Urban Garden Denver Blog

January in the garden

January in the garden exists mostly in my imagination, since currently 4 inches of snow covers the ground. The snow does have an advantage, as it looks better than brown and dead. Rather than resolutions for my garden, I like to ask questions and wonder what the coming year might bring. So here are some January garden  questions, in no particular order. In your own garden, what questions are you asking?

— I wonder if 2010 will  be as moist as 2009. The amazing colors and blossoms were because even low-water perennials bloom better with more moisture. Will 2010 be drought or rain?

— I wonder if I will keep up with the bindweed in the back section of my garden. Even now with the snow, I can see remains of bindweed on the lilacs. I’d like to say that I will conquer bindweed in 2010, but it seems unlikely.

— Which problem area will I focus on re-doing this year? The progress on the side yard was gratifying last year. Should I just work on a year of maintaining what I have accomplished, or should I take on another small area for renovation?

— Will my lawn do any better and will I care about the lawn? My emphasis on flowers has evolved into a philosophy that assumes if there are enough flowers to look at, no one will look at the lawn.

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  1. * Tracey says:

    And I wonder what that soil is doing under all the snow. My mind always wonders what brown and earthy stuff is waiting beneath and preparing itself for spring!
    PS, I love the length of your posts! short and sweet, quick and easy to read. As a woman with a frenetic life, I am thankful for that.
    Kudos Carla!

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 4 months ago
  2. Carla, I consider you a gardening mentor for me, and look forward to your thoughts week by week. LOVE your tagline: Because dirt and flowers and good for the soul. Enjoy sharing your passion with us!

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 4 months ago
  3. * Alex says:

    I’m passing your blog on to my mom. As she considers moving here, gardening is one of her biggest unknowns. She’ll love to read what you’re up to (as will we since our remodel is moving outdoors this spring, do you do on site consults?)

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 4 months ago
    • Thinking about your remodel is interesting, because I don’t have any experience with mid-century landscaping (other than my childhood home). I did read an interesting author years ago (will have to find the reference) who advocated matching the landscaping to architecture, which may seem obvious, but isn’t always what people do. I’d be happy to do a walk around with ideas and what would grow well in certain areas, but I also think a small investment in some professional sketching can be well worth it.

      | Reply Posted 10 years, 4 months ago

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