One of my favorite things in the world is spending an evening working in our tiny little garden. I wait until the kids are in bed and head out for some quite, peaceful weeding action. Seriously, it's amazing how much I enjoy sitting in the dirt, slowly clearing out all the persistent little weeds that seem to pop up every single day. (If you had told my 14-year-old self that I'd ever write the preceding words, I would probably have given you an eye roll for the ages.) There's a unique serenity to be had in the fading light of a Florida evening, listening to the singing tree frogs in the woods around our house, while working in our tiny patch of intentional green.
To try to control the weeds a bit more effectively, I decided to mulch some this year. Rather than buying anything, I just collected pine straw from around our big pine trees and laid it down all around the garden. As you can see in all these pictures, the weeds are still making their presence known, but it's SO much better than without the mulch. Plus, I wouldn't want to have no weeds because then I wouldn't be able to spend those evenings out in the garden!
Our back yard is surrounded by thick woods on 2 sides and faces due east, so there's very limited space in which to plant herbs and veggies, since they require so much sun.
|Some "Celebrity" tomatoes|
|Our crazy, happy little garden|
I love that we don't just have edibles or ornamentals. It makes for a much more interesting garden when you mix the two together. In addition to the zinnias in the main plot, I'm using our friends' old screen door again this year as a trellis for some morning glories.
|Screen door trellis (top) and our baby morning glories! (bottom)|
|You can just see the little yellow spots on the leaves of this watermelon that are the characteristic "Stars"|
|A soon-to-bloom zinnia!|