Growing Concerns: Put your winter garden dreams in a journal

At this time of year, I spend a lot of time poring over gardening magazines, seed catalogues and websites of awesome gardens.

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At this time of year, I spend a lot of time poring over gardening magazines, seed catalogues and websites of awesome gardens.

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I write down my ideas, thoughts and other cool stuff. I divide the notebook into three sections:

  • My existing garden, the things I have added and an ongoing to-do list.
  • Weather, insect infestations, and things I cannot control, and when things begin to bloom. For example, when I see the first snowdrops or when the forsythia blooms, when we had the last frost in the spring.
  • My wish list is probably the biggest section. Here I write down changes I want to make in my garden, plants I see I want to try, and colour combinations that excite me. Inspirations come from garden walks, visiting client’s gardens, magazines, websites and seed catalogues.

Keeping such a journal is a way to keep all your ideas in one place. Just because you wrote them down does not mean you have to do any of them. Some people use three ring binders so they can add photos to their journal. Others create a folder on their computers to keep track of ideas.

I have divided my garden up into smaller locations such as the corner garden and the old vegetable garden. This helps identify the location where I think I want to move something or try something new.

But most of all, this is the time to take a deep breath, relax and dream.

Growing Concerns is produced by Parkway Gardens. Send your gardening questions to Homes, c/o The London Free Press, 210 Dundas St., Suite 201, London, Ont., N6A 5J3.

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