Plan for next year!
With a lawn, you know what you’re going to do next year: mow, water, add fertilizer, repeat. With a natural yard, every year brings something new and exciting. Winter is a great time to think about what you’d like to add to your yard.
Many gardeners like to draw maps of their yards to plan what will go where. These maps include not just dimensions but site conditions: the patterns of sun and shade, drainage, soil type, and so on. A successful garden plan accounts for site conditions, incorporating plants that will thrive with minimal extra help.
The next series of posts on this blog will cover different site conditions and how to consider them in a garden plan. Winters in Madison are long, but preparing for the coming spring helps them go by quickly!