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Old 01-06-2014, 12:01 PM   #57
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Location: Chapel Hill, NC

Originally Posted by jack View Post
Using a blueprint to work out my plans for a garden is just not a part of my makeup. It would be analogous to me sitting with a book of differential equations in my lap, when I have trouble with basic arithmetic.

Everything I have done in my yard, for better or for worse, was simply what made the most sense to me when I had the newly purchased plant in my hand.

Now I don't advocate this type of planning, or lack thereof, as I have paid dearly for it, The biggest example is in my planting forest proportion trees along the East/South East border of my property. As a result, I now need to situate my vegetable garden a good 200' or more from my back door. Only back there is there enough sunlight throughout the day to satisfy the needs of many of the crops I desire to harvest.

Nevertheless, I will never change. Even reading some of the posts in this thread gives me a headache, as I struggle to envision how in the world I would ever properly lay out such designs. I just don't have the mind for it...

Jack, we are birds of a feather in this. I buy plants impulsively, then wander about my yard deciding where they might go. With the only planning being where I have sun vs shade or completely dry vs occasionally damp (the only wet/sun I have is a tiny part of my bog area of my pond that is long since filled up. Consequently my yard is a mish-mash of shrubs and perennials, with the only theme being native and wildlife beneficial. I worry that the next owner will rip it all out, though if they give it a year to watch the seasons turn there is beauty in the chaos.
There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, this is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar. - Lord Byron

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