It’s our first Spring in our new home (and in our new gardens) and we are beyond excited! We moved into our house in October of 2019 and I have had our yard mapped with garden and landscaping plans before we even moved in. To say I have been looking forward to this Spring is an understatement. I grew up in rural Nova Scotia on the most beautiful one acre plot of land and I have dreamed of days digging in my own dirt. They’re finally here!
Last October my parents visited us from Nova Scotia and they helped us out with getting our house and yard cleaned up and in shape. My mom worked her green thumb magic in our gardens and we have so many new plants coming up this year it’s incredible. For a late planting in October of 2019 I am so happy with the growth that we have seen so far this season.
I want to keep track of our gardening journey & write about our adventures in planting so I will be making regular updates as the season progresses and we move into Summer.
Here’s a run down of what we’ve done in our gardens so far this Spring:
- We started by cleaning the yard over a few days and we had a few trips to the curb with yard trimmings. It’s important to have a good, clean, leaf-free base for your garden and to add new top soil into the existing garden bed. I’ve also started weeding our lawn to prepare it for repair and grass seed (it’s looking great so far!).
- We’ve made multiple trips to Home Depot for curbside pickup of leaf bags, mulch, potting soil, cow manure, plants, etc. We also have done one trip into their Garden Centre since retail businesses have begun opening their doors again.
- Ryan ordered us a Tuff wheelbarrow from Home Depot and had it delivered. It’s been a great investment. We’ve been edging and expanding our gardens in our backyard so to be able to tote around the wheelbarrow is perfect.
- So far this season we’ve made two trips to Les Serres Robert Plant Greenhouses which are just outside of Ottawa. It’s a nice drive and their curbside pickup has been great! I was hesitant to let someone else pick out plants for me but I am so happy with the healthy guys we got!
- We placed a few online orders with Canada’s Mckenzie Seeds. They’ve been a leader in Canadian gardening for over 122 years. Our seeds shipped from their warehouse in Brandon , Manitoba and only took a week to arrive. Not too bad considering the current retail climate. We also made an order to be delivered to my parents for a joint mothers and fathers day gift.
Here’s what we have been planting:
- PERENNIAL BULBS: Gladiola Sweet Blue, Gladiola White Prosperity, Gladiola Colvilli Mix, Peony Hardy Pink, Freesia Double Mix, Dahlia Candy Stripe. I really love having cut flowers throughout our house so I wanted bulbs that I chose to provide me with blooms throughout the Summer and plants that are perfect for cutting and look stunning on their own.
- VEGGIE BULBS: Potatoes, Onion Sets, Garlic
- VEGGIE SEEDS: Tomato in a few varieties, Carrots, Lettuce, Tomatillos, Watermelon, Beans, Corn and Pickling Cucumbers
- HERB SEEDS: Cilantro, Basil, Mint, Catgrass, Catnip and Chamomile
- HERB PLANTS: BBQ Rosemary (the long stocks are perfect for grilling with steaks) and Dill
- ANNUAL SEEDS: Climbing Sweet Pea in two varieties and Baby’s Breath because it’s cat safe
- ANNUAL PLANTS: Geraniums, Dusty Miller, Sweet Potato Vine, Dahlias, Boston Fern, and Pansies in so many colours! +++ I tend to purchase live annual plants throughout the summer when we visit different greenhouses so my list below will definitely grow. I love to have annuals all over our back deck.
I’m so thankful for the warmer weather we have been having so that we can consistently get outside each day.
Let me know if you have been in your gardens yet this year and what you plan on growing!
Ps – I would LOVE to know your favourite Ottawa-Gatineau gardens! I am a major fan of the Ornamental Gardens at the Central Experimental Farm and the Arboretum along the Rideau Canal. However, I would love some new scenery and gardens to visit this Summer.