around space in my overall plan? There's a large grassy park about two blocks away. I'm a little worried that in my current plan, there's no room for kickball or soccer or capture the flag -- all games that I played on my parents' huge grassy lawn. (They basically had big trees surrounding the house, some shrubs, and a ton of front and back lawn. Not much in the way of gardening otherwise, although they're adding more flowers and vegetables now.)