But let me explain...
I'm the type of person who needs a lot of planning time. By "planning time" I mean I need to see things drawn out on paper. I need months to agonize over it. I need people to tell me how I should design stuff so that I can disagree with them and haggle back and forth with them over trivial details until I finally achieve clarity or give up from mental exhausted. The reason I'm such a freakazoid over this stuff is because I simply cannot stand the feeling of regret. It's too uncomfortable for me - it makes me feel bad about myself and who needs that?
I blame Pie Guy and GB for this unproductive gardening day. You see, they've abandoned me. We used to be able to spend a few minutes per day planning (arguing over) my next garden move but now GB has a new job and Pie Guy has gone off to medical school so I'm all along (cue the violin!) Yes I know that we can still discuss by phone and email and it's not as though GB has moved to a whole different state preventing us from ever getting together (cough cough Pie Guy) but it's just not the same.
So yesterday I had my what-if-my-design-sucks freak out, during the planned work session eliminating any chance at productivity. Not a single plant was dug up, not a single blade of grass removed. I mostly just sat on the patio staring at the area we'd marked off, hating the entire plan.
I. My original plan
- Small enclosed kitchen garden area.
- Two 3x3 foot compost bins at the back by the privacy fence
- Four 4x4 raised beds.
- 3 foot path down the center of the two beds and 2 foot path around the rest.
- 1 foot raised beds on the left and right sides for strawberries.
II. Problems with original plan
- Small ended up being way bigger than I'd expected and I still have this ridiculous paranoia about grass removal. Even though we've decided we're never moving, I can't stop thinking about resale.
- The space is entirely too big to only hold four 4x4 beds.
- The paths, though very necessary, take up too much garden real estate.
- It makes my yard seem freakishly boxy, square, harsh. The house is square, the patio is square, the garage is square, the basketball court is square and here I am inserting another square.
- Surrounding the new garden with a fence seems like it would ruin the scale of the garden compared to the rest of the yard.
- I didn't want to move that many plants. I thought I'd just need to move things from the Spirea to the Weigela but as it turns out I'd need to remove the Iris, Sweet Autumn Clematis and a bunch of other stuff. I have not had any time at all to agonize over where that stuff should be relocated to.
III. Possible new plans (what's your favorite?)
- Scratch the fence all together and keep existing plan. see section I.
- Scratch fence and extend the garden further toward the house making it less square and giving me more raised beds. Still move all the plants along the fence so that the compost area and raised beds are butted right up against the privacy fence.
- Keep existing plants where the are (all along the fence) and place two 4x4 raised beds side by side along from the edge of the garage flower beds to the edge of the house foundation flower beds. Make all paths 3 feet to accommodate little red wagon or make 3 foot path before each next set of 4x4 beds to accommodate little red wagon and 2 foot path up the center for walking. Place narrow strawberry beds on each end in the front. No fence.
Here's the problem. I just ordered garlic and was really hoping to have a place to plant it but come to find out, it seems I'm so early in the decision making process that I can't imagine have a bed ready to go by the time it arrives.
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