I’ve been scribbling some tweaks for this season’s garden and I thought you’d like to see what I’ve been thinking so far.  Bear in mind that none of this is carved in stone…

Rough thoughts for 2010 garden plan

Rough thoughts for 2010 garden plan


  • I’ve dramatically reduced my growing area which concerns me somewhat; on the other hand, the garden was almost impassable last season when everything got to mature size and since I intend on ramping up my work hours in the spring, I don’t think I’ll have the time to tend more beds.
  • The husband is keen on the pea gravel and I admit a partiality to it as well.  It’s going to be a mess without edging though, so unless I get that sorted out, I may have to use a technique I learned as a fledgling gardener at the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, and plant the sloped edges with compact plants – once established they keep the soil from eroding.
  • That isn’t the exact footprint of the cold frame, just a ‘best guess’ as to where it should go.  I balanced it at the end of the garden with a ‘focal bed’ – no clue what’s going in there yet (probably something exotic that needs constant care and attention)!
  • I decided to try growing a variety of vining plants on the fence and, where there isn’t a bed, planting them directly into the paths and treating the pea gravel as a mulch.  I think that technique will make the garden feel more open, give it more ‘white space’.
  • I need a little bench or stool.  As I mentioned on the plan, we visit with our neighbors, frequently, over the fence, but with the fence height and the slight grade change, it can be difficult to see faces without standing on tiptoe.

That’s the most I can do for now until the seed catalogues show up and I can start planning what I’m planting where.


Posted Thursday, January 7th, 2010 at 2:05 pm
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I was thinking pea gravel as well. I really like it in the garden and for general landscape. But what I really like is your note about the neighbour. :))

You are making me very excited about this season. I don’t know what I will do for the next 5 months though.


Wow – I really like how it’s spread out compared to last season. I think you’ll love the ‘white space’ at the end of the garden, too – you can stand back there and admire your green thumb from another perspective. It’s very interesting to think what will be planted back there… or if a boxy planter is the right solution… such an interesting space.
What’s a cold frame, by the way?


A cold frame is like a mini greenhouse. It’s an open bottomed box that you can plant directly into for early spring crops or late fall crops, and can also be used to harden off transplants. The cold frame is best oriented on an east-west axis with its slanted glass top facing south in order to capture the most heat. Later on in the season, when I build mine, I’ll write a tutorial on it.


I love pea gravel, and I totally agree that a garden needs ‘white space’ especially as one gets older. In lieu of pea gravel I’ve got free woodchips for my paths, but those paths are wider!

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