CONFESSION: I plagiarized this title. However, as a writer I know that titles can't be copyrighted so what I'm really doing is shamelessly admitting my lack of originality here.
I saw the title on a gardening LinkedIn forum. The author used this clever hook to suggest our next big thing be adding gooseberries to the landscape. Okay, maybe. Not. I don't have room. But the idea is a good one for those who do.
We all have plans for our gardens though, don't we? Big plans, little plans, ideas that seem possible right now because in January all we've got is anticipation.
What is my next big thing? Well, I've got a few. First, I want to dig a trench and lay an extension cord to my outer pond so I can have a small water feature here. Right now it's just stagnant water and not very interesting, except to a cat.
|Outer pond with Willow|
I'd like to have it trickle a tiny bit of water from a small urn (already purchased) right where my late kitty Willow is drinking. I think just a little movement will be nice. Something like what's below with a little less algae inside the urn.
Below is my other pond with its water feature. I used a cement leaf that I cast all-by-myself several years ago.
|Inner or "Patio" Pond|
My second project will require just as much if not more brain and brawn. I am going to get rid of my two small sections of backyard lawn. From the photo below you can see why.
|North lawn in September 2013|
No matter how much I water and fertilize it remains an eyesore refusing to stay green. I've had it. Here is my replacement idea. Taken from Pinterest.
I've already got several clumps of creeping Thyme that I can transplant. I know from experience that the heat and dry soil of summer don't seem to bother it. And I know where I can get square stepping stones for cheap. Isn't this cool?
I have a few more ideas that I'll reveal in my next post. What is your next big thing?
PS If you've never been wowed and wooed by Pinterest, it is the go-to for inspiration. Here is a link to my boards. Feel free to browse and comment.