January in the Rockies is cold, sometimes snowy, and definitely non-gardening weather. It’s too early to start seeds in the sunroom, the ground is too frozen to dig in, and while many parts of the country have beautiful blooms already, the gardens here are happily sleeping. My gardening fingers are itching to do something plant related, so off to the drawing board I must go. Luckily I have a whole new garden area to design. Last fall I spread out the very large compost pile I’d been tending and got it ready to receive winter snow. Now I have this wonderful area underneath the Ponderosa Pines and Gambel Oak, filled with soil rich with nutrients from the compost. Slightly sloped, this garden area is large enough to support a combination of ground covers, perennials and shrubs. So the question becomes “What to do, what to do?”
My garden design mind is conflicted at the moment. I could use this space for so many things. I would really like more herbs for making my natural body products, and there are plenty of native plants that fall into the herb category. Making an herb garden would provide lots of flowers for pollinators, plant material for me, and visual appeal all at the same time.
So many thoughts running through my head! Time to look through some gardening books, read through some of the many great posts here on Wildlife Garden relating to native plants, and comb through the 1000′s of pictures on my computer. After all, what else does a gardener have to do in January in the Rockies?
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