On the long week-end I spent several hours doing a thorough weeding of the front garden. I don't know about you, but I'm vowing things will be different this year. In past years, I've had so much renovating to do each spring that I never actually took the time to get on top of the weeds. But now is the easiest time to do it - the plants are still small so it is easy to reach between them to pull the weeds out. And better to do it now before any of them set seed and create a million more problems to deal with later.
So, before I start painting the new fence, before I start working on the new patio in the backyard, before I level and plant that pot in the photo above, I'm going to attack every last weed in the garden (well, okay, maybe I'll level the pot 'cause it looks terrible!) And then I'm going to order a big load of mulch and spread it everywhere, which is going to minimize future weeding and also do great things for my soil and plants. It's the sort of investment I should really have done earlier but I was having too much fun moving plants around and creating new garden spaces.
While weeding and mulching doesn't sound very glamorous, and isn't nearly as much fun as planting new plants, it will soon pay off in terms of the size and health of the plants in my garden (mulching helps conserve moisture and insulate the soil), not to mention the fact that it keeps the garden looking neat and well maintained. So stay tuned - the garden is going to look amazing this year!