Gardening is More Fun With Friends

Valerie, Annika and Susan (the Magnolia)

I find that I tend to wander around the yard aimlessly not knowing what to do exactly – not sure where to start. I know I have a lot of jobs that need to be done and I need to think things through to get myself organized.  I have been finding more and more that I need help and/or encouragement of at least one other person before I can get a lot done.  

Yesterday we had the privilege of having the previous owners of our house come over to help in a spring gardening blitz.  They were kind enough to spend almost a whole day with us helping us sort out many of the questions we had about the large collection of plants they had collected over the last twenty years.  A lot of the plants I knew but some were a total mystery.  “What are they?  Weeds or some exotic rare flower?”  We just weren’t sure so it was a big help.  We still have a lot of work to do, mainly weeding, but also cutting back of some out of control plants.   

We are so fortunate to have made friends with these people and they are so nice to help us with any questions we have with the house and garden.  He is an artist here in the Comox Valley named Christopher Little.  

I now have a new enthusiasm about the garden thanks to a little time spent talking things through with people who know more about gardening than we do. I will be spending much of my spare time out there fussing, fiddling, building, coaxing, fertilizing, weeding, and hoping for the best.  I have lots of great new ideas for what to do next, so keep undated with the “Lisa’s Garden” RSS feed if you like.

  3 comments for “Gardening is More Fun With Friends

  1. Chris & Val
    April 23, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    What a great time we had! We enjoyed digging and naming and advising on the various perennials and shrubs in your garden…and thanks to the children, we got to see up close some wonderful worms and bugs. Thanks for lunch in the garden – and our best advice is to enjoy and be sure to smell the roses!! (Try using Sky Rocket – a natural made in the Comox Valley product – amazing results with veggies and flowers)

  2. April 23, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Hi Erin,
    That’s a good question. I’ve also decided to try the more environmental approach. We are also using fish fertilizer and Miracle Grow makes a slow release organic formula now, so we’re try that too. I’ve also been looking for corn gluten meal. It’s suppose to be a good organic solution for weeds. I haven’t been able to find it yet.

  3. erin
    April 23, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Awesome, Lisa! You’ll have so much fun with the garden with so much information from the previous owners!! Which fertilizer are you going with? We are currently looking at fish fertilizer…a bit on the stinky side, but not dangerous to animals, kids or the ecosystem…just our noses 🙂

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