A Little Planting

Yesterday I finally put some things in the ground I’ve been hoping someone else would plant.

The space between the house and the driveway has become weed infested.
The space between the house and the driveway has become weed infested.

After we painted the house last fall we laid cardboard and plastic along the side wall so the red clay dirt wouldn’t splash up and discolor the siding.

The arrows are pointing to frogs.
The arrows are pointing to frogs.

I removed the old coverings underneath which were a few frogs.

Sunflower seeds were cast randomly in 2 rows.
Sunflower seeds were cast randomly in 2 rows.

I replaced the cardboard with some new strips cut about a foot wide up against the house to deter weeds and keep dirt off the shingles.

I'm hoping sunflowers will cover this side of the house.
I’m hoping sunflowers will cover this side of the house.

Then I scratched the dirt loose with a fork hoe and sprinkled 2+ packets of “Vanilla Ice” sunflower seed along the side of the house is 2 rows approximately a foot apart.

The potager in front of the fence has become quite weedy.
The potager in front of the fence has become quite weedy.

I covered the seeds with loose dirt and moved on to the front of the potager.

A little pot of herbs from Trader Joe's.
A little pot of herbs from Trader Joe’s.

I had a pot of herbs that also needed to be planted: parsley, thyme, and oregano.

The thyme filled in a small bare patch in the corner of the potager entrance.
The thyme filled in a small bare patch in the corner of the potager entrance.

I spent a lot of time removing ground ivy and other weeds from the front of the potager.  Near the entrance path were planted 2 bunches of parsley and oregano.  The thyme is near the concrete frog with his 3 silver orbs.

Looking forward to a fence of sunflowers.
Looking forward to a fence of sunflowers.

Gardening is a hopeful but wearing occupation.

Are you anticipating a favorite crop?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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