Arm­chair gar­den­ing

You can't get out in your gar­den so you might as well sit back and do some arm­chair gar­den­ing.

Ontario Gardener Magazine - - CONTENTS -

What’s arm­chair gar­den­ing you say? Arm­chair gar­den­ing is some­thing that hap­pens at this time of year. When the snow is on the ground and Jack Frost is nip­ping at our noses, gar­den­ers be­gin gath­er­ing the new seed cat­a­logues like squir­rels hoard­ing nuts for the win­ter as they start to plan for the up­com­ing gar­den sea­son. You will find all the green thumbs co­zied up with their gar­den­ing books, plan­ners and cat­a­logues. There they will sit with high­lighters and coloured pen­cils all in ar­ray while they jug­gle their cat­a­logue with a de­sign book and graph of their yard. They scheme and they dream of build­ing new struc­tures and de­sign­ing new gar­dens. They size up their needs and note them one by one — gloves, rub­ber wellies, trowel, new hostas — as if they were set to go shop­ping later that day. Oh, they sit, and they stare as sweet vi­sions of spring fill their minds, long­ing for mud cov­ered gloves and even oc­ca­sion­ally, miss­ing their aching backs.

In all se­ri­ous­ness, arm­chair gar­den­ing can be a very pro­duc­tive ac­tiv­ity. It gives you the op­por­tu­nity to look over the last year and draw di­a­grams of new gar­den plots or de­cide where to move what in the spring. You can in­ven­tory what seeds you have, will need and note what did well for you the year be­fore.

Now is the time to de­cide what your mas­ter plan will be for the up­com­ing year. Will you fo­cus on grow­ing the tallest hol­ly­hocks, cre­at­ing a cut­ting gar­den or in­ves­ti­gat­ing com­pan­ion plant­ing for the veg­etable gar­den? Maybe this is the year you start your new com­post pile, put in a pond, or de­cide to try your hand at per­ma­cul­ture. Are you think­ing about putting in a dry creek bed, a water fea­ture, an ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem? Draw it out, all of your as­pi­ra­tions for your ideal yard and then slowly year by year you can start to make them hap­pen.

There is noth­ing quite like sit­ting with a cup of hot tea and plan­ning your gar­den for the fol­low­ing year, other than be­ing in the gar­den, that is. It’s the ideal time to gather sev­eral new cat­a­logues and gar­den­ing mag­a­zines for ideas. Th­ese dreams will hope­fully hold us through un­til we be­gin to start our in­door seeds or visit the first gar­den show of the sea­son.

Win­ter is a time for dream­ing and some of the best ideas hap­pen when you dream.

Although the weather out­side is fright­ful, plan­ning next years gar­den is de­light­ful.

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