Summer Planting

My husband and I live in Cute-As-A-Button, Maine. We don’t exactly live on the water but, if you walk thirty seconds from our house here is what you see:

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We really love living in Maine and I have been planning what to do with our mini garden since we moved into this house.

This has been our garden for the past month [since the snow melted].

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Weeding and organizing this area has been a little bit intimidating. I think the grass from around the corner was attempting to take over and Maine grows rocks, so I knew I had my work cut out for me. I acquired some handy-dandy garden tools.

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They were very useful in chopping away at the tough grass.

Then, once the majority of the weeds were gone we added some compost and mixed it all in nicely.

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At this point I went inside to find a hat and to put on extra sun-screen. It got hot today. Here is my OPC Pride hat:

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I should pause here to say that I have never gardened before. I might have done lots of things wrong. Our dirt turned out to be very clay-ey and I have no idea what that means and was too excited to plant flowers to stop and figure it out. I got miracle grow. That’ll take care of any problems, right? Cuz it makes miracles. Mmhmm. I got really muddy too. Here are my knees.

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Then my lovely husband helped me dig the holes for the perennials. I got several different kinds of the perennials. I got sort of grassy ones that [in theory] are ground-covering plants with little flowers. I also got some taller perennials that I put in a row toward the back of the flower bed. I also planted some annuals that I chose according to color. Pink and purple and yellow.

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I watered it all violently with the miracle-grow water and then did some regular water too. Just for luck. We lined up all the rocks that we dug out of the dirt into a nice edging. Didn’t I mention Maine grows rocks? Well, it does. But hopefully flowers too.

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And here is the final product! I am so excited to see how it turns out over the next few weeks.

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