I like winter but I'm really, really looking forward to spring because I can't wait to start my garden. This house was sold to us in April last year but we couldn't move in until July and by then it was already a bit too late to start a garden. But this year, I'm going to have a whole year to grow whatever I want! Yippee!
My plan was to turn the backyard into a vegetable garden, but I've changed my mind. You see, a couple of weeks ago, I very ambitiously bought seeds to grow 11 (!) different varieties of heirloom tomatoes off eBay. I thought filling the whole backyard with tomato plants sounded like a boatload of fun and a half. But then common sense kicked in and I realised that it would be way too much work, especially for a novice (not to mention lazy) gardener like myself. So I've decided to be less ambitious and just plant 3 or 4 varieties this year and see how it goes. I won't even plant them in the garden. I'll plant them in 5-gallon buckets instead because I read that it would make the plants easier to maintain. I will also put them on the deck so I don't procrastinate too much when it comes to watering because they need a lot of water to grow!
Now for the backyard, I think I'll just focus on making it look easier on the eye since the previous owner did pretty much nothing to the backyard. No flower beds, no plants, nothing but weed-infected grass. I'm going to put in some lovely flowering plants. In fact, I'm going to start growing them from seeds some time this week using the winter sowing method. I've never done it before so it's going to be an exciting experiment! Basically, you just plant the seeds in plastic pop bottles, put them outside the house and then forget all about it until spring. By then the seedlings should be ready for planting on the ground. I don't know if I'll be able to do the forgetting all about it until spring part due to my obsessive nature, but the rest sounds pretty easy. We'll see how it goes!
Another reason I'm really looking forward to spring: I can't wait to see our cherry tree blooming! Cherry blossoms are so pretty. That is assuming that it's still alive. Dormant trees make me wonder sometimes.
Oh, I know that 99.9% of my readership has no interest in gardening but just bear with me, mmmkay? ;)